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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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    I'm finally in the home stretch the knowledge from this community has been awesome this far. I need one last piece of advice on what to finish the dome with. I've got it all done but for the very last layer and I'd like to do a nice smooth render and likely include some color in the render. So, what materials and techniques do you all recommend that I use?

    Thanks in advance,


  • #2
    Re: Dome Finish

    I use 4:1:1 sand, Portland cement, lime with reinforcing fibres added and apply it about 15mm thick in one coat then wrap the whole thing in cling wrap for a week. You could also use a proprietary mix, but it may be difficult to find out its contents and their ratios. The lime in my recipe gives the coating some elasticity. Some other members have also reported good success using an acrylic render/stucco.I apply the stuff with a bricklayers trowel and when done sponge the whole thing for a nice finish.
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    • #3
      Re: Dome Finish

      Thanks David. I already have a layer with expanded steel lath and another layer of plastic cement/sand/lime with fibers on the dome. Its probably 1"+ at this pont. Structurally its not going anywhere.

      I'm looking for a nice smooth coat for the last. Right now I have a few loose fibers sticking out and some tool marks. I was thinking about the thick lime wash with cement from another thread but I have about 1/2" to fill between the current level and the front arch. I may just use the mix you mentioned to get the height needed and then do the lime wash unless the fine folks here have any other options?


      • #4
        Re: Dome Finish

        I recommend using a product made by Dryvit. As David mentioned it is acrylic - making it waterproof. It comes in any color you want. Application is somewhat hard as it is like using thick paint with sand in it. Someone here made a form that spun around and they got a very symmetrical finish (mine wasn't ).
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