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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 started building the stand long before I had the oven. Not too many surprises except that now it seems that refractory experts say that insulation on top of the slab would be more efficient. I opted to put it underneath because elevations in the stand design I selected were pretty much concrete.. Pun intended. I'll post a pic showing that I used 3" of castable insulation under 2.75" of high alumina concrete. The edges outside the oven floor are a full 5 3/4" of alumina concrete. I'm hopeing that the thinner layer of directly under the floor tiles will heat up faster and be less apt to sap the heat away through too much thermal mass. I built the round base by building a form from metal stud sheathed with FRP and filling it with concrete. Scraps of the FRP are reused here forming the round refractory concrete slab.

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    Here's the slab after I mixed and poured it by myself today. I died a thousand deaths! But it's over now and I look forward to stacking the modular oven on it soon. The slab is lower than top of the bricks so that the floor tiles and landing will be flush with the top of the soldier coarse of the cantilevered landing.


    • #3
      Looks great! You deserve a cold beer.
      My Oven Thread:


      • #4

        Here's some dumb rebar questions, as I've never used the stuff. Do you tie it together at the intersections? How do you keep in, presumably, in the center of the slab? Do you prop the rebar grid up with something while you pour?
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


        • #5
          The famous concrete dobie

          You can buy a nifty, all-in-one concrete dobie that ties the rebar together and off-sets the rebar height. Home Depot sells them.

          If you are feeling poor, you can use brick chips for the offset and a ball of wire.

          I tied all the rebar for the foundation of our last home addition -- never again...

          Pizza Ovens
          Outdoor Fireplaces


          • #6
            Yes, rebar is tied together at the intersections with "tie wire". I'm not really sure it has to be. I think it just aids in keeping it in place while your pushing concrete around. For larger more elaborate projects, particularly upright walls it is a must because it would just fall apart. I have lots of bar in the round base. I propped the bar up over the insulation so the concrete would totaly suround the bar. I think even this is not nesessary if you are using vermiculite concrete as the insulator. I have seen diagrams where they just lay it on top at "halfpour". Probably a lot easier.