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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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  • Slate Oven Floor

    I am in the process of building an oven based on Dan Wing and Alan Scott's book. I was wondering if anyone had made an oven with a slate floor. I know that slate is used for pizza stones in electric ovens, but hadn't heard if anyone tried using it for oven floors. The 3 pieces I have are 1 meter x 1.25 meter x 3.5 cm pool table slate.

    Any suggestions?
    Has anyone tried this, or should I break down and buy firebrick, use one piece of the slate for my slab and the other two for an oven roof worthy of the overkill of the year award?
    Thanks,
    Joe

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    Re: Slate Oven Floor

    I would stick with the fire brick. Especially with a cooler climate in the winter. When you heat your oven, you will find that the fire brick actually gets red hot. I had a fire going one dark winter night and when I scraped the coals off to the side, the floor was glowing red. Stay with the fire brick and avoid the larger slate cracking...

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    • #3
      Re: Slate Oven Floor

      Yeah, I think the only proven natural stone for high heat applications is soapstone. Slate is going to sloth off sheets of nasty sharp shards in direct flame conditions. Save the slate for the countertops of your work surface.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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      • #4
        Re: Slate Oven Floor

        Thanks for the advice. I tried a piece in my grill at 600 deg. F and it flaked all over!

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