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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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  • Insulating firebrick

    I am planning on building a oven in the future. Being the cheap scrounger that I am, I have been on the lookout for the materials that I will need. I have found a source for used light weight insulating firebrick. Would these be a good to use for the insulating layer under the hearth, instead of the vermiculite cement mix. I can get them for about 75 cents each. Has any one used these for this application?

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    Re: Insulating firebrick


    Insulating firebrick (IFB) are fine for underhearth applications and yes, several builders have used them. They have approximately the same R factor as vermicrete. As such, you would be better off to stand them on their sides to give 4 1/2" of insulation instead of 2 1/2". They would also work well under a layer of insulating board.


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      Re: Insulating firebrick

      Thank you for your reply. I was not finding any info on the insulating bricks. I guess I will score some of these. I think they would be easy to work with