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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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  • Starting one in Arizona.....

    Hello -

    I'm about to start my project out here in the Valley of the sun, and wanted to see if
    1. Anyone else that has built one lives in Arizona... and
    2. If so, were is a good place to get all the material.
    I'm getting all the basic material from Lowes; however, were is a good place for the fire brick, as well as the high heat mortar.
    Iím pretty sure that I will have other questions down the road, but just wanted to connect with other people in the Valley.

  • #2
    Re: Starting one in Arizona.....

    I'm in Phoenix as well. I just finished building my support structure last weekend - this weekend I'll be pouring the hearth.

    My recommendation for supplies that aren't carried by the big box stores would be Marvel Building Supply. They carry firebrick as well as the proper mortar. I do not know about insulation, but they might carry that as well if you are looking to buy locally.


    • #3
      Re: Starting one in Arizona.....

      Looks like we are all on the same schedule! Starting to lay firebrick this weekend. I have found AZ brick source on 36th st. to be very helpful for bricks, marvel for the mortar. Plenty of vermiculite and perlite around.


      • #4
        Re: Starting one in Arizona.....

        How is AZ brick source on pricing? I went down to Phoenix Brick Supply yesterday and was quite shocked to find that they want $99 for a 55lb bag of HeatStop mortar.

        I ended up ordering the insulation layer for under the oven from FB, but it got damaged in shipping, and so FedEx never even attempted delivery - they just automatically sent it back when it got to the local hub. I think, since it will have to be re-shipped, I'll add a couple bags of mortar to the order before it goes out again.

        I already have firebrick (my father-in-law had about 125 bricks that he donated to the project), so I'm good there.

        I was really looking forward to starting the floor and soldier course this weekend, but without the insulation all I can do is plan.



        • #5
          Re: Starting one in Arizona.....

          I am on the finishing touches on my structure in Queen Creek, AZ.
          I found a place that has most everything you would need. It is called Pacific Insulation. I got the brick, blanket, and mortar from them. They even deliver for free. Ask for Jaime, she is very helpful. If you all are near QC you are welcome to come by and take a peek.


          • #6
            Re: Starting one in Arizona.....

            AZ Brick Source sold me fire brick at 1.45 each, Marvel quoted 1.68. I went with a homebrew mix for the mortar, and have had really good results. Minimal cracks at 400* curing stage today.


            • #7
              Re: Starting one in Arizona.....

              I'll check out both those places. Thanks!!