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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.
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  • Wish me luck

    Started this weekend and here is my site so far... i am increasing the size of my "patio" and adding in the stand (oven to follow soon i hope). need to find some insboard or other insulation board. i live just outside of DC in Maryland..... any suggestions?... if not wish me luck, and i"ll post as progress allows
    Some do it the Hard Way. Some Do it The Easy Way.Most Do it the "right" way. and none do it the same way. Oh, and the wrong way is reserved for those who just dont do it!

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    Re: Wish me luck

    Good Luck with the weather!

    It is so frustrating when you have dug a hole and prepared the ground and then the skies open up and fill your formwork with water.
    Paul

    Deficio est nusquam tamen vicis ut satus iterum
    (Failure is nothing but the opportunity to start again)

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    • #3
      Re: Wish me luck

      Put a bulkhead across the "Y" part and do it in two pours - a day apart.

      If you do it in one pour you will have a crack there (I predict).

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      • #4
        Re: Wish me luck

        I guarantee it. Personally, I would cut the wire at that point and pour them as independent slabs.

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        • #5
          Re: Wish me luck

          You could cut joints after the pour to control the cracks. It is concrete - it WILL crack, on the upside, no one will steal it.

          Les...
          Check out my pictures here:
          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

          If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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          • #6
            Re: Wish me luck

            If I were mixing concrete in a wheelbarrow or in a small mixer I'd do in 3 separate pours, 2 joints separating 3 slabs.

            George
            George

            My 34" WFO build

            Weber 22-OTG / Ugly Drum Smoker / 34" WFO

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            • #7
              Re: Wish me luck

              D - I also live in Maryland outside of DC. I bought my insulation board from Forno Bravo. I saw in another post that you were looking for firebrick. Did you find some? I called over a dozen local masonry suppliers and found that L.C. Smith Brick in Alexandria, Virginia had the least expensive medium-duty firebricks in the area: $1.10/each. That was in 2008, so it's likely to have changed but worth a call.

              For HeatStop, I went to Potomac Valley Brick in Rockville and for Vermiculite, Seasons Wholesale Nursery in Gaithersburg.

              Hope that helps.

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              • #8
                Re: Wish me luck

                thanks for all of the info. I picked up mid duty and heat stop from PV in rockville, and i hope to get the board from a company in beltsville (there calling me back)... for those concerned, thanks and i will pour in separate slabs (if it ever stops raining)... Again, Wish me luck???
                Some do it the Hard Way. Some Do it The Easy Way.Most Do it the "right" way. and none do it the same way. Oh, and the wrong way is reserved for those who just dont do it!

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                • #9
                  Re: Wish me luck

                  expandion joints material

                  I think use this Quikrete 1/2 In. x 4 In. x 5 Ft. Expansion Joint - 691703 at The Home Depot

                  Then u will have less cracks

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                  • #10
                    Re: Wish me luck

                    Large or irregular slabs will crack, especially if you have an "inside" corner. The trick is to make then crack where you want. Controlling the cracking is usually done by a construction joint (formed by separate pours) or by cutting a joint 3/4 to 1 inch deep within a day of the pour.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Wish me luck

                      busy weekend,
                      Had my slabs poured earlier this week and got my stand done. so i was able to pour my hearth today. I decided to go a full course higher on my stand , it seems a bit more comfortable for me (hope i do not regret it later). So i am now waiting for my insulation to come in (should be midweek). i was unable to source 2" ceramic board so i ordered 1" but will double up. I assume the weight of the oven will be enough to hold the layered boards in place (i hope so)
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                      Some do it the Hard Way. Some Do it The Easy Way.Most Do it the "right" way. and none do it the same way. Oh, and the wrong way is reserved for those who just dont do it!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Wish me luck

                        Lookin good so far


                        Peter
                        Member WFO-AMB=WW

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                        • #13
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                          Progress! I know it feels good!
                          Jay

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                          • #14
                            Re: Wish me luck

                            I assume the weight of the oven will be enough to hold the layered boards in place (i hope so)
                            Sure will! Well, assuming "normal" weather conditions I guess.
                            My Clay Oven build:
                            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f43/...dah-12821.html

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