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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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  • first pizza oven

    Hi i am building my first pizza oven and only want to build a small dome shape. (pompii) i understand that you use fire bricks too cook the pizza on and i know you use fire bricks to form the dome then insulation over that then is it clay? what sort of clay and insulation do i use? also what do i make the base for it all to sit on?is it a speacial mix of reinforced concrete? I am going to copy a video from youtube which looks pretty basic, is this right?

    YouTube - building a wooden fired pizza oven, light construction. Lav din egen brændefyret pizzaovn DIY any help would be appreciated thanks Luke.
    Last edited by vantheman; 11-06-2010, 05:53 AM.

  • #2
    Re: first pizza oven

    Download the forno bravo oven instructions (it's free) and read it well. It'll tell you basically everything you need to know of the building part.

    If the video you're refering to is this one, then I don't think that's really a good option. It won't last.

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    • #3
      Re: first pizza oven

      thanks for the reply. ok i will download the oven instructions. when you say it wont last do you mean weather wise. or the heat and general use of the oven?

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      • #4
        Re: first pizza oven

        Both. The concrete slab of the oven in video has already cracked, I'd presume from the heat. And I think it'll fail given some time. Also the foundation, or lack of it, doesn't seem to be up to par to withstand the mass of the oven. Or any frost that might develop during the winter.

        Edit. On second look... he does dig the pillars pretty deep so they are probably fine as far as frost goes. But I'm not that keen on the idea of having the oven on wooden legs with direct ground contact, even if the legs are pressure treated.
        Last edited by Laku; 11-07-2010, 10:54 AM.

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        • #5
          Re: first pizza oven

          He should have used three legs instead of five. Less stress in the suspended slab.

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