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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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  • Hearth materials

    Can i use 20mm marble or granite, as floor of oven. Maybe be even porcelain floor tiles over concrete?

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    Re: Hearth materials

    I have read on this forum that those stones do not make a good hearth. Use very big firebrick tiles. Like 12x12x2. Or even better, get soapstone. Get it in big thick sheets. There are a couple of members here who did. It is supposed to be like 6 times better than firebrick. Use the fancy stone for the vent landing.

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      Re: Hearth materials

      You can use anything you want. The results you get, the lifespan of the material, and the pain of replacing it may (or may not) wish you followed tradition.

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      • #4
        Re: Hearth materials

        I don't know about marble, but under direct heat, granite starts to spall, or explosively disintegrate causing large crystals to pop off. This rugged finish is attractive for stone steps but certainly not for keeping your pizzas and other food clean.

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        • #5
          Re: Hearth materials

          Soapstone also abrades very easily, it is the softest rock you can get. Also known as talc stone it is talcum powder when crushed up.
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