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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

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  • vermiculite vs. perlite

    What is a better insulator, vermiculite or perlite? what is easier to work with? thanks for any suggestions.

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    I looked this up several months ago, the source I found indicated perlite is marginally better as an insulator. I don't think the difference is significant and probably varies with the prep (size of particles and how well "puffed" the perlite/vermiculite is). I think they are similar to handle as well. I'd choose just based on cost and ease of acquisition in your area.


    • #3
      I'm with Maver. Everything I have read shows very similar thermal characteristics. My local Home Depot carries both, and the cost is also similar. I have always worked with vermiculite, so I cannot comment on which is easier, though I know of many builders who have used Perlite.

      I would base my decision on ease of acquisition as well.

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      • #4
        Since perlite is white, it's easier to see if the dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed before you add water. Otherwise, there's no real difference.
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