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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.

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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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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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  • steel plate in walls

    is it ok to put 2mm steel plates in the walls of the oven for strength? it would go on the inside of the kaowool insulation. we are worried about the walls and arch falling in because of movement...we are building a barrel vault oven and it has straight walls 4 bricks high with an arch over it. i suggested to my other half that the kaowool should be directly in contact with the bricks so as to insulate properly. he says he needs the steel to hold the walls and arch up. he then wants to put the kaowool on the outside of the steel plates...

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    Re: steel plate in walls

    We've seen builders put a steel reinforcing band around a low dome neapolitan oven without difficulty, so it may work. You're right to be concerned about the structural stability of the barrel vault oven: the usual method us to use a lot of concrete buttressing. It definitely needs to go on the inside of the insulation: insulation is squishy, not structural.
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      Re: steel plate in walls

      I would ditch the blanket for the sides of the oven and instead insulate with 6" of 10:1 perlcrete in that area. Then build something structural outside the perlcrete to take the load of the dome. The perlcrete will handle the compression load and transfer it to the structural layer on the outside.

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