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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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  • Just Started Building

    Hey All,
    Just took my first step building my oven, after reading this forum and asking a couple of question about less expensive building methods. I found the cost saving not to be enough to change standard build method or plans. So I found the place in my back yard cleared the required space and built the concrete slab form. I will mix concreate in a couple days wish me luck, I'm new to this kind of work.

    How long should the slab sit before I build the block walls avg temp here in Florida around 40 to 65 degrees?

  • #2
    Re: Just Started Building

    Concrete can take quite a while to fully cure. Since you are not driving a car on it, I would let it sit for a couple of days and you will be good to go. Good luck!
    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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    • #3
      Re: Just Started Building

      Hey Roundmanone!
      Best of luck in building your oven! What size oven are you going to build?
      As soon as the ground thaws here in MA, I'm about to start the stand for a
      42" Pompeii. Enjoy!
      Rick
      View my pictures at, Picasaweb.google.com/xharleyguy

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      • #4
        Re: Just Started Building

        I'm building a 36" it's just my wife and me. I plan to cook lots of chicken and other good foods. I have been reading the forum and can't wait to get a fire burning and try some receipes.

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        • #5
          Re: Just Started Building

          I hear ya! Roundmanone
          I think when I finally build my oven, I'm 'gonna' be packin' on some (more) pounds!!!! I've got to go on a strict diet before this project gets finished!!!
          Best to ya,
          Rick
          View my pictures at, Picasaweb.google.com/xharleyguy

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          • #6
            Re: Just Started Building

            I started my dig today and will be setting up forms and hopefully pouring a foundation this weekend. I am planning on a 42" right now.

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            • #7
              Re: Just Started Building

              Very Nice!!!!Telehort,
              I'm gettin' a bit jealous of you guys in those warm climates! It's cold and gettin' colder here in the northeast. I keep looking out at my frozen location, chompin' at the bit to mix some concrete!!! (see pictures under 'O' section of photo gallery)
              Anyways, Best of luck in your build and take some pictures if you can!
              Rick
              View my pictures at, Picasaweb.google.com/xharleyguy

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              • #8
                Re: Just Started Building

                Telehort,
                How are you mixing your concrete? I'm doing this job as a solo act so I'm doing it all by hand. I'm going to use ready mix concrete. I plan on going to get the bags in the morning so I have all day for the slab. I have no idea how long it takes to mix around fifty 80 pound bags of ready mix any idea? Good luck on your project.

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                • #9
                  Re: Just Started Building

                  I still have a day or two to figure it out. I have a neighbor who has said he will help me mix it and if that is the case we will do it by hand, but part of me is also thinking it is in the long run just as cheap when you factor in time to go get some concrete from the local rental store where you bring the premixed trailer home and just wheel-barrow it and dump.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Just Started Building

                    I mixed the concrete for the slab everything went well. I had my son-in-law help mix, with two people using one eight pound bag each load worked well. Now I'll wait one week to build the block walls if the weather holds. Florida gets lots of rain in the winter.

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