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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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  • Mortar joint size question

    Hi, like most newbies, i have been lurking here for some time soaking in as much knowledge as possible. I have been doing some AutoCAD design of an dome oven and have come up with a question that I can't seem to find an answer for. I'll try to be clear.

    Using an Indespensible Tool or not it appears to be a consensus that the interior edge of dome bricks should touch each other.

    If a person used perfectly cut custom bricks that would require no increases in gap sizes from the interior to the exterior of the dome an even mortar joint thickness could be utilized throughout the construction and no shims etc would be required. Technically if all went perfectly a very beautiful dome interior (and exterior) could be created.

    My question is: Would this be a bad plan? The construction would take more time, a lot of cutting and more bricks, but would there be heat or construction issues that anyone can foresee?

    Input would be appreciated.
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