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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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  • Foundation

    I am sure this has been asked before, If so and you can point me to the right thread Thanks.
    O.K. Do I have to use motar for my block base or do I just fill everyother core? Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Foundation

    If you have not learnt block laying skills it is far easier to use a masonry adhesive and glue the blocks together tightly. You may need to shim up the blocks in a few places to keep them level (I use washers) you do need to mortar the first course of blocks to establish position and level, then glue for the rest. Fill every second core with concrete and some steel reo.
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      Re: Foundation

      If you haven't already, take a look at the "treasures thread" compiled by Lburou (link below). It has lots of examples and good advice on the kinds of questions you'll have during an oven build.


      As for my build, I dry stacked my cement blocks and put bent rebar in every other hole. (Use half blocks so you get alternating overlaps.) I blocked alternating holes and set my top slab form so the bent rebar could be tied into the slab rebar. This effectively locked the entire oven base into a solid unit once the top slab got poured and concrete went down the open block holes. Instead of worrying about making my blocks level, I set my forms so that my slab top (when poured) was level...since that's really all I cared about.

      One advantage of the dry stacking is that initially (although it is extra work playing with different configurations) you can try different designs, layouts, and sizes with one layer of base blocks before actually committing to the full structure with cement and/or adhesive. I suggest cutting out a cardboard template that will be close to the actual oven base size-with insulation and finish work. That way you can properly gauge how your cooking area is going to work with your proposed block foundation and counter space layout...answering questions like; will you be hitting folks in the head with the peel; will you have enough space to pick up or put down the pies; will you have enough space underfoot to keep the winter snow/mud at bay, etc., etc. Putting on your forward-thinking cap at this stage of the layout is REALLY important. Another really good thread to read is "What would you do on a rebuild...")
      Last edited by SableSprings; 09-30-2012, 12:04 PM.
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