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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 starting out

    Hi All,
    Just preparing to build the oven, I am having trouble finding the supplies.
    Does anyone know any suppliers and trade product names for the vermicululite and refractory cement, and clay bricks.
    also what can use for the hearth stone?.
    I am in the uk
    Many thanks Cass

  • #2
    Re: Just starting out

    Vermiculite (or perlite) are agricultural products. They are the fluffy stuff in potting soil. You buy it at a garden center. The stuff they sell for insulation is treated with silicone, and doesn't mix with the Portland Cement well.

    There are various refractory mortars. I don't know the UK brand names, but the brickyard where you buy your firebricks will recommend something You want a dry mix, not wet stuff in tubs.

    You use low duty firebricks for both the floor and the dome of the oven. They are available from any brickyard or building materials supplier. They are said to be expensive in the UK, it may pay to shop around.

    Best of luck, maybe someone will chime in with UK specific info.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


    • #3
      Re: Just starting out

      Thanks for your help
      Couls do with some UK input as well
      Can,t do much at moment as we are having a traditional English summer (whistling down!! with rain)


      • #4
        Re: Just starting out

        Hey Cass,

        Let us know what you learn. We are finding that it is good having pockets on knowledge on where to find things and how much they cost. It works in various parts of the states, Australian, NZ, etc.

        Also, use the Forum search button to look for postings that contain England and UK. There are some postings from other Brit builders on what they found, where they found it, etc.

        Good luck with English summer. BBQ'ing in the rain. :-)
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