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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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  • Indoors or Out?

    Hey everybody!I'm new to the forum and to home ownership and have decided to definitely build myself an oven.My new home has a woodstove and I'm considering replacing it with my oven.Any info,experiences,etc regarding living with an indoor oven would be greatly appreciated.TIA!


  • #2
    Re: Indoors or Out?

    Certainly there are indoor ovens....most I've seen have some form of ventilation as you're sure to have some smoke. Most we see are outdoors because I think it's easier and less hassels with permits and saftey.

    If you go indoors, maybe a post on the bulld would be helpful to others.

    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!


    • #3
      Re: Indoors or Out?

      Hi, John, Welcome.

      There are some difficulties with indoor ovens. They are much heavier than woodstoves, and mostly bigger. On an indoor oven you will have to build to code, and get a building permit. There will be massive footings, and usually a taller chimney, as you may or may not be able to use the existing flue. On the other hand, it will be more useful for more of the year.

      Look around, and let us know if you have specific questions.
      My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


      • #4
        Re: Indoors or Out?

        Is that wood stove used as a heater or a cooker?

        The real art of conversation is not only to say the correct thing at the right time, but also to leave
        unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.


        • #5
          Re: Indoors or Out?

          I've been thinking that in colder climates, one advantage of building the oven indoors would be that you get full use of the heat not used for cooking as heating for the house... as the oven looses heat very slowly, your house would just be that much warmer for a few days after firing.

          And speaking as somebody whose heating has packed up before spring has properly arrived, that is a very attractive idea!

          And you get the smell of baking inside the house. I think that should be considered an advantage, too.
          "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)