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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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  • Thanks to forum members

    A big thank you to members who have responded to my questions re construction of the oven. With the feedback that I have had I have gone ahead and completed the hearth.

    After installing 9" high forms ( 2"X4" joined with a 2"X6") around the concrete block stand I proceeded to pour 4" of standard concrete with rebar. Next I poured 2 1/2" of vermicrete for insulation. On top of this layer, and embedded 1/2" into it, I placed a circle of aluminum 170" long and 3" wide. (This circumference gave me a 54" diameter. I figured with my oven having a 42" interior diameter I would need another 9" to account for the thickness of the firebricks plus a little more.)

    I then poured standard concrete inside the circle up to the level of the aluminum followed by more vermicrete on the outside of the circle extending out to the 2"X9" holding the whole thing in place. After getting the level right for the surface I took out the aluminum strip then troweled the whole surface one last time to get rid of imperfections.

    Today (24hours after finishing) I checked the vermicrete and observed that it was level and smooth, but soft to the touch. I am going to leave the forms in place for weeks, or at least until I have finished the dome. I don't plan on starting the dome until a fortnight has gone by; perhaps by then the hearth will be strong enough take all the weight.

    I have photos of this stage of construction and will soon attempt to add them to the forum.

    Davy
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