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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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    Hello to all. I am new to this site and will be building an oven in the spring. I originally was going to construct an Alan Scott type oven, but have decided that the Pompei version will be a better fit for my intended use. I have seen and read many accounts regarding the oven construction, but am curious as to how much time I should expect to invest in the project. I would appreciate any input that members are willing to share.

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    welcome - Construction time is a variable item. Especially if you are a time permitting builder. If you get really on it then it will probably take about a month or two from the first shovel to the placing of the last shingle or tile. I would strongly suggest that you plan on taking your time and going slowly. As a non-builder to date I am planning on about 4 months to build. I figure about 1 week to get the gorund level, one week to lay out the rebar 1 week to pour a foundation. Two weeks for either a block wall or brick. I am leaning toward a round wall using hollow blocks ( we used to call them cinder bloacks back in the day). I will porbably only be able to spend about 10 hours per week on it.

    Take a look throughout this forum, there is a plethroa of information here. My personal favorites are, in no particular order, svtlightning, dmun (planning), Musa (look into his web site), Paul Ages (very well documented). Don't rush that is when poor technique and craftmanship will rear its ugly head.



    • #3
      if you work every weekend you should be able to get to the point where you have the dome up (without insulation) in about 8 to 10 weeks. (by the way, i lost about 15 pounds over the course of construction [and then gained it back]). after the dome is up, even without the insulation, you can start cooking and then finish the rest of the oven at your leisure.
      my site for our pompeii and tandoor ovens


      • #4
        It can be variable

        The first time I built an oven, I built the block stand, poured the hearth, laid the floor and assembled the first three rows of a Scott oven. Then we got our permit for a home addition, and I didn't touch the oven for 9 months!

        Unlike the garden, where you can plant something small and ignore it while it grows, ovens and other hardscape projects don't keep going by themselves. :-)

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