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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.

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  • Barrel Vault Oven

    We have built a Barrel Vault oven 1 meter deep its lovely, but I read from some people that it's not as versatile and as efficient...is this true?..
    I hope to cook pizza, bread but also roast dinners, potatoes?..will this be ok. please say it will!!
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    Does the silence mean 'oh shit, how do we tell her'?
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      I built a barrel vault oven, too. During workshops here, I regularly bake both pizza and bread. This design is more efficient for bread baking, true, but that does not mean I can't bake wonderful pizza as well. Depends on how you learn to use the oven, manage heat, manage firing. It's true that a round, low dome Italian oven is more efficient for pizza making than a barrel vault. It's also true that a barrel vault is more efficient for bread baking. However, the designs are not mutually exclusive, just somewhat different in focus and intent. Is one superior to the other? Not in my opinion, and I've used both extensively.

      Jim
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      • #4
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        Thank you PHEW!!!
        look at this................this will confuse us all..its so funny like a 'us and them' dome or barrel.... there's almost a snobbyness going on... ha ha
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        • #5
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          Sorry here's the link -------------------------> Barrel vault oven vs. "Pompeii" dome oven: ARRGH!
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          • #6
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            No snobby here. I just chose to build a round oven because it looked better for what I wanted to use it for.

            I answered you on the other thread you started, by the way.
            Elizabeth

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            • #7
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              well i built a barrel because i look like one! ha ha
              well, i certainly will if i eat pizza and bread all summer, and i think you should have the oven that represents the way you feel about yourself!
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              • #8
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                Can you tell us some more about your barrel vault oven? How thick is the cladding on top of the bricks? How thick is the slab under the hearth? Do you have insulation? How much and where? Pictures are always good!

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                • #9
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                  ...I was just making conversation when I asked about the bread btw... having been told barrel ovens are good for that... I certainly didn't want to imply one or the other to be superior in any way...

                  Well I wouldn't know would I? I've only ever used a round one.


                  And all I can say is, I'm really glad we don't have any insuferable perfectionists like that on this forum! Perfect ovens, yes, overbearing know-it-alls, no.
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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Frances View Post
                    And all I can say is, I'm really glad we don't have any insuferable perfectionists like that on this forum! Perfect ovens, yes, overbearing know-it-alls, no.
                    Amen to that!
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                    • #11
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                      cladding?...if ou mean vermiculite cement..then it will be 6-7inches thick on top of the fire bricks, no blanket just vermiculite cement......slab under heath ermmmm...7 inches..
                      There is a link below for the oven progress you will be able to see it
                      Ha ha, i'm kidding you when I say theres a bit of a dome v barrel snobbery going on, to be honest this forum of people no there isn't but I have come across some pretty anal oven builders..
                      I'm sure the perfectionists know who I am talking about, it's a bit like the OMLET forum for chicken owners my god they are a hen pecking flock, we got chickens a year ago and I felt so nervous with all the advice, now I have them I could write my own advice column, relaxed style, it's always the same, ever read a good childcare book that didn't frighten you off enough to make you wish you'd kept your legs crossed!!!
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