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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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  • ***FIRE*LIT or OUT***

    hi all
    I've been cooking for over a month now, I have cooked my pizza's with and without the fire lit and with the fire pushed to the back of the dome or the side. Im getting pretty good and prefer to cook with one or two small logs on the side. How do you all prefer to cook ? Just really looking to confirm my techniques or improve them


    Last edited by ThisOldGarageNJ; 08-16-2010, 05:49 PM.

  • #2
    Re: ***FIRE*LIT or OUT***

    My pizza's definitely cook better with a live fire on the side.
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    • #3
      Re: ***FIRE*LIT or OUT***

      You really want a bright fire burning when you cook pizza. The flames up the dome recharge the heat of the floor, and give you more uniform results.

      Fire to the side has the advantage of being able to see the pizza edge on the hottest side, so you can know when to rotate. With the fire in the back, you loose flexibility (it's cooler up front) as well as visibility.
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      • #4
        Re: ***FIRE*LIT or OUT***

        Mark - I tend to keep the fire (small) pushed around the sides and back, but I'm still learning. By the looks of your results, I wouldn't change a thing.

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        • #5
          Re: ***FIRE*LIT or OUT***

          Looks like you are on the right page!

          I like good flames on the side. My first pizza event I shoved a pizza right into the fire with the fire at the back. It was a bit embarassing! That should put your dome up in the 1000 degree range which is preferred by many of us.

          While I have an infrared thermometer, I measure the hearth by throwing a small amount of semolina or flour on the hearth. At the right temperature it will take about 3 seconds to turn brown (instantly - like one, two (still white/yellow), three (brown). Much less and the hearth is too hot, much longer and the bottom won't cook properly with a good fire.

          Hope that helps! (but you are doing fine.)(My ideal would be a bit more flame OR a bit more time. I like my speckled caramelization just a hair darker, but... that is my taste and not necessarily yours!)