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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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  • Refractory mortar

    I am building my first pizza oven. I am very excited. Even with all this rain in California , I covered my whole project. I am having an issue with my refractory mortar setting up. The side that the wind has been blowing on is set but the side that dose not is still wet. Any suggestions?

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    Re: Refractory mortar

    Rockstar, you might give us some more info. Are you using a prepackaged mortar like Heatstop50 or a home mix? Was the mortar mix the same batch for both sides concerned. Did you rehydrate (add water) to the mortar at any time? This can drastically affect the setting time and total streangth. Did you overhyrate from the initial mix or said another way, did you control your water cement ratio? If so, the wind may have been doing you a favor by drying the overly wet mortar some. There are some threads here on the board that discuss overhydration and that can cause some refractory mortars to never set. They are more touchy than a Portland mortar.
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