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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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  • Granite surface hearth

    Can the oven sit directly on a granite surface. I just started to dry stack the base and was told by the granite yard that it would not be a problem. Thanks for all the information on this site---Mel

  • #2
    Hi Mel,

    Are you thinking of using granite as the cooking floor? I don't think that would work -- though granite makes a great oven landing, outside of the oven chamber. I have granite counters and a landing on my Healdsdburg ovens. The oven floor itself should be porous, and extract moisture from food, which is releases as steam. It should also hold heat.

    Or, are you thinking of granite under a brick or refactory floor?

    Let us know.

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    • #3
      Granite hearth

      James- We intend on building a Forno Bravo Oven on top of the granite.


      • #4
        Hi Mel,

        I see.

        I think you want granite for the oven landing (in front of the oven, where you set food going in and out), which works really well, but not under the oven. You will want a traditional insulating hearth, with two layers -- a concrete thermal layer and a vermiculite concrete insulating layer. The thermal layer absorbs and returns heat to the oven chamber, and the vermiculite layer stops the heat from leaving.

        The good news is that the hearth is neither expensive or difficult to build.

        Does this help?
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