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Seal Dome to Hearth? - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community

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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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  • Seal Dome to Hearth?

    Hello all! I've been doing a lot of reading around here, now it's time for some questions on installing my 1st pizza oven. Let me start w/this one;

    I've acquired a 2 pc dome oven; 1 piece hearth & 1 pc dome... inside dims: 28" dia x 12.5" H. The dome sits on top of the hearth. In the reading I've done, seems that the dome is typically not sealed to the hearth. The instructs for this particular oven call for the dome to be shimmed up 1/4" and refractory mortar be used to seal this gap. It makes sense to me... except that everything else I've read calls for not doing this. I feel almost foolish questioning the manufacturer but can anyone shed some light my direction? I will also be using ceramic blanket to cover the dome... seems that sealing everything would also prevent any of this fiber from working its way inside the oven.
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