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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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    A client of ours, Barry P, managed to buy a modular oven (manufacturer unknown) from a pizzeria in the Toronto area that was going out of business. It's a big guy: 53 inches deep. When I saw it in pieces in his barn, I thought "this ain't gonna be easy." The oven had seen a lot of use, and a few of the pieces had been broken, probably during disassembly. We discussed options, including repair methods, adding extra mass under the oven floor, stand dimensions and materials, insulation, etc. Benji, an extremely capable guy who works for Barry, welded up the stand. To say it's not going anywhere is an understatement.

    For insulation, we used 3 inches of Durablanket, put on in 1 inch batts, alternating the seams, layer to layer. Then chicken wire. Then 3-4 inches of Matrilite 18 castable refractory insulator (about 5 inches at the apex of the dome). Originally, the plan was to build a surround for the oven itself, but when the owner saw how well the Matrilite formed, he decided on a stuccoed dome. It's now curing, waiting for the addition of the chimney (Excel is the manufacturer) and the stucco.

    See, it is possible to give an old horse new legs. Check the pics. Sorry about the typoooo in the heading; don't know how to fix it.

    Jim
    Last edited by CanuckJim; 09-04-2009, 08:46 AM.
    "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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    You have to roast a whole pig in that big beast! Porchetta!!

    Drake
    My Oven Thread:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...-oven-633.html

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      Drake,

      I'm sure both are on the list for that beast. Barry has a personal chef on the property who's worked with WFOs in the past. Should be very interesting to see what he gets up to.

      Jim
      "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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      • #4
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        Jim,

        That is really cool. Nice find -- you can rent out half of it to house a small family. :-)

        James
        Pizza Ovens
        Outdoor Fireplaces

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          Originally posted by CanuckJim View Post
          ... Sorry about the typoooo in the heading; don't know how to fix it.

          Jim
          Ask James or Dmun very nicely - only a mod can repair thread titles.
          "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

          "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka
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          • #6
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            great oven, Nice job bringing it back to health...

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            • #7
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              Looks like a 12 legged rhino.....HUGE! What a cool project. What is the idea for finishing the base?

              RT

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              • #8
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                RT,

                There were various ideas for finishing the base, from metal to stone. I'll be down there later in the week to see which way the owner is leaning. Everything changed once the decision was made to leave the oven in a dome shape with stucco. Once it's finished up, I'll get some pics.

                Jim
                "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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