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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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    i have noticed some oven bases being built in a u- shape with no angle iron across the front , does anybody have any thoughts on this, is it o.k.

  • #2
    Arched door

    An arched door is more work, needing a wood form of some sort to support it while the mortar cures. I think it looks much more elegant, and is worth the work.

    By the way, that lintel and top course of blocks may not even be necessary, if the reinforced slab goes directly on the blocks (rather than have the insulating layer below as was the original practice) I think Marcel made his stand without that top course. I'm not sure it's even that strong, depending upon the angle iron for support.

    So yes, making an arched decorative door is great, especially since it may not have to support much more than itsself.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


    • #3
      Angle iron on the stand?

      Hey Tommy,

      I'm back in the office.

      I think you are talking about the "arch" into the wood store under the oven. You can build one of those as a decorative, not structural effect. You use the angle iron in the stand, then finish the opening with an arch. If I had an oven to build right now, I would do the stand that way.

      As dmun noted, you can build the opening into the oven chamber itself as a brick arch. The Artigiano is built that way, and a handful of Pompeii builders have done that. The arch into the Casa oven chamber is naturally curved.

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      • #4
        Bigger door opening into the closet

        You could also bypass the the angle iron and the 4th course of block over the opening by adding either Rectangular Structural Tubing or Round Structural Tubing, thus spanning the opening and embedding the tube in the 4th course.

        something like



        • #5
          rectangular tubing ?

          sounds interesting, are there any examples of this or maybe a quick class in ihow to



          • #6
            structural tube

            look for thread number 19


            the 2nd photo has a clear picture. I believe Chad put down a precast refactory hearth. Using pipe to span the space is what james will call outside the norm of building plans for the Pompeii oven. However this is what the forum is for.

            For engineering a structural round tube will provide very good support. At time though depending on the weight a rectangular tube would be more appropriate. If you use the tube make the longer sides the verticles and the shorter sides the top and bottom surfaces.