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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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  • barrel vault back wall arch

    In the Alan Scott oven, one builds the back wall first and then attaches the first arch directly to the back. I understand that this makes the wall vulnerable to cracking between the arch and the wall. Would it be better to built the arch first and fill in the wall below it, or build the wall and cut it in a curve so that the arch can be built over it? Which would be a better approach for a beginner?

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    Re: barrel vault back wall arch

    It is easier to build the wall first, but better to build the arch first and then key in the wall.

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      Tscarborough- We went with building the wall first, but cutting the bricks one by one to fit under the arch.

      Also, I contacted someone today to see if I could get them to build the bracing system out of steel that you suggested (having your photo was very useful in describing what was needed). The brace seems a much simpler solution than anything else for the wall weakness problem.

      Thanks for all your help!

      Sarah

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        Re: barrel vault back wall arch

        What kind of iron is used in that brace? What is it called so that I might describe it? Thanks, Sarah

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        • #5
          Re: barrel vault back wall arch

          Angle Iron and all-thread.

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