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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.
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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.

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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  • First Clay Oven?

    Hi I am first time poster on this site. I have been studying the different designs here for a while and almost ready for my build. This site is great and has a wealth of knowledge.

    Can the fire for a clay oven be underneath the floor (in a firebox)with an open slot in the back of the oven floor to allow for the heat to rise into the oven to heat the oven?

    This would allow for a clean surface for cooking and more surface area for baking without having to remove coals ash etc.

    Hope I explained this clearly...

    Thanks in adavance for your replies

    bestpiza

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    Re: First Clay Oven?

    That sounds like it would be a good idea ,but I don't believe it would work.. the direct fire is what heats up the bricks and the heat sinks in to them and stays there.
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      Re: First Clay Oven?

      Ash is sterile, how much cleaner do you need to get?

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        Re: First Clay Oven?

        It won't work then?

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          Re: First Clay Oven?

          Originally posted by bestpizza View Post
          Hi I am first time poster on this site. I have been studying the different designs here for a while and almost ready for my build. This site is great and has a wealth of knowledge.

          Can the fire for a clay oven be underneath the floor (in a firebox)with an open slot in the back of the oven floor to allow for the heat to rise into the oven to heat the oven?

          This would allow for a clean surface for cooking and more surface area for baking without having to remove coals ash etc.

          Hope I explained this clearly...

          Thanks in adavance for your replies

          bestpiza
          The flame from the fire will want to rise straight to the flue hole in the floor resulting in uneven floor heat. You will end up with a really hot rear of the oven while the front will be way too cold. The beauty of the cross draft oven with the flue at the front is that cool air enter at the bottom, combusts, circulates and is pulled across the dome before exiting at the top, resulting in excellent circulation and nice even heat distribution.
          Kindled with zeal and fired with passion.

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