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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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  • clay - brick oven

    hey folcs, im living in the amazon and i,m building my oven for backing bread an pizza, the point is that i dont want to spend a lot, buying the bricks is what i have to spend...
    so i build a strong wooden structure, and will do the base with clay, also the oven will be with clay and brick, dont like to use concrete...
    any expirience, what is a good mixture of the clay to give strength holding the bricks together, and dont crack?? any othe recomendations...

    thanks... dan

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    Re: clay - brick oven

    I'm new to the oven making business, but I have years of experience with adobe, which I assume you are referring to when you say clay. The clay content of soil varies widely and the strength of the bricks or cob is going to be dependent on the type of clay, the amount of clay, and the amount of other "stuff" in the soil you are using. Mix some clay and water and make a test brick. If it cracks add some straw or sand. Straw will add some insulation and make the brick lighter, sand will make the brick stronger in most cases. Either way shoot for the highest clay content that makes a brick that stays intact. For house building the brick needs to be strong enough to withstand a fall from waist level landing on a corner. For a stove I don't think you will need such a robust brick.

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      Re: clay - brick oven

      the thing is, that im going to use firebricks, for the construction, but using adobe to get the bricks together, so is it wise to mix it with concrete or other stuff, so that it reraly sticks??

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