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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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  • See Through Crack

    While curing my oven I have gotten a crack that is large enough that if you look very closely through you can see the flames on the inside. I should I attempt to back fill with extremly wet mortar, before moving forward??

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    Re: See Through Crack

    I think you should, but lets see what others have done.

    If you stuff mortar in it from the outside, then maybe make it a bit thicker over it from the outside, it will fill it but it will crack again, however, it will be a hairline crack that wont matter. We all (mostly) get hairline cracks but once you cover with insulation, it has no effect on your oven working any differently than if it never cracked.

    Once you put your insulation blanket on or perlcrete (or whatever) smoke or heat doesn't escape. You will just be reminded of it every time you get to pizza temps and your dome "clears" and you see the crack from the inside (like I am, with mine )

    Others have used gasket cement to good success for their cracks too.

    Good luck, Dino
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      Re: See Through Crack

      Thanks for the quick reply. The gasket cement would be a good idea a little more flexible.

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