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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.

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  • Steel Baking Deck

    Recently, over the past year, a number of people have been experimenting with other cooking surfaces apart from ceramics in cooking pizzas at home. The most recent and promising is using thick steel plate, inspired by tests using cast iron cookware in a home oven.

    I wonder abut the implications of using plate steel in a WFO, perhaps rested on a sand bed or floated into refractory concrete.

    Why? Faster startup time, lower wood consumption in a high-volume environment.

    Our Background. We operate 3 mobile wood fired ovens doing catering and food-truck sales in Denver, we build our own ovens out of reinforced refractory concrete. We started with a cooking deck of re-purposed soapstone countertop, then moved in our second oven to a deck cast out of refractory concrete (cooks like a dream) and now we're looking at creating a smaller, lighter oven on a cart. I hypothesize that the thermal mass of the dome is more important than the thermal mass of the deck, IF that deck is rapidly moving heat from the coals over to the cooking area a la steel. My wondering about using steel is that perhaps we can reduce the time it takes to startup our oven, and perhaps the size of our fire if we have a material that can very efficiently transmit that heat across the oven. As far as weight, I know that steel

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Steel Baking Deck

    Hey John,

    Interesting concept using steel plate. I believe this is not a popular approach for several reasons: the variance in temperature between steel floor and refractory dome, the acquisition cost of steel (must be at least 3/4" thick?) and the fact that the floor will surely warp from WFO oven temps.

    Is there a reason why you migrated from the soapstone to refractory floor?

    John

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