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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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- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

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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  • Way to go Balty

    I just took a look at your photos of closing in the dome. That is just outstanding work. Complimenti -- your trapezoids are perfect.
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  • #2
    Re: Way to go Balty

    Agreed. As someone who has yet to apply mortar to a single brick (in my entire life), I am inspired...and intimidated!

    Amazing work Balty! Congratulations!
    "You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."

    -- Yogi Berra

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    • #3
      Re: Way to go Balty

      It has been fantastic to watch your progress! Congratulations


      • #4
        Re: Way to go Balty

        Agreed! Beautiful brick work. It is such a nice dome, it is a shame to have to cover it up with insulation.
        Wade Lively


        • #5
          Re: Way to go Balty

          Inspiring work indeed. I was going to post some pics of my block stand but I think your work deserves to sit as the newest pics at the front of the forum for several days to inspire others.

          I see you've done the dome first, was this to make it easier to form up the dome or other reasons?

          I've been wondering about how I go about my vent area and how to tackle it, particularly how the chimney attaches. Doing it in two stages would give me time to research/figure out how to do the vent and chimney.

          Are there advantages either way?


          • #6
            Re: Way to go Balty

            Thanks for the kind words guys they're very much appreciated. The information gleaned from the theads in this forum is invaluable, all the guys sharing their individual experiences adds up to a formidable resource for anyone taking on this type of construction.

            It feels good to have the most intimidating part of the project behind me.

            With regard to the dome first chimney second question. It was not an intentional design plan, after I built the arch the natural progress of the construction took me in that direction. I don't see it as a big deal, if you look at the Artigiano at Forno Bravo it is designed without an integral flue, the vent bolts directly to the face of the arch.

            I intend to plant another arch in front of the existing one to form a vent & chimney. I'm considering leaving an expansion gap & filling it with high temp caulk but really havn't thought this entirely through yet. Might go searching for threads on this to see what the other guys think.