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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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  • Another aussie oven getting started

    Hi everyone,

    It's about time I gave something back instead of just asking questions and taking ideas!

    My son and I are building the 42 inch "as per plan Pompeii"

    The foundation, dry stacking, and pouring the structural slab went so smoothly it was almost a worry. Up to this stage it went basically exactly as per the FB plans.

    More to come

  • #2
    Re: Another aussie oven getting started


    Looks like you've got a really cosy corner for your oven there.... keep the pictures coming
    "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)



    • #3
      Re: Another aussie oven getting started

      Looks great! You're committed now! Look forward to seeing your progress.
      Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.



      • #4
        Re: Another aussie oven getting started

        Hi there
        In your opinion, do you think it would still be necessary to build the footings, or could I dry stack on top of existing concrete pavers that are laid on well compacted sand? Pavers are about 40 mm thick and have only a very slight fall that I would make level under the first course by cementing the first layer to the pavers. I can't imagine them having trouble holding the oven, but would appreciate your thoughts, having just built the footings.


        Willetton, Perth
        Western Australia
        My build: http://woodfiredovenperth.blogspot.com.au/


        • #5
          Re: Another aussie oven getting started

          A question: Do you have frost issues in Perth? If so, I don't think inch and a half pavers are going to hold up. If they shift on the sand base, the oven structure could crack, and possibly become unstable.

          Sand is generally not considered as good a base as crushed stone. It's more subject to shifting, and being washed out.

          Ovens are heavy and rigid. This is why they are built on solid slabs or deep footings. You don't want your work to suffer from a lack of preparation.
          My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


          • #6
            Re: Another aussie oven getting started

            I would suggest pouring a proper foundation. You will put that much time and effort into building the oven, it would be a pity to have it move and crack. It becomes very obvious how much weight you are stacking up, even before the dome begins.