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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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    More progress on my Pompeii:-

    To be sure I narrowed the centres for rebar to about 10 inches, and poured a 4 inch structural slab.

    I scored to perimeter of the slab, to bond the layer of concrete I will eventually pour as a border around insulation layer.

    The vermicrete was interesting. I tried the slurry mix method and it went too lumpy, so I reverted to the standard dry mix method, but reduced the ratio to about 8:1. I made a drill mixer to get it started, then finished mixing by hand.

    .......more to come

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    Re: Another aussie oven getting started

    Hi agin,
    I know what you mean about the Vermiculite. I experienced a similar situation and ended up with I think from memory a 1:6 ratio.
    Seeee my information at :


    permalink #2 complete with [hotos.
    If you are building an igloo pompeii oven, you will experience even more problems with your insulation layers going over your themal blanlet.
    I had a few hickups until I found a solution which is here:


    permalink #10 where I added a little fire clay to make it stickier and easier to work, especiall rendering the bottom vetrtical areas.

    Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

    The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

    Neillís Pompeiii #1
    Neillís kitchen underway