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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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  • red bricks

    My Uncle built two ovens using regular red clay bricks. He put two layers of bricks on his dome, using a sand form. Another innovation he has innovated for the dome of his next oven is using one of those big inflatable exercise balls, half inflated as his dome form. I'm kinda thinking I might go the same route for my maiden oven. Anyone feel like talking me out of it? How much money have people spent on their pompeii ovens? Is there a God?

  • #2
    spalling

    Regular red brick in fireplace service has the reputation for cracking and "spalling" (having chips break off the exposed surface of the brick.) This might be a problem if the chip falls on your pizza.

    Here's a link to the rumford site that discusses this:

    http://www.rumford.com/cookfp.html

    It may not be that important. If aesthetics are a consideration here in Jersey I can get reddish firebrick - they are redder than the yellow ones, but they don't look like red brick.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redbricknick
      My Uncle built two ovens using regular red clay bricks. He put two layers of bricks on his dome, using a sand form. Another innovation he has innovated for the dome of his next oven is using one of those big inflatable exercise balls, half inflated as his dome form. I'm kinda thinking I might go the same route for my maiden oven. Anyone feel like talking me out of it?

      (M) Not at all. I'd encourage you to try it. If I had it to do over I would go that route even over the 16 vanes. I found a Web site for large beach balls. I can send it to you if you write to me at: marceld@efn.org

      How much money have people spent on their pompeii ovens?

      (M) Much more than I spent in church!

      Is there a God?
      (M) Probably not like Michelangelo's painting. Check out Richard Dawkins: "River Out of Eden".

      (M) What follows is a Copy-Paste from an earlier posting of mine in regard to using a ball as a temporary dome support:

      (M) "I used 8 vanes and should have gone for 16. But if I had it to do over again I think I'd re-examine the ball idea as explained in the post below:


      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2592


      (M) If the link above is not clickable, just Copy-Paste it into your browser window.

      (M) Look for a picture of a blue ball toward the bottom. I'd write to Davy, the builder to ask if it continued to work out well for him. He lists his email as
      abpo@shaw.ca

      Ciao,

      Marcel"
      "Everything should be made as simple as possible, ...
      but no simpler!" (Albert Einstein)

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      • #4
        Red brick dome

        You can build the dome out of red brick, but unless the extra cost is a killer, I would recommend firebrick. The spalling issue is right, and I even think there is more of a chance of chunks of bricks cracking. That happened in the dome of my outside oven, where the dome is red brick. 1/3 of a brick cracked and fell in.

        I also think that firebricks are better at reaching the higher heats you want for pizza, and they heat up faster.

        If the question is doing the oven with red brick or not at all, do it with Home Depot clay bricks or found bricks. But if the question is whether a firebrick oven is better than a red brick oven, the firebrick oven will be better and last longer.

        James
        Pizza Ovens
        Outdoor Fireplaces

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