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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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  • Fireclay

    So I was just wondering if it would be possible to not use the fireclay mixture to set the oven floor in place but rather just use regular mortar. If I do use the fireclay mixture how thick can it be? In general this step just confuses me so any lengthy explanation on the subject would be greatly greatly appreciated.

    Lou

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    Re: Fireclay

    No lengthly explanation needed. The fireclay mixture levels your floor if your insulation layer isn't flat. It only needs to be thick enough to get it level. You can mix it with water and trowel it on with a notched trowel, or you can put the layer down dry, lay your floor, and wet your floor to set it. I wouldn't use mortar, refractory mortar is really expensive and you don't want regular portland mortar in a high heat situation.

    My insulation boards were flat, so i just set the bricks down on top of them: no leveling needed.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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