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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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  • First cooking fire

    I am posting this here as it seems the forum for firebuilding doesn't get many posts. Pardon the intrusion....

    I have successfully cured my 42" oven and am ready to try my first cooking fire. My questions have to do with how to get a hot fire in the most economical amount of time. I noticed during my curing events it took a loooooong time to heat the outside of the dome. (not insulated as of yet)
    Now granted I did not throw a ton of logs on it but did have a few 3" diameter split mesquite on it. The heat was naturally concentrate on the dome directly above the fire. But I was expecting it to radiate to other parts of the cooking floor and dome a bit more than it did. I have reached an opinion that feeding with 2 to 3" split logs is better than throwing larger wood like you may in a fireplace. The larger wood takes longer to develope coals.

    So what do you experts do? And after you have a good coal bed do you cook on the floor next to the coals or sweep the coals to the side and cook where the fire was?

    Merry Christmas everybody.

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    Re: First cooking fire

    I have no idea how to do it properly in an oven, but would assume that it is like firing a wood fired brick or lime kiln: Pack in the wood until the entire oven is full of various sized woods so that there is air between them and then light it off, feeding in bigger chunks as it burns down.

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    • #3
      Re: First cooking fire

      Roadkyng (thats my ride),

      I build the fire in the center, let the oven burn clean (white), then spread the coals over an area that I plan to cook on. About 10 minutes prior to cooking pizza, I push the coals around the back and sides of the oven. I throw a few more pieces of wood in around the perimeter to get a nice flame for the crust burn.

      This works for me but I am sure there are many opinions.

      Les...
      Check out my pictures here:
      http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

      If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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      • #4
        Re: First cooking fire

        Originally posted by Les View Post
        Roadkyng (thats my ride),

        I build the fire in the center, let the oven burn clean (white), then spread the coals over an area that I plan to cook on. About 10 minutes prior to cooking pizza, I push the coals around the back and sides of the oven. I throw a few more pieces of wood in around the perimeter to get a nice flame for the crust burn.

        This works for me but I am sure there are many opinions.

        Les...
        Hey Les. I have a RoadGlide now. Love it. RK was fun. I put 63k on it then traded it in. Wish I had kept it.

        What size wood do you use as in the largest you are using?

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        • #5
          Re: First cooking fire

          I want an Ultra classic at the end of the day - I think my wife will enjoy the ride a bit more. It's just hard to justify two bikes and the one I have is awesome (paint,chrome, acc, etc...)

          The wood is about 6 inches when I'm getting to heat. The wood I throw in at the end for burn is probably 2-3 inches in diameter.
          Check out my pictures here:
          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

          If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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