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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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Dome Installation Video - Casa / Premio / Modena


For many of you who bought a modular oven, you may have asked how we put the domes together when we build them. For those of you considering one of our ovens, we shot a video to make your install easier.

Check it out on our You Tube Channel.


If the link doesn't work, simply go to You Tube and type Forno Bravo Channel. The video title is How to Set your Forno Bravo Oven Dome Pieces.

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    The more I read the more confused I become. My initial project was to build an "earth oven" using natural clay and sand, more research, no acceptable clay in the wild so a potter/oven builder recommended mix of Hawthorne fireclay sand and portland cement, 2:1:1. More info on portland cement and because of low temp break down and only advantage it seems is quicker setting, which I really do not need not sure I want to use cement in mix?? Now enters masonry lime into the mix, seems in some locations this has been mixed with clay sand mix to decrease shrinkage thus less craking and increase the longevity of this type oven. Any ideas?


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    If you start buying potter's clay, the cost advantage of earth ovens disappears quickly in the land of cheap firebrick. As far as I can tell, the only advantage of clay ovens is cheapness. As far as mixing various amounts of portland and lime with the clay, well, you're pretty much on your own.

    I'm not sure you're correct about North Carolina being devoid of proper clay deposits. After all, Josiah Wedgewood went to N.C. because of their supplies of high grade kaolin.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2