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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.
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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.

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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  • ste

    can bricks from a electric storage heater be used instead of refractory bricks
    im just starting to build a wfo and need some advice please

  • #2
    Re: ste

    Welcome Ste,
    withoutn a little more information on the water heater, the bricks could be (and probably are) insulating bricks rather than heat storage brichks.
    The answer to your question is YES, they can be used BUT they just might be better located outside of your oven dome in the insualtion area rather than in the dome.

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

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

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    Neillís kitchen underway


    • #3
      Re: ste

      thanks for advice
      the bricks come from a electric storage heater,which uses a electric element
      to heat the bricks during the night on cheap rate electricity.
      the the heater gives off the heat through out the following day.
      the bricks can stay warm for up to two days


      • #4
        Re: ste

        We've heard about the UK storage heaters, but are utterly unfamiliar with them in the US. I think I remember someone using them. Are they light or heavy?
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


        • #5
          Re: ste

          very heavy


          • #6
            Re: ste

            Hi I have the exact same question! I have just obtained 40+ of the dimplex storage heater bricks and intend on using them for a wood oven (I'm UK based). After a bit of reasearch they are made from bonded magnetite. They are very heavy and more research into magnetite gives composition of "in excess of 64% Fe, less than 0.1% phosphorus, 3-7% silica and less than 3% aluminium." Is this similar to fire bricks?? Also what are the heat properties of this going to be like. They definitely store heat well but how long they take to heat I have no idea. I'm planning on trying some experiments with a basic brick pile.

            Another question I have is can they be easily cut? For the base the standard brick is fab - 6"x6"x1.5" - but I was planning on cutting down to 3"x3" for the dome. I've probably not got enough if I use 20 for the base (24"x30") so I'll have to find out

            By the way this is my first post so I'd like to say what a great forum this is. I've been reading for a while and there are some fantastic and inspiring designs. I look forward to any help.


            • #7
              Re: ste

              Good grief: 64 percent iron? What are they, blast furnace slag? I looked at the Fe article in Wikipedia, and slag only has trace elements of iron.

              Magnetite is the most common iron ore. No mention of bonding, or iron based refractory material. Now you've got us all wondering...

              As far as how it cuts, You'll have to do some trials with the diamond wet saw. I figure if it cuts granite, it'll cut most anything. I doubt it will do the quick, clean cuts that it does in low duty fire brick.

              Hey, and welcome to the forum.
              My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


              • #8
                Re: ste

                I have acquired 300 electric storage heater blocks they 9"x7.5"x 1.5". they weigh in at 150 per Tonne.
                I took some down to the village blacksmith and he put a couple on his forge, and gave them a good blast for about 1/2 hr.. There was very little spaling and they didn't fall apart when handled, it was not possible to touch them with the bare hand that day !
                I shall be using mine to build a "Double Bell" masonry stove.


                • #9
                  Re: ste

                  Hi there
                  did the storage heater bricks work for your pizza oven?