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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.

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  • Flower pot as a cloche

    As some of you know, I don't have a WFO, but I have a fairly serious gas oven with a pizza stone. The last time I made bread, I heated a large terra cotta flower pot to 550F along with the stone, then inverted it over the bread. Got a decent crust out of it (not as good as the WFO, but passable) and fantastic spring. Halfway through I vented it by placing firebricks (which had also been preheated) under the flower pot on two sides.

    Just thought I'd pass this along to my WFO-deficient cohort.

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    Re: Flower pot as a cloche

    This four quart pyrex bowl works good too, on a pizza stone or a WFO floor.



    As an added bonus, you can see through it, to see if your bread is getting too brown.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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    • #3
      Re: Flower pot as a cloche

      That's the first picture I habe see of that dome, Dmun. Is that the 'geodesic' design you made?

      Looks fantastic with some soot markings on it.

      Sorry if I'm behind the times - I did read your thread about the construction.

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      • #4
        Re: Flower pot as a cloche

        That picture was taken after a fire was started, and then not brought up to temperature because pizza night got delayed. It usually doesn't stay black very long.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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        • #5
          Re: Flower pot as a cloche

          Ah, yes, of course.

          When the oven cools a bit, (or completely?) does it go back to being this sort of colour?

          My guess is yes. Gives real definition to the joints in the bricks.

          I know I'm only referring to the appearance of the oven, please don't think I'm overly concerned with at - I do appreciate the effectiveness of the round dome in the oven.

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