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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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  • Newbie to wood fire ovens (Melb)

    Hi Guys/girls new to this site and the whole WFO way of cooking.
    First of all I would like to say great site and thanks to everyone for your contribution.
    I've been thinking about getting a WFO for a few years now but didn't really start thinking seriously about it till recently.
    I didn't want to spend the big bucks buying one and then not using it often and didn't think about building my own until recently.
    I started searching the net for plans, ideas and the material that will be required.
    What I have learnt is building one is something I could do (to a certain standard that is) but the materials needed are expensive.
    I'm going to go for a compact oven probably 32" if not a touch smaller. I will only be cooking one pizza at a time as we are a family of 3 and no real need to cook 2-3 at a time especially since each pizza can be cooked in 2 minutes.
    I will also try baking bread but small quantities and will make the opening big enough to accommodate casserole dishes etc so don't really see the need for a big oven. The other benefits I believe will be quicker heat up time and if well insulated should hold heat for what I require it to do.
    If anyone sees any negatives please set me straight I won't start the build for several months so things can change.
    AT the moment I'm in the process of slowly gathering the stuff required and as of yesterday I now have the fire blanket.
    I found most places sold it for around $130 and luckily for me a place around the corner had it for $75 so I scooped it up before the price changed.
    Firebricks are going to set me back $3-4 each so I'm thinking about an alternative.
    I've thought about common solid clay bricks but not sure if it'll hold the heat in long enough due to the small size of the oven. If anyone has used them feedback would be great.
    So for now I will keep looking at this forum for ideas, motivation and recipes.
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