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Source for WFO door?

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MNBäcker

Source for WFO door?

Howdy, folks.

I'm looking for either ideas or a source for a 10 inch high and 24 inch wide door for my WFO that I'll be building this fall. I've seen Ovencrafters advertise one that folds down when you hit it with the peel and then rights itself up again when you take the peel out, but there are no pictures on their website. I don't want to have a three inch thick door laying in the front of my oven... Is there a way to build a door that would swing UP and ideally stays up until I bump it again with the peel?

Thanks in advance,

 

Stephan

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intelplatoon

i dont know how to really explain this without being able to show you a picture of it.

the swing door you are speaking of is a type of heavy duty sheet metal with a weight on one end of it. The weight on the door that i use is square maybe 2.5" x 2.5" and is the length of the width of the door. the bottom end of the sheet metal is wrapped around the weight and welded in place, so you've got a  piece of sheet metal with a weight attached to the bottom. Another small piece of metal the length of the door can be welded at maybe a 45 deg angle above the weight pointing down towards the weight. This is a "lip" that will hold on to another "lip" that is attached to the opening of the oven, and hold it in place. when you push on the door it swings onto the front of the oven deck and allows you to get in there with a peel, and when you pull out the peel it swings back up. 

This was a very long winded explanation that probably wont make much sense without pictures. 

If you would like to send me a message and ill take some pictures for you of the door at my work. it doesnt seem that difficult to build yourself, as i have no idea where you could buy one.

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MNBäcker

Intel,

thanks for the detailed description. I think I figured out what you were describing. The 45 degree angle piece would be on the inside of the door, right? So the door can pivot on it?

I think I might be able to make something similar that would swing up - just need to figure out how to get a somewhat tight fit when the door is closed, as well as how to have an insulated door and still be able to swing it in and up.

 

Stephan

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Nickisafoodie

this link shows a really neat design that sounds in line with what you may be thinking and perhaps what intel platoon is speaking to above?

http://heatkit.com/html/bakeov08.htm

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MNBäcker

That looks like exactly what I had seen in a couple of places (only a little more detailed). I guess all of the "swing down" doors seem to be uninsulated. Would it be possible (if it's necessary) to have insulated doors that still swing in? Or would that require a thinner hearth right in the front of the oven, so the insulated (thicker) door could swing into a gap in the floor?

 

Stephan

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Nickisafoodie

I'm no expert but it would seem that you could find fiberglass insulation board maybe 3/4" thick and make same door via an angle iron frame, then sheet metal on both sides with the fiberglass in the middle.  Heavier plate on the bottom for the weight, and a 3/8" tube running down the length of the middle to insert a rod that is the pivot point.  Up to 1000 degree insulation properties, same stuff that pipe insulation is wrapped with.  Seek and ye shall find...  LOL

http://www.engineersedge.com/heat_transfer/insulation_blanket_application.htm

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intelplatoon

BOOM!

the link that Nickisafoodie gave is the exact style of swing door i was trying to explain!. We dont use it for the full bake, just for the loading and unloading of the oven. Once all the loaves are in the oven we give it some steam, and then quickly pull the swing door off and replace it with the big insulated door.

 

GOOD LUCK!