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  • my insulated steel door.

    Now that the pizza oven is done, its time to make the door. This is my second door. I wanted something decorative and functional. The door is made of double wall thin gauge steel. Its stuffed with leftover ceramic blanket and perlite. The thermometer is large 3 inch stainless. The handles are stainless steel and stay cool to the touch. No need for gloves to remove the door.

    I was surprised how well the oven retains heat with this insulated door.
    Post day temperature is over 400 degrees. Still hot enough to roast. Three days later and the temp is over 100 degrees! I threw a couple of logs and they are drying nicely for the next Sunday pizza.

    Anyone interested in a door like this? I could make one with a cardboard or wood template of your oven door. I need something to make now that the oven is done. I’m located in San Jose, CA. The door is heavy, probably over 20 pounds.

    more pics here....
    Michele Vitarelli Photo Gallery | forno vitarelli | DSCN0834
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  • #2
    Re: my insulated steel door.

    Very nice door--I love the embedded thermometer!
    Nikki

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    • #3
      Re: my insulated steel door.

      Bravo! Nicely done! I don't need a door for my current oven (it is built in) but...that is pretty doggone COOL! Love it!
      Jay

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      • #4
        Re: my insulated steel door.

        Very nicely done! Similar to what I'm thinking of making. What gauge of metal did you use?
        Cheers,

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        • #5
          Re: my insulated steel door.

          here is another pic of the door actually installed on my new oven.
          it fits snugly. i used the wood form that was used to create the
          brick arch as the template. Let me know if you want one.

          see my construction pics here...<link>
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          Last edited by michelevit; 03-24-2009, 08:26 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: my insulated steel door.

            That is a very cool looking door/incoming missile shield.

            Nice character.
            Journal of My Oven's Progress

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            • #7
              Re: my insulated steel door.

              Michelevit,

              Great looking door. I'm currently struggling with one now. I'm quite metallurgically challenged

              Does your oven entry have a reveal to seal a door against? I tried to incorporate a reveal in mine. Does the entire oven door but up to the reveal, or is the door designed to go into the throat of the opening, with a "lip" on the door to seal against the reveal. Does that make sense?

              I was looking at Ken's door which hopefully clarifies this

              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/k...door-3118.html
              Mike - Saginaw, MI

              Picasa Web Album
              My oven build thread

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              • #8
                Re: my insulated steel door.

                the oven has a taper and a reveal at the door opening.
                the door simply sits infront of the reveal.

                when slid infront of the opening
                it will snuff out the largest of fires. it is really neat to do this trick
                for guests. a small puff of air and the flames come back to life.

                the door is probally 1 1/2 inch thick and stands up on its own.
                i have fired up the oven less than ten times. there are several things
                i would do differently with the oven construction, but i would defintately
                build the same insulated door.

                if anyone wants one, i can build one if provided with a cardboard template
                of your opening.

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                • #9
                  Re: my insulated steel door.

                  Michele, that's a neat door you've built. I, just like Mike above, am metalurgigurgle..I can't even spell the word I'm so challanged. Your link to your door pics makes me think your little girl could weld a good door. It's a great pic when she's measuring the base.
                  Well, you've built a good looking door, love the materials, good to know that it seals up the fire and that comes back upon exposure to air. Didn't know about that. I may have to contact you about a door soon. Thanks for suggesting it, Dino
                  "Life is a banquet and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death." -Auntie Mame

                  View My Picasa Web Album UPDATED oct
                  http://picasaweb.google.com/Dino747?feat=directlink


                  My Oven Costs Spreadsheet
                  http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?k...BF19875Rnp84Uw


                  My Oven Thread
                  http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...arts-5883.html

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                  • #10
                    Re: my insulated steel door.

                    That door is awesome, and I would love one. You still interested in making more? What kind of cost are you looking at?
                    Toby

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                    • #11
                      Re: my insulated steel door.

                      Anyone get a cost

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                      • #12
                        Re: my insulated steel door.

                        sorry about the delay.

                        it would have to be 200 dollars - not including shipping.
                        I filled mine with insualting concrete and it works great.

                        its pretty time consumiing and the materials aren't cheap.

                        All I would need is a cardboard template of your oven opening.

                        The door is about 1.5 inches thick so it stands on its own. No need
                        to lean it.

                        I am located in san jose ca incase you want to see it in person and
                        save on shipping it.

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                        • #13
                          Re: my insulated steel door.

                          Hi Michele,
                          I sent you a private message a month or so ago, but now I see you're back! Thanks for informing on the price.
                          I have some left over 2" FB blanket (ceramic blanket) so what do think about using that to stuff the void in the door? It would be lighter by a little bit and from what I've read here on the forum, 4" of insulating concrete is the same as 2" insulation blanket. So theoretically, stuffing it with the insulation might be a tad more efficient. Either way, I like your door and will contact you on making one for me. Thanks, Dean
                          "Life is a banquet and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death." -Auntie Mame

                          View My Picasa Web Album UPDATED oct
                          http://picasaweb.google.com/Dino747?feat=directlink


                          My Oven Costs Spreadsheet
                          http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?k...BF19875Rnp84Uw


                          My Oven Thread
                          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...arts-5883.html

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                          • #14
                            Re: my insulated steel door.

                            Michele, great piece of work!

                            Where did you find the high heat thermometer?
                            Bill

                            Oven Build:http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/b...oven-5927.html

                            Progress pictures:
                            https://picasaweb.google.com/billbel...eat=directlink

                            Cooking pictures:
                            https://picasaweb.google.com/billbel...eat=directlink

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                            • #15
                              Re: my insulated steel door.

                              Here is a pic of my door I hope http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/memb...lated-door.jpg

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