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Old 04-09-2010, 05:06 PM
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Old 04-10-2010, 02:09 PM
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Default Door, Take 2

I decided to go back to my original plan and build the door from AAC block. I used 2ea 6x8x24 bond beam block like this piece:



I sliced them and diced them and glued the pieces back together to get this:






It is two pieces, top and bottom, and as soon as the thinset dries I will do the final grinding to clean them up, then paint the front BBQ black. I did skim the bottom with thinset to help with abrasion. This gives me a minimum of 3" of AAC, with most of the door over 4" thick. I also flashed the chimney, so the tarp is in the trash.

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Old 04-10-2010, 03:39 PM
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Good luck with the AAC door. I tried it but the stuff cracked, it is made from portland cement after all. I think the manufacturers claims about its heat durability are extravagant.
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Great idea on the door, can't wait to hear how it performs. Congratulations on the tarp removal - always an accomplishment when you can put away the temporary protections, shoring, etc.
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Old 04-10-2010, 04:00 PM
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This is just the insulating door, it should never see fire.
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:01 PM
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You can drill a hole in that door and mount a barbecue style temperature gauge. A good one with a range to 700 F will cost about $12 at a barbecue parts store. Or, what I did, go to your local dump and salvage one off a discarded barbecue. Depending on the probe length you may have to counter sink the oven side a bit.

Surprisingly accurate and useful for slow cooking and baking.

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I finished shaping it. After 4 hours on a 500 degree oven, the outside was 104 degrees, 30 above ambient, and the oven dropped less than 10 degrees.



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250 degrees, 46 hours after fire out, including 9 pizzas Saturday and 2 loaves of bread on Sunday. Door is 96, ambient 84, I think it is going to work just fine.
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By the way, the Wife said it was the best bread she had ever eaten, which is probably a gross exaggeration, but it was pretty dang good. One Italian herb, one white whole wheat.

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72 hours after fire out it is at 150 degrees, outer door surface at 83, ambient at 80.
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