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WJW 02-23-2012 08:29 AM

Offset door???
In my build thread Tom suggested placing the door off to the side to allow easier access to the cooking floor and make things easier for placing a fire to the side. It actually seems to make some sense...although I've cooked a total of one pizza in a wood fired oven and that was years ago. Anyone have any thoughts about Tom's idea? Wondering about aiflow over the pizza, chimney draw, etc.


Tscarborough 02-23-2012 09:14 AM

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WJW 02-23-2012 09:55 AM

Re: Offset door???
Hey Tom...I see what you've done looks like just a couple of inches though. Your suggestion in the other thread (if I read you correctly) is that I go as far over as arch construction will allow?

I'm just concerned how the thing will look in light of the fact that my ash drop, stand, etc are all set up for a centered oven. I could go over two or three inches as you did above, but I wonder how much practical benefit I gain. (I really do mean I wonder because I haven't cooked enough in one to know.) Do you feel that that two or three inches you gain above is a benefit in cooking?


GianniFocaccia 02-23-2012 09:57 AM

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The term offset refers to the door but is more accurately intended for the entryway. The wider the entryway walls are from the inner arch, the better the angle the cook has to work the oven. This angle is further enhanced the more the entryway itself is flared and makes moving the door in and out easier.

Builders who neglect to incorporate an offset entryway do not have anything to rest their door against.

Tscarborough 02-23-2012 10:17 AM

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That is, in builders terms, a reveal, not an offset.

Reveal (carpentry) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It is very much a benefit, and like I say, next time it will be flush on one side. No noticeable effects on air flow or draw other than it fires easily and draws well.

GianniFocaccia 02-23-2012 12:04 PM

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Any smoke come out the front Tom? Your photos (maybe older) reveal no such stains...

Tscarborough 02-23-2012 12:27 PM

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None, even when the wind is strong.

Derkp 02-24-2012 08:18 PM

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Make one side flush with the inside wall of one of the oven, As Tom suggests. You cook straight in with the coals on one side. Keep your reveal to snug your door against. It also is a straight shot to clean ash and coals out.

My design is close to Toms and it works great. Only a little puff of smoke hear and there out the front.


david s 02-25-2012 03:57 AM

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How about leaving it in the centre as planned and have a (twin cam) fire on each side.

brickie in oz 02-25-2012 12:44 PM

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Yeah, we sometimes rake coals down both sides if doing a roast. :)

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