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I most definitely plan on having a vent landing area and chimney. I just don't care for the look of a big chimney flue sticking up from a beautiful oven housing. As such, I just wanna know how small/short I can make it.
I would suggest you make a brick flue and it probably doesn't need to be too high. I have yet to finish my oven but have been cooking in it for some months without any problem. At the moment it only has a flue that is two bricks high and this works pretty well - as you can see in the attached photos. I sometimes get a little bit of smoke out the front on startup when it is windy, but that's about it.
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Thanks fornthe help guys. I understand laminar flow, is that one poiseuille's law? Can't remember, been outta school too long already. What I didn't and still don't understand is how a chimney draws air per se. I do understand the logic behind "warming up" the flue with a smaller hot fire before it really gets going. Nonetheless, I'm thinking of using a round 8" stainless flue, length to be determined later, and boxing it off using steel studs and finishing the exterior with hardibacker and rock veneer. Would that be more efficient than using square tera cotta flue?
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Ppl tend to over think these things, just build it.
With all due respect, before I drop 2-3k quid on a project that will be sure to absorb a grand amount of my time and will be ever present in my yard, I shall put forth a little thinking and planning so as to maximize my investment and enjoyment.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but I perceive that the Venturi of the oven is in effect related to the inner arch to dome size ratio. As such, I understand the concept of making the inner arch height 63% the height of the dome. What I was trying to understand is how chimney design and size influences airflow through said chimney. It's clear that a round flue is more efficient than a square flue. And it's also clear that a larger diameter of flue will allow for more volume of air flow. What isn't clear to me is how does the height of a chimney effect airflow. An example that I see often in threads on this forum is somebody will write something along the lines of, "with a chimney that tall, it should draw real nice." Yes, I'm paraphrasing but you get the point. Why does a taller chimney draw better?
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Look at the link I provided it, it has the tables. For a given size appliance, a taller chimney allows for a smaller flue, and vice versa. As stated above, however, you do not need ANY flue for the chimney to perform to specifications.

If you choose to use one (which is of course recommended), then you can adjust the size of the flue by adjusting the height of the stack. Or you can simply follow the FB guidelines and be done with it.
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Draw is powered by a temperature differential that creates a pressure differential. The flue contains a column of air that is hotter then the surrounding air and is therefore less dense. This leads to the air in the flue being at a lower pressure then the surrounding air. This pressure differential is what creates the flow we call draw, higher pressure air will always flow to an area of lower pressure to try and equalize, it's just the nature of things.

A larger volume of air in the flue will lead to more draw. Hotter air in the flue will lead to more draw.
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Thanks for the replies. They have been insightful and helpful. That table also has been useful. Thanks again.
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More draw equals more oxygen for the fire to feed on. The larger the volume in the flue, the larger the draw. So this can be achieved by making the flue taller or a larger cross section (diam. if flue is round) or both.[/QUOTE]
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Draw is powered by a temperature differential that creates a pressure differential. The flue contains a column of air that is hotter then the surrounding air and is therefore less dense. This leads to the air in the flue being at a lower pressure then the surrounding air. This pressure differential is what creates the flow we call draw, higher pressure air will always flow to an area of lower pressure to try and equalize, it's just the nature of things.

A larger volume of air in the flue will lead to more draw. Hotter air in the flue will lead to more draw.
The reason the longer chimney increases the draw is that this pressure differential has an accelerating force on the air in the flue for a longer time/distance - and so the final speed of the gases out of the top of the chimney is greater and therefore the overall flow is greater.

That's part of it anyway!!
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