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spt 01-09-2013 01:55 AM

Flue sizing
 
Hi all, I am building a 36 inch pizza oven and trying to decide what is the best flue size to use. No doubt it has been asked before, but I was wondering if anyone can offer any advice from experience as to whether a six inch or an eight inch flue works best for a 36 inch oven. Also, is there a maximum or minimum height to work efficiently? Any help would be appreciated. Regards Dave.

sandgroper 05-04-2013 06:11 AM

Re: Flue sizing
 
Venturi effect

4 inch , any obstacles nearby may cause low pressure areas

brickie in oz 05-04-2013 02:12 PM

Re: Flue sizing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sandgroper (Post 151784)
Venturi effect

4 inch , any obstacles nearby may cause low pressure areas

The smoke will find the easiest way out which is the door.

A venturi only really works on a closed system without the larger escape hole for the smoke.

sandgroper 05-05-2013 05:32 AM

Re: Flue sizing
 
In that case any Rumford fire would smoke like a dragon

Principles of venturi according a fire size the flue should draw especially if tall enough.

Try the 8 then

brickie in oz 05-05-2013 11:52 PM

Re: Flue sizing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sandgroper (Post 151833)
In that case any Rumford fire would smoke like a dragon

Fair enough, point taken.
But in building a fireplace and chimney there is a slow gather of the brickwork above the fire box to coax the smoke to go straight up, which it wants to do anyway due to heat and the expanding volume of the gases.

In an wood fired oven situation the smoke is making a rapid exit for the door, you have to then persuade the smoke to do a right angled turn and go up the flue, making the flue smaller will inhibit this. :)

michelevit 09-25-2013 08:51 AM

Re: Flue sizing
 
6 inch is perfect for my 36 inch oven.
What makes the smoke move up the flue is the draw. Heat rises so it you can create a draw. The longer the chimney, the stronger the draw.

A draw can be strong enough to move smoke sideways and even downward.
Rocket stoves have flames and smoke move that move sideways and down.

I use stackable 6 inch hvac for my chimney. The longer I make that chimney, the stronger the draw.

stonecutter 09-25-2013 09:18 AM

Re: Flue sizing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sandgroper (Post 151833)
In that case any Rumford fire would smoke like a dragon

Principles of venturi according a fire size the flue should draw especially if tall enough.

Try the 8 then

Conventional draw characteristics change dramatically with outside fire chambers....which is why you can't over flue a wood oven or outdoor fireplace.

boerwarrior 09-25-2013 03:33 PM

Re: Flue sizing
 
I have a 6 inch flue on my 32 inch oven and it works fantastically. After the oven (and flue) heat up I get no visible smoke out of the front. I suspect the 6 inch flue would work just as well for your slightly larger 36 inch oven. Make sure you do not constrict the air flow prior to it entering the flue.

SpottedFrog 11-05-2013 01:12 PM

Re: Flue sizing
 
So if I am using a 20cm or 8" flue on a 1000mm oven I should be okay? Does it have to be double walled it is outside completely?

michelevit 11-05-2013 01:16 PM

Re: Flue sizing
 
I think the double wall is necessary just for safety incase the flue passes through a building structure. If the oven is located outside and the flue does not pass through a building structure, then a double flue is unnecessary.


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