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Old 02-08-2009, 11:38 PM
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Wow. the perfect door and the perfect brick laying tool. Engineer by trade? If not, you missed your calling.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:45 AM
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Nice door Jim.

From the looks of the fire shot you are getting plenty of fresh air draft in for the fire. Is that true?

I've been watching Ebay for used woodstove glass doors with an eye to modify the fit but what you did was excellent!

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Old 02-09-2009, 12:15 PM
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XJ in your quest for glass doors be aware that often tempered glass is used. I have a set salvaged from a glass front for a fireplace and they are tempered. Meaning: save for cutting with a water jet and sand (specialized equipment and no guarantee) they are the size they will be. Any attempt to cut by conventional means will result in their being reduced to small glass granules/shards. Easy enough to tell when you have them in your hands but it would be unfortunate to find out after your purchase.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:04 PM
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Jim,
I am still lusting after a door like yours. How has it been for holding the heat. As I get closer to finishing I am planning my door.

Mark
The door has actually performed beyond my expectations, particularly during the winter here in Wisconsin. It is so easy to move in and out, I was using it while baking pizza to keep an eye on the bake and the oven up to temps. And I never get tired of the blast furnace effect on startup. Also great when smoking items, you can easily adjust the the air flow to take a blazing fire down to and maintain just a wisp of flame amidst the choking smoke. Although when used for smoking the soot coats the glass a bit like tar. Laying it horizontal and spraying with glass cleaner (special fireplace glass cleaner) and allowing to soak for about 5 minutes, then the soot wipes easily clean.

I generally don't use the glass door to close off the opening for an extended period of time. For that I have an insulated door with an oak front. It loses between 1% to .4% of the current temp per hour (1% on the highest heat ranges reducing gradually to .4% on the lower temps) a phenominum that still puzzles me, perhaps some of the thermal engineers out there could help with that one.

I also found a better way for cutting the channel for the frame. It turns out that the cheap Harbor Freight Tools grinder will dismantle so that the arbor that holds the grinder discs can be removed and used as a 3/4" arbor in anything that will hold it. I tried it with a high speed drill press and then locked the disk at the appropriate level to cut one side of the channel and then flipped to cut the other side with a number of light passes. Made for a perfectly centered channel. Works great, particularly on the curved arch cut. And it is easy to reassemble in case you want the grinder back.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:39 PM
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XJ in your quest for glass doors be aware that often tempered glass is used. I have a set salvaged from a glass front for a fireplace and they are tempered. Meaning: save for cutting with a water jet and sand (specialized equipment and no guarantee) they are the size they will be. Any attempt to cut by conventional means will result in their being reduced to small glass granules/shards. Easy enough to tell when you have them in your hands but it would be unfortunate to find out after your purchase.
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Thanks Wiley, I know about tempered...I meant modify the opening to fit the door! I've seen a couple that would have been interestng. One was a double door set that would have just about fit my opening.

Jim's door looks so good that maybe I can get him to make me one!
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:53 AM
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XJim,
Happy to do it. But I would need a absolute precise drawing of the opening. I took a great amount of time cutting cardboard cutouts to get the right fit, which was in my case a 1/8" inch gap to the top and sides and the ability to press flush against the 1" lip to the internal opening.

The glass, packing (to protect same) and shipping may be killer.

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Old 04-05-2009, 01:18 PM
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Jim,
I copied your door and have used it for an extended time. My problem is that it gets a build up of goo (can't think of any better description) that I haven't been able to get off. Its such a cool door (thanks to your design and instructions) when its clean. Have you had this problem? Any suggestions?

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Old 04-05-2009, 05:56 PM
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Yeah it can be a problem. Usually, I clean the glass after each bake, but a couple things I have learned to keep the soot off.

Keep the glass pulled back a couple inches from the opening (and away from the smoke) until the glass gets a chance to warm up. To do otherwise causes the soot to bind to the condensation on the glass that occurs from the quick change in temp and creates the tar-like coating you mention. If you wait until the glass is hot and dry and then move it into position to use as a draft door it then only takes an occasional wipe of the glass with a paper towel if it gets a bit cloudy during the bake (wearing gloves).

The only time my door gets really coated with tough soot is when I am smoking something (usually chicken wings). For the clean up after the bake, I created a crude stand by cutting some two inch pvc pipe (see "A" below), two shorter pieces to place the door's feet into and two longer for the top corners of the door. The pieces were cut so that when in place the surface of the door is perfectly level (see "B" below). As such I can spray on a bunch of fireplace glass cleaner ("C") and let it soak for about 15 minutes, then all easily wipes clean (I use a flat razor to get into the corners).



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Old 06-14-2011, 09:12 AM
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This is amazing!!! Absolutely beautiful.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:59 AM
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Agree on all the kind comments. Solid design, good construction, excellent performance. A+
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