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I've been playing with the idea of having a door that has a window. My wife came home with a new pan with a glass top. I think that the heat resistance of the top would be good enough to use when baking bread. This is the time when most like to be looking in the oven to see how done is.

I would not use this door during times when I had a live fire but I would use it during times I was doing baking or other medium to low heat activities.

If you look at the photo, you'll see that the glass top has a metal rim this could easily be screwed into a piece of wood, by drilling a few holes around the perimeter.

I'm looking for some feedback on whether those of you in the forum believe this is a good idea or bad idea.

Thanks in advance

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I presume it's the same as pyrex (borosilicate glass) which goes soft around 800C... so it may be a close call..

An easy test would be to get your over as hot as your normally have it, then pop the lid (without the handle!) into the oven in a tray or something (so if it melts you don't have it all over the oven).

When you pull it out, watch out - glass has an annoying tendency to shatter if it cools down quickly!

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which goes soft around 800C... so it may be a close call..
Bread baking takes place around 250c.
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I presume it's the same as pyrex (borosilicate glass) which goes soft around 800C... so it may be a close call..

An easy test would be to get your over as hot as your normally have it, then pop the lid (without the handle!) into the oven in a tray or something (so if it melts you don't have it all over the oven).

When you pull it out, watch out - glass has an annoying tendency to shatter if it cools down quickly!

M.
Just for reference - I do not intend to use this door when oven temps are over 300C - 575F.

Good point on the rapid cooling I will need to be very careful if it is raining or snow is about.

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Forgot that you don't use a door at full temp! (it's been a long day...)

Other than the temp-difference, I don't think it'll be an issue and even then, unless it's really cold outside, it should be fine... works on a pan after all!

I still would test it the first few times with some PPE
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Well, it does get cold here in the winter -35c for those in most of the world and -30f here. And I do use the oven in the winter so I will need to be careful or not use it when really cold.

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Here's one for you.....-44c=-44F
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Here's one for you.....-44c=-44F
Fortunately it never got that cold here. It only got to -41 F once and that was back in the late 1800's.

Did you know that snow squeaks when you walk on it when the temp reaches -20F, that is how I know it is a cold morning here.

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Hey Chip,
Maybe you can recover the glass from an old oven door. This was proposed in a previous post and sounds really practical. I'm not sure a wood 'gasket' would last long with your glass pan top if your bake temp is +-525F.
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Hey Chip,
Maybe you can recover the glass from an old oven door. This was proposed in a previous post and sounds really practical. I'm not sure a wood 'gasket' would last long with your glass pan top if your bake temp is +-525F.
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John,

Yes, I remember what happened to my first temporary door, turned to charcoal, heat and gas. The critical temp for wood is 451f And i want to Cook at higher temps. II have been searching craigslist for a glass door but nothing yet. I did pick up a pot cover at a thrift store for $1.00 so I think I will give it a try.

Learning curve and all that...I will report on my results.

Something pretty in the future but the budget is tight right now.

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