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Old 02-21-2008, 01:10 PM
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This a project you can do using just a broken screw driver and a piece of string. I found out that working with metal is not really my thing... exact measurements only seem to happen to other people and wood or bricks are far more forgiving. I can tell you one thing, I'll not be unhappy if I never have to drill another hole in a piece of metal ever again!

As the whole thing is probably not going to stay entirely closed at the edges, I insulated with loose vermiculite - better that in the Pizza than errant crumbs of rockwool . Still, it'll be interesting to see how well it insulates compared to the aerated concrete I'm using as a door at the moment.

Most of it is aluminium, except for the handles and screws, which are some other kind of metal... ever since I read that post of Archena's about which metals go together and which attack each other, I've been aprehensive about using metal (will the screws attack the washers? Will the new knob cause the iron pot to disolve?)

So we'll see. At least it kept me occupied for a while, since I can't do any real work on the oven
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:26 PM
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And here's one more picture I took specially for George...

(I hope you notice that the label on the environment friendly shrimps exactly matches the colour of the wool.)
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:58 PM
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I like the look of the door, tell us if the handles get warm.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:11 PM
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Wow! I love the door. Now I know you can do the rain cap for the chimney!

I'm blown away by the knitting. Gorgeous stuff Frances. Awesome colors. Something that I would have chosenfor myself.

I'm always amazed at the work that goes into these pieces, and the way that people make them for gifts. Hours of hard work just to please someone else. Amazing!
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:40 PM
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Brilliant door Frances. Fit for purpose.

I had a vision the other night of a 'Fred Flintstone' effort made from framed 100mill/4inch Ytong block. On reflection it may be feasible. Easy to cut with a saw and attach screw-in handles.

I've got to start taking the medication again.................

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Old 02-21-2008, 11:47 PM
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Nice door....should be functional!

You could always bend down the last curl into a foot if it has any tendency to fall back. I'm guessing with so much steel handle away from the door, those outer handles might not get too hot. I'm curious too.

Inishta, keep taking the tablets....
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Old 02-22-2008, 03:27 AM
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Frances,
That door looks great. I suppose that should be my next project as I am getting tired of stacking and unstacking burning hot bricks. I'm thinking that door filled with vermiculite will hold the heat in nicely - let us know.

Inishta,
I loved the flintstones! What is ytong board? Sounds simple - I like that.

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Old 02-22-2008, 05:09 AM
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Hi dusty.............ytong are autoclaved aerated concrete blocks. I've used them in my house build. 9"/150mm for exterior and 4"/100mm for internal walls and my nephew Richard is building a complete house with them. Kind of like a large lego set. They are lightweight and can be cut with a handsaw. I can post some photos if you are interested. I think Carl from England used them for insulation under his hearth. I also seem to remember that he did some heat tests on them. I'll see if I can find the thread.


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Old 02-22-2008, 05:14 AM
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There you go .......................

http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f6/t...tion-2527.html (Thermalite aerocrete blocks for hearth insulation?)

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Old 02-22-2008, 05:24 AM
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Thank you everybody!

I'll be firing up tomorrow (of course...) and I'll certainly let you know how the door performs.

Jim, this may be a really stupid question, but how would I best bend the curl down? Brute force? Heat it up? Hammer and anvil? I was going to prop it up, but that would be far more elegant...

Dusty, ytong board is a brand of aerated concrete. I've been using one for a while, insulation is quite good, the only thing is its rather crumbly. And its ugly (I think so anyway)... But who knows, maybe I'll be back to using it again by Sunday

How were you going to frame the Ytong Inishta? I thought if you could put a thin metal rim all the way round the edges, it might stop bits getting knocked off all the time.

George, you make me blush !! I must say, I don't usually knit for other people. Well, unless they're really small. Or really really deserve it.
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