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Old 04-12-2018, 01:55 PM
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Newbie here...Thanks for the add.

I'm looking for some ideas for a wood stove door. Looking for something a bit unique regarding the drafts and latches. Any suggestions ?
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:53 PM
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Maybe you can give a little more detail. Is this to dress up an existing door, or a new one?

For handles there some creative folks here that forge, a forged set of handles could be nice.

Of course there needs to be a way to help isolate the heat from the hand.

I’ve seen springs used both as handles, and as an isolation method.


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Old 04-12-2018, 04:08 PM
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I've found that the coiled wire handles from welding chipping hammers make good door handles.
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Old 04-12-2018, 04:52 PM
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MD, welcome to the site.


As far as wood fired stove door designs go, follow the basic needs of a door and once that plan is had, go wild with the rest.


My preference is to have the bottom of the door allow draft and control it as such. As my stoves are on the small size, 2'x3'x2 1/2' drawing from the bottom side of the doors works well and easily controlled by pushing or pulling the bottom cover that is horizontal right at the sand layer.
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Old 04-12-2018, 05:16 PM
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Gawd, I'd love to have a wood stove.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:04 PM
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The door first off needs a channel all round the outside where you put the rope sealing gasket and glue it in.
I have found the easiest draft to make in a door is with a 2-3" pipe cap. Drill a hole in the door and thread it or weld a nut on the inside for this. Drill a similar sized hole right in the center of the pipe cap, put the bolt in and snug it down. Weld the bolt head onto the pipe cap. Now remove the cap and mark out a hole area to cut out leaving a crossbar web of door plate to support the nut or thread for the bolt. Now you can adjust the stove by spinning the pipe cap in or out on the threads.

Now as far as fancy goes, you can have a nice design plasma cut into the middle of the door, and mount fireplace glass behind it for see through fire watching. Always leave some expansion room around the edge of the glass.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:07 PM
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Gawd, I'd love to have a wood stove.
Sam, it just blows my socks off that you haven't built one yet.

And you'd probably make it thermostatically controlled by buying an Ashley thermostat and connecting it to a throttle plate from a car or the base of an old carb.
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:21 PM
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Wow, Thanks a million for all the suggestions.

If I don't find a factory cast door to use then I will fabricate one out of 1/2" plate. So that'll provide lots of material for threading a hole for the pipe cap draft vents (I like these as opposed to the horizontal slide style).

I will also mill out a channel around the perimeter of the door to recess a rope gasket.

This is on a maple syrup boiler so don't necessarily need viewing glass although some fancy scroll work with the plasma cutter sounds intriguing
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:35 PM
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Oh heck, skip the gasket then!!

No need for an airtight door on a sap boiler, you want them to run!!

Any wood evaporator I’ve seen they were simple cast doors with a latch, metal on metal. My grandparents the draft was down lower, and was just a hinged flap. The firebox was an open grate on bottom, with a frame around the sides.

The frame sat on firebricks, with an ash ‘bin’. The draft, if closed, went against the edge of the ash bin.


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Edited because my phone apparently thought it was drunk last night . . .

Yea, no need to get a good dSeal on a saPy cooker. I mean tight enough that it's safe, but it doesn't need to be airtight.

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