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Door clearance on Virginia Tech kiln design
« on: April 04, 2019, 09:32:00 PM »
This is more of a general construction question, but since it's technically for a kiln, I thought I might ask here.

How much space would be acceptable between the door and the door framing?  Couple inches?  I'll be covering it in 7/16" solarbord, then siding, so I figure I can cover most of the gap with one of those, or when I trim it out.

My biggest concern is that (I don't know if you can see this in the pictures) it bows up a bit in the middle - turns out the trailer frame wasn't actually all that true, so the gap will be bigger on the ends than middle.

Also, while I'm asking, any recommendation on what type of hinges I should be using?


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Re: Door clearance on Virginia Tech kiln design
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2019, 10:40:18 PM »
I used 6 strap hinges and theyre doing fine. I did put in little hardwood piece near the middle for each door to rest on when the doors are closed to take the strain off the hinges.

Itll be ok to leave a gap to work around whatever issues youre dealing with. Just make sure your door seals take care of it.

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Re: Door clearance on Virginia Tech kiln design
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2019, 10:57:27 PM »
Gaps can be dealt with seals, the kiln doesnt have to be airtight, but it does have to be tight enough to utilize the heat.  I left some gaps between the door frame and door, but covered the gap with the siding and used a face seal so that when the doors close they close agains the seal.

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