The doors were framed exactly as shown in the Virginia Tech kiln plans although the overall width was adjusted to fit my shorter kiln. Sheathing was installed on each door and the vent openings cut out. Finding hinges large enough became a bit of a challenge. The big hardware retailers didn't carry hinges big enough. In the end I was able to locate them at the local Tractor Supply Co. The 10 inch hinges weren't cheap at about $10 a piece, but I hope they'll be able to hold the very heavy doors for a while.

If I had planned a little better and had the hinges in advance, I would have included the extra blocking while the doors were being framed. Since it didn't work out that way, I added the extra blocking (doubled up 2x4s) to the doors at each of the hinge locations with ugly toe nailing in some areas.

Both doors were set in place and some shims were shoved under the bottoms to lift them up a bit. Each hinge hole was predrilled and lag screws were used to hold it all together. Even with the shimming the doors drag the bottom a bit, but I figure that extra friction just helps keep the doors in place when they're closed.

Door framing in place Door framing in place Doors with sheathing added
Doors hung with six 10 Closeup view of one of the hinges - lots of lag bolts Another view of the hinges and lag bolts
Closeup view of the extra hinge blocking View of a door from the interior Overview of the extra hinge blocking
A nice shot of my well hung doors.  Note the temporary yet fancy vent covers


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