The Tornado Tamer™ is the ideal door for a Monolithic Dome. This steel door has been tested by Texas Tech and approved by FEMA, with a 320 rating, for its ability to resist a tornado. It comes in several standard sizes but can be custom made to fit any opening.
The Tornado Tamer™ SafeDoor™ was tested at Texas Tech Wind Science University and passed as a complete operating unit. It is reviewed, approved, and stamped by a Professional Engineer.
** Doors are built of 1/4" plate steel upon a tube steel frame; 4" angle iron frame for attachment to face of shelter, TTU tested; Professional Engineer Stamped - states vary but are usually attainable upon request.
The Tornado Tamer SafeDoor is Texas Tech tested and 3rd party certified by a professional engineer for use in FEMA 320 settings upon concrete pour or concrete block shelters. FEMA 320 designates typical residential use. This is the same door style that is used upon our SafeRoom, SafeShed, and HillSide shelters.
The door was tested as a complete unit; jam, door, and locking system. It does not remove from its frame.
The door is made of 1/4 plate steel on a steel tubing frame. The jam is made of ts 2" X 4". This assembly is set into a 4" angle frame. It is made to set into the opening and upon the face of a concrete shelter within your home or a concrete block type shelter. It does not have an interior trim. This trim can be achieved with wood after the door is mounted and attached.
The door opens and locks with a single turn that sets 3 steel cams; one in the top jam, one at the latch side, and one into the bottom jam plate. The door is painted using a Farrel Calhoun product in color Moth Wing.
Anchorage is achieved with 1/2"X4" minimum embedment wedge anchors set into solid concrete wall or 1/2"X4" minimum embedment sleeve anchors if the wall is block with concrete to backfill. Anchorage is made thru the angle iron frame face and into the wall behind. *We do not provide the anchors for the door system. These are difficult to ship with the door and easy to attain at a local hardware store.
The Tornado Tamer Safe Door is available with a weld stud design if the face attachment is not preferred method to embed or attach the door to the shelter. The door is built with weld studs extending from the 2X4 tube steel that allow embedment of the studs into the pour of your shelter or to extend into the concrete block wall in order to be encompassed with the concrete backfill pour.
2'6"x6'8" Rough opening should be 36"x84"
3'0"x6'8" Rough opening should be 42"x84"
3'0"x7'0" Rough opening should be 42"x84"
Attachment Options (choose one) (included in price above):
- Angle Iron Frame (Frame anchors to exterior of shelter)
- Jamb Mount (Anchored in the Jamb of the door)
- Weld Stud (Pour concrete around door to anchor)
Optionals available for upgrades (costs not included):
- Cylinder lock (to secure valuables with a keyed lock)
- Peep hole (for viewing outside)
- Panic Pin (for securing door lock from intruders)
- Insulation (for noise, no claim for R factor)
- 14 ga backer plate
We will need to know the following upon ordering:
- Right or Left Hand in-swing
- Type of attachment -- Weld Stud Design (for pour in place concrete) OR Angle Iron Frame (Bolts to the face of the structure)
If you would like more information on custom sizes email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972 483-7423.