Large, heavy doors need lots of support. The best way to do that is to cut a mortise. Mortised hinges are incredibly strong because they don't rely on both the screws and the mortise to support the weight of a door while it is opening and closing. When installing these large exterior door strap hinges you should always use carriage bolts or lag screws.
Jamb mounted pintles are the strongest type of pintle for wood jambs. They have a steel plate that is mortised into the jamb. They are no different to install than regular butt hinges and they work just as well. If you are working in brick or stone, please call us to discuss driven pintles and other options.
Most doors also require wider, thicker and longer door strap hinges. The hand forged strap hinges shown on this page are 1/4" thick and are suitable for heavy exterior doors. There are two widths and two stock lengths to choose from. Determine the length you need by calculating 2/3 the width of the door. Straps should reach at least 2/3 across. Exceptions can be made, for example dutch doors or hayloft doors can be supported with hinges that only reach 1/2 across.
Our two stock sizes will fit doors from 42" to 48" wide and we can custom make them to fit virtually any door. For the HF-42 simply add or subtract $12.00 per inch per pair to determine the cost. For the HF-43 add or subtract $15.00. If you want either of these hinges without the barrel to use as dummy hinges, deduct $35 from the price.
Please don't hesitate to call or e-mail us with any questions (800)754-9127.