Fireplace doors add to the décor of your room and enhance energy savings to your home. Doors are available in a wide range of designs and colors. They are custom fit to your fireplace opening and can be installed as an overlap or inside fit. In order to create a tight fitting door, a smooth finish facing material must be around the fireplace. Rough or uneven stone facing material creates gaps either behind or to the side of the door, relative to the facing material. These gaps can be filled with a concrete mortar or high heat caulk product.
Fireplace doors are constructed from two basic metals. Extruded Aluminum frames overall size can be custom built to your specific opening, however, the actual frame size (width of the metal) remains the same. Steel frames are laser cut from 3/16" plated steel. Steel doors can be sized to any opening dimensions, as well as the actual frame size (width of the metal). In addition, the steel allows for custom designs and/or monograms to be incorporated into the door.
Fireplace doors can be installed on two distinct types of wood burning fireplaces, masonry (fireplace constructed on site using brick, block and mortar material) and manufactured (metal firebox and flue system installed inside a wood framed chimney). Fireplaces doors must be approved specifically for use on manufactured fireplaces. Fireplace doors cannot extend out more than one inch from the face of a manufactured firebox, therefore, they cannot overlap a traditional brick or stone facing material.
A reface fireplace door covers the cooling vent louvers on a manufactured wood burning or direct vent fireplace. They are typically built using a steel frame. These doors are custom built to overlap the metal face of the fireplace and fit tightly inside the facing material i.e. tile, marble, brick or stone. They are usually secured to the metal firebox using earth magnets.
When burning a gas product in a wood burning fireplace, glass fireplace doors must remain open. A mesh screen can be used in lieu of traditional glass in any steel framed door. This does require a cabinet style door but, allows the doors to remain closed while operating your gas burning product.