A little secret that most people are not aware of is that fireplace doors can have mesh panels instead of glass. Some people just do not want glass doors on their fireplace, but actually prefer the functionality of mesh panel doors over that of a free standing screen or sliding mesh curtain. Mesh panel doors give you a good finished look yet do not take up space on the hearth and they cannot be knocked over. This is a great alternative if you have small children or pets in the house. It is a sure-fire way of keeping them safe and out of the fireplace. Especially if you have a cat that likes to "you know what" in the fireplace.
Below we show how the Carolina door looks with mesh panel doors and with glass doors. You can also order your doors with both glass and mesh so that you can burn the fire with the glass doors open and still have the rugged protection of the flat wire mesh. Most of the glass doors from Design Specialties can be ordered with mesh panels instead of glass or with both.
Carolina w/Mesh Panel Doors
Carolina w/Glass Doors
Here's an example of the Design Specialties Carolina door in black with glass doors.
Mesh & Insulation Options
The Mesh options are behind the glass so you can burn the fire with the doors open and still have spark protection. Great for real wood or gas logs since most gas long manufacturers insist that you have a screen in front of the logs when they are burning. Mesh panel doors are the most popular and are best for when there are toddlers present because they will not open backwards whereas the mesh screens are easily pushed in. Insulation goes between the back of the frame and the fireplace facing, providing a better seal.
Black Mesh Curtains - These slide back and forth on a rod behind the glass
Gate Mesh Doors - These are separate doors behind the glass that have a flat wire mesh and a black frame.
Insulation: Provides a better seal between the fireplace face and the door frame.
This page was created as part of our Free Fireplace Door Design service. Anyone who has a fireplace and is considering glass doors can take advantage of this program. All you have to do is email us some pictures of your fireplace and we will create digital mock-ups showing you how various fireplace doors will look on your fireplace. This is hands down the best way to shop for fireplace doors. Click Here to Begin Your Own Project!