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Project 10161 - Glass Doors for Brick Fireplace with Keystone

Customer Comments: We are in the early stages of ordering a Fireplace Glass Door. We have chosen Stiletto, Brookfield and Savannah. It will either be an Inside Fit or a Cutback Fit. The Finishes we have chosen are Classic Bronze, Cast Bronze and Vintage Iron. The Width of the fireplace opening is 38 9/16 inches. The Height of the fireplace opening is 25 7/16 inches. If we decide on a Cutback Fit there is a Keystone 3/8 inches above the top opening. Pictures attached will show the Keystone from the front.

Our Comments: If you do an inside fit, we recommend the Stiletto because it has a very narrow frame and will not shrink the visible fireplace opening as much as the other doors. Using the Stiletto with a cutback frame allows you to overlap the lintel yet have the sides fitting inside the bricks on the width. You will need to fill the gaps between the bricks and mortar joints with mortar. We would make the door overlap the lintel by 3/16" allowing for 3/16" of play beneath the keystone. We can also make the Stiletto as a complete inside fit underneath the lintel (Option #2). This does not require a cutback frame. Mortar will need to be added on the top and sides. The Brookfield (Option #3) and Savannah (Option #4) should be made to overlap the lintel by 3/16" and overlap 1 1/2" on each side to hide the wide mortar joints. This will leave a gap across the top equal to the depth of the mortar joints. You may decide to fill the gap with a bead of mortar or just leave it as is depending on how it looks to you. The overlap fit is the easiest installation.

Measuring: It appears that the hearth is a bit irregular in height, so it is going to be important to measure the height from every brick on the hearth to the bottom of the lintel to find the shortest and tallest height. This will be critical to ensure that the keystone does not interfere. If these measurements are not accurate, be prepared to chisel or grind the bottom of the keystone a bit in order to fit the door under it.

Fireplace Opening: Front: 38 9/16" W x 25 7/16" H

Note: These mock-ups are not to scale and are meant to help you choose the model of your screen or door, not the finish. Although we may create a general representation of black, iron, bronze, gold and silver tones, you must choose your finish from our samples using the links below. Ask your project manager which samples apply to the items in your project.

Finish Samples: Design Specialties Finishes | Stone Manufacturing Finishes | Hearth Creations Finishes

Important Note:
About Finishes!

Stiletto Cutback
Option #1: Stiletto Cutback in Vintage Iron. Shown overlapping the lintel fitting under the keystone.
Option #2: Stiletto in Classic Bronze. Shown as a complete inside fit under the lintel.
Option #3: Brookfield in Cast Bronze. Shown overlapping the sides fitting under the keystone
Option #4: Savannah in Classic Bronze. Shown overlapping the sides fitting under the keystone

Other Pictures

Figure #1: Closeup of Keystone
Figure #2: Bottom Left
Figure #3: Top Left
Figure #4: Complete Fireplace

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!