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Project 10183 - Glass Doors for Tall Opening

Our Comments: Judging from the large smoke deflector/hood over the opening, we assume that this fireplace had a smoke problem before the hood was installed. This is common with older fireplaces that have very tall openings. In order to design a glass door that will help prevent the smoke from rolling into the room, we need to design it with a wide top frame to mimic the hood as shown in the first example below. If you remove the hood and burn the fire to determine that it will draft properly without the hood, then it is possible it was put in place as a purely decorative option. Before you purchase a door like the other examples below, be sure that you confirm the fireplace will not smoke without the hood. For sake of creating these examples, we have removed the hood digitally.

Our Comments: The most durable frame would be made of steel with a powder coat finish. The frame would fit inside the opening and the gap between the stone and the frame will need to be filled with mortar as shown.

Fireplace Opening: Not Specified

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!

Black Rock
Option #1: Black Rock in Forged Iron with Extra Wide Top Frame.
Black Rock
Option #2: Black Rock in Forged Iron with Normal Frame (clear center also).
Option #3: Black Rock in Forged Iron with Extra Wide Top Frame.
Option #4: Brookfield in Forged Ancient Age.

Other Pictures

Figure #1: Alternative View
Figure #2: Alternative View

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!