Customer Comments: I have two fireplaces in a historic house (built in 1893). I am looking to start the process towards a quote for custom built glass doors for both fireplaces that would seal the fireplace when closed but can be positioned in a way as to let air flow into the fireplaces when having a fire going in them. The measurements of the opening of the one in the living room is: Height: 29 1/2 inches as measured along both the left and right boundary. Width: 28 1/4 inches at the top of the opening and 28 3/16 at the bottom of the opening. There is an indent of a depth of one inch at the top. I was looking at two options: the Stiletto and the Phoenix. I have yet to research the differences between the two, but it sure looks like I would want to go with one of these two options. I would want the same for both fireplaces. Since we are talking potentially about two fireplaces, I want to keep an eye on the cost.
Our Comments: We noticed that the hearth inside the fireplace is raised about 1" above the hearth outside, which gives some concern to which doors will look best and the appropriate way to have them made. The Stiletto is a very boxy frame that projects out 1 5/8" from the face of the fireplace unless the cutback frame option is selected (see figure 1 below). The cutback frame only allows for a 1/2" overlap on each side, so there is little room for error or variance in the bricks, so we will need to be very careful about the measurements if we choose that door. Based on your initial measurements, that may be appropriate so we have created the mockup. The phoenix can be made to overlap the 1" raised hearth by using a 4 sided frame or it can be made with a 3 sided frame that does not overlap. We have created both examples. We have also added a couple steel doors, the Craftsman and the Legend, that are heavier duty and more reminiscent of the period your home was built.
These 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.
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