Customer Comments: Hello, Our fireplace is an old Victorian masonry fireplace from 1920, built to burn coal. We have converted it into a gas fireplace, and because of its shallow fireplace box want to install a Rasmussen CoalFire chillbuster gas set Classic style. California rules state that gas fireplaces have to be vented, so we can't install a top damper to prevent drafts through our chimney. The alternative is to install a fireplace glass door. We haven't found the right door yet, even though we liked the Forged Iron Napa Valley door, but it might be a bit tricky to install a door because of the various depths of the opening box and the round pillars to the left and right of the opening. We'd appreciate any tips or suggestions you can provide. Fireplace Opening Measurements: 23 inch x 25.5 inch
Our Comments: There are two alternatives here. (Option #1 & Fig. #1) Install the door at the inner opening at the back of the columns and have it made with a hearth flange at the bottom that fills the gap. This will likely look the best, but will really make the internal firebox small. (Option #2 & Fig. #2) install the door at the outer opening (flush with the bottom of the columns) and use finished returns on the sides that go back to the inner opening. You will see illustrations at the bottom of this project that clarify these two concepts.
Fireplace Opening: 23" W x 25 1/2" H
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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