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Project #10849 - Glass Doors for Two Sided Fireplace - Great Room

Great Room Side | Reading Room Side | Read Comments Below

Fireplace Opening: 48 1/4" W x 29 5/8" 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!


Low End Aluminum Doors

Aluminum is an excellent material for fireplace doors because it does not rust and can handle high temperatures when treated with powder coated finishes. It is also the most affordable.

Brookfield Fireplace Door Option #1: Brookfield Bifold Aluminum Fireplace Glass Door in Vintage Iron with Clear Glass and Mesh Curtains.
Brookfield Fireplace Door Option #2: Brookfield Bifold Aluminum Fireplace Glass Door in Rustic Black with Clear Glass and Gate Mesh Backup Doors.

Medium Range Steel Doors

Steel doors are more substantial than the less expensive aluminum doors. They are heavy duty and rugged and are more customizable because the frames are laser cut.

Legend Fireplace Door Option #3: Legend Fireplace Bifold Glass Door in Forged Iron with Tight Fitting Doors, Clear Glass and Mesh Curtains.
Legend Fireplace Door Option #4: Legend Bifold Fireplace Glass Door in Rustic Black with Standard Doors, Clear Glass and Mesh Curtains.

Customer Comments: Design Help: What we have here is a major remodeling to a house that use to have a one side fireplace that back up to an exterior wall. The fire place drew air from the outside through the ash clean out box at the bottom of the fireplace. This fireplace was change to a free standing walk around fireplace open on both sides. The interior profile of the fireplace was maintain and we added air vents to both sides of the fireplace so we could maintain air supply from the outside. We remove the brick from the exterior and added a porcelain large sheet tile to the fireplace surface.

We believe we need to install the door to the interior of the walls, floor or ceiling and not through the porcelain on the outside. The picture below are of the larger opening side, Great Room side. We would like to have a modern look, either stainless steel, or black metal. Glass doors that seal but can be vented also for heat transfer and mesh screen.

I will send you another email for the Reading Room side, along with a drawing up the opening. Please note since we kept the back profile of the fireplace and are adding this door to a smaller opening you have some challenging angles for attached points. This door must be able to seal tight, if not we would consider fix class, but would prefer to be able to open it. This fireplace is wood burning fire place that we usually burn a couple of cords of wood in the winter and we have really generate a lot of heat. Masonry two flu fireplace, chimney 30+ high.


Our Comments: We have chosen just two doors to start with representing the two main materials, aluminum and steel. The aluminum doors will not seal as tightly as the steel doors, but they are about half the price. The steel doors have very small gaps between the glass. There is an option to remove those gaps with the "Tight Fitting Doors", but this requires a frame around each glass panel. Although this is the most functional way to make the door, it is less desirable because it obstructs the view of the fire.

Regarding vents for heat transfer: We do not use vents for heat transfer, they generally do nothing but allow smoke into the room and radiant heat will transfer directly through the glass anyways. We did not include a draft assembly with this mockups because you have already arranged for outside air to come into the fireplace.

Mesh Curtains vs Gate Mesh Backup Doors: We recommend using gate mesh backup doors on this side since it is what we recommend for the Reading Room side and is best to stay consistent. Please read the note on the Reading Room page.


Other Pictures

Fig #1 - Closeup

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!