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Project #10850 - Glass Doors for Two Sided Fireplace - Reading Room

Great Room Side | Reading Room Side | Read Comments Below

Fireplace Opening: 36 1/2" W x 23 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.

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


Customer Comments: Reading Room: 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 do not recommend sealing off one side with a single pane of glass. You can read more about this here: Glass Doors for See-Through Fireplaces.

We have chosen the same two doors to show as we did for the Great Room fireplace, one made from aluminum and the other from steel. The aluminum frames have a sub-frame that recesses into the fireplace just 7/8", so there is no issue with the angled side walls. The steel doors have a 1 1/2" deep subframe, so the angled side walls do need to be considered. To make the steel doors work, we must use a wider frame on the outside to bring the inner frame in from the sides enough to clear the side walls. You will notice the width of the frame in these mockups to be more than those in the Great Room side. Although we have not done the math to calculate this, we estimate the frame would be approximately 2 1/2" wide. The standard frame is 1 1/2" wide on steel doors.

Mesh Curtains vs Gate Mesh Backup Doors: Mesh curtains require an overall depth of nearly 3" for the rod mechanism. This will pose a problem at the top of the opening due to the angled firebricks. Therefore, we recommend using gate mesh backup doors instead, which only require 1/2" clearance. Option #3 should have been created with gate mesh backup doors.


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!