Glass Doors for Large See-Thru Outdoor Fireplace - Project #11300
Fireplace Opening: ~49" W x ~29" 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
Affordable 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. Be sure to read our comments about the bifold hinges below.
Stainless Steel Doors
Steel steel is the best option for large outdoor fireplaces where you need to burn with the doors closed. All of the hardware and hinges are stainless, so it is very durable. The Design Specialties doors use 1/4" thick fully tempered safety glass where as the Hearth Creations door has 1/8" thick pyro ceramic glass, which has a higher thermal shock and heat rating but is about $1000 more than tempered glass.
Customer Comments: I have a newly constructed double-sided outside masonry fireplace. I would like to add doors on each side to eliminate smoking. The width is ~49" and the height above the hearth is ~29" and above the firebox floor is ~32". The hearth is ~3" higher than the firebox floor, but I can add a row of 1.25" or 2.5" high firebrick to raise the firebox floor at the front on each side to have an inside mount (if needed). Please advise on my options.
Our Comments: Because it is an outdoor fireplace and you need to be able to burn a fire with the doors closed, your options are limited to frames made from either aluminum doors or stainless steel. The aluminum doors have are great for standard size fireplaces that can use twin doors, but larger fireplaces that require bifold doors there is an issue with the bifold hinge not holding up outdoors, so they will need to be replaced periodically. There is a huge difference in price between the aluminum and stainless steel doors, and since you need two doors, we included the aluminum doors as an option since they are about half the price of stainless steel. The stainless steel doors have all stainless hardware and will hold up well outoors. We recommend painting either materials black for the longest durability.
Regarding the lower firebox, this does not affect the installation of the glass doors. As far as the ledge, we will make the doors 1/4" lower than the shortest height from the hearth to the ledge.
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.
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!