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Glass Doors for Smokey Prefab Fireplace - Project #11429

Customer Comments: Good afternoon, I have a uncommon opening for a fireplace. it measures 21 1/2 inches high by 40 inches wide. I am also having problems with some of the smoke entering the home instead of going up the chute. I am hoping that a cover will fix this as well. The bricks are slightly overlapping the metal firebox. I really would like to not have smoke in the house during any part of having a fire burning if possible since it scares my dogs and my wife.

Our Comments: Below are two examples of doors that can be made to help reduce your smoke issue. We have determined that the inside fitting door in Option #1 will work, which is the door we recommend. We included the original mockup we created when we were not sure Option #1 would work just for comparison.

Fireplace Opening: 40" W x 21 1/2" 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!


Legend ZC

The Legend ZC from Design Specialties is made from 3/16" thick solid steel and can be burned with the glass doors closed. This will give you the best protection from smoke and sparks. This door mounts flush with the front edge of the metal fireplace, which is basically at the back side of the bricks. It has a subframe that recesses into the fireplace about 1", so you likely need to replace your mesh curtains and have the door made with gate mesh backup doors. We will set it down behind the bricks at the bottom and make it to fit just under the lintel and slightly smaller than the width of the bricks so it will fit inside.

Legend Fireplace Door Option #1: Design Specialties Legend ZC Fireplace Glass Door with Custom Frame in Rustic Black with Gate Mesh Backup Doors. Shown with matching 18003 Pilgrim fireplace tools.

Flat Steel Doors

The Hearth Creations Flat Steel door also has a 3/16" solid steel frame. This door cannot be burned with the doors closed, so in order to help reduce smoke, we would use a wider frame to reduce the size of the opening. This is most likely a less desirable treatment, but it is the original option we presented before we were certain the door in Option #1 would work. You can keep your existing mesh curtains with this option or have gate mesh backup doors added.

Flat Steel Door
Flat Steel Fireplace Door Option #2: Hearth Creations Flat Steel Door with 4" Wide Frame. Shown with matching 18003 Pilgrim fireplace tools.

Measuring Instructions:

Please refer to the two diagrams below to see where the measurements are to be taken

W - Width measured between the bricks
H1 - Height measured from metal behind the bricks at the bottom up to the steel lintel bar at the top
H2 - This is the height from the bottom of the lintel to the bottom of the black metal piece that runs across the top of the fireplace opening
D - This is how far back from the front edge of the metal fireplace to the metal piece that runs across the top of the fireplace opening

Measure #1 - Top Left View
Measure #2 - Bottom Left View

Other Pictures

Fig #1 - Closeup
Fig #2 - Room Setting

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!