Outdoor Fireplace Screens and Doors
Covering an outdoor fireplace to prevent sparks from flying out is a bit of a challenge. Most off the shelf fireplace screens are not designed for outdoors and will rust and fall apart very quickly, often times in just one season. To ensure your screens will last, it needs to be made from materials designed to survive the elements which are:
- Stainless Steel
- Powder Coated Aluminum (limitations)
- Solid Brass Painted Black
- Solid Brass Wax Coated Antique Brass
- Zinc Coated Steel
The above materials may show signs of weathering over the years, but they will not deteriorate and fall apart like steel and should remain sturdy and functional for many years. If you are in a coastal location near the ocean or if there is significant amounts of corrosive sulfides in the air, it is even more important to use high quality materials such as these to avoid corrosion. The solid brass screens can also be uncoated and allowed to take on a natural patina, which is common in applications near the coast.
Many of the Custom Fireplace Screens and Fireplace Doors you see on our website can be made in the above materials and we can help you choose which one will work best for you. Expect to pay significantly more for a screen or fireplace door that is made for outdoors since these materials are far more expensive and working with them can be labor intensive.
Below are some examples of the various types of screens we can have made for outdoor fireplaces
Outdoor Fireplace Glass Doors
Glass Fireplace Doors are the most commonly requested of our outdoor fireplace screens. They offer the most functionality overall and are very convenient because you just open and close them instead of having to lift them out of the way when you are building a fire. When burned with the doors closed, they block the breeze, which can cause a fire to burn erratically and blow sparks and smoke around. They also offer the best protection from sparks. Glass doors can be made from stainless steel, powder coated aluminum, solid brass and zinc coated steel. Mesh options include stainless steel sliding mesh curtains or stainless gate mesh backup doors. The mesh can be in a stainless or black finish. Models from Design Specialties can be burned with the glass closed whereas doors from Stone Manufacturing cannot.
Outdoor Fireplace Mesh Doors
Mesh fireplace doors provide excellent spark protection and functionality. Because they are attached to the fireplace, they are sturdy and do not need to be moved aside when tending the fire. They will block some wind from blowing into the fireplace, but not nearly as well as glass doors. These can be made from any of the outdoor materials.
Outdoor Free Standing Mesh Doors
For those who prefer a mesh door but do not want to bolt it to the fireplace, the free standing mesh doors is a great option. These can be made from Stainless Steel, Solid Brass or Zinc Coated Iron.
Single Panel Screen
Option #3: Carolina Free Standing Screen Door
made from Stainless Steel in Vintage Iron Powder Coat. Includes Stainless Steel Mesh Painted Black.
Outdoor Fireplace Screen - Single Panel
Single panel screens are a great alternative for outdoor fireplaces and can be made from stainless steel, solid brass and zinc coated steel. These provide excellent spark protection and will block some wind. Free standing screens can also have 3 panels if you prefer a folding screen.
Outdoor Fireplace Mesh Curtain Screen
Often referred to as a "Bar and Mesh" these sliding screens are less expensive than other options. The mesh is stainless steel and can be painted black as shown below. The bar can be stainless steel, solid brass painted black or zinc coated steel.