Hi Hansen Wholesale,
I’m looking for new glass doors for my 1920s pressed cement (?) fireplace. There is a lip that overhangs at the top which makes it difficult to find something that fits. Another weird thing is that the brick lining the fireplace is flush with the pressed cement.
I think I want doors that are low profile but please recommend whatever you think will look best. I would like the finish to be gray or black (not gold to match the picture frame on the mantel).
Thanks for any help you can provide, and call or email with any questions.
The doors will need to be made to fit inside the opening and overlap the inside bricks on the right and left sides. Aluminum doors such as the Brookfield are limited to a 1 1/4" overlap on each side, which will leave a 1/4" to 3/8" gap that will need to be filled with mortar. The steel doors can be made to have a bit more overlap, but we would still want to leave at least 1/4" at the narrowest point so that the mortar joint looks acceptable. Some work is going need to be done to clean up the mortar on the side bricks and do some patching. Also note that in Fig. #4 it shows there will be a gap across the bottom that will need to be filled with mortar as well. We can add a return on the frame at the bottom of the door for an additional cost, but we have found that mortar actually looks better since it will follow the existing mortar joint already on each side of the hearth.
See dimensions below
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.
A1: Width (smallest) 34"
A2: Width (largest) 34 3/8"
B1: Width Between Bricks (smallest) 31 5/16"
B2: Width Between Bricks (largest) 31 3/8"
C1: Height to Lintel (smallest) 28 7/8"
C2: Height to Lintel (largest) 29 5/16"
Measure brick thickness from inside of brick to concrete opening, not just the actual thickness of the brick. Notice on the right side the brick is slightly separated from the wall, which is why we need it measured that way.
D1: Brick Thickness (smallest) 1 1/2" on the left
D1: Brick Thickness (largest) 1 3/4" on the right
Fig #1 - Closeup
Fig #2 - Top Left - Note: The upper brick does not need to be replaced. Mortar can be filled in between the door frame and this hole after the door is installed. Same goes for the right side.
Fig #3 - Top Left 2
Fig #4 - Bottom Left - Note: There will be a gap between the hearth and the inside of the fireplace that will need to be filled. This will be the same width as the existing mortar joint at the bottom, which needs some repair anyways.
Fig #5 - Top Right - Note: Mortar needs to be removed and the bricks should be backfilled with mortar prior to installation.
Fig #6 - Damper
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!