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Project 10334 - Glass Doors for Victorian/Craftsman Fireplace

Customer Comments: Hello, Our fireplace is an old Victorian masonry fireplace from 1920, built to burn coal. We have converted it into a gas fireplace, and because of its shallow fireplace box want to install a Rasmussen CoalFire chillbuster gas set Classic style. California rules state that gas fireplaces have to be vented, so we can't install a top damper to prevent drafts through our chimney. The alternative is to install a fireplace glass door. We haven't found the right door yet, even though we liked the Forged Iron Napa Valley door, but it might be a bit tricky to install a door because of the various depths of the opening box and the round pillars to the left and right of the opening. We'd appreciate any tips or suggestions you can provide. Fireplace Opening Measurements: 23 inch x 25.5 inch

Our Comments: There are two alternatives here. (Option #1 & Fig. #1) Install the door at the inner opening at the back of the columns and have it made with a hearth flange at the bottom that fills the gap. This will likely look the best, but will really make the internal firebox small. (Option #2 & Fig. #2) install the door at the outer opening (flush with the bottom of the columns) and use finished returns on the sides that go back to the inner opening. You will see illustrations at the bottom of this project that clarify these two concepts.

Fireplace Opening: 23" W x 25 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

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Other Pictures

Fig #1 - Hearth Flange
Fig #2 - Finished Returns
Fig #3 - Measurements
Fig #4 - Measurements

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!