Project #10518 - Glass Doors for See Through Outdoor Fireplace
Customer Comments: I have a two-sided outdoor fireplace, one side under an open pavilion, the other facing a patio area. Unfortunately, that side of the house generates a "wind tunnel" which blows through the fireplace. I need ceramic glass doors with a low-profile frame to retain the see-through effect of the fireplace. I like the Stone Manufacturing ST-Minimal-1 doors but I can't tell if the ceramic glass is an option, or if it can be used outdoors.
Our Comments: Couple things: Ceramic glass is not necessary in order to burn a fire with the doors closed. All of the doors by Design Specialties have a lifetime warranty on the 1/4" tempered glass and can be burned closed. There is no warranty on the ceramic glass. Also, none of the doors made by Stone Manufacturing should be burned with the doors closed and they do not warrant them for that purpose. So we have created mockups using doors from Design Specialties that are appropriate for outdoor applications.
Fireplace Opening: Not Provided
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
Aluminum doors can be used outdoors in powder coat finishes with the optional stainless steel hinges. We recommend darker finishes, and in this case have use a burnt brown "Ancient Age" finish, which seems to work well with the stacked stone and dark wood in the pavilion. Aluminum doors are recommended as cabinet doors since they do not make the bifold hinge in stainless steel, just the left and right side hinges.
Stainless Steel Doors
This is the legend door from Design Specialties made from solid 3/16" thick 304 stainless steel. This is the most durable material for outdoor fireplace doors and will compliment your stainless steel grill. The doors can be made as twin or bifold. Bifold doors are the most convenient and make it easier to open when you need to add wood. It will also allow you to keep your wood stacked on the sides as you have now without being in the way for opening the doors. The door frame would overlap the opening 1" on the top and each side. It could also be made to fit inside the opening, but doing so is not advised since it shrinks the opening and also requires mortar work. This is the door we recommend for all outdoor applications for those who can afford it.
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!