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Fireplace Hoods

Deflect heat coming from your fireplace and prevent it from causing damage to your mantel by installing a fireplace hood There are several advantages when you have one for your fireplace; it’s more than just a nice decorative accent to your fireplace!. Apart from shielding your mantel from excessive heat, having a fireplace hood installed also makes maintenance easier, optimizes heat efficiency and provides a safer environment for you and your family. Let us walk you through the in-depth guide for all the things you need to know about fireplace hoods!

Why do you need a fireplace hood?

Did you know that your fireplace gets up to 1300° or hotter when you use it? That’s hot enough to melt lead, magnesium, and Babbitt – a metal used in car engines! While your fireplace can be a cozy space wherein you can relax right beside it – the heat it produces can potentially be harmful to both you and your fireplace mantel when not properly neutralized. This is where a fireplace hood becomes very useful.

Fireplaces with fireplace hoods have additional protection against the heat of the fire and are cleaner.
Fireplace hoods aren’t limited in size, and they aren’t limited in finish options either!
Fireplace hoods are important for keeping your fireplace surround safe from heat damage. Pairing it with a beautiful fireplace door, like the Breckinridge Fireplace door above, can really make a difference!

A fireplace hood serves as a heat deflector to prevent immense temperature build-up that can potentially seriously damage your hearth surround and mantel. Without installing a fireplace hood, all of that heat is hitting your fireplace mantel. This is a very serious concern to those who have a wooden mantel because with no fireplace hood to protect it, all that exquisite woodwork will go to waste. But then, you may be thinking “I have a steel mantel anyway so I have nothing to worry about!” – think again, because the heat accumulated there can still have an adverse effect on the displayed items on it!

You’ve invested so much time in making sure your living space is a perfect match for you, so why endanger it by not going a little further and getting one of our top tier fireplace hoods?

Fireplace hoods can be a beautiful accent to your elegant fireplace. However, a high-quality fireplace hood is more than just a sophisticated decoration. It serves a number of purposes that preserve the look of your fireplace, as well as ensure the safety of your home.

More Benefits of Installing a Fireplace Hood

Heat damage aside, there are a few other benefits to a fireplace hood. In fact, it is a multifunctional product that should be present in fireplaces. Whether you have a vented or vent-free fireplace, or you burn wood, having a fireplace hood can make a ton of difference to your environment.

First, it helps capture smoke and soot from ruining the area surrounding your fireplace. This means that having a fireplace hood installed can make your fireplace maintenance a lot easier and more cost-efficient. Replacing your wallpaper, repainting or scrubbing bricks is a much more difficult task than installing a fireplace hood, after all!

Cleaning our fireplace hoods is so easy it’s almost effortless! You can give it a few wipes or an occasional wash and it’s good as new. Imagine keeping your home much cleaner all for as little as $65! That’s money well spent; don’t you agree?

Secondly, just like what we mentioned earlier, fireplace hoods also make an exquisite addition to your fireplace to make it a lot more stylish. Our broad collection of fireplace hoods also comes in different materials, colors, and designs to suit your personal preference, as well as your fireplace’s style.

A top-notch fireplace hood truly makes a great addition to your fireplace, regardless if you are sporting a classic traditional fireplace design or contemporary modern! You can choose a simple fireplace hood, customize the color, or you can even get our premium personalized canopy that you can monogram with your initials or business name!

Another reason why you should install a fireplace hood is that it efficiently deflects heat into the room, thus making the fireplace more efficient. It simply redirects the heat that is produced in the fireplace towards the room.

So, instead of the heat going up and destroying your mantel, the fireplace hood pushes it out—just like an inverted L. As the heat becomes more optimized, Your room will be a lot warmer for a long period of time because the fireplace hood is routing that warm air back into the room.Not sure how a fireplace really heats a home when everything just goes up the chimney? Take a look at our guide on Zone Heating!

Most importantly, fireplace hoods also help create a safer environment for you. There are instances where the heat builds up so much that it causes the fireplace mantel, as well as items displayed on it, to be damaged! A fireplace hood made of premium and top-quality material will prevent this from happening.

Each fireplace heat deflector is constructed from durable 14-gauge steel and comes backed by a 5-year limited manufacturer's warranty. Enjoy free shipping on these easy to install fireplace hoods!

What are the factors you need to consider when choosing a fireplace hood?

Determine the compatibility of your fireplace and the fireplace hood you are looking for.

If you aren’t sure about the size of your fireplace, an adjustable fireplace hood is an excellent choice. Big or small, it fits most standard fireplaces out there today.

There are certain types of fireplaces that require a specific fireplace hood. Factors like shape, size, and style will determine what kind of fireplace hood is right for your home. Take your time in understanding the specifics of your fireplace so that you’ll be able to pick the best one that is most compatible with your fireplace and fireplace mantel. Keep in mind that installing a fireplace hood won’t lessen or make the height of your mantel lower. Your fireplace mantel’s clearance requirements stay the same.

Does your fireplace feature a surface mount or lintel mount?

Knowing which kind of mount your fireplace has will determine the right type of fireplace hood that you should install. If your fireplace has a lintel right above the opening of your fireplace box, then you should go for a lintel mount to install your fireplace hood.

On the other hand, you can go for a surface mount if you don’t have a lintel. With a surface mount, the fireplace hood will attach to the face of the fireplace with screws. Take note that both of these mounts don’t have a huge difference. In fact, it only differs on how it looks like so it’s really all about personal preference. Both surface mount and lintel mount work just as fine.

Make sure you have proper measurements.

The size depends on the opening of your fireplace. Some homeowners prefer that their fireplace hood be longer than their firebox, but ideally you should try to keep your fireplace hood the appropriate length for your fireplace so that you aren’t spending unnecessarily on a larger fire product. Most of our fireplace hoods come in standard sizes so you can easily find the one that fits onto traditional fireplaces.

Another alternative is to opt for adjustable fireplace hoods. You simply just have to slide the sides out and adjust it accordingly to fit your fireplace.

Our adjustable fireplace hoods are of the finest quality that will blend in seamlessly with your sophisticated fireplace. Still not sure about the measurements and other species in regard to your fireplace? Our professional team of experts will be more than happy to assist you!

Our popular Ask Chris feature lets you communicate directly with the expert in fireplaces.
Have you seen our newest feature? Ask Chris is an email especially for you. You can send the founder of the company and expert on fireplaces an email that goes directly to him. Chris is ready to answer all of your questions!

Invest in top-notch material for your fireplace hood.

Your fireplace hood plays a significant role in keeping your home safe and warm, so you have to make sure that it is of the best quality! Remember, your fireplace hood is going to be the one absorbing all that excessive heat so it really needs to be very durable.

A premium quality fireplace hood shouldn’t melt or crack and it should be able to withstand intense heat without getting deformed. We guarantee you that our collection of fireplace hoods are high quality and designed to stand the test of time along with your premium fireplace door!

High quality fireplace hoods are made of exceptionally heavy-duty materials such as 24-gauge stainless steel metal. You can rest easy; your fireplace mantel is well-protected. This will preserve your well-crafted fireplace’s beauty for a long time so you don’t have to worry about damage or repair and repaints anytime soon.

Choosing the best fireplace hood doesn’t have to be complicated as long as you understand what you want and what your fireplace needs. If you still aren’t sure about what to get, you can contact us using any of the methods at the bottom of the page. We will connect you to our experts to help you out

What’s the proper way of installing a fireplace hood?

Installing a hood for your fireplace is actually pretty easy. It doesn’t involve complicated screws, welding, or anything like that. As a matter of fact, you only need to follow a few simple steps when installing a fireplace hood!

However, while installing a fireplace hood is generally hassle-free, there are still some details that you need to pay attention to. The fireplace hood may end up being loose or dysfunctional if it’s not properly and carefully installed. It is also very important to take note of the material of your fireplace.

We get a lot of questions regarding the installation compatibility of the fireplace hoods in certain types of fireplace, as well as the proper sizing required for it to have a snug fit.

Here are some of our FAQs:

Q: For attaching a fireplace hood to my marble fireplace, can I drill directly into the marble? There’s no metal plate on my fireplace.

- NO, you can’t drill directly onto the marble itself. This will cause your marble fireplace to crack. In worse cases, there are times that the whole marble fireplace will break when the pressure of the drilling becomes too strong. Get in touch with us and let us help you with your marble fireplace and installing a fireplace hood.

Q: My fireplace opening is 42 inches. Can I use a 44-inch hood?

- YES! A 44-inch hood should work for your 42-inch opening. A bit of allowance won’t really affect its functionality and fit. The only key to this is to mount it properly so it won’t wobble.

Now that we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions in regard to fireplace hood installation, here are the four easy steps on how to properly install it.

Also, note that if you are using an adjustable fireplace hood, you need to extend both sides first and make sure that they are even prior to marking the areas where you will drill the holes.

  1. The fireplace hood will come in protective film upon arriving. This is to ensure that the fireplace hood remains in pristine condition even during transit. Before starting with the installation process, make sure that you have removed all of the protective film first from the fireplace hood.
  2. As mentioned earlier in this article, a fireplace may have either a surface mount or a lintel mount. For each type of mount, there will be a different way to install the fireplace hood onto your fireplace.
    • Surface Mount – Installing one with a surface mount is actually pretty easy and straightforward. Take your surface mount fireplace hood and carefully place it right onto the face of your fireplace’s opening. Determine where your drill holes are going to then mark it.
    • Lintel Mount – Installing a fireplace hood with a lintel mount is just slightly different than the one with a surface mount. You should also place it onto the front of the opening of your fireplace but it should be right under the lintel. Once you have already placed it, mark the places where you will drill the holes.
  3. After making your hole marks, proceed to drill. The holes should be 1/8 inch in size. Start with drilling slowly to check if the face of your fireplace can take the pressure. Depending on the structure and age of the fireplace, some may be too weak for strong drilling so start by going slowly, but surely.
  4. Now that you are done drilling the holes, carefully attach the fireplace hood on. The fireplace hood should come with self-tapping screws and these screws are the ones you’ll use to properly attach the hood onto your fireplace opening.

There you have it! Your fireplace hood should now work properly and efficiently! However, if you are unsure about some of the specifics and technicalities regarding the installation of your fireplace hood, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or email. If we can’t help you over the phone, we have a list of contractors and small businesses from around the country that we’ve evaluated and trust to help our customers.