Which Fireplace Door Is Right For My Wood-Burning Fireplace?

The answer to this questions varies, depending on the type of fireplace you have. “Wood-burning” does not specifically mean “masonry”. Many prefabricated fireplaces are fully capable of burning wood.

Let us explain:
  • A masonry fireplace and the connected chimney are built simultaneously with your home. They are created by a mason who uses brick or natural stone throughout to build the fireplace. Masonry fireplaces are wood burning applications and require the use of masonry doors. These doors provide a tight fit to prevent loss of air through the chimney when the fireplace is not in use.
  • A prefabricated fireplace is made in a factory. It is constructed completely of metal (outside and inside of the firebox) and uses a metal chimney or flue liner. It will also contain a stamp, plate, or marking that indicates the manufacturer's information. Prefabricated fireplaces are perfectly capable of burning wood and require the use of a zero-clearance style door. These doors allow for the required air intake and circulation that would occur naturally with a directly connected chimney.

So as you can see, your wood burning application could be either a masonry or a zero clearance fireplace. It is important to know what you have before selecting a fireplace door. If you are still not sure, please give us a call at 1-877-373-6677. We'd be more than happy to help you out!

 

Last updated on July 19th 2017.

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