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Know Your Fireplace

*What is the difference in a masonry and a prefabricated fireplace?

*I'm just confused on this whole thing, isn't there an easier way for me to figure out what fireplace I have?

*How do I measure my masonry fireplace for a replacement fireplace door?

*How do I measure my prefabricated fireplace for a replacement fireplace door?

What is a lintel bar? Do I need one to install a fireplace door?

The measurements you show on your site for my zero clearance fireplace are not the same as the ones I have.

*What is a fireplace heat exchanger?

*What is the difference between a riser bar and a lintel bar?

*How do I install a fireplace door?

 

Fireplace Safety

*Why are fireplace doors necessary?

Can I get a fireplace door without glass?

*Can I get a fireplace door without a frame?

What makes a fireplace door safe?

*Is the glass on fireplace doors safe?

Can I install my fireplace door myself?

Why can't I keep my glass doors closed when I have a fire?

Can I close the glass fireplace doors when the fire dies down?

Can I take the screen out of my fireplace?

Can I paint my fireplace?

Can I put doors on my vent free fireplace?

*Why are fireplace doors better than mesh screens?

*What are the clearance requirements for a mantel or mantel shelf?

 

Fireplace Doors

*How do I choose a fireplace door?

*How do fireplace doors improve efficiency?

Are glass fireplace doors airtight?

Is there a universal or standard door?

*Why are fireplace doors expensive?

Can I get a fireplace door without glass?

*Can I get a fireplace door without a frame?

Can I install a fireplace door without riser or lintel bars?

*Are there fireplace doors that come with a mesh screen?

*Why are fireplace doors better than mesh screens?

*How does a glass replacement door fit into my existing fireplace?

*What is a fireplace door damper?

*Which fireplace door is best for gas logs?

Which fireplace door is right for my Majestic Fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my Superior Fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my Marco Fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my Heatilator Fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my prefab fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my fireplace insert?

Which fireplace door is right for my masonry fireplace?

*Which fireplace door is right for my wood-burning fireplace?

*Which fireplace door is right for my brick or stone fireplace?

*How do I install a fireplace door?

Can I install a fireplace door without riser or lintel bars?

Ordering Your Custom Made Door

*How do I choose a fireplace door?

*Why are fireplace doors expensive?

Is there a universal or standard door?

Can I get a fireplace door without glass?

*Can I get a fireplace door without a frame?

*How do I measure an arched opening for my fireplace door?

*Are there fireplace doors that come with a mesh screen?

I want a standard sized door, but my size isn't listed in the chart or drop down. What gives?

Why don't you have air sealed or gasketed fireplace doors for factory built fireplaces?

Why does it say all your doors are custom made, even if they are listed as standard?

Why does it take so long to make a fireplace door?

Can I adjust the size of my fireplace door once I get it home?

I don't need the whole door, just the swing section.  Where is that?

*I don't need the whole door, just the glass pieces.  Where is that?

Can I get some samples of the finishes before purchasing?

Is there some kind of warranty on the fireplace doors?

*Which fireplace door is best for gas logs?

Which fireplace door is right for my Majestic Fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my Superior Fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my Marco Fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my Heatilator Fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my prefab fireplace?

Which fireplace door is right for my fireplace insert?

Which fireplace door is right for my masonry fireplace?

*Which fireplace door is right for my wood-burning fireplace?

*Which fireplace door is right for my brick or stone fireplace?

 

Fireplace Maintenance

*What can I use to insulate my fireplace doors?

*How do I install a fireplace door?

*What is the best way to clean my glass fireplace doors?

*How do I replace my fireplace door glass?

*How do I replace my fireplace door gasket?

*How do I paint a fireplace door or heat stove?

My glass doors on my gas fireplace keep getting corroded! Help!

 

 


The measurements you show on your site for my zero clearance fireplace are not the same as the ones I have.

This is a common occurrence.  There could be a few factors here.  

  1. The manufacturer's label is incorrect on your fireplace.
  2. Our transcribing of the manufacturer size is incorrect on our site.  
  3. Over the years your firebox has warped it's size and shape.  
  4. Your measurements are incorrect.  

Give us a call at 1-877-FP-DOORS and we will work with you to figure out exactly what the problem is!

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I want a standard sized door, but my size isn't listed in the chart or drop down. What gives?

Your measurements must fall within the range listed.  If your opening does not fall within the chart, that door will not fit your fireplace.  No adjustments can be made.

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Why does it say all your doors are custom made, even if they are listed as standard?

All of our doors are custom made to order.  There are hundreds of thousands of different prefabricated fireplace sizes, and even more masonry ones.  It would be impossible for us to keep even the most standard of sizes in stock.  Therefore, we make sure to use only the best manufacturers to create strong, beautiful, American made fireplace doors that will last you for decades to come.

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Why don't you have air sealed or gasketed fireplace doors for factory built fireplaces?

You can never use an air sealed or gasketed fireplace door on a factory built fireplace.  It is against all fire codes.  
PLEASE NOTE: A fireplace door not specifically made for your prefab unit is a safety hazard and will void warranty.  FireplaceDoorsOnline.com only sells doors approved for factory built fireplaces.

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Why does it take so long to make a fireplace door?

Quality takes time.  Fireplace doors aren't a mass produced item. At least ours aren't.  We make sure that each door is made with quality and care, ensuring a great product for you.  This means it could take 4-6 weeks to properly create your door to your specifications.  

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Can I adjust the size of my fireplace door once I get it home?

No.  Fireplace doors are unable to be adjusted once they are made.  If you ordered a 36" wide fireplace door, you will receive a 36" wide fireplace door.  

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I don't need the whole door, just the swing section.  Where is that?

Unfortunately, no.  All of our doors come with a main frame and are not sold in pieces.  We do have some parts like  retainer clips, and mounting brackets, though, that may help you.

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Can I get some samples of the finishes before purchasing?

Unfotunately, FireplaceDoorsOnline no longer offers samples for our customers.  We strive to give you the most realistic view of our colors and finishes in the photos we provide you.  Please note that your monitor may be configured differently than ours, so there may be slight color deviations from one to the other.

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Is there some kind of warranty on the fireplace doors?

Yes there is. Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on their glass. Please check at each door you are interested in and click on the warranty tab.

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What makes a fireplace door safe?

There are many benefits to adding a glass door to your fireplace! The aesthetic factor alone is enough for some people, but fireplace doors offer a sense of safety above their good looks.

  • As your fire burns, the wood tend to shift and generate flying sparks. Doors protect your home and loved ones from rolling logs, cinders, and embers that dwell in the open hearth. 
  • Fireplace doors keep our feline friends and other pets out of the all-too-tempting ashes!
  • Glass doors can reduce or eliminate the instance of downdrafts pulling smoke and carbon monoxide into your home. Doors on your fireplace also keep other hazards that accompany downdrafts at bay, such as hot cinders.
  • If your chimney does not have a damper, a fireplace door will stop cold air from entering your home via through the hearth.

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Can I install my fireplace door myself?

Yes!

  • Overlap masonry doors are fairly straightforward. Most use lintel clamps on the top and set screws on the bottom. You might have to drill into a mortar joint. (Never drill into brick, always drill into the mortar joints).
  • Inside fitting masonry are a little trickier, since you may need to mortar the door into place, but still, someone that has done some DIY projects and can follow written instructions can do it.
  • Prefab fireplace doors will need you to do a bit of drilling and screwing, but most are easy to install.

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Why can't I keep my glass doors closed when I have a fire? You show them closed on your site with fire in them.

Whether using gas or wood, you need to have your fireplace doors open when using your fireplace.  

  • The primary purpose of the glass fireplace door is to prevent the room's heat from going up the flue when the fireplace is not in use.  
  • The wood and gas need the air circulating through the room to keep a good flame going in the fireplace.
  • Glass fireplace doors use safety tempered glass in them, which can withstand temperatures between 400°-600°F.  If you close your doors while your fire is burning, the temperature can far exceed that, and shatter the tempered glass in the doors.

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Can I close the glass fireplace doors when the fire dies down on my wood burning fireplace?

Yes, as long as there is no large open flame.  The damper needs to be open to allow the smoke to escape.

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Can I take the screen out of my fireplace?

You can take the screen out, however, FireplaceDoorsOnline.com does not reccomend altering your fireplace or fireplace door for safety reasons. The mesh curtain or mesh door is there to help protect you from sparks.

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Can I paint my fireplace?

You can, although we don't really recommend it. People have in the past with mixed results. Sometimes it looks fine, sometimes, not so much. Whatever you do, remember to always use special high temperature paint.

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Can I put doors on my vent free fireplace?

Absolutely not. This is against all fire and safety codes. Ventless or ventfree fireplaces are made specifically to filter out any gas or combustibles from the fire and push the heat into the room the fireplace is in. If you were to put doors on the fireplace, you would be allowing the gases into your living space that the ventless fireplace filters.

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My glass doors on my gas fireplace keep getting corroded! Help!

INFORMATION ON FIREPLACES WITH GAS LOGS

Conventional Gas Logs with a standing pilot and Unvented Gas Logs with pilots create a very significant potential for corrosion of your new Fireplace Glass Door System or Fireplace Surround. Please take a moment to read these instructions so that Non-Warranty corrosion of your new fireplace glass door or surround does not occur.

CORROSION OF YOUR FIREPLACE GLASS DOOR, SCREEN AND ATTACHMENT HARDWARE WILL OCCUR IF YOU LEAVE THE PILOT TO BURN IN YOUR FIREPLACE WITH THE DAMPER CLOSED. THIS CONDITION WILL NOT OCCUR WHEN YOUR APPLIANCE IS IN NORMAL OPERATION OR IF YOU LEAVE THE DAMPER OPEN WHENEVER THE PILOT LIGHT IS TO REMAIN LIT AFTER YOU TURN OFF THE APPLIANCE.

Natural Gas and Propane are chemical compounds known as Hydro-Carbons. When you combine a Hydro-Carbon with oxygen and enough heat, you have a fire. When a Hydro-Carbon is burned, the two by-products of Carbon Dioxide and Water are produced. This continuous escaping of moisture inside the confines of fireplace with a closed damper causes corrosion.

Conventional gas log sets are shipped with a damper clip. This clip MUST be clamped to your damper which will insure the damper does not tightly close in order to vent the pilot. This is a safety requirement. This small opening should normally allow the moisture to escape up the chimney. However, the very small amount of heat generated by the pilot is not always sufficient to induce a draft and moisture stays trapped inside your fireplace causing the screen, decorative metal parts and hardware to rust.

Unvented gas log products cause more severe corrosion conditions since they operate with the damper fully closed. However, these products contain a spark ignition pilot lighting system and oxygen depletion system which makes it; very quick and easy to light the pilot each time you burn the appliance and turn off the pilot when the appliance is not in use.

Your chimney should also have a cap and serviceable storm collar to insure rained does not leak into your fireplace. This moisture will also soon destroy the metal parts of your fireplace glass door and is not covered under the limited warranty.

THE LIMITED WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER CORROSION CAUSE BY WATER, ACID CONDITIONS OR MOISTURE FROM GAS APPLIANCES. EXTINGUISH THE PILOT WHEN THE APPLIANCE IS NOT IN USE OR LEAVE THE DAMPER OPEN AND SEAL THE FIREPLACE BY CLOSING FIREPLACE GLASS DOORS.

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Can I get a fireplace door without glass?

For the safety of our customers and their homes and loved ones, we strongly caution against utilizing a fireplace without some type of protection. Factory doors come equipped with a fixed glass panel(s) specifically designed to stay in place during the operation of your fireplace. Here are some reasons that glass doors are so important to the safety and operation of your fireplace, be it wood or gas burni:

  • The glass is an essential part of how the fireplace drafts, ensuring that the combustion gases go to the outside of the home - not into the living space. 
  • By law, homeowners are required to have a safeguard against sparks on their fireplace. If the homeowner chooses an open hearth style (no fireplace doors), then a mesh screen is mandatory.
  • Some homeowners choose to install both a mesh screen and fireplace glass doors for dual protection. We feel this is an extremely smart choice!
  • Additionally, unless you have to replace the glass panels due to damage or updating, we recommend never removing fireplace doors. 

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Are glass fireplace doors airtight?

When you hear the term “airtight,” what is really being conveyed here is that the masonry fireplace door has had gaskets (or seals) installed around the inside of the door frame, as well as around the glass. While no fireplace door is 100% airtight, the gaskets do help to achieve a state of minimal air loss. 

As of 2016, an update to the International Building Code was made, stating that newly constructed masonry fireplaces need to have either a tight fitting flue damper or gasketed fireplace doors in order to operate. This new code is beneficial for a couple of reasons:

  1. The sealing around fireplace doors keeps heat from escaping up the chimney.
  2. Any aromas associated with the burn process are prevented from entering the room.  

Fireplace doors that do not have gaskets can still be every bit as efficient as an air sealed door. A custom fit door that is properly installed is your best bet for ensuring reliable, energy-saving performance. 

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Is there a universal or standard door?

While the world may be much easier for manufacturers if there were such a thing, a universal fireplace door does not exist.

This is actually good news for you! Just like your home, a fireplace is unique in it's design. Whether you have a masonry fireplace that was constructed along with your house, or a factory-built unit that was installed more recently, your fireplace was made according to the layout and structure of your home. Therefore, your fireplace doors are one-of-a-kind as well. Obtaining a “universal” door (if it existed) would mean that you would get a “one-size-fits-most” model, and nine times out of ten, your fireplace opening would not fall into that minuscule size category.

There is, however, such a thing as a standard door. These custom fireplace doors are available in the most common sizes for masonry fireplace openings and are designed to be exact fits. They are overlap style doors, and most can be customized by finish, glass tint, spark protection, and handle style. There are some replacement fireplace doors that have limited features to personalize, but are no less beautiful and functional than those with more design options.

Check out our extensive line of masonry fireplace doors today!

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Can I install a fireplace door without riser or lintel bars?

Unless adding a fireplace door is going to weaken the structural integrity of your masonry fireplace, you do not need a lintel bar to install a fireplace door. In the event that the addition of a lintel bar is needed, we highly recommend contacting a professional mason to complete this installation for you.

If the door you have obtained is not quite tall enough to fill the fireplace opening, a riser bar may be needed to fill that gap. (Certain fireplace door models actually require a riser bar to function properly.) 

If you're unsure about either of these components and whether or not you'll need them with your replacement door, please give our experts a call at 1-877-373-6677.

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What is a lintel bar? Do I need one to install a fireplace door?

A lintel bar is small bracket of structural steel located on the top of the opening of your masonry fireplace. It may be found on the front of the fireplace opening or up inside the firebrick. Fireplace lintel installation takes place during the construction of your application by a professional mason. However, not all applications have lintels.

A steel fireplace lintel is intended to support the first row of bricks or stones over the firebox opening while the mortar dries. If it is still present in your existing fireplace, it should not be removed. 

When replacing your fireplace doors, be sure to evaluate your existing model. If it has a lintel, you will need to take note of its presence and measurements when submitting your fireplace dimensions to the manufacturer. This ensures that the lintel will be accounted for in the fabrication of your door. Many doors have what's called a cutback-fit – this is where the innermost portion of the frames extends into the fireplace opening, while the outer frame positions over the fireplace facing as an overlap-fit.

Can I install a fireplace door without a lintel bar?

Unless adding a fireplace door is going to weaken the structural integrity of your masonry fireplace, you do not need a lintel bar to install a fireplace door. In the event that the addition of a lintel bar is needed, we highly recommend contacting a professional mason to complete this installation for you.

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Which fireplace door is right for my Majestic Fireplace?

Majestic Fireplaces are factory-built units that are capable of burning either wood or gas. Prefabricated fireplaces are manufactured and assembled in a factory, then shipped to and installed in your home. They require an air exchange between the firebox and outer cabinet. 

A zero-clearance door is ideal for a prefabricated fireplace. They are designed with adequate ventilation and adhere to fire safety codes for your protection and enjoyment. When properly installed and maintained, they will keep your family and home safe and warm for years! 

Check out our line of zero-clearance doors, selected especially for both gas and wood burning Majestic Fireplace!

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Which fireplace door is right for my Superior Fireplace?

Superior Fireplace is a leader in the industry when it comes to factory-built applications that deliver quality, design, and warmth! Their complete line of wood and gas burning fireplaces and inserts offers a plethora of styles and sizes to fit any budget. 

Prefabricated fireplaces are manufactured and assembled in a factory, then shipped to and installed in your home. They require an air exchange between the firebox and outer cabinet, and must adhere to strict fire safety codes. Therefore, a zero-clearance door is recommended for your Superior Fireplace.

Check out our exclusive line of affordable zero-clearance doors reserved for your Superior Fireplace application!

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Which fireplace door is right for my Marco Fireplace?

Factory-built fireplaces, such as Marco, can be either wood or gas burning models. An air exchange between the firebox and outer cabinet is required, making zero-clearance doors the appropriate replacement option. 

Compliant with fire safety codes and designed with sufficient ventilation, zero-clearance doors will keep your family and home safe and warm for years when installed properly. For your convenience, we have complied an assortment of prefab doors, specially selected for your wood or gas burning Marco Fireplace! 

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Which fireplace door is right for my Heatilator fireplace?

Heatilator Fireplaces are trusted and used by most contractors and architects. These factory-built units have a reputation for quality, dependability, and affordability! Their lineup of wood and gas fireplaces and inserts are well known in the industry, and each product is manufactured and assembled in Heatilator's Minnesota factory. 

Prefabricated fireplaces require adequate air exchange, making the door style extremely important. A zero-clearance door allows for this airflow and also adheres to a number of fire safety codes. Check out our selection of zero-clearance doors reserved for your gas or wood burning Heatilator Fireplace!

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Which fireplace door is right for my prefabricated fireplace?

Prefabricated (or “prefab”) fireplaces are produced in a factory. They are constructed with metal on the outside, as well as the inside of the firebox. These particular fireplaces use a metal chimney or flue liner versus brick or stone. A prefabricated fireplace will also contain a metal stamp, plate, or marking indicating the manufacturer's information (such as Heatilator, Majestic, Superior, Marco, Sears, etc.). These factory-built wood-burning fireplaces (as well as gas fueled options) are sometimes referred to as zero clearance fireplaces.

If this is the type of fireplace that you have, you will need prefab or zero-clearance doors. These factory-built doors allow for adequate air exchange between the firebox and outer cabinet. They also comply with strict fire safety codes to ensure that your family stays warm and safe! 

We have a great collection of zero-clearance fireplace doors! Submit your measurements and we'll custom-make you a door to your specifications!

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Which fireplace door is right for my fireplace insert?

A fireplace insert is primarily used to convert a masonry fireplace into more efficient heating application. Think of it as a wood stove that has been modified to fit inside a firebox. Inserts are factory-built fireplaces, consisting of a steel shell that surrounds a metal firebox with refractory bricks inside. While some inserts are capable of burning gas, a majority of them are designed to use wood as the fuel source. 

Because gas and wood-burning fireplace inserts are manufactured outside of your home, they require a certain amount of oxygen to flow within the firebox. Check out our selection of zero-clearance doors, designed to promote adequate air exchange in your fireplace insert!

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Which fireplace door is right for my masonry fireplace?

Masonry fireplaces are built “on-site”, simultaneously with the construction of your home. The chimney is essentially part of the application, and both components are part of your home's structural design. This type of wood-burning fireplace is created by a certified mason who uses brick or natural stone and mortar to build the entire system. 

Our gorgeous fireplace glass doors for masonry fireplaces add a lot of character and definition to your home. While it is recommended that your doors remain open during the burning of a wood fire, many of our products come with safety mesh. This feature will protect your home and loved ones from sparks, and keep hot coals and logs inside the firebox where they belong. When your fireplace is not in use, the doors can remain shut to show off their beauty and prevent loss of temperate air through the chimney.

Masonry fireplace doors are recommended for use with masonry fireplaces. They can be customized to blend in with your décor and are easily mounted to your existing fireplace opening. When you submit exact measurements, this ensures a perfect fit and helps eliminate drafts during those times when your unit is not being used. 

We have an assortment of masonry doors that will match any style or budget!

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Last updated on July 19th 2017.