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Which Fireplace Door Is Right For My Brick Or Stone Fireplace?

Traditionally, a brick or stone fireplace was indicative of a masonry fireplace. However, this can be a bit misleading. With the introduction and trend of rustic home décor, many homeowners prefer and have incorporated the look of natural materials into their living spaces, including wood, marble, stone, and brick. This can make it a bit difficult for the novice to distinguish between a masonry and a prefabricated fireplace, and therefore prove to be a bit tricky to select the appropriate replacement door.

Let's see if we can shed some light on the situation!

At first glance, the stone or brick facing on a fireplace may lead you to assume that you're looking at a masonry unit that was built along with the construction of the home in which it resides. Take a closer look...

  • What does the inside of the firebox look like? If the interior of the fireplace is also constructed of brick or stone, as well as the chimney, then you are standing face to face with a true masonry fireplace.
  • If the interior of the fireplace is constructed of solid metal or refractory panels (which tend to look a lot like bricks at first glance), than this is a prefabricated fireplace. To be sure, take a look at the chimney, inside and out. The interior will also be made from metal and will extend through the roof of the home. The outside may be housed in vinyl siding or faux-brick. You may notice that a chase cover (lid) sits atop the chimney.
  • If you have a wood-burning application that is a true masonry fireplace, then you'll need replacement doors that are specifically made for this fireplace style. We have a collection of masonry doors that are sure to blend in with your existing fireplace.
  • If your wood-burning fireplace is a prefabricated unit, then you'll want to get a zero-clearance door. These models allow for appropriate air flow that is needed to promote an efficient burn in your fireplace.

Sometimes the anatomy and structure of a fireplace are not quite clear. Determining if you have a masonry or zero clearance application can be a tad confusing, especially if you just moved into a home with a fireplace and have never operated one before. That's where we come in! With over 50 years of combined experience, we can help! Please give us a call with any questions at 1-877-373-6677!
 

Last updated on July 19th 2017.

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