Updated: June 8, 2015

Fireplace Doors Reviews:

If you are like me and enjoy fires on a cold winters day, then you need to make sure your fireplace is in good working order. This includes buying a solid set fo fireplace doors that will keep sparks, smoke and debris in the fireplace and allow for warmth to escape into the room. Glass fireplace doors are the most popular, although many people still use fireplace screen doors that aren't actually attached to the fireplace itself. We had to replace an old glass fireplace door recently as it was over 20 years old and well used. The Internet has made the process of ordering products like fireplace doors easy since there are so many websites that sell them. You can also read dozens of owner reviews for fireplace glass doors which should help you narrow down your focus of brand and model. There are several varieties to choose from - brass, ceramic, glass, masonry, vent free, wrought iron, and custom fireplace doors. Expect to spend anywhere from $250 up to $1200+ for a fireplace door.
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Buying Guide - Local stores like Home Depot and Lowes carry all types of fireplace doors and it's often a good idea to see them in person before buying one. The vent free fireplace doors are perfect for those with gas log fireplaces. Whether you have an overlap fit or inside fit fireplace, the masonry fireplace doors are a good solution. You need to measure the opening to your fireplace and have those numbers available when ordering to make sure the proper fit. If just for safety reasons, you should definitely have a solid set of fireplace doors to keep sparks away from carpets or people. The doors can stay open a bit to allow for heat to warm up the room, but whenever kids are around close them up and make sure the children in the house know that the fireplace doors could be extremely hot to the touch. I have both a wood burning (gas starting) fireplace and a gas log fireplace in my house. The doors on the wood fireplace are actually a mesh masonry door so that the heat can warm us when we are in the family room. The mesh screen is dense enough that sparks and wood debris stay in the fireplace area and can't "pop" out towards us. We have never had an issue with smoke escaping from the fireplace, so that was not a concern when purchasing doors. It's an overlap style to fit the opening and we had to have it custom made because our fireplace had slightly irregular measurements in both height and width. We went with a local shop called Ludeman's Fireplace in Oregon. You can find examples and shop online at websites like Fireplacedoors.net, Fireplacedoorsonline.com, and Fireplacenclosures.com. Perhaps the most comprehensive website for fireplace door reviews can be found at Fireplacedoorsguide.com with dozens of product reviews and comments. They go into detail on both indoor and outdoor fireplaces. We suggest going with either Hearthcraft or Thermo-Rite if you are purchasing glass fireplace doors. Hearth Craft fireplace doors are top quality and their product lines include the Slimline, Ultraview, Mistique, Rainbow, Classic, and Horizon. The doors are all designed for vented fireplaces only and they are made in the USA. Check out their online collection at Hearthcraft.com. A fireplace enclosure should be well built, keep in the sparks, ashes, and debris, but still let warm air out to keep you warm.

Fireplace Door Cost:

As we mentioned above, you will probably spend $500 or more on a fireplace door, although we were able to find a decent Firecraft model for $340. Most of the Design Specialties custom fit doors are over $1000 while the Bosse Astoria fireplace doors are closer to $750 to $850. The Hearth Craft Mystique masonry doors are around $600. Take advantage of the Internet and shop online to at least get prices so you can compare them to local fireplace enclosure stores. Not always, but often enough you find a better deal online for the same product. Keep in mind that unless you plan on installing the door yourself, installation is another cost involved.

Fireplace Door Installation:

Ok, you bought the fireplace door, made sure all the measurements were correct and are set for the install. Unless you are an experienced DIY homeowner, we strongly recommend letting a professional do the installation. The process takes about 1 to 2 hours and most experts say it's a "moderate" skill level in terms of difficulty. The guys who did our installation took 2 hours and the charge was $100. We also had them install the log lighter which was only about $15 extra. Get an estimate ahead of time to know what the charge will be for the door install. Now for those that want to take on this task without the help of a professional. We can suggest 2 websites that help do it yourselfers with a project like this. You can find step by step fireplace door installation instructions on ThisOldhouse.com HERE or HERE.