Updated: June 8, 2015

Fireplace Screen Reviews:

Are you in the market to replace your old fireplace screen or perhaps buy a new one? The choices are many these days and a bit confusing, but if you shop wisely you should be able to get a fireplace screen that matches your home decor and looks great. Antique fireplace screens are still very popular, especially when placed in a more formal dining room (versus a family room). Antique screens are often finished with gold or brass colors and have detailed designs with scrolls or swirls. Try to find something that fits with your firewood/log holder and tool set. Traditional fireplace screens go with just about any rooms interior and those constructed with wrought iron or copper are top sellers. If you are doing an update to your family room or living room consider putting in a new contemporary fireplace screen. The newer styles of screens are simple and functional yet still very attractive to the eye.
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Buying Guide - When looking for a new fireplace screen one of the hardest things to do is 'fit' it properly. Screens do come in a big selection of sizes and shapes. The easiest ones to fit are the single-panel screens simply because they are made in a straight line so there is no guess work like you would have with the 5-panel style which fold to get bigger or smaller. Experts recommend that you buy a fireplace screen that is 3 to 5 inches larger than the measured height of your fireplace and 10 to 12 inches wider than the actual width of the fireplace opening. You definitely want the screen to cover the entire opening just for safety sake. Keep in mind that you can get built in fireplace doors which eliminate the need for a fireplace screen. We have heard conflicting opinions on fireplace doors - some say they trap in heat and don't allow your home to get the benefits of the fire while others say using a screen and having no doors on the opening of the fireplace allows all the heat to escape through your chimney. I'm of the opinion that when I have a fire in my fireplace I want it for ambiance and a little heat, so I'm not concerned if some heat escapes through my fireplace and out the chimney.

Fireplace screens are really a safety feature that all homeowners should own if they have an active fireplace. You don't want kids falling into the area around the fireplace by accident. When my kids were born we actually put a bench in front of our wood burning fireplace for about 4 years and didn't even make a fire. I wanted to make sure they were old enough to understand the basics with having a fire and staying away from the opening to the fireplace. Now we have a sturdy screen that I feel would at least stop them from getting too close and hurting themselves. Other things to consider when buying a fireplace screen are - where are the handles positioned on the screen, does the screen have hinges, and what material is the screen made of. Hinges on the screen let you position it much better. Screens with handles near the top let you move and adjust the screen much easier than those with handles on the sides. Experts also say mesh fireplace screens are some of the best since they still protect you from sparks but also let the heat into the room. The most popular style of fireplace screens are those made with brass, iron, steel, stained glass, or copper. Take a peak at the best-selling fireplace screens at Amazon this month -- many people are surprised to discover they carry dozens of models, all at good prices.

Best Fireplace Screens:

One of the top selling fireplace screens online is the Egan Fireplace Screen (about $175). It has a classic antique finish, wrought iron detailing, and scrolling embellishments. The screen is a 3-panel variety that measures 58 inches in width and 36 inches in height. Owners say this fireplace screen goes great with all fireplaces, but those with stone fireplaces say it's "perfect". Other customers say the Egan fireplace screen "stops sparks" and has an "attractive design". Another top seller is the Brass Filigree Fireplace Screen ($60) which is much cheaper and has 4-panels.

Folding Panel Screens - Fireplace Screen with Doors:

I prefer folding panel fireplace screens since I believe those types to be more stable and sturdy. The single panel doors/screens tend to fall over easier and have a worse center of gravity. With multiple panel screens you can adjust the panels at different angles to get them to stand solidly. I was almost talked into a stained glass folding panel screen but a friend of mine in the business stopped my decision on that purchase. He said that the stained glass could get damaged over time by sitting so close to all the smoke and soot. He recommended I buy a screen that has built in doors (in the middle panel) so that you can easily stoke the fire or put on logs without having to remove the entire screen each time. Also, he said look for a stable base with solid bracketing on the panels. Some popular fireplace screens with doors are listed here. FireplaceScreensEtc.com carries a well built wrought iron Omro fireplace screen for $122.40 which has the doors in the middle panel. Another good website for fireplace screens is at Fireplacescreens.com. These guys carry screens, guards, doors, fireplace tools, log racks, etc. Their specialty, of course, are fireplace screens and they carry plenty of inventory. These sites are excellent for getting an idea of size, shape, design, etc. We also suggest you shop local at your nearest fireplace accessory store.

Custom Fireplace Screen:

Plow & Hearth carries a few varieties of screens that can be custom made to fit your fireplace opening. The Custom Arched Flat Guard (max width is 60" and max height is 48") sells for around $400 (comes with doors for $529). Compared to standarized screens, a custom fireplace screen can be very costly. We visited several fireplace accessory stores in our area and most either knew of a company that made custom screens/doors or they offered that service at their store.