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How to Remove Fireplace Doors

Generally, when removing old fireplace doors, only the original fireplace doors can be removed from the fireplace. There is usually no frame to remove, as they are similar to bi-fold cabinet doors.

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How to Remove Fireplace Doors and Frame
  • You completely open each door to their respective sides.
  • Now that the doors are fully opened and folded to each side,  you grab the each door and lift up the door until the “bottom door pin” can clear the “bottom receiving hole” located on the fireplace.
  • Next, gently angle out the the bottom of the folded door towards the center of the fireplace until the top of the door can be pulled away from the “top receiving hole” on the fireplace.
  • If there is a slim frame around the opening of the doors, it can be removed with a flat head screwdriver or phillips head.
Take Caution: The black metal face surrounding the fireplace opening is usually riveted to the the fireplace unit and cannot be removed.

Do not try to remove the black metal face, as you won’t be able to put it back together and the unit will sag and bend with it removed. The doors themselves are the only thing you can remove safely from the unit without causing any additional damage.

Now if your old doors are aftermarket doors (retrofit doors), then they probably came with a surround frame (think of it as a picture frame). This frame surrounding along with the 2 doors is usually an aftermarket retrofit product and will need to be removed as well.

This surround frame is mounted against the face of the fireplace metal face or mounted inside so it will have to be removed after you pull out the doors. In order to remove the frame, removed the doors as instructed above than look for the frame to be connected to the metal firebox with pressure screws or sheet metal screws. Remove those and the frame should come loose.                                                   

To install new fireplace doors, just reverse this installation procedure procedure.

See this reference video to learn more about the parts of your fireplace.