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How to Remove Fireplace Doors

Removing your old fireplace doors is easy. Below I am going to show you how to remove fireplace doors from three different types of fireplaces and then some other parts you may need to remove from a prefab zero clearance fireplace before installing your new doors.

  • Prefab fireplace with basic bifold doors
  • Prefab fireplace with bifold doors in a frame
  • Parts of a prefab zero clearance fireplace that may need to be removed
  • Masonry fireplace doors

Removing Prefab Fireplace Bifold Doors (No Frame)

Let's start with a basic prefab fireplace that has the original bifold doors.

Basically, there is a tension clip (or spring bracket) with a hole in it for the door pen to go into. The tension from the clip keeps the door in place.

Some manufactures use tension clips on the top and bottom of the door.

Note: These instructions will also apply to masonry doors that are in a frame or any fireplace door that is in a frame, because all bifold doors are attached in the same way.

How to remove fireplace doors

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How to Remove Fireplace Doors and Frame
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.


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