Home Depot 2018 Fireplace Door Buying Guide (And Other Information on Fireplace Doors)
For lots of people when they think Fireplace Doors – the first place that comes to mind is Home Depot. Not a bad place to start, but I want to give you a few more ideas to explore before you make your final purchase. Before you read on, check out this short video where I discuss some important tips to know before you even start shopping for your fireplace door.
In this guide I want to show you:
- Why 50% of America’s fireplaces CANNOT use a fireplace door from Home Depot
- The #1 fit issue with HD Doors and a real life example
- Who really has the best price on fireplace doors and how to find the best price for your door
- An easy way to save $50 if you do have a prefab fireplace. Check out our coupon below!
What kind of fireplaces can use Home Depot Fireplace Doors?
Home Depot as well as all of the other big names like Lowe’s and Amazon all sell a brand of fireplace doors named Pleasant Hearth. These doors come in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large. It is important to note that they cannot be installed on a Prefab Fireplace and are only for Masonry Fireplaces. Prefab fireplace come in many custom sizes and require a custom door for the proper fit. It is important to understand the type of fireplace you have before you buy doors!
If you are sure you have a prefab fireplace, check out some of the useful links below. If you aren’t sure what type of fireplace you have, keep reading!
Step #1 Do you know what Kind of Fireplace Do you have?
There are two types of fireplaces. Masonry and Prefab (Zero Clearance). Masonry fireplaces have a brick firebox.
Most masonry doors are an overlap fit which makes for simple measuring and an easy install.
Prefab (zero clearance) fireplaces are made by companies like Heatilator, Superior, Majestic, FMI, Temco, Martin, Marco, and others. They typically have a metal facing with refractory panels in the firebox. Don’t confuse the panels for brick. The panels are made of a ceramic fiber and look a little like brick but aren’t. Most prefab fireplaces will also have a metal tag on the inside noting who made it and what model it is.
Prefab fireplaces require a precise inside fit. That means there can be 300+ different sizes and a lot of times custom doors are required. A precise fit is needed for proper ventilation to meet national safety codes.
It can be a little confusing because even though Home Depot doesn’t sell prefab doors they advertise prefab doors online:
At least Home Depot notes the door doesn’t work on prefab fireplaces in the product description.
If you have a prefab fireplace, you can stop reading now, but here are a couple of resources for you:
- Learn more about prefab doors here:
- Grab this $50 coupon to use on any prefab fireplace door.
- Check out this short video on Prefab Fireplace Doors
Home Depot’s Masonry Fireplace Doors
Home Depot can be a great place to get a masonry fireplace door. All of Home Depot’s fireplace doors are made by a brand called Pleasant Hearth located in Niles IL – Customer Service 877-447-4768. Home Depot carries 18 models of Pleasant Heart doors ranging in price from $235 – $860.
For the price Pleasant Hearth makes a very good quality door. They feature an overlap fit and come in 3 Sizes: Small – Medium – Large. If you are looking for an economical well built door then this can be a great solution.
Step #2 Measuring Your Fireplace
Before we start shopping we need to measure our fireplace. Here is a masonry fireplace measuring 40 3/4” x 25 1/2”.
Next go to the Pleasant Hearth size chart and see what size door will fit your fireplace. Based on the Pleasant Hearth size chart, we will need a “Large” Pleasant Hearth Door for this fireplace.
Be Careful if you are on the low side of the width or height.
While Pleasant Hearth often offers a lower price, there are some trade offs when you only offer 3 sizes and one of them is a less than perfect fit. I’ll show you what I mean.
Remember our fireplace? (40 3/4 “x 25 1/2”)
The 251/2” Height is on the low end of the height openings. Notice the brick showing in the opening and the huge overlap on the top. The overlap is great on the sides, but 3 bricks on top is a little much for my tastes.
To some people the low price of the Pleasant Hearth doors is worth the imperfect fit, but for most fireplace shops this would be considered a very sloppy installation. However if your fireplace is on the upper end of the opening range you will get a very good fit and the PH door could be a great solution for you.
So if you have a masonry fireplace that falls within the range of acceptable pleasant hearth openings, now is the time to start shopping!
Step #3 Filter and Sort the main Home Depot Fireplace Door Page and Find the best price (May not be home Home depot)
The Home Depot main fireplace door page does not help the average shopper shop and make a good decision. You will need to set some filters and resort. Make sure to search by the size you determined you needed.
You know that Home Depot sells the exact same doors as all of the other big name stores, now just find the best price! We’ve put together this table to help you get started with the comparison process. This table shows the pricing for a Pleasant Hearth Alpine Door along with some other information about the 4 big name stores. Once you know the door you want and the correct size, you can simply find the best price!
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So let’s wrap this up:
- Home Depot – Great Pricing, Liberal Returns, Average Selection,
- Check out your other big name stores. You might find a better price!
- Be careful measuring your fireplace and understanding how the Pleasant Hearth Door will fit and be installed
- Consider upgrading to a custom fit custom made door. It can be worth the extra $.
If you’re looking to purchase some fireplace doors now, you have some options!
For Masonry Doors, you can apply this information to your search for a fireplace door at Home Depot. However as you have read, buying a custom door can be a great and easy option. We have amazing doors for sale at Brick-Anew. Shop for Masonry Doors Online!
If you have a prefab fireplace, your choices are very limited as far as buying in store. At Brick-Anew we offer many styles and all custom sizes for your fireplace. Find more information online on prefab fireplace doors! We offer doors for all major fireplace brands.
Have a question about a masonry fireplace door? Feel free to give us a call or email us. We’ll be glad to help even if you are getting your door at Home Depot.
Please let me know what I missed or failed to cover. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!