A practical step-by-step guide to purchasing Fireplace Doors

a practical step-by-step guide to purchasing

Fireplace Doors


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Do you want to replace your worn, outdated fireplace glass doors or purchase new doors for the first time...but just keep putting it off because you don’t know where to start? We understand that it’s an important decision and not a purchase you make every day. A quality set of fireplace doors is a significant investment in your home that will not only enhance your home’s decor but will help with energy efficiency. You can count on us to give you the best advice and information possible. We have over 30 years of fireplace industry experience on our team and we’ve put together this guide to help you make a confident, educated choice. If you’re ready to let us guide you through the process (which is what we do best), read on with no worries...Our fireplace door consultants are here to take care of you every step of the way!

The Contents

  1. 3 What’s The Difference Between A Factory Built and a Masonry Fireplace?

  2. 4 Compare Prefab Fireplace Doors

  3. 5 Some Helpful Tips When Choosing Fireplace Doors

  4. 6 A Few More Things To Consider

  5. 8 How To Install Your Fireplace Doors

  6. 9 What Do I Look For When Choosing A Fireplace Door?

  7. 10 The Number One Myth About Fireplace Doors

What’s The Difference Between A Factory Built and A Masonry Fireplace?

How do I know what kind of fireplace I have?

Why is this important?

There are two types of fireplaces: Zero-Clearance/Prefab fireplaces and Masonry fireplaces. A factory built fireplace is made out of sheet metal and is basically a firebox enclosed in a steel cabinet. Masonry fireboxes are made of brick or stone.



It is important to get the right door for your fireplace for installation and safety reasons. Because prefab fireplaces are made out of metal they have different ventilation requirements than do masonry fireplaces that are made out of brick. For more information, see National Safety Code 123.

Prefab/zero clearance fireplaces are what builders install in many neighborhood homes. They are typically made in a factory out of sheet metal. There is sometimes a metal plate in the upper corner of the insert with a manufacturer name and model number. Some popular manufacturers include Lenox, Superior, Temco, Marco, and Heatilator. Since these inserts are all different sizes and the doors fit just inside the firebox opening, it’s helpful if you can find out the manufacturer and model number of your fireplace as well as the measurements, (length and height), of your firebox. Our fireplace door consultants can help you with this process.

Masonry fireplaces have a brick or stone firebox, chimney, and surround.

Compare Prefab Fireplace Doors

Which door should I choose?

Replacement DoorsEZ-DoorEZ-Door SteelEZ-Door PlusThe StrattenArcadiaThe MerinoThe CrestoneThe Heritage
N/AAluminumSteelAluminumAluminum Heavy GaugeAluminum Heavy GaugeSteelSteelSteel
Doors only. Fireplace must have existing track. Will only work with listed model numbers.Great basic door. No frills or options. Clear glass only.Great basic door with the strength of steel.Step up from basic doors. Full swing doors with choice of frame and glass color.Heavy Guage Extruded Molding Compares to Steel.Gorgeous Heavy Guage Extruded Molding Compares to Steel.14 gage steel. Basic Hinge hardware. This door is built to last for years.14 gage steel. Top of the line hinges and hardware. This door is built to last for years.This door is built to last for years.
Quick ship for stock doors - check your fireplace.Quick ship for stock doors - check your fireplace.Bi-fold tracked doors. Black welded steel frame.Full Swing doors in choice of colors.Full swing doors choice of frame colors.Full swing doors choice of frame colors.14g steel. Bi-fold or Cabinet doors, Overlap or Inside fit.14g steel. Bi-fold or Cabinet doors, Overlap or Inside fit.14g steel frame.
Black, brass, brush stainless.Black.Black and optional powder coat finishes.Black and optional powder coat finishes.15 finishes to choose from.15 finishes to choose from.15 finishes to choose from.15 finishes to choose from.15 finishes to choose from.
Warranty Period
1 Year2 year - frame and glassGlass - Lifetime. Frame - 5 yearsGlass - 1 year Frame - 5 yearsGlass - 1 year Frame - 5 yearsGlass - 1 year Frame - 5 yearsGlass - 1 year Frame - 5 yearsGlass - 1 year Frame - 5 yearsGlass - Lifetime. Frame - 5 years

Here Are Some Helpful Tips When Choosing Your Fireplace Doors.

Increased Energy Efficiency:

Fireplace doors cover the opening of the firebox when a fire is not burning and can help eliminate drafts and cold air coming down the chimney into your home. The Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association recommends that all fireplaces be provided with glass doors especially if you burn real wood. Fireplace doors are helpful in reducing air leakage up the chimney, eliminating hearth odors when the fireplace is not in use, and stopping smoke spillage into your room.

Did you know the most frequently asked question regarding fireplace doors is “Can I burn my fire with the doors closed?” The answer is NO! Your glass could shatter. Also, leaving the doors open ensures the fire has enough air to burn effectively.

Style and Beauty:

Fireplace doors are not only functional keeping the cold air out of your home and the warmth in, they add a finished, decorative touch to your fireplace. After burning a fire, the firebox may have unsightly stained walls, piles of ashes, or soot stained gas logs. Our bronze or gray tinted glass covers the firebox and makes it easy to hide the remnants of a fire. You can choose from a variety of painted and anodized aluminum or steel frames from standard black to bronze, pewter, and brass with clear or tinted glass.

Things To Consider


The Fireplace Door

  • Frame
  • Door
  • Glass
  • Spark Guard: Mesh Door or Curtain?


Steel vs Aluminum

  • • Steel - Strong, solid frame for doors, no sway or movement, powder coat finish.
  • • Aluminum - No rusting, economical, anodized finish.


Mesh Doors & Curtains

Spark guards are available in two main styles: mesh curtains and mesh doors. There are also free standing mesh fireplace screens. Most people use these guards with their wood burning fireplaces to keep sparks from popping out of their firebox while the fire is burning. They can also be used as a decorative accessory to hide the ashes in the firebox after a fire. Mesh curtains are typically mounted behind the fireplace door and can be used on just about any fireplace. Doors come in two styles: bi-fold or cabinet style. Mesh doors are made at the factory and shipped with the fireplace door. The mesh doors provide a better engineered solution since they are secured on the top and bottom and open like cabinet doors, unlike the mesh curtain that hangs loosely.

Mesh Curtains

Screen Door

Fireplace Doors

Door Style

Bi-fold or Cabinet Style

  1. • Bi-Fold Doors come with four hinged panels of glass, two on each side. There are two types of bi-fold doors. The tracked doors are locked in the track. The full swing bi-fold doors are not locked in the track and can snap out and fold back to provide a full view of the fire and make them easier to clean.

  2. • Cabinet Style Doors come with two solid glass panes and open like cabinets.

Glass Panels


Our 3/16” or 1⁄4” glass panels are tempered. Tempering is a process that makes the glass stronger and if it were to be broken, it would break into small granular chunks instead of jagged shards.

Glass for fireplace doors comes in either clear or tinted. The tinted varieties are bronze or gray. To determine if a door is available with tinted glass, check with the supplier. The big question is...why would you want tinted glass? Tinted glass helps to hide your firebox after a fire. Think about this: Your fireplace is probably the dirtiest place in your house, especially if you burn real wood. Tinted glass is a great way to make leftover ashes less noticeable.

Our recommendation:

If you burn real wood, tinted glass is a great choice to hide the ashes and soot after a fire. If you have a beautiful set of gas logs, clear glass shows them off when they aren’t burning. Got a personal preference? Go with that! It’s totally up to you.


Bi-fold style glass doors (full swing)


Bi-fold style glass doors (tracked)


Cabinet style glass doors

How To Install Your Fireplace Doors

Now that you have purchased your new fireplace doors, you need to know the details on how you will be installing them. First, we’ll address a few frequently asked questions from our customers.

Will I need a professional to install my new doors?

Not at all. If you can hang a picture frame, you can install fireplace doors yourself. The process is easy and can be done with a few common tools.

What tools will I need for installation?

You’ll need an electric drill, drill bits, and a Phillips head screwdriver. If you need help, just give us a call and speak to a member of our customer service team.

What if I run into problems installing my fireplace glass doors?

At Brick-Anew, we stand behind our products. If you have any questions, you can call us at 800-897-7175 and speak to a fireplace door specialist who can help you with any problems you may encounter.

Installation Videos

Installation is easy with just a few tools you probably have around the house. All hardware is included. For simple instructions and easy to follow video demonstarations check out our Installation videos and installation page

What Do I Look For When Choosing A Fireplace Door?

Here’s our helpful checklist to determine what’s important to you:

  • Increased Energy Efficiency
  • Style & beauty
  • Safety
  • Easy Installation
  • Low maintenance
  • Less time cleaning
  • Draft/cold air reduction
  • Warranty coverage
  • Customer support

Low Maintenance

Once your fireplace doors are installed, you can sit back and enjoy. We offer a glass conditioner and a glass cleaner to keep your doors looking like new for years to come.

Less Time Cleaning

Everyone loves the crackle and pop of a real wood fire. But then there’s the clean up of all the ashes afterward. Closing your glass doors after a fire hides the mess so you don’t have to clean up the firebox right away or after every fire.

Warranty Coverage

Coverage: Warranties vary by manufacturer and typically the better the door the longer the warranty.

Customer Support

If you have questions before, during, or after your purchase, feel free to contact us at 800-897-7175.


If you have small children or pets, glass doors provide a barrier to the firebox when the fireplace is not in use. Purchasing safety locks for the doors is an extra precaution.

The Number One Myth About Fireplace Doors...

Can I burn a fire with my doors closed?

The answer is, NO!

And a better question is... Why would you want to? If you burned a fire with the doors closed, most of the heat would go straight up the chimney. Fireplace doors were designed to keep cold air from coming down the chimney into the house. Before fireplace doors were available, a homeowner would have to wait until the fire went out and the flue was closed before going to bed at night. Otherwise, the house would be icy cold the next morning. Closing the fireplace doors when the fire is close to dying out not only keeps sparks from popping out of the firebox but helps keep the cold air out and the warm air in your room. Many people want the ambiance of a fire burning behind closed glass doors, but your doors are not designed to be used in that way. The tempered glass cannot withstand the heat of a full fire and can shatter into your room if the heat gets too intense. Always burn your fire with the doors open.

A final thought...

Fireplace door manufacturers frequently show photos of their doors closed, with photoshopped fires behind the glass. Although these images are visually appealing, consumers might get the idea that they should be able to burn a fire with the doors closed. We take the time to photograph our doors without the “fake fire” and educate consumers on the proper use of fireplace doors, and the importance of keeping them open when burning a fire.

Other Frequently Asked Questions.

What are my payment options?

We make purchasing a fireplace door affordable by offering doors starting at only $229. We take major credit cards including Master Card, Visa, and American Express. You can also use your PayPal account or a personal check made out to Intercept Sales.

How long will it take to receive my doors from the time I place my order?

Occasionally, we have stock doors available in some sizes. These doors can ship faster than custom doors. Be sure to give us a call and we’ll let you know if we have the door you need in stock.

What should I expect when my doors arrive?

Your doors will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping. After you open the box, inspect the doors and contact us if you have any concerns. The frame, glass doors, hardware for installation, and instructions are included in the box.

How will I install my fireplace doors?

If you’re comfortable using some basic tools, you shouldn’t have any trouble installing your fireplace doors. All the installation hardware and written instructions are included with the doors. There’s even an instructional video on our website to help you along if you need it. Of course, you can always hire a local handyman to do the job if you choose.

What kind of service can I expect after I buy?

We’ve been in the business of selling fireplace doors for over ten years. If you ever need assistance, we are just a phone call away. That means you can relax and enjoy your doors for years to come.

Visit www.brick-anew.com - Your Fireplace Transformation Store. Almost everything you ever wanted to know about fireplace doors is just a click away. You’ll get advice, inspiration, and ideas from our customer service professionals and read real testimonials from previous customers. So give us a call at 800-897-7175...we’re looking forward to talking with you. You can read more about our company here on our “About Us” page. Here’s to good times and great memories by the fire!

Step 1

Your own personal fireplace door consultant will handle your order every step of the way.

Contact one of our Fireplace Door Consultants for a Free Consultation at 800-897-7275 or send us an email at sales@brick-anew.com with your name and phone number and we will be happy to contact you. If you order a fireplace door online at www.brick-anew.com without speaking to us first, no worries. After we receive your order, one of our fireplace door consultants will contact you to review your information and confirm your order so you can rest assured you ordered the right doors for your fireplace. So you can go ahead and order the door you like on our website, and you will get a call from us soon after to confirm your order details.

Step 2

Get expert advice.

During your free consultation, your fireplace door consultant will help you select the right doors for your fireplace, your home’s decor and your budget. You will experience an informative, no-pressure conversation gathering information about what type fireplace you have and what options we offer for you.

Step 3

Relax and let us handle everything.

One of our fireplace door consultants will review your information and take your order making sure you have the correct measurements and type of door for your fireplace. We are standing by so that if you have a question or need assistance at any time before, during, or after your purchase, we are here to help.

It’s helpful to know:

  1. 1 Whether you have a factory built/zero- clearance fireplace or a masonry fireplace.
  2. 2 The manufacturer and model number of your factory built/zero clearance fireplace. Look to see if there’s a metal plate on the front of the firebox opening with this information.
  3. 3 Your firebox opening dimensions.
  4. 4 Length and width. Click the link below to see how to measure your firebox opening where your doors will fit.