2019 Fireplace Doors Buyer's Guide


Updated 2019 Edition

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Do you want to replace your worn, outdated fireplace glass doors or purchase new doors for the first time...but just keep putting it off because you don’t know where to start?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!


What's the Difference Between a Prefab/Zero Clearance Fireplace and a Masonry Fireplace?

How do I know what kind of fireplace I have?

Why is this important?


Masonry vs Zero Clearance Prefab Fireplace Doors What's the difference?

There are two types of fireplaces: Factory Built (also know as 'Prefab' or 'Zero Clearance') 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.

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 FMIHeatilatorHeat N GloLennoxMajesticMarcoMartinPreway, Superior, and Temco. 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 opening. Our fireplace door consultants can help you with this process.

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

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.


Differences Between Prefab / Zero Clearance Fireplace Doors and Masonry Fireplace Doors

Before you start shopping, there are a couple of significant differences between prefab fireplaces and masonry fireplaces that you ought to be aware of. Prefabricated fireplace doors come in hundreds of different sizes. This means there is a good chance you will have to have a door custom made for your fireplace. (FYI, this is why big box stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Menards do not sell prefab doors) Masonry fireplace doors usually come in small, medium and large which make them a much easier purchase.


Prefab Fit


Prefab fireplace doors require a precise fit so there is proper ventilation to meet national safety codes. Lower end masonry fireplace doors have a wide frame and utilize an overlap fit, which means you cover up your fireplace surround, but have a lot of wiggle room for the installation. But don’t worry, buying and installing a replacement door for your prefab fireplace is an easy do-it-yourself project. (Tape measure, screwdriver, & drill).


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Prefab Zero Clearance Factory Built Prefabricated Fireplace Door Comparison Chart

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Masonry Fit

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Welded Steel



Anodized Aluminum

Welded Aluminum

Welded Steel


Solid Steel

Welded Steel

Stylish and affordable, this fireplace will enhance most traditional fireplaces

Durable low profile door loaded with lots of extras

An elegant and beveled style makes it look as if you spent a fortune on your fireplace.

Smooth look and lots of extras!

Our classic style fireplace that will stand the test of time. A bestseller for its cabinet style doors.

Classy Architectural design header with a beautiful 9-panel Prairie door design. Gorgeous door.


Elegant oil rubbed bronze frame makes this an eye pleaser.

Clean Look! Laser cut from a single sheet of thick solid steel and is then plated with a durable heat resistant finish.

Laser cut, welded steel frame.The  inner return of the frame will extend 2 ½" into the opening.

Durable  14g Welded  Steel frame and hidden damper controls

16 Gauge Welded Steel Frame with hidden damper controls

Thick 14g Welded Construction, Elegant Beveled metal Frame

Corrosion-Resistant Anodized Aluminum

Durable Welded Aluminum frame is 1/8” with a 2” channel enclosure

16g welded steel construction for a frame to last a lifetime.

Heavy 14 gauge steel frame construction

Solid Steel Welded Construction, Rugged self aligning hinges.

Handcrafted seamless, durable welded steel frame

Quick ship 48-72 hours on 5 Stock Sizes

Quick ship 48-72 hours on 5 Stock Sizes

Quick ship 48-72 hours on 3 Stock Sizes;  

Quick Ship 48 Hours on 8 stock sizes.

Made to Order - Avg 2-3 Weeks. Sizes up to 44x31

Quick Ship 48 Hours on 3 stock sizes.

Quick Ship 48 Hours on 8 stock sizes.

Made to Order - Avg 2-3 Weeks

Made to Order - Avg 2-3 Weeks

Bifold Door, Vintage Iron frame, Smoked Glass, Heavy Duty Cabinet Style Mesh Curtains Included. Heat-resistant fiberglass insulation strips


Bifold Door, Vintage Iron frame. Smoked Glass, Heavy Duty Cabinet Style Mesh Curtains Included. Heat-resistant fiberglass insulation strips, Premium Handles

Bifold Door, Matte Black or Nickel Frame finish, Smoked Glass, Heavy Duty Cabinet Style Mesh Included. Heat-resistant fiberglass insulation strips

Bifold trackless  Doors, Powder Coat Textured Black Frame, Bronze Glass, Heavy 19g Mesh Curtain Included,

Cabinet Style Doors, 15 Powder Coat Finishes, Choice of Glass Color, Handle Style Option,

Powder Coat Matte black frame finish. Smoked Glass, hidden damper controls, Heavy Duty 19g mesh curtain included

Bifold doors open 180 degrees, Smoked Glass, Hidden damper controls, Heavy Duty 19g mesh curtain included. Made in the USA.

15 Frame Finishes, Bronze, Clear or Grey Glass, Self Aligning hinges for easy installation, Optional air draft controls, and heavy duty 19g or 25g mesh curtains. Bifold Tracked or Trackless doors.

15 Frame Finishes, Bronze, Clear or Grey Glass, Bifold Trackless doors. Optional 25g mesh doors and optional Air draft controls.

One Year Limited Warranty

One Year Limited Warranty

One Year Limited Warranty

Lifetime Glass;  Frame - 5 years

Lifetime Glass;  Frame - 5 years

One Year Limited Warranty

One Year Limited Warranty

Lifetime Glass;  Frame - 5 years

Lifetime Glass;  Frame - 5 years

Overlap Only

Overlap Only

Overlap Only

Overlap Only

Overlap or Inside Fit

Overlap Only

Overlap Only

Overlap Only * Not Made for Stone Fireplaces

Overlap or Inside fit

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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.

Open Fireplace Glass Doors

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



Parts of the Fireplace Door

  • Frame
  • Spark Guards: Mesh Doors or Curtains
  • Door Style
  • Glass Panels


Steel vs Aluminum

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

Spark Guards

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.

Door Style

Bi-fold or Cabinet Style



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.

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


Fireplace Door Style Bifold Tracked Trackless Cabinet

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. 

Fireplace Door Tinted Glass Color Clear Grey Gray Bronze




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.



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


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.


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.


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 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.

Check out our article on getting the proper information and measurements for your order.


Need help? Watch our video on how to find get the model number and measurements of your fireplace:

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