Fireplace Doors

Written by Charles Peacock
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Fireplaces are a great addition to any home, but if you've ever had a fireplace, you're probably familiar with some of the inherent "dangers." In my old house, the carpet in front of the fireplace was peppered with small burn marks from when hot coals suddenly popped out of the fireplace. I'll never forget the day when my dog was unpleasantly snapped out of an afternoon nap in front of the fire by a rogue coal that landed on his tail.

Adding Doors to Your Fireplace

Fireplace doors are an easy way to keep your fire where you want it: inside the fireplace. They can also be helpful in keeping smoke from escaping into your room, and can help you regulate the heat coming out of your fireplace. There are many types of aftermarket fireplace doors out there, although most doors are designed for a specific type of fireplace.

Glass fireplace doors are probably the most elegant solution, since they allow you to see the fire even when the doors are closed. Glass doors come in all shapes and sizes, and can usually be fit into any traditional fireplace hearth. Some fireplace manufacturers offer glass doors that are designed only to fit with their fireplace models, so be sure to check if the doors you're buying are compatible with the fireplace you have in your home.

Cast iron fireplace doors are another good solution, since they provide the best possible heat conduction. Cast iron will help transmit heat out from the fireplace and into your room much better than glass. The trade off is that you won't be able to see the fire when the doors are closed.

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