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What Do I Need to Know About Glass Fireplace Doors?

Updated on September 30, 2010

Picture this: you and your latest lover are curled up together on a warm blanket in front of a blazing fire. There are almost-empty wine glasses in your hands (the ones that are free and not all over each other, of course). There is an array of romantic picnic leftover spread between you (you know, stems from strawberries, wrappers from chocolate). You're all set for a thoroughly passionate evening lit by the glow of firelight. And then a spark jumps out of the fire and lands on your blanket. It lights into a blazing mess, you jump up and spill the wine that was in your hand. The fire extinguisher serves to put out the problem but the mood has been wrecked.

What you needed in this picture were glass fireplace doors. They allow you to still see the fire and feel some of its warmth. The romantic glow isn't compromised. And if you get the right style for your fireplace, you might even enhance the mood of the room. But you'll also keep yourself safe from debacles such as the one outlined above because glass fireplace doors keep the fire where it belongs - inside of your fireplace!

When you go to make a purchase of glass fireplace doors, you'll want to think about both function and form. Do you want to make this purchase purely for safety? Or are you also hoping to reduce or contain some of the heat of the fireplace as well? This will make a difference in the type of material that you want for the exterior of the glass fireplace doors. In terms of form, how decorative are you looking to get with this purchase? Are you seeking something elaborate that's going to be the centerpiece of the room where the fireplace is located? Or do you want something simple that will neither draw attention to nor detract from the fire that you've got blazing?

There are plenty of places that you can go to make the purchase of your new fireplace doors. You could go to the local hardware store. You could also search for a specialty fireplace accessories store in your area. Or you could go the online route and order glass fireplace doors from a manufacturer or online retailer. The choice is up to your personal preferences. The only important things to remember are that you should find out what the warranty is on your doors and you should find out what kind of installation is required. You might need someone to help you out with the install and you'll need to see what kind of cost that entails if you do.

Finally, if you're having trouble finding glass fireplace doors that you like, you might want to think about having them custom built. Sometimes this just means taking certain measurements and expressing material and design preferences. Or you might actually want to design the whole thing yourself if you really have a specific appearance in mind. You should have the glass fireplace doors that you want. After all, these can make or break the romantic evening that you'd had planned with your sweetheart!


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    Larry 9 years ago

    My fireplace glass door exploded yesterday. Not even touched, just exploded with no-one near the fire (luckily!)

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    Sweeps Luck 10 years ago from Fountain Inn

    Very Nice article. You should also make sure that the glass doors are not closed when the fire is burning. I have had customers that have told me they literally exploded when they pulled on the doors to open them. It is best to leave them, open a little so that the heat doesnt build up. Great looking image on the doors too.!