Fireplace door installation

Old 01-12-17, 10:58 AM
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Fireplace door installation

Hello...I'm a new homeowner and we will be moving into our home on January 29th. Our home will have a fireplace. It's a masonry fireplace and the home was built in 1936. Currently there is no door or screen on the fireplace, so I did a lot of research and came up with this one and ordered it:

Pleasant Hearth Ascot Small Glass Fireplace Doors-AT-1000 - The Home Depot

I'm not sure if it will fit because I am not able to find a fireplace door that fits a slightly less than 30" wide fireplace. My fireplace is just at about 29 1/2" - 29 3/4 ". Are most fireplaces 30" in width or higher?

I tried calling the company and they said it probably wont fit, but I think there's a chance. Does anyone have experience with fireplace door installs? Do you think there's a chance that it might fit?

Also, there is some sort of bar currently installed at the top, inside of the fireplace. I'll probably have to remove it, but does anyone know what it is and can confirm whether it's ok to take out?

Thank you very much for any assistance you might be able to provide....

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Old 01-12-17, 11:08 AM
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My guess is that since those doors specifically say "Fits openings 30 in. to 37 in. wide and 22.5 in. to 29.5 in. tall"... you will need an opening that is within those specs. You didn't say how tall yours is, only how wide.

My first thought is that if you could find some brick that doesn't clash with the existing bricks, you could cut them in half (so that they are full brick size but only about 1" thick) and apply them to the face of your opening with mortar (cut side set into the mortar) like a soldier row... but set back farther so that you have at least 30" wide. As long as the new opening you make on the face is within the size limitations, you could then mount your doors onto the face of your new opening.
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Thanks for your reply. I am not sure exactly what you were describing, but my fireplace has a height of about 27 1/2", so it is within those specs. I will give it a try to install. I thought because the opening was smaller than suggested by a little, that, if anything I would have to cut brick away.

Are you able to make out what that metal bar is that's currently installed?

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