Overview

Glass Fireplace Doors Overview
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Installing a fireplace door is simply a matter of fitting the door unit into the firebox opening and attaching it to the masonry. The process is fairly simple when you're dealing with a squared-off brick firebox. If you have a firebox made of rough-textured material, such as fieldstone, you won't be able to use a standard door because it can't overlap the opening's edge.

If you're dealing with an older fireplace, you'll want to be watchful when drilling into the brick, in case it's brittle.

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    Tools List

    • droplight
      Droplight
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillip's head driver
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • gloves
      Gloves
    • socket wrench
      Socket wrench
    • needlenose pliers
      Pliers

    Shopping List

    GLASS DOOR KIT

    Comes with everything you will need for the installation, including all brackets, screws, anchors, and insulation. [BR] Many doors come in standard sizes, and larger distributors keep popular sizes in stock. Otherwise, you will need to order the door, which can take up to eight weeks. [BR]Measure the size of your firebox opening, both horizontally and vertically. Make sure to measure in a couple of places and note the smallest measurement for each so the door will slide into the space. Also measure the width and height of your surround between any protruding parts of the mantel. A narrow surround may require a smaller door to accommodate the overlap at the firebox edge.