What are fireplace screens called?

What are fireplace screens called?

A fire screen or fireguard began as a form of furniture that acted as a shield between the occupants of a room and the fireplace, and its primary function was to reduce the discomfort of excessive heat from a log fire.

Do fireplace screens come in different sizes?

Sizing Up the Choices. To determine which screen size is right, measure your fireplace opening, adding 10 to 12 inches to the width, and 3 to 5 inches to the height. To make it even simpler, Hayneedle offers a handy “shop by size” feature.

Can you replace screen on fireplace?

A fireplace screen is much like a set of curtains for the fireplace, in that they are stored off to the side, but when in use, they are pulled toward the center. If your fireplace screen is damaged and in need of replacement, you can replace fireplace screens in a few minutes with some basic hand tools.

Should I buy a fireplace screen?

Fireplace screens are an essential purchase for any traditional wood burning fireplace. Reasons to buy a fireplace screen include: Help protect the combustible materials located in the room, such as wood flooring, carpet or furniture, from coming into contact with any hot embers spat out by a wood fire.

Should a fireplace screen cover the entire opening?

For wood-burning fireplaces, the screen should be flush with the opening of the firebox or built into the opening. This avoids any sparks popping out of the top, sides or bottom of the fireplace opening. If the fireplace is gas-burning, the screens are not a necessity and do not need to cover the entire opening.

How large should my fireplace screen be?

Wood Fireplace Sizing Guidelines Flat Fireplace Screens- Should overlap the opening by 1” (or up to 4”) on top and sides. Folding Fireplace Screens should be 3-4” taller than the fireplace opening and 10-12” wider. This will ensure that your screen stands on it’s own.

Do fireplace screens block heat?

A fireplace screen can therefore (by the very nature of it being a barrier) block some of the heat being a generated by an open fire. Although fireplace screens can block some heat, the amount of heat generated by an open fire can be small and so this blocked heat can be insignificant.

Is a fireplace screen necessary with gas logs?

Do we still need a fireplace screen? Jim says the answer is YES. While they are not necessary to prevent sparks and burning logs from escaping OUT into your room, some gas log manufacturers do require the use of a screen with their product. This is largely to prevent any flammable object from going INTO your fireplace.

Are fireplace screens heat resistant?

Many fireplace screens (like ours) have mesh-like designs that will still allow a lot of heat through, but screens with glass panels instead of mesh or holes may block more heat.

Do you really need a fireplace screen?

However experienced you are with stoking a fire, a fireplace mesh screen is always needed in order to reduce the risk of fire or burns. If you have a carpet just in front of the fireplace or a wooden or plastic floor close to the fire, it is always necessary to put a fireplace screen in front of the fire.

Can you put a screen on a gas fireplace?

Fireplace retailers can also recommend screens or guards that fit different brands of gas fireplaces. Even screens designed to block sparks from wood fireplaces can work, Wheeler says.