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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I choose a fireplace screen?
2. How do I measure for my fireplace screen?
3. What type of material should I choose for my fireplace screen?
4. Should I get panels on my fireplace screen?
5. How do I clean my fireplace screen?
6.What is the difference between a spark guard and a fireplace screen??
7. What is the difference between a decorative fireplace screen and a functional fireplace screen?
8. What kind of fireset or fireplace tools should I get?
9. What is an andiron? How do I use it?
10. What are bellows?
11. What is a fireback?
12. What is a candelabrum? Where can I put it?



1. How do I choose a fireplace screen?

Choosing a fireplace screen depends primarily on two factors - the size of fireplace screen that you need, and the style of fireplace screen you want. Fireplace screens come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, in all sorts of durable materials. We recommend measuring your fireplace twice before beginning your search for the perfect fireplace screen.

When searching for a fireplace screen, you will also want to consider whether you need a practical fireplace screen to guard against sparks, or if you want a decorative fireplace screen. Some fireplace screens are intended purely for decoration, and can quickly get damaged if placed in front of an actual fire. Please read the information on our product pages for further details about our fireplace screens.

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2. How do I measure for my fireplace screen?

Measuring for your fireplace screen depends on whether you want a single or multi-paneled fireplace screen. Single panel fireplace screens should match the measurements of your fireplace’s fire box, with an additional 1 to 3 inches added to the total height, to ensure full coverage. Multi-panel fireplace screens need extra length to create the classic curved effect - when measuring your fire box, we recommend adding an additional 10 to 12 inches to the total length, and 3 to 5 inches to the total height.

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3. What type of material should I choose for my fireplace screen?

Fireplace screens are made from metal, and have either a protective mesh or glass paneling. Although mesh fireplace screens will prevent most embers from escaping your fire, glass provides the most coverage from sparks, and prevents unwanted airflow when your fireplace is not in use. It also allows a clear view of your beautiful fire. However, if glass is placed too close to the fire (or your fire is excessively large), it can break from the heat. Mesh fireplace screens might discolor, but they will not crack. You will also need to leave glass fireplace screens open to help circulate heat, while mesh fireplace screens do not need to be left open for heat and air circulation.

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4. Should I get panels on my fireplace screen?

The number of panels, if any, that you choose for your fireplace screen is entirely up to you! Single panel fireplace screens provide unobtrusive coverage, while multi-panel fireplace screens are often able to stand on their own, and are more flexible for odd fireplace sizes.

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5. How do I clean my fireplace screen?

We recommend wiping your fireplace screen with a soft, damp cloth until all soot is removed. Mild soap cleans very well, and mesh curtains can be dusted to remove most dirt. Do not use abrasive cleaners, such as ammonia or bleach, and do not use scrapers or brillo pads to clean the surface. This can remove any protective coating, and may damage the finish of your fireplace screen.

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6. What is the difference between a spark guard and a fireplace screen?

Fireplace screens were originally designed to keep embers from flying out of the fireplace, and spark guards provide even better coverage! Single panel spark guards are made to fit snugly over the fireplace opening, while multi-panel spark guards feature panels that curve in to completely cover the opening of your fireplace. Spark guards provide protection all around your fireplace.

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7. What is the difference between a decorative fireplace screen and a functional fireplace screen?

Functional fireplace screens are designed to keep sparks and embers inside the fireplace, away from the rest of your house. Functional fireplace screens can be attractive and add flair to your home, but not all decorative fireplace screens are functional. Decorative fireplace screens are used mainly in the off-season - spring and summer - to keep cool air from escaping your home, and also to provide a nice accent to hide the sooty fire box in your fireplace.

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8. What kind of fireset or fireplace tools should I get?

Firesets are crucial to the safe and efficient operation of any wood-burning fireplace. It is always important to have the correct tools nearby so that your fire can be modified and cleaned in the safest way possible. Most firesets will come with 3- 5 tools and come in many different shapes, sizes and finishes. Not only are these great safety tools, but they look great as an accent piece to your fireplace and fireplace screen! Common fireplace tools and their uses are provided below:

Brush: This tool has bristles and functions like a miniature broom. Clean soot and twigs off your floor and your fireplace with this implement. it's great for reaching those cracks and crevices deep in your fireplace!

Poker: This device is generally the largest of the fireplace tools, and works great for making small adjustments to your fire while it burns.

Tongs: These items allow you to grab logs and move them comfortably and safely into the fire.

Shovel: Fireplace shovels differ from garden shovels because they have a straight edge, rather than a spade end. The shovel allows you to quickly clean and discard old ashes.

Ash Can/Coal Hod: Used to hold or store ashes or coal. Traditionally, a metal bucket or can.

The Stand: This portion of the fireset stores and keeps all your tools together. The stand typically has a wide or square base and a long pole with several places in which the fireplace tools are stored.

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9. What is an andiron? How do I use it?

An andiron is also sometimes referred to as a dog, dog iron, or a firedog. Andirons consist of two decorative guards and a horizontal bar between them that holds logs slightly off the ground, providing proper airflow for a successful fire. Oftentimes, andirons will come with a long or short shank bar for perching logs. Long shanks are generally used with wood-burning fireplaces, while short shanks accommodate gas-burning fireplaces. The guards are the decorative portion of the andiron, and are typically made of iron, steel, copper, or bronze. Matching your andirons to your fireplace screen and fireset is a fun way to coordinate your fireplace and create a cohesive look in any room!

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10. What are bellows?

A bellows is a hand-held device that delivers air directly to a specified place. When the volume of the bellows is decreased, air is forced out through the nozzle and onto the desired location. Using a bellows allows you to pump air onto a newly started or dying fire, and coax the flame to grow.

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11. What is a fireback?

The fireback stands at the back of the fireplace, and acts as both a decorative accessory and an important protector of your fireplace. The flickering light from your fire illuminates the design on the fireback and makes your fire the focal point of the room. Firebacks are also functional accessories, radiating heat into the room as they protect the firebrick from damage as it heats up and cools down.

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12. What is a candelabrum? Where can I put it?

A candelabrum (candelabra is the plural) creates a warm, inviting ambiance in your fireplace. Typically having two or more candlestick holders or arms, candelabra support several lit candles at once and fit conveniently in the fire box fireplace. Never leave candelabra lit while you are out of the room. These accessories, when in use, require constant attention.

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