I bought this house with a gas fireplace we've never used. While cleaning up the attic, I found these doors. I'd like to install it as a deterrent to keep pets and children out of the firebox.

My assumption was that it had been installed before, but there doesn't seem to be any obvious way to mount it. There's little structure beyond the brass frame, no visible attachment points on the frame or fireplace surround, no anchors or fasteners visible in the hearth and I'm completely stumped. Am I missing part of it?

Fire Screen

  • are you saying it's a gas fireplace that doesn't presently have doors/sealed firebox on it? If so, might be time to upgrade to a proper sealed combustion system. – DA01 Feb 3 '12 at 21:25
  • @DA01 The front is wide open if that door isn't leaning in place. We never use and probably will never use this fireplace, I'm running the AC right now. – Steve Jackson Feb 3 '12 at 21:27

Looks like you are missing one or more parts.

Permanent Attachement

For permanent attachment, most fireplace screen/doors utilize some sort screw (masonry)to attach to the surrounding masonry around the fireplace opening. Usually using supplied screws it would be attached to the opening using masonry drill bit.


Other fireplace screen/doors use pressure points on the four corner's to secure (not attach) the door to the opening. Basically the "screws" are turned until they make contact to the opening. The screws usually have a plate or flatter contact point as they do not want to go into the material, merely apply pressure to it. This is repeated 4x for all for corners until it is secure.

To simulate this method of attachment, stand in a door opening and put your arms out and press against the sides of the door. If you apply enough pressure, basically you can hold yourself in place. This method of attachment is not permanent, if one dials back the screws, the door can be removed.

You may be able to pick up some masonry screws and secure it, although I have not seen the back of the door for possible attachment locations or points.

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