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    Fire Back Plates - Firebacks

    Firebacks are an essential part of your fireplace that have stood the test of time. These solid metal fireplace back plates protect the masonry of your fireplace as well as reflect heat back into your home to increase energy efficiency. One of our best sellers is the Copperfield Stainless Steel Radiant Fireback. This particular model features pre-stressed metal with a slightly curved back, which will decrease the possibility of future warping. Its slotted support legs also allows you to adjust it to a 65, 75, or 90 degree angle giving you the flexibility you need to be able to direct the heat to just the right location.
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    By Steve from Apollo, PA on August 31, 2014
    I'm looking to purchase a fireback for my fireplace. The back of the fireplace measurements are 28 inches wide and the backwall starts to curve in at 17 inches for the smoke to go up the chimney. Do you have any recommendations for a fireback for this fireplace?
    By eFireplaceStore on September 2, 2014

    One of our popular sellers in this category that would fit your application is the Pennsylvania Firebacks Field of Leaves Fireback. This model is ideal not only for protecting the back wall from damage, but the cast iron construction will absorb and radiate a good deal of heat that would normally be lost to the chimney.

    A lower cost option that is intended primarily for heat reflection purposes is the Copperfield Stainless Steel Radiant Fireback - 20-in. X 20-in.. The included mounting feet allow the fireback to be angled in various positions to allow for best heat distribution and to compensate for the curvature of the rear firebox wall.

    By Joann from Portland, Oregon on October 15, 2013
    What does a fireback do? How does it compare to glass doors in keeping out the cold in the winter?
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 15, 2013

    A fire back is designed to stand against the back wall of a fireplace and radiate heat into the room when a fire is burning. It also provides protection for the back wall from logs that may be tossed into the fireplace. The fireback will not provide any added benefit for keeping cold air out of the room. A gasketed door assembly or sealed damper should definitely be considered for that purpose.

    By Rafael from San Antonion, TX on December 12, 2014
    I have a 20 yr old fireplace that has a stone 3 piece sectional liner inside. The center piece has cracked and needs to be replaced. Do you have something to replace this with?
    By eFireplaceStore on December 12, 2014

    We offer universal refractory panels that are designed just for this application. The product is the Hargrove Replacement Fireplace Refractory Panel - 24 inch X 28 inch. The panel can be cut to size using a circular saw equipped with a masonry blade.

    By Daryle from Boston, MA on February 19, 2017
    I'm trying to find the fireplace grates that go with a fireback. Can you help?
    By Will M. on February 20, 2017

    We do not offer any grates specifically made for use with any of the firebacks we offer.

    By Sondra from Annapolis, MD on October 26, 2015
    Can the Pennsylvania Firebacks Hereford Stove Plate Reproduction Fireback be used without feet? Can it stand on its own?
    By Will M. on October 27, 2015

    When positioned between the grate and back wall, noncombustible spacers must be used behind the fireback for a freestanding installation. This is described in this installation manual.

    By Rich from Pittsburgh, PA on September 1, 2014
    Can you use a fireback along with a fireplace screen or tempered glass fireplace door unit?
    By eFireplaceStore on September 2, 2014

    Firebacks can be used in a masonry and prefabricated wood burning fireplaces, as well as B vent gas units that are large enough. They should not be used in direct vent models, as they can cause issues with overheating.

    By Thaddeus from Collinsville, OK on October 28, 2016
    I need a custom size fireback for my fireplace (house was built in 1979). It would need to be 19" H and 29" W. Thank you for your help.
    By Will M. on October 31, 2016

    Unfortunately, we do not offer custom firebacks.

    By Liz from Morganville, NJ on February 8, 2013
    Do you have the grates that attach to the firebacks?
    By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 11, 2013

    Unfortunately, no. None of our fireplace grates attaches directly to our firebacks.
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2013

    While we do have mounting boots that are designed to hold the fireback in a slightly angled or upright position, we do not carry a specific grate that is an integral part of the fireback. The fireback boots do have holes cast into them that are designed to receive the back legs of the grate. This helps to stabilize the grate during loading.

    By Tim from Kansas City on January 12, 2013
    Will I get better heat reflection from a stainless steel fireback, such as the Copperfield, or do the more decorative cast iron firebacks reflect heat just as well?
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 14, 2013

    Stainless steel firebacks do a better job of reflecting heat, but unlike a cast iron fireback, radiate virtually no heat once the fire has burnt out. Cast iron firebacks will absorb heat during the burn process and will continue to radiate heat for some time afterward.

    By Ryan from Collierville, TN on February 9, 2013
    How do I size a fireback? The rear dimension of my fireplace is 26" w x 16" h - it's a prefab insert.
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2013

    If you plan on using a fireback without support boots, it is best to use one that is as wide as the back wall of your prefab box and about 1-2 inches shorter than the back wall. Use of the support boots will raise the fireback by 2 to 2.5 inches.

    By Didi from Atlanta, GA on February 17, 2015
    I have a 75 year old masonry fireplace and I know that gas logs were installed into it before I bought the house. Would a fireback make a difference as far as reflecting heat from the gas logs? If so, would you recommend stainless steel or cast iron? Also, wouldn't the fireback need to be higher than the logs to reflect the heat?
    By Chris C. on February 17, 2015

    The use of a cast iron or stainless steel fireback is not recommended as heat deflected by the fireback can cause internal components, such as the gas valve and electronic control module, to overheat and fail.

    By Merrie from MI on October 17, 2014
    I'm trying to decide between the stainless steel and cast iron fire backs. I live in a modular home with a Heatilator fireplace. I replaced the refractory liner in the back at the beginning of Winter and it didn't even quiet make it to the end of Winter when it crumbled. I use the fireplace for about 80% of my heat.
    My concern is that the stainless steel ones would not last as long and I would have to buy another one next year. What do you suggest?
    By eFireplaceStore on October 20, 2014

    The stainless steel fire backs we carry are actually quite durable and an excellent alternative to the cast iron fire backs. Both materials have their own strengths. The stainless versions do a superior job directing and radiating heat out into the room. The 304 grade is extremely durable against corrosion from a wood burning fire and would last for years. This version will also come with the support legs at no additional cost. Cast iron versions are very pretty to look at and do a good job of absorbing heat from the fire, radiating it long after the fire has died down.

    The Copperfield Stainless Steel Radiant Fireback - 15-in. X 15-in. - 70020 should work well.

    By John from Ft. Worth, TX on December 20, 2014
    I need a large 27 x 27 fireplace fireback that has a great durability. Is cast iron the best to withstand hot fires? What do you recommend?
    By eFireplaceStore on December 22, 2014

    Cast iron is indeed the most durable product to use for a fire back. The thickness and density of the material prevents any warping, while doing an excellent job of protecting the fire brick in the fireplace. While it measures one inch wider than your requirement, an excellent and popular product is the Pennsylvania Firebacks Large Great Oak Fireback - LF01.

    By Sylvia from Columbia, SC on February 6, 2016
    How do you measure for appropriate size fireback?
    By eFireplaceStore on February 8, 2016

    The fire back you choose should be at least as wide as the back of your fireplace grate and no wider or taller than the back wall of the firebox.

    By Vicky from Roswell, GA on April 14, 2015
    Are all of the firebacks suitable for use with outdoor fireplaces?
    By Brennan W. on April 14, 2015

    While the stainless steel firebacks can be used in an outdoor application, we do not advise using the cast iron ones outdoors, as they can rust and corrode due to humidity and exposure to the elements.

    By Briton from Racine, WI on December 9, 2015
    I have a square Firebox that measures 25" by 16" but I don't see many options that would cover the entire back. Can these be a little higher since there is some space in my firebox?
    By Will M. on December 9, 2015

    Firebacks are chosen with the measurement of your back hearth wall. You should choose a fireback that is roughly 2-3" shorter than your rear wall to account for the boot height.

    By Ed from Mableton, GA on November 11, 2013
    Can cast iron or stainless steel firebacks be used in a prefab fireplace?
    By Chris on November 11, 2013

    Both stainless steel or cast iron firebacks can indeed be installed in a prefabricated fireplace.

    By Trent from NJ on January 14, 2015
    Do firebacks need feet or can they lean against the back wall of a fireplace?

    By Kevin E. on January 14, 2015

    Firebacks do not require feet. But, in cases of very tall fireplaces, the feet are helpful to get the most benefit out of the fireback. Additionally, the feet allow the fireback to be angled forward to help reflect more heat into the room.
    By eFireplaceStore on January 14, 2015

    The use of feet is a good idea for stability, but they are not required. The fireback can lean directly against the back wall.

    By Don from Columbus, OH on November 15, 2014
    Can I use a fireback with a fireplace insert? If so, should the doors stay open or closed when in use?
    By eFireplaceStore on November 17, 2014

    From the attached photo, it appears you have a standard prefabricated fireplace, which can indeed be used with a fire back. For maximum effect from the fireback, the doors should be left open.

    By Pam from PA on August 7, 2015
    Can firebacks be used without feet? If they are needed, how much height do they add to the entire system?
    By Kevin E. on August 9, 2015

    Firebacks are perfectly safe to use without the optional feet. Depending on the fireback feet chosen, you might add between 1 and 3 inches of height to the entire fireback.

    By Connie from Herndon, VA on August 27, 2013
    The back wall of my fireplace is 24" wide by 26" tall. What is the best size fireback if I don't use feet. What about if I do add feet?
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 28, 2013

    A fireback that is up to 23 inches wide by 25 inches would be a good fit for your fireplace, if feet are not used.

    Mounting boots will typically reduce the available height by 2 to 5 inches, but that will depend on the boot set that is used. has a large selection of firebacks, and depending on the style you choose, you can add to the beauty of your fireplace by choosing one of our popular decorative fireback options. Another one of our best sellers is the Pennsylvania Firebacks Three Bears Fireback. This 100% cast iron fireback features an artistic rendition of a wildlife scene to add to the aesthetic appeal of your fireplace while protecting the fireplace’s inner wall at the same time. Another of the decorative options at is the Woodfield Small Oak Cast Iron Fireback, also a best seller. This fireback is a great option for someone who wants to add some simple beauty to their fireplace while increasing their home’s energy efficiency. Firebacks are an essential part your fireplace. While they have the potential of adding to the elegance and beauty of your fireplace, they more importantly protect your fireplace; this long-term protection will save you money by reducing the need for repairs and increasing energy efficiency. Check out our large selection of firebacks today and let us know if you have any questions!
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