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Fireplace Hoods

A fireplace hood provides important protection for your mantel or fireplace surround. By providing insulation against the heat generated by your fireplace, this hearth accessory keeps your mantel safe and reduces wear to a minimum. Many vent-free fireplaces and fireplace inserts require the installation of a fireplace hood, including some of those featured on Some hoods are designed for specific types of installation so make sure you get one that is compatible with the kind of fireplace you are interested in.
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By Mike from Russellville, KY on February 28, 2013
What does "square end" mean?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on February 28, 2013

"Square end" refers to the shape of the hood itself, which you can see in the picture/diagram above

By Murrell from Murfreesboro, TN on November 27, 2014
How do you affix your hoods onto a fireplace?

By Tyler M. on November 28, 2014

We carry several fireplace hoods, and most are model-specific and simply fit into the place where designed on the face of the firebox above the opening. Our universal hoods (such as the Elite series) are available with surface mount (anchored horizontally into the fireplace face above the opening), lintel mount (anchored vertically into the lintel just inside the fireplace opening) or in a glass enclosure style, where a glass door assembly is in place (the hood is attached to the back of the glass enclosure).

By John on November 9, 2012
We had a builder build us an outdoor fireplace with a 42 wide opening. The opening height is about 30 and there is a wide slit-type damper across the width of the fireplace. The damper is at the same height as the opening, and of course we get smoke coming out of the front of the fireplace. The ceiling of the firebox or fireplace is flat; it would seem I need a hood or some kind of screen that comes down from the top of the opening about 6-8 to trap the smoke so that it goes up the chimney and not out the front opening. Do you have a hood or any other suggestions? I assume the builder should have built it a bit differently.
on November 9, 2012

You are correct about the build of the fireplace. In order for a large fireplace like this to draft properly, the builder should have built a smoke chamber into the roof of the fireplace. This would be a cavity that extends upwards by about 12-18 inches, then narrowing down to a small damper opening. This creates a funneling effect and draws the smoke upwards. Most likely, it would be best to install a metal smoke shelf across the top of the opening, in order to create a bit of an artificial smoke chamber. In order to test if this will work, I would recommend purchasing a piece of scrap plywood or sheet metal, then building a fire in the fireplace, and then hold the metal or wood across the top of the opening, covering about four inches of top. If this helps, purchasing and installing the guard would be the best route. I am also curious as to if the chimney is sized properly. Given the size of the opening, you would need a 12" round or 11" square flue tile. Please advise as to what size has been used.

By Bob on November 9, 2012
Do you have actual pictures I may view? I have three mounting screw holes along the top of the hood and one on each side for the flange sides. I want to make sure I order one that is in a direct slip-in on the one I am replacing. Mine is 36 inches wide. I would like to get flat black or powder black one.
on November 9, 2012

Most of our hoods are a universal design that will most likely not be a direct fit replacement. However, we do carry some models of hoods that are a factory accessory for certain fireplaces. Do you happen to have any manufacturer and model information for the fireplace? Please advise at your convenience.

By Louis on November 9, 2012
I need to minimize my fireplace opening due to my flue not being an adequate size. (Smoking problems beyond cleaning of the flue) Would a fireplace hood be sufficient to resolve this problem? Not sure if it should be a hood or a flat plate in the opening to reduce the free net area. Please advise.
on November 9, 2012

Typically, a hood would not be enough to alleviate this issue. You would be better off with a smoke guard, which is designed to alleviate the oversize condition you have now. Please view our sizes at the links below: Smoke Guard 1. Smoke Guard 2. The ideal opening-to-flue ratio is 10 to 1: ten square inches of opening to one square inch of flue.

By Patrick from Somers, CT on November 18, 2015
I need a flat black 6 inch straight rollout smoke preventer. It might be called a hood. My last one was expandable and had a torsion spring in the back to hold it in place and it also came with caulk. Do you have something like this?
By eFireplaceStore on November 18, 2015

The product you are looking for is the SmokeGuard 6 in. Smoke Rollout Eliminator in Black. This product attaches the same way and includes the adhesive needed.

By Tony from Apex, NC on December 12, 2012
I have a BIS Panorama fireplace (wood-burning) that works good. However, my wood mantel gets much too hot. If I order the 6" hood and the mantel still gets too hot, can I return the hood for a refund? Also does the hood come in a black color?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 12, 2012

My apologizes, but I do not see any past emails regarding this fireplace. We do offer universal style hoods with a 6-inch projection that can be surface mounted above the fireplace, but they are made to order and cannot be returned. We also offer the hood in a matte black color.

By David from Longmeadow, MA on December 5, 2013
The standard 42 x 4 hood that attached to a set of glass doors indicates that they are custom made by the manufacturer and can not be cancelled or returned once the order is placed unless the item is defective or damaged in transit. How can this be if they are an in stock and pre-made/available to ship?

This does not make sense and I would think that custom made means that they can cut it to specifications. I would like to purchase a matte black hood but I won't know if it matches my current door which appears to be matte black, but I am not certain. Would I be able to return this if the color did not match?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 6, 2013

Each of the Elite hoods is custom made by the manufacturer in Lenexa, KS. They have a full time manufacturing facility that can produce a hood the same day an order comes in and they usually ship the hood the next day. If you have an exact width that you would like the hood to be, we can certainly have that done. Because the hoods are indeed custom made, returns are not accepted. However, if you are concerned about the color of the hood matching, I can certainly check with the manufacturer to see if a color sample could be mailed to you. What is the width that the hood would need to be for your application?

By Rita from Summerville, SC on October 31, 2014
What is the difference between a lintel mount hood and a surface mount hood? Also, if it says that it is 6 inches, does that mean it sticks out from the fireplace by 6 inches?
By Chris C. on October 31, 2014

A lintel mount hood is designed to insert into the fireplace opening and attach to the lintel, using fasteners. A surface mount hood is designed to affix to the fireplace facing, just above the opening. The 4" or 6" measurement denotes the projection of the hood from the face of the fireplace forward away from the fireplace opening.

By Heather from Chicago, IL on October 31, 2014
I am not sure what type of hood I need for my fireplace. Can you point me in the right direction?
By eFireplaceStore on November 3, 2014

You will be best suited to use a surface mount fireplace hood, as the fasteners under the lintel bar will cause issues with using a lintel or track mount. We have a universal adjustable surface mount, which is the Elite Adjustable 4 Inch Fireplace Hood with Surface Mount.

By Fred from Kernersville, NC on November 22, 2014
Will these fireplace hoods mount onto the face of the fireplace door frame?
By eFireplaceStore on November 24, 2014

The fireplace hoods listed as "glass enclosure" models are intended for this exact purpose. The are designed to slip over and behind surface mounted glass door enclosures.

By Louise from Memphis, Tennessee on March 31, 2014
Is there a reason not to install a hood on a vented gas fireplace? I know it will reduce the heat going up toward the mantel, will it also keep the brick at the top of the fireplace from the soot?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 1, 2014

A hood can certainly be installed on a vented gas fireplace. Normally, heat output to the mantel is not that extreme, but occasional downdrafting can cause soot accumulation over time. The hood would help to cut down on that issue.

By Mark from Hampton, Virginia on November 3, 2013
I'm curious which fireplace hood I need (if any). I recently purchased a house that has a "Superior BC-36" type fireplace. It looks like there are various types/sizes of these hoods. I do not have a mantel, but I do have a painting above the fireplace. Can you give me any advice or help?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 4, 2013

A hood is not included as a standard feature on the BC36 fireplace, however a universal model can be added. Use of a hood will depend primarily on the type of fuel you burn in the unit and how it is vented. For wood burning or vented gas applications, the unit will not release enough heat to warrant the installation of a hood. However, a universal surface mount hood would be an excellent idea if a vent free gas log set or glass burner is used. These types of appliances release a great deal of heat that could damage anything above the fireplace.

A universal hood that could work is the Elite Square End Fireplace Hood with Lintel Mount - 36 Inch x 4 Inch. The hood can be specified in matte black and can be attached to the inside top of the fireplace opening. This will deflect heat further into the room.

By Donna from Carmel, IN on April 6, 2013
I have a ventless gas fire place and my mantel gets so hot that the paint of the surround under the mantel has bubbled from the heat. What can I do to fix this? Would a fireplace hood help?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 8, 2013

A hood can indeed serve as a good way to protect your mantel from damage. The projection of the hood will depend on how much space is between the fireplace opening and the mantel. Projection of the mantel will also be key.

By John from Cincinnati, OH on November 23, 2015
Does the 4" Elite adjustable fireplace hood have slots for the surface mounts which allow the hood to slide over the screws or just holes which need to be screwed in?
By Will M. on November 24, 2015

Surface mount hoods require that you measure and mark out the mounting points on your brick that correspond to the holes in the back of the hood. You must then drill into the brick and install the anchors and screws used to hang the hood. The hood will then drop on to the screw heads.

By Kim Beeland from Aiken, SC on November 1, 2012
Do you have a fireplace hood that will attach to marble? Our gas fireplace has marble surrounding it and we don't want to drill into it.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 1, 2012

Our surface mount hoods would require that you drill into the marble. We also have hoods that attach to the fireplace lintel and hoods that attach to a glass enclosure (doors.)

By Jane from Cleveland, OH on May 16, 2014
My gas fireplace is vented. I recently had the tile replaced. I would like to use something other than the brass hood. Is there a grille that could be used instead? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 16, 2014

Most fireplaces that use a hood do not offer a grille or delete plate to remove it. This is primarily because the hood is intended to ensure safe clearances to any combustible material above the unit. However, there are a few models that do not come with the hood as standard and it is an option that does not necessarily need to be used. Parts for most fireplaces are manufacturer specific. I will be happy to check availability of parts for your model, but I will need to know the manufacturer name and model number of the appliance. Please advise at your convenience.

By Catherine from Tennessee on January 9, 2014
I am trying to figure out which kind of hood I need for my fireplace. How wide of an area do you need to attach a surface mount hood? Is a 1 inch strip of wood above the fireplace enough? How about a lintel mount? I would only have about a half inch to attach a lintel mount.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 9, 2014

The width of the attachment area for a surface mount hood is approximately 3/4 of an inch, so it could work for your application. The hood is best to overlap the entire fireplace opening for best coverage. Please keep in mind that the hood will have a height of 3 1/2 inches.

By Shannon from Arkansas on January 27, 2014
I'm looking for a hood for my fireplace and do not know which kinds will work. Can you point me in the right direction?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 28, 2014

For your application, you will require what is known as a glass enclosure hood. An example is the Elite Glass Enclosure Fireplace Hood with Surface Mount - 36 Inch x 4 Inch. The back of the hood is designed to slide just behind the glass door frame and projects forward.

By Kristi from Wichita, KS on December 17, 2012
I am getting ready to convert gas logs to wood-burning ones. I have a flat screen TV mounted above the fireplace. Will a hood divert the heat and keep it from reaching my TV and damaging it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 18, 2012

A hood can deflect heat around the television, as long as the television does not project more than 2 inches further than the hood itself. For example, a 6-inch hood could protect a TV that projects up to 8-inches from the wall.

By Bruce from Danville, CA on February 4, 2014
What is a lintel mount? Can I use it with a tile face front fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 4, 2014

Lintel mount fireplaces have a metal extension that allows you to secure the hood to the metal lintel bar that runs across the top of the opening in a masonry fireplace. The type of facing on the fireplace will not matter in this case, as long as you have the flat bar to attach the hood to.

By Gary Evans from Alabama on November 14, 2012
How does a lintel mount hood attach? We have a beautiful brick front fireplace and do not want to drill holes in it.
By Magan B. on November 15, 2012

A lintel mount hood would be installed on an existing lintel on a fireplace. If you have a lintel, it will be located beneath the bricks at the top of the firebox. A lintel mount hood will attach to the lintel with screws.

By Alan from Morristown, NJ on December 10, 2012
What do you recommend for an older fireplace where we are converting to a gas burner setup? We have the recommended setup, but found their hood was an expandable one: it looks terrible and is flimsy. We need a non-brass one piece. We usually found the ones mounted on the outside have flanges and screws that will be seen, so we expect the only decent looking ones are internally mounted (lintel mounts).

We also expect to use a screen for the rest of the setup, but the hood is needed as we only have 21" to the mantel. Our brick opening is 35", so if we can mount a larger one like 36", 37", etc. then that is fine if it can protrude beyond the edges. It depends on the mount.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 10, 2012

Lintel mount hoods are indeed the least intrusive of all mount types, although they do need to be an exact width to fit the opening properly. However, it is not an issue to request the fabricator to cut the hood down to the proper width.

We can also request the hood to be made in matte black, as this is often the most popular choice. I am not sure on the projection needed, but the Elite Square End Fireplace Hood with Lintel Mount - 36 Inch x 4 Inch may suit your needs. We also offer this in a 6-inch projection, which can also be cut down to the needed size.

By David from Longmeadow, MA on December 3, 2013
In one of the questions answered previously you explained that it is not an issue to request the fabricator to cut the hood down to the proper width. Is this something that can be done by the manufacturer before shipping?

I have a glass door on the exterior of the firebox that is 37.5" wide. I would like to purchase a hood that attaches to the back of the door and wraps around to the front. The closest dimension is 42 inches wide and I would rather stay away from the adjustable hoods.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 4, 2013

The fabricator can indeed produce the hood to an exact dimension. We would simply need to specify this when the order is placed. Because there is not an effective way to do this through our online ordering system, it is best for us to speak to you over the phone to place an order manually. This will ensure that the order is properly noted for the hood to be cut down.

By quynh from Texas on November 3, 2012
I did not know there were so many different types of fireplace hoods. The one I have just pops in and out of place. I was wondering if you have one like that? It is 36 inches.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 5, 2012

The hood you have sounds like a model that is specific to the fireplace itself. Most of the hoods we carry are universal models that must be screwed into place.

In order to find the correct part number for the type of hood you have, you will need to locate the model number and manufacturer name of the fireplace. This information can usually be located on a build tag in the bottom of the unit or on the firebox wall, just inside the opening.

By Barb from Manitowoc, WI on December 10, 2014
If you put a hood above a gas fireplace, can you deflect the heat enough to not have a problem with mounting a TV above the fireplace? Our fireplace is a Regency contemporary style gas fireplace. Currently the wall above the fireplace heats up to 267 degrees Fahrenheit.
By Tyler M. on December 10, 2014

This is tough to speculate as no television manufacturer would honor a warranty claim if it is installed above a fireplace. Moreover, no fireplace manufacturer has a listed clearance to a television. We recommend a mantel shelf installed at the minimum specifications required by Regency, then having the television installed where it does not project in front of the mantel. Recessing the television into the wall is preferable if possible.

By Vince from Vero, FL on February 9, 2016
I have a 42" gas vent free Astria firebox with a 24" Peterson log set.. I've noticed that there is a great deal of heat which is starting to discolor the wooden mantel shelf which protrudes 12" from the wall. The mantel shelf is 20" from the top of the opening. I'm going to purchase a hood to mitigate the heat affecting the mantle shelf. Should I purchase a 4" or 6" hood?
By eFireplaceStore on February 9, 2016

Because of the relatively close proximity to the mantel, the 6 inch deflector hood will be the better choice for the maximum amount of protection. This should help to roll heat further away from the shelf and prevent the discoloration you are experiencing.

By Elaine Sanford from Memphis, TN on February 6, 2013
How do I properly measure for the fireplace hood? Should I measure just the face width of the fireplace itself? Or should I include the space on either side of the fireplace, which includes the width of my glass fireplace cover?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 6, 2013

If your glass fireplace cover is an operable door assembly, you will need to measure from the outside to the outside of the assembly. If the cover is a fixed pane of glass, you will want to measure to the metal on either side of the glass panel.

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