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    Fireplace Hoods, Heat Deflectors, and Accessories

    Your fireplace is an important part of your home, and minimizing potential damage to decorative mantels is absolutely necessary to maintaining a pleasing appearance, as well as longevity. One way to give your mantel long-term protection is to install a fireplace hood from A fireplace hood will not only provide insulation from the heat created by the fireplace, but it will also keep your mantel safe by deflecting heat. For example, the Elite Square End Fireplace Hood with Lintel Mount - 36 Inch x 2 Inch is a universal style of hood that can fit most masonry fireplaces. Several finishes are available to fit most needs.
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    from Harrisburg, Arkansas asked:
    December 30, 2016
    We ordered a superior fireplace #WCT2036WS, and in the installation instructions it says we must install a hood when using an unvented gas log set. We were sent an IHP brand #GA6050(F1764) adjustable hood. The instructions say you cannot install the hood over or above the louvers in the fireplace you must install the hood under the louvers. This is impossible because it puts the hood in the opening of the fireplace and will make using the glass doors we ordered impossible.
    1 Answers
    The reasoning for this is because operation of a gas log set requires that any optional doors be removed or left in the fully open position while the fire is burning. The mesh pull screen must remain in the fully closed position.
    Will M.
    on January 2, 2017

    Marjorie Schumann
    from IN asked:
    December 10, 2016
    Do the hoods make a difference in dispersing the heat around the room?
    1 Answers
    They do not. The purpose of a hood is to deflect heat around a mantel shelf or combustible material above the fireplace that is becoming too hot.
    on December 12, 2016

    Clyde Roberts
    from Powell, TN asked:
    December 9, 2016
    Do you have a 48 inch by 6 inch in polished brass or black?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we do not.
    Brennan W.
    on December 9, 2016

    from Hampton, GA asked:
    December 9, 2016
    I have an outdoor stacked stone fireplace with gas logs and with a 44 inch wide opening. I'm attempting to protect my TV that is mounted, above. I'm looking at your 6 inch deep hoods, but I'm not sure which one to get and what type of mount (i.e., surface vs lintel).
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we do not carry a hood that is rated for use outdoors. This is something you will want to have fabricated from stainless steel.
    Brennan W.
    on December 9, 2016

    Clyde Roberts
    from Powell, Tennessee asked:
    November 14, 2016
    Is it possible to purchase a 48 inch polished brass hood that is not adjustable? I am looking for one straight piece, like a Lintel mount, but squared on the ends for a surface mount.

    from Staten Island, NY asked:
    November 11, 2016
    I have a 36" wood burning Heatilator insert. What hood could I use with it?

    Ron Stewart
    from Burlington, NJ asked:
    November 11, 2016
    My fireplace has glass doors that open in front of the fire place. Above the doors is a metal louvered area. Can I mount the fire place hood directly to the metal louvered area?

    Robert Nielson
    from Las Vegas, NV asked:
    November 2, 2016
    I have attached an image of my 42" fireplace. I don't know the brand, but would like to replace the gold trim (4 pieces) with stainless. Also, I have another fireplace (same as attached ), however it is 36" size and would like to replace the same items.

    from Flora, Il asked:
    October 31, 2016
    Can a custom made hood be ordered?
    1 Answers
    Will M.
    on November 1, 2016

    from Rockingham, NC asked:
    October 12, 2016
    I need a fireplace hood to fit over a 43 1/2 " gunmetal cabinet style fireplace with smoke tempered glass doors.
    1 Answers
    Brennan W.
    on October 12, 2016

    from Vero, FL asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    on February 9, 2016

    from Cincinnati, OH asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Will M.
    on November 24, 2015

    from Somers, CT asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    on November 18, 2015

    from Manitowoc, WI asked:
    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    Tyler M.
    on December 10, 2014

    from Murfreesboro, TN asked:
    November 27, 2014
    How do you affix your hoods onto a fireplace?
    1 Answers
    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).
    Tyler M.
    on November 28, 2014

    from Kernersville, NC asked:
    November 22, 2014
    Will these fireplace hoods mount onto the face of the fireplace door frame?
    1 Answers
    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.
    on November 24, 2014

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

    from Summerville, SC asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Chris C.
    on October 31, 2014

    from Cleveland, OH asked:
    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on May 16, 2014

    from Memphis, Tennessee asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on April 1, 2014

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

    from Arkansas asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 28, 2014

    from Tennessee asked:
    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 9, 2014

    from Longmeadow, MA asked:
    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?
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    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?
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 6, 2013

    from Longmeadow, MA asked:
    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 4, 2013

    from Hampton, Virginia asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on November 4, 2013

    from Carmel, IN asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on April 8, 2013

    from Russellville, KY asked:
    February 28, 2013
    What does "square end" mean?
    1 Answers
    "Square end" refers to the shape of the hood itself, which you can see in the picture/diagram above
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on February 28, 2013

    Elaine Sanford
    from Memphis, TN asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 6, 2013

    from Wichita, KS asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 18, 2012

    from Apex, NC asked:
    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?
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 12, 2012

    from Morristown, NJ asked:
    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 10, 2012

    Gary Evans
    from Alabama asked:
    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    Magan B.
    on November 15, 2012

    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    on November 9, 2012

    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    on November 9, 2012

    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    on November 9, 2012

    from Texas asked:
    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.
    1 Answers
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on November 5, 2012

    Kim Beeland
    from Aiken, SC asked:
    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.
    1 Answers
    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.)
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on November 1, 2012

    Fireplace hoods do more than just protect your fireplace and home. They also increase the aesthetic appeal of the fireplace. The Elite Adjustable 4 Inch Fireplace Hood with Surface Mount is an attractive option that comes in a variety of finishes: polished brass, polished chrome, antique brass, matte black, and several others. It also comes in a two different sizes. This particular model works well with standard logs as well as gas logs. has a huge selection of fireplace hoods and canopy hoods for any type or size of fireplace. If you are unsure about a particular model, feel free to visit's Ask and Answer page. Chances are that someone has asked the same question as you. It is important to remember that some fireplace hoods only work on certain fireplace styles and sizes, so make sure you know that the one you want is compatible. Of course, if you still have any questions, you can ask one of our knowledgeable specialists, and they will be glad to help you quickly.
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