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    Fireplace Screens

    Fireplaces add beauty to any home, but with that beauty also comes risk. Fires can throw off sparks or hot embers, but one of our beautiful fireplace screens can help to protect your home.

    Not sure what fireplace screen to purchase? Check out our Fireplace Screen Buyer's Guide below written by one of our fireplace specialists.
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    22 Questions & 22 Answers
    from South Bend, IN asked:
    August 15, 2018
    I have a fireplace that is 40" wide and 21" high. The problem is that that raised hearth is inset which makes it 36 3/4# wide. Do you have something that will work, that will cover the whole opening, but still fit between the hearth stones? A 3 or 4 panel screen sits out too far for our liking.
    1 Answer
    We do also offer custom made sizes if you would be interested.
    Owen O.
    on August 16, 2018

    from hampton falls nh asked:
    February 23, 2018
    I'm looking for an arched screen measuring 31" high at the highest part of the arch and 44" wide.
    1 Answer
    This screen would be within those measurements.
    Owen O.
    on February 28, 2018

    from AZ asked:
    January 18, 2018
    We just moved in to a house with a peninsula fireplace and I need to get a screen that covers the two mesh screen sides because it is wood burning and produces black soot and we own a white cat. Do you or some other company sell screens for this type of fireplace?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we do not offer any screens for Peninsula fireplaces.
    Will M.
    on January 19, 2018

    from Miami, Florida asked:
    January 8, 2018
    Hi, we have a commercial product with a vented gas fire place. The specifications read: "Check with your local hearth specialty dealer for safety screens and hearth guards to protect children from hot surfaces. These screens and guards must be fastened to the floor." I have yet to find a guard/screen that can be fastened to the floor! Help!
    1 Answer
    We do not have one to be anchored to the floor but we do have the Minuteman SCR-12 3F Fireplace Screen Child Guard Stove - Black which you would anchor to the wall and the stabilizing cross bar makes it harder to topple.
    Kelsey C.
    on January 9, 2018

    from Edmonds WA asked:
    January 2, 2018
    the top of the opening to my fireplace is 37 inches high. I cant seem to find a screen high enough to cover the opening. Can you help with suggestions? When I put that dimension in to the "sorter" I got screens that were significantly shorter.
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, I do not carry any screens that are going to be that tall. I apologize for any inconvenience.
    Brennan W.
    on January 2, 2018

    from IA asked:
    December 26, 2017
    I can't seem to figure out how to narrow down the select of fireplace screens or guards to a smaller size. I don't use the fireplace in the older house I moved into, so I want to cover it up, but it is a smaller, apparently oddball size - 34" wide by 25.5" tall. Do I have any options?
    1 Answer
    Normally you would size up about 3-7" on both dimensions to cover any errant sparks so it is uncommon to see smaller screens. As of right now, we do not have anything really smaller than 38"W x 30"H.
    Kelsey C.
    on December 26, 2017

    from Fairview Park, OH asked:
    December 26, 2017
    I have a raised fireplace with a one inch ledge that measures 35 inches wide and 25 inches tall. I need a screen for it. How would I find this?
    1 Answer
    You will need to over size your screen to your opening for optimal protection (3-5" taller and 5-10" wider). We have "refine by" check boxes on our site to help narrow down the selections for you as we do have some very basic and then some more ornate choices.
    Kelsey C.
    on December 26, 2017

    from San Diego, CA asked:
    December 13, 2017
    I'm looking for a flat fireplace screen that will fit a Napoleon GD34. The purpose is for child safety. Is there a model that attaches with magnets?
    1 Answer
    None that will attach with magnets, I apologize.
    on December 13, 2017

    Jeff D
    from santa fe asked:
    December 11, 2017
    I need a simple fireplace screen that is 24" wide and 20" high free standing...any color. It is simply utilitarian for my woodburning fireplace. Do you have anything like this???
    1 Answer
    All of our screens are going to be a bit larger than your application calls for. The closest match we have would be something in a 39" wide by 31" high. An example in this size is our 18254.
    Kevin E.
    on December 12, 2017

    Don S
    from Buffalo, NY asked:
    December 1, 2017
    I have an old Timberline Cast iron wood burner that has a steel grated screen that fits in the opening and rests on the ledge. Do you have access to those?
    1 Answer
    I'm sorry, no. This is not a product that we carry or could source for you.
    Kevin E.
    on December 1, 2017

    from Greensburg, PA asked:
    November 29, 2017
    Looking for a fireplace curtain with slits for andrions?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we do not carry a screen with slits for andirons.
    Brennan W.
    on November 30, 2017

    from Sherman, CT asked:
    November 26, 2017
    I have a very old wood stove. It doesn't even have information about its model. I need to replace the fire screen, which is 18.5" x 18.5" x about 2.5". I've not been able to find anything to replace it, and I've not been able to find any information about repair. Help? Is there anything I can do? Thanks
    1 Answer
    Without a model number, our best recommendation is to have a new screen fabricated or your old one repaired by a metal fabrication shop locally.
    Kelsey C.
    on November 27, 2017

    from IN asked:
    November 8, 2017
    What is the difference between having a glass front or a screen? Is one better than the other?
    1 Answer
    The difference would depend on the unit. It is largely a personal preference for wood pre-fab fireplaces. Although, doors can somewhat effect the burn time.
    on November 9, 2017

    from Westford, MA asked:
    July 18, 2017
    Do you have a fireplace spark guard to fit a fireplace with the opening of 32 W x 22 H?
    1 Answer
    This three panel screen would work nicely for you.
    on July 18, 2017

    from Hackensack, NJ asked:
    February 22, 2017
    Does the screen need to cover the entire opening of the fireplace? Or, can it be a few inches shy of the top, essentially covering 80-90% of the fireplace opening?
    1 Answer
    Not covering the entirety of the opening should not be an issue; you should be fine with 80%-90% covered.
    Brennan W.
    on February 23, 2017

    from Phoenix, Arizona asked:
    November 19, 2016
    I have a fireplace that is raised and no place to set the screen in front of the firebox.
    1 Answer
    If a hanging mesh screen is not desired, the only option would be to modify a single panel type screen for your needs. For single panel screens with doors, past customers have drilled through the outer screen frame and anchored it directly into the brick around the fireplace. We have also had customers procure a set of very strong magnets to allow magnetic attachment for easy removal.
    on November 21, 2016

    from Abilene, TX asked:
    November 14, 2016
    I have a small fireplace opening, 26" tall and 28" wide. Those are the measurements of the screen that is original to the house, built in 1962. I do not use the fireplace very often. Do you have anything with these measurements, preferably black?
    1 Answer
    The screen we offer that most closely matches these measurements is the Pilgrim Matte Black Traditional Fireplace Spark Guard - 31 Inch x 31 Inch.
    Will M.
    on November 15, 2016

    from Baltimore, MD asked:
    November 14, 2016
    Do you have any fireplace screens that are only 30 inches wide?
    1 Answer

    from Washington DC asked:
    November 11, 2016
    Do you carry glass screens?
    1 Answer
    We do not carry glass screens.
    Brennan W.
    on November 11, 2016

    from Wisconsin asked:
    November 2, 2016
    How warm do these screens get when sitting in front of a fire? Can you move them to carpet to load more wood? Do you need to use gloves to move?
    1 Answer
    This will depend on the type of fireplace they are sitting in front of. They can indeed get quite hot if exposed for a long period of time to a hot fire.
    Brennan W.
    on November 2, 2016

    from Rock Hill, SC asked:
    November 3, 2015
    I have a gas fireplace. With the stone around the fireplace, it is 57 inches wide. I am looking for child protection. If you look at the picture included, I would like the screen to be 3 panels, and cover the fireplace and stone, which measures 57 inches. What size screen do I need?
    1 Answer
    The rear width of the Minuteman SCR-13 Large 3F Fireplace Screen Child Guard Stove - Black is 62". As such, this would appear to be a good option.
    Will M.
    on November 4, 2015

    from Atlanta, Ga asked:
    March 25, 2013
    Should the sides be as high as the opening?
    1 Answer
    Ideally, for safety, the screen will cover the entire opening of the fire box.
    Magan B.
    on March 25, 2013

    Fireplace Screen Buyer's Guide & Other Information

    Fireplace screens are a protective addition to any fireplace, as they protect the fireplace surroundings from embers and ashes that may fly out of the fireplace during operation. Fireplace screens come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are made in a variety of materials.

    Anyone that owns a wood-burning fireplace should have a fireplace screen. Especially those that have carpet nearby or those that have children or pets that need to be protected from getting too close to the fire. Fireplace screens are only necessary when you're actually burning a fire in a wood-burning fireplace. The screen doesn't serve a purpose, other than decoration when there is no fire, nor does it protect from a gas-burning log, which typically does not have embers, sparks, or ash billowing from it.

    Additionally, a fireplace screen can prevent ash from being tracked all over the home by curious pets who would like to climb into the fireplace to investigate.

    Industry's Finest

    There are a wide selection of manufacturers in the fireplace screens industry.

    • Pilgrim — Pilgrim has been in business for over 60 years and is currently the nation's best-selling manufacturer of screens. Pilgrim products are heavily built, with sturdy welds and smooth seams. Their fireplace screens are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. These screens are so well-built that the manufacturer proudly offers a lifetime warranty.
    • Cascade — Cascade is a top manufacturer of hanging mesh (coil mesh) screens. They offer an abundant variety of factory-cut sizes, plus the ability to custom produce specialty panels and finishes as needed. Cascade products are manufactured in Tualatin, Oregon, and the company exports its products globally.
    • Uniflame — Originally starting in propane distribution, this manufacturer naturally progressed into hearth accessories and fire pits. Offering a broad range of inexpensive but sturdily built fireplace screens, Uniflame has just the selection for a customer not wanting to spend a bundle.
    • Minuteman — Minuteman is a strong mid to high-end manufacturer of screens. Minuteman produces everything from single panel freestanding screens to multi-panel models, to highly decorative faux screens. Based in Massachusetts, the manufacturer has been a staple for hearth accessories for decades.

    Product Options

    Fireplace screens come in a wide variety of sizes and materials. Manufacturers usually make screens that consist of anywhere from one to five panels, some folding, some fixed and inflexible. The finishes available are even more broad, including copper, bronze, brass, wrought iron, and steel, just to name the most popular options. Styles are available that suit modern contemporary homes as well as traditional colonial homes and everything in between. You can find the perfect complement to your home décor.

    Multi panel screens utilize individual framed screen panels connected by full length steel pins. The screen mesh is usually held in place within the frame of each panel. These screens are popular because their installed width can be varied significantly. When shopping for this type of screen, the width is referencing the full side to side measurement of the screen if laid flat on the floor. Generally, your fireplace opening should be 6 inches narrower than the advertised width of the screen to allow for enough angle of the panels so that screen to remains upright. Some multi-panel screens are even available with spreader bars that lock the screen panels in place. This prevents children and pets from knocking the screen down accidentally.

    Single panel screens with doors are becoming the most popular type of screen for many consumers. This style features a perimeter frame and an internal frame built around one or two operable doors. The screen will feature stabilizers at the base that will hold the screen flat against the face of the fireplace. The screen itself can remain in position at all times, with the doors being opened to tend the fire. Most models have included door handles and magnetic clasps to hold the doors shut. If you have toddlers in the home, it is recommended to anchor the screen to the fireplace with hook and loop adhesive strips. These screens should be ordered large enough so that there is at least an inch of overlap on all sides of the fireplace, with 3 inches being preferred.

    Hanging mesh screens are a standard screen in manufactured fireplaces and sometimes masonry fireplaces as well. The screen consists of coiled steel wire woven into individual panels. The woven panels will have rings along one edge and are designed to hang from small rod. The screen panels slide back and forth along the rod as needed, much like a shower curtain. While this type of screen is low cost, there is no rigid barrier like free standing screens and should not be relied upon to keep children or pets out of the fireplace, or stop a log that rolls free from a fireplace grate. When ordering, look for screen panels that are 20 to 30% wider than the actual fireplace opening. This ensures that the screen has the proper draped look when fully closed.

    Single panel solid screens are similar to single panel screens with doors, but instead, there is only a perimeter frame with a single field of mesh screening. The screens are purposely lightweight and easy to move in order to access the fire.

    Rumford style screens are a style of hearth that has an opening that is nearly square. These screens consist of a tall perimeter frame and a curved front frame, creating a screen that curves into the room from the fireplace, such as this Pilgrim Rumford Screen.

    Decorative screens, being those with no mesh or very large openings, are not meant to be used with a wood fire as they cannot prevent sparks or embers from flying out of the fireplace. They work best with inoperable wood burning fireplaces or with gas fireplaces, and they provide an artistic aesthetic while breaking up the dark opening of a fireplace that is not in use.

    Note: Any time a customer has an operable wood burning fireplace, they need to have a screen. There is no instance of a fire that does not pose a risk to a home, and this risk is increased when burning softwoods or damp fuel logs. Softwoods and damp fuel logs will have a tendency to pop and crack as pockets of moisture are encountered, sending flaming embers flying. A screen is the only barrier to stopping these embers. We recommend leaving a screen in place at all times if pets or children are in the home, as embers can stay hot for up to 24 hours after a fire has "burned out". It's also a good prevention against ash being tracked through the house by an inquisitive cat or dog.

    While screens of this style are optional for gas fireplaces, direct vent gas fireplaces are required to be sold with a safety screen that covers the glass surface. These screens usually attach to the face of the fireplace to provide additional protection for your loved ones or animals from hot surfaces.

    Technical Insight

    There are some elements that you want to look for when picking out your fireplace screen. You want to be sure the legs of the screen are thick and sturdy, to help the screen keep from tipping over. Are there gaps between the screen and any part of the frame the screen is attached to? These gaps could allow sparks to get through and cause a fire. Are the side panels hinged? Having these panels hinged allows for you to position the frame differently depending on your needs. Some screens don't have side panels and are designed to sit flush against the fireplace.

    While you can use glass doors during the operation of a fireplace, but it is recommended to leave them open for the first 15 minutes of the burn to allow them to warm gradually and prevent shattering from thermal shock. Flying embers and sparks won't have any effect on the glass doors, and a strong enough log impact could possibly break one of the glass panes, but if you are using a grate and not overbuilding the fire you shouldn't have that problem. Glass doors have large enough gaps between the panes for the fire to receive enough oxygen and sealed glass doors will have an air control flap that can be opened to allow oxygen to feed the fire.

    Some screens have handles. Handles are a very useful feature allowing you to easily move the screen out of the way when you need to tend to the fire. Consider this, especially if you're looking at a screen that does not have hinged doors to access the fireplace.

    You will want your fireplace screen to be a little larger than your fireplace, though the exact measurements will depend on the type of screen. Multi panel screens should be the height of the fireplace opening, ideally. They should also have enough width to cover each side of the fireplace by 3 inches on either side, while allowing the center panel to stand out from the fireplace by at least 8 inches so the screen doesn't want to tip over. On single panel screens, there should be at least 1 inch of coverage on the top and both sides, with 3 inches being ideal. Hanging mesh screens should be 1/2" shorter than the height of the screen rod to the fireplace floor. The width should be 20 to 30 percent greater than the fireplace opening width. With hanging screens take care to verify if the hanging rings are included in the height of the screen panel. The rings can be 1/2 to 1 inch tall and if they aren't included in the mesh height and you order based just off that mesh height, the mesh could drag the floor.


    Fireplace screens are typically very easy to install, as almost all screens simply sit in front of the fireplace. This does not mean that there won't be a little assembly, but not all screens will require assembly.


    Fireplace screens benefit from online shopping and easy shipping. This way both the heavier screens and the ones made of glass can arrive directly to your home without having to pay extra for weight or special handling.

    If the screen is not very heavy, it will come as a parcel shipment. This does not mean that the screen can't be damaged during shipment, just that you won't have to schedule a delivery for your new fireplace screen. You will still want to inspect your screen for shipping damage as soon as you open the packaging.


    Fireplace screens can last for many years when they are well maintained. A simple cleaning each season can help to eliminate build up and keep your fireplace screen looking its best for many years to come.

    Here at eFireplaceStore we have a wide selection of fireplace screens for any homeowner's budget, style and size needs.

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