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Fireplace Screens

Fireplace screens are a traditional way of covering an open hearth. Screens are essential for wood burning fireplaces that are not equipped with their own screens or doors as they protect the room from falling logs and small bits of burning wood thrown off by a fire. Screens also give gas fireplaces a finished look. Most screens frames are made of metals such as brass, steel or iron, and the screening is made of see through wire mesh.

The following should be considered when buying a fireplace screen:

  • Measure the height and width of the fireplace opening. The screen should cover the opening by several extra inches.
  • A single panel screen will have to be moved when lighting the fire or adding logs. Double or triple panel folding screens can be folded back, but they are more likely to tip over.
  • Consider the style of your room and fireplace. Simple screens suit more rustic fireplaces; more elaborately patterned screens go with formal looks.

Before buying a fireplace screen, you may alsow want to check to see if you can purchase matching fireplace accessories, such as fireplace tools (tongs, broom, poker and shovel) and log holders.

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