Having a fireplace mesh curtain is nice to prevent wood burning fireplaces from putting sparks out onto the floor or walls around the chimney. If you’ve converted your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace, then you can remove the mesh curtain and replace it with something that’s a little more aesthetically pleasing, such as a set of glass doors.
The mesh curtain is affixed to the chimney with just a few screws. Reach inside the chimney, remove the screws, and then you’ll be able to take your curtain down. Now you’ll have a cleaning opening.
Install the New Door Frame
You’ll likely need a custom door frame, so measure the opening of your firebox. Look for a solid steel frame to install so that it can withstand the heat of your gas fireplace. If you’re going with a painted look, then make sure that the frame has been coated with a fireplace-ready, heat-resistant paint to complete your look. The width of the frame is more your personal preference.
Some of the frames have the glass doors already included so that you only have to install one item. This is the easiest method and can generally be completed in an hour or so.
The frame is going to slip into place inside your squared-off firebox. This works primarily for brick. If your mesh screen was on a fieldstone fireplace, then you’ll need a custom frame to overlap the existing materials. Once the frame is inside, mark where you’ll need to affix it to the brickwork. Use a permanent marker so you can see where you’ll need to drill.
Prepare Your Fireplace For the Frame
Using a drill and driver that has a masonry bit, drill a 2 inch hole where you’ve marked in the fireplace. Then you’ll need to hammer in your anchors so that the screws will go directly into the fireplace and be able to stay in place. Make sure you’ve removed any dust from this process before beginning and drill into the brick, not the mortar. Tap the anchor so it is flush.
Now you just need to screw the frame into place. You may need to use a socket wrench for this, depending on the frame that you use. Once the frame is securely in place, you can then affix the doors to the frame based on the configuration you have. You will likely need to attach your doors at the hinge points within the frame, though some frames have sliding glass doors. If that’s what you have chosen, then you’ll need to placed your doors within the slider.
As a final step, if your frame has clamps, then clamp it to the lintel that is already in place at the top of your firebox. Tighten it up by hand and then give it a could of extra turns with a pair of pliers. Just don’t turn it too hard because otherwise you’ll bend the clamp and the frame and door won’t be as secure. Then you’re done.
That’s really how easy it is to replace your fireplace mesh curtain.