How To Install Fireplace Glass Doors

Now that you have purchased your new fireplace doors, you need to know the details on how you will be installing them.  First we will address a few frequently asked questions that we get from most of our customers on a daily basis.

Not at all. If you can hang a picture frame, you can install fireplace doors yourself. The process is easy and can be done with a few common tools.

Electric drill, drill bits, and a Phillips screwdriver.

At Brick-Anew we stand behind our products – if you have any questions you can call us at 800-897-7175 and speak with a certified fireplace door specialist that can help you with any problems you may encounter.

Step 1: Install the Frame

Your first step in installing fireplace doors should be to install the frame of the doors. Installing the frame provides something for the doors to attach to and should therefore form the first part of the fireplace door installation.

When installing the frame, take care to make sure the brackets are aligned and as straight as possible as this will affect how easily the fireplace doors open and close. However, you will be able to straighten up the frame at a later stage by adjusting the tightness of the screws on either side. You will need a #2 Phillips screwdriver to complete the frame installation. Follow these simple steps to complete the frame installation without any hassle.

Prefab Frame Installation

  1. Put the brackets on the side panels.
  2. Use the self tapping screws to secure your frame into the firebox opening.
  3. Make sure your frame is even.
  4. After you have secured the frame, put the glass into the frame to complete your fireplace door installation.
  5. Position the frame in the fireplace and center the frame between the left and right side of the fireplace opening.
  6. It is Important that the frame is installed with the correct side up to insure smooth operation of the doors. The bottom frame rail is marked by a red dot.
  7. Slide the brackets on the backside of the frame and position them against your fireplace box. Hand tighten the bracket. Mark the fireplace at each hole in the 4 angle brackets.
  8. Remove the frame, drill the 4 holes your marked with the 5/32 drill bit.
  9. Re-position the frame back into the fireplace and secure the frame using the sheet metal screws using a #2 Phillips screwdriver for each angle bracket making sure you don’t over tighten! The enclosure may be centered by loosening one side and tightening the other.
Prefab Zero Clearance Fireplace Door Frame Installation Diagram

Masonry Frame Installation

Tools Needed: A #2 Phillips Screwdriver, Electric Drill, ¼” Masonry Drill Bit and Hammer.
Hardware Includes: Four (4) Mounting Brackets and four (4) Anchor Bolts.
Installation Instructions:
  1. Attach the four (4) Mounting Brackets to the frame as shown in Figure 2. If necessary, the Mounting Brackets can be flattened with a hammer and different bends can be made.
  2. Center the enclosure with the installed Mounting Brackets against the fireplace opening. Make sure that the Mounting Brackets are flat against the fireplace walls.
  3. Drill a hole using a ¼” masonry drill bit through the center slot of each Mounting Bracket approximately 1 ½” deep into the firebrick.
  4. Insert the four (4) Anchor Bolts into the 1 ½” holes. Attach the mounting Brackets to the Anchor Bolts and tighten.
Masonry Fireplace Door Frame Installation

Step 2: Attaching the Doors

Attaching the doors to the frame is part of installing fireplace doors where you install the sheets that will keep the soot and ash inside the firebox. If you are attaching glass doors, you need to take extra care when handling them as they are easily breakable.

For a good finish, you can wipe the doors before installation as this will ensure they are nice and clean when finally set up. The fireplace doors will have clips on them which will attach easily to the frame. No extra hand tools are needed to attach the doors. There are also multiple doors to install, so make sure you follow these easy steps and repeat them for all the remaining fireplace doors.

  1. With the handle at the top (handles must be at the top) fold door together, and locate the bottom door pivot pin.
  2. With panel door at 45 degree angle, place door pivot pin into the frame bottom receiving hole clip.
  3. Press down on door and slide until top pin slides into the top receiving hole clip.
  4. Repeat Steps for remaining door.
How To Install Fireplace Doors Into Frame

What to Expect When Your Fireplace Doors Arrive

The parts for your fireplace doors will arrive as ordered, consisting of a flat-packed frame, the glass doors themselves and some brackets.

If your fireplace doors are not right upon arrival, we offer free returns. Get in touch with our friendly customer service team and we’ll help you find a set that’s right for you.

When your fireplace glass doors arrive, you want to make sure you are prepared. This video shows you what to expect, along with a check list for what you should have in your box.