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A fireplace screen can alter the entire look of your home without taking away the alluring effects of the fireplace. For most homeowners, fireplace screens were merely decorative, but they have more functional purposes than that. Fireplaces come with significant safety concerns, especially for a household with kids, and screens provide the necessary protection.

A fireplace screen will keep the sparks from flying all over the place during the cold season when the hearth needs to be functional most of the days. The best screens provide the required safety while complementing your interior décor at the same time. Fireplace screens are available in a host of designs and materials to cater to the evolving needs of the modern day consumer. This list looks at the different features of some of the most popular products, according to customer reviews.

Top 6 Best Fireplace Screen Options to Choose from

#1. Panacea Products 15951 3-Panel Arch

Panacea panel arch fireplace screen

The simplicity of this screen is one of its top selling points. It functions well, covering the fireplace without obscuring the beauty. You can easily see the flames through the powder coated surface. The finishing gives it substantial durability. There is no assembly required, just unpack it and place in front of the hearth.

You can stretch the screen effortlessly to about 40,” and it will still provide cover without wobbling. The screen can blend in with just about any type of home decoration. When using the fireplace, it can get warm but not hot, which means no burn incidents for your babies or pets. Wal-Mart, TrueValue, and eBay are other online stores where you can find the 3-panel arch scene from Panacea Products.

#2. Pleasant Hearth Classic Fireplace Screen

a Pleasant hearth classic fireplace screen

Pleasant Hearth has a reputation for quality fireplace accessories, and this fireplace screen is no different. When searching for a fireplace screen that will accommodate different hearths, then this is one. The cover stretches 52″ in width and 31″ in length. It has side panels that you can set at a certain angle to get better stability on the screen.

These panels have handles that allows users to carry the screen from one part of the home to another without too much trouble. The product allows you to create an effective barrier for children and pets without being an eye sore. For an average of $30-$40, you get a lightweight fireplace screen that folds easily when you have to store it.

#3. Style Selections 3-Panel Arched Twin

a Style selections screen in front of a fireplace

This fireplace screen from Style Selections is just what you need if you are aiming for a minimalist interior décor. It offers a clear view of the fire, so your home feels warmer, especially during winter. The screen has an arched gate design with magnetized doors that remain shut when lighting a fire.

There are stylish handles on the door, so it is easy to open and close. Its side panels are constructed to hold four fireplace tools (two on each side). The front of the screen has legs that guarantee stability when using it. For an average of $70, you can purchase this deceptively simple but highly functional screen.

#4. Uniflame Single Panel Curved Pewter

an Uniflame pewter fireplace screen

If you are looking for something more unconventional, this single panel fireplace screen can be a good option. With most fireplace screens being made of wrought iron, you may want a different product for your indoor hearth. The curved design gives the cover a streamlined look that is very classy. There isn’t much going on with the screen, just the plain pewter finish on the steel frame.

At a width of 41″, the fireplace screen is suitable for several types of fireplaces. You get a dark heavy-duty mesh that is transparent enough to give you a great view of the hearth as it burns. The approximate price for this Uniflame single-panel curved screen is $100-160, depending on where you buy it.

#5. Amagabeli 3 Panel Pewter Wrought Iron

an Amagabeli Panel pewter with beautiful details

This 3-panel fireplace screen is both affordable and functional. The wrought iron arch design gives this screen a stylish appearance that will suit your hearth, whether indoors or outdoors. When fully expanded, the screen can cover a 50″ fireplace, and it stretches 22.75″ in height. The screen is solid enough to prevent those popping embers from leaving the hearth.

It is light enough that you can move it around without struggling. Because the mesh on the screen is wrought iron, it spreads heat better than glass such that when the fire is on, it only gets lukewarm. You can fit the screen nicely around fire inserts and get the most out of your fireplace.

#6. Plow & Hearth Stained Glass Fire Screen

a stained glass fireplace screen

Although it falls into the luxurious range at about $200, this fireplace screen offers your home everything it needs. For one, the quality of Plow and Hearth products is unquestionable given their reputation. Then there is the detailing of the screen, which includes stained glass with an amber and crimson flower in the middle. Frosted and seeded glass surrounds it, and that gives the screen durability.

The design is unique to Plow and Hearth, which can match any number of interior themes. The screen covers 38 inches in width and 31 in height. You get a sturdy wrought iron frame that supports a single door. The door closes and opens to add wood. It has front and back supports, which makes it perfect for a home with kids and pets who may try to knock it over.

Bottom Line

Finding the right fireplace screen is as vital as any other hearth accessories in your home. Besides reducing heat escape during the winter season, a screen guarantees that you can enjoy the warmth without fretting over sparks landing on furnishings. Additionally, you can ensure that children and pets don’t climb into the hearth when it’s not in use. The best fireplace screens mean different things to various homeowners.

Besides the quality of the products, a buyer may look at how well the fireplace screen fits into the existing decor, its stability when erected or design. For some, it’s just about finding the right-priced fireplace screen. Whatever your priorities are, aim for a fireplace screen that keeps your hearth protected and doesn’t get too hot.

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a living room with a fireplace

Gas fireplace inserts are slowly replacing wood fireplaces thanks to their heat efficiency and the ease of maintenance. Basically, gas fireplace inserts are made up of a log and a burner surrounded by a steel or cast-iron firebox. A colorful face plate stands in the surround gaps to add finesse to the fireplace. While some models are easily recessed into a wall, some are easily installed in a pre-existing fireplace cabinet.

This article helps homeowners or business people with offices to install gas fireplace inserts with ease. It looks at the materials required, a rough estimate of cost, the inserts options, and installation steps.

How to Install Gas Fireplace Inserts – Main Steps

#1. Choosing an Insert Option

The process of selecting an insert option is as crucial as the installation process itself. Options include vented and vented free; a homeowner’s choice will be influenced by space, design preferences and the existence of a fireplace. Direct vent inserts come handy for homeowners with existing fireplaces as their flue systems are structured to fit into chimneys. Vent-free systems are ideal for homeowners with no fireplaces; they can be fitted on fireplaces, free-standing cabinets or on walls.

While shopping, homeowners are advised to choose models with oxygen deficient sensors; these are able to switch burners off when oxygen levels get low. To install gas fireplace inserts, one needs pipes for gas, electrical wires for switches, flue placement and a firebox. The process, plus materials, can cost as low as $2000 and as high as $4500.

When selecting inserts, one should ensure they get the correct size too. A large room can hold an insert with 25,000 BTU while a bedroom or another smaller room can hold an insert with 5000 BTU or lower output.

#2. Connecting Pipes

Connecting gas fireplace inserts in existing fireplaces is quite easy. In the event that there is no fireplace, a homeowner should recess the insert on a wall and let the gas vent out. The first step is screwing two vent pipes into place; this should be where the fireplace is to be mounted. Exhaust pipes should then be connected to the exhaust outlets; the chimney in a pre-existing wood fireplace or an outlet cut on a wall for a free standing fireplace.

#3. Place Firebox Strategically

a wall-mount fireplace

Firebox should be positioned in place inside the existing fireplace or just placed free standing. After positioning the firebox, an electrical line to service the fireplace should be run. Electricity comes handy when one needs to have a fan for heat distribution. However, there are restrictions on gas and electricity installations. Even when following a DIY for this kind of a task; it is imperative to get the input of a professional.

#4. Positioning the Gas Fireplace Inserts

The gas fireplace insert should then be placed as close to the firebox as possible. This should be followed by pulling up the house wiring to the fireplace insert and attaching it as instructed in the user manual. The gas line should then be connected to the insert, and all pipes checked to ensure they are tightly connected.

After connecting the house wiring and gas lines, one should slide the fireplace insert into the firebox, carefully to ensure no damage is done to the gas line. Homeowners must then insulate the fire damper opening around gas pipes and placing the mounting plate and vent pipes on the insert. Moreover, you must also slide the mounting area into the slots at the top of the insert; it should line up the holes on the insert with the vent pipes.

The plate must be secured with self-tapping screws, and afterward, the leveling legs should be adjusted to ensure the fireplace insert is in position.

#5. Setting the Fireplace Insert

After fixing gas fireplace inserts, the next step is to remove the glass and make adjustments to the insert. Glass can be removed by taking out the locking clips at the front glass panel. Glowing embers should then be placed about 1/2 inch from the glass. Next, you need to scatter the mystic embers on the burner plates and place ceramic logs strategically as instructed in the user manual.

The placement of the logs and the embers should enhance the aesthetics of gas fireplace inserts as well as ensure efficiency in burning. After adjustments, you need to replace and clip the glass panel into the right position.

#6. Installing the RC Receiver

A remote control receiver will accompany gas fireplace inserts along with its manual. This receiver should be installed outside the firebox, away from the heat, for its safety. The instruction manual details the process of installing the receiver; it is a cinch. Do a test to confirm the functioning the various components of the fireplace insert.

Then, you need to slide the firebox surround above tabs on top of the fireplace insert and then attach it to the base of the insert with screws. Moreover, a screen should be installed on the front for safety; to ensure no one touches the hot glass.

#7. Install a Mantel

a part of a marble fireplace mantel

Mantels are not sold together with gas fireplace inserts, but a homeowner or an office owner who needs one on top of their fireplace can buy one separately. When purchasing a mantel, make sure that it fits the height of the fireplace. Markings should be made on the wall for the mantel. Measure mantel downwards up to where the upward and downward ledgers meet. Ledger’s board should be attached using drywall screws, and then the mantel lifted and secured into position using nails.

Putting It All Together

Gas fireplace inserts emit more heat, emit fewer pollutants, eliminate drafts and hundredfold easier to maintain. Better yet, they are operated at the touch of a button. By installing a fan, the heat is well distributed. Shoppers should compare burner systems, fireplace cabinets, and face plates when buying inserts.

Irrespective of the insert chosen, one must carefully consider all the above steps when installing the insert to make sure there are no gas leakages and there are no naked wires. Gas and electricity restrictions and regulations should always be followed for safety.

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a fancy living room with a fireplace

Electric fireplace TV stand options are a good way of adding finesse to one’s home or office. These units also referred to as media consoles, bring an outstanding fire appearance and unlike other fireplaces. Moreover, they double as entertainment centers. As its name suggests, the fireplaces are powered by electricity.

This article looks at the best fireplace TV stand models based on factors such as fire heat and brightness settings, safety features, mantel size, beauty/finish and price quality ratio. Features and specifications of each stand are clearly explained to enable buyers to discern which stand best fits their needs and tastes.

The Best Fireplace TV Stand Choices to Consider

1. Pleasant Hearth Electric Fireplace

pleasant heart fireplace tv stand

This fireplace TV stand combines electric fireplace performance with beautifully designed furniture to offer homeowners a great entertainment and heating center. It can be used for ambiance or heating; power heat can be turned on or off with the touch of a button.

To enhance the finesse of a home or office, the Pleasant Hearth sports a beautiful cherry wood finish. The mantel features a decorative molding and can hold up to 100 pounds and up to 50-inch-wide flat screen TV.

Top Features

  • Three flame setting.
  • Ten heat levels.
  • BTU forced air heater fan that distributes heat up to 400-square-feet.
  • Multi-functional remote control.
  • Backlit LCD showing timer and temperature functions.
  • Cabinets on each side of the firebox.

2. Dwyer Electric Fireplace

an elegant Dwyer fireplace tv stand

The Dwyer Electric Fireplace sports a traditional media console style. Its espresso finish and its uniquely curved firebox give it a panoramic view of a home or office.

Like other electric fireplace, logs and embers can be seen from the safety-tempered glass giving the feel of a true-to-life wood fire. Its fan-forced heater distributes heat up to 400 square feet. The electric firebox is 25 inches while the mantel can support up to 144 pounds and accommodate a 56-inch-wide flat screen TV.

Top Features

  • Shelf for media accessories.
  • Multi-functional remote control.
  • Three temperature control levels.
  • Thermostat low to high control.

3. SEI AMZ8839E Kendall Media Console

a Kendall electric tv stand fireplace

The SEI AMZ8839E Kendall electric fireplace TV stand is an exquisite vintage mahogany finish or glazed pine. There are, however, different finishes including ash wood, poplar, pine, glass, metal, and resin. Behind the firebox, there is a faux brick wall while the fireplace comes with faux logs and embers to create a real wood fireplace experience.

Top Features

  • The fireplace can operate with or without heat.
  • Multi-functional remote controls light and heat intensity.
  • Heats 1500-cubic-feet room in only 24 minutes.
  • Tempered glass cold to touch.
  • Thermal overload protector.

This component is easy to assemble and can accommodate a 50-inch flat screen TV. There are storage drawers for media components. Buyers can cherry-pick from a variety of finishes.

4. Real Frame 7720E Ashley Electric Fireplace TV Stand

a dark brown real flame fireplace

The 7720E is an excellent entertainment that accommodates most TVs weighing 100 pounds or less. It is designed to offer a distinct flair in a home or office while serving as a fireplace and as an entertainment center.

The stand is provided in powder coated steel and MDF with a touch of solid wood veneer. To add a touch of uniqueness, the mantel is supported by four fluted vertical pillars. A dark brown espresso finishes the beauty of this stand.

Top Features

  • Easy to use remote control which allows temperature and light settings.
  • Timer which allows between 30 minutes and 8 hours.
  • Low noise fan driven heater.
  • Heats 400-square-feet room.
  • Tempered glass for safety.
  • Thermal overload protector.

This fireplace TV stand is easy to assemble and sports all essential features for a fireplace entertainment combo.

5. ChimneyFree Walker Infrared Entertainment Center with Electric Fireplace

inside a living room with a tv stand fireplace

ChimneyFree Walker is popular for its beauty. Its body is made of hardwood and veneers with Medium Density Fiberboard. This console features a cherry wood finish that will easily complement the decor of any home or office.

The finish, coupled with Spectrafire flames, give this console a magnificent look. It can hold TVs up to 100 pounds and up to 60-inches wide. Shelves can hold up to 50 pounds.

Top Features

  • Digital temperature LCD controlled by its thermostat.
  • Black blower fan for heat distribution.
  • Multicolored flames – 2 flame colors.
  • Tempered glass protector.
  • Flame light (3 levels) and heat adjustable with a multi-functional remote control.
  • Thermal overload protector.

The fireplace produces an amount of heat enough to warm 1000-square feet. Better still, it is easy to assemble, without any tools.

6. Altra Furniture Manchester Fireplace TV Stand

a black altra tv stand fireplace

The Altra is a 70-inch electric fireplace that comes with a painted finish. Its body is made of medium density fiberboard and particleboard. One can set the temperature on six different levels from 68 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be controlled by use of a remote control, with two heating sets – 750 to 1500 watts.

Top Features

  • This fireplace can be wrought with or without heat.
  • Heat blower fan distributes heat up to 400-square feet.
  • LED embers offer up to 50,000 productive hours.
  • Mantel can accommodate up to 135 pounds and up to 79-inch wide flat screen TV.
  • 4-touch settings for timer, heater, power, and flames.
  • Fireplace 23-inches high.
  • Safety glass for protection.

The unit is easy to assemble and comes with all accessories needed and a user manual.

Putting It All Together

The essential features of a fireplace TV stand include safety glass, different levels of heating and lighting, sizeable mantel and of course exquisite finishes among others. While choosing one, it is good to also consider the price; seeing that there are low budget, medium and high budget stands. Use the tips above to find a great fireplace TV; one that suits your budget, your needs, and your taste.

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