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Fireplace Screen Shapes

Fireplace screen shapes

A Quick Guide to New and Traditional Fireplace Screen Shapes →

Fireplace Screen Shapes

Thinking about a new fireplace screen for your hearth? There are more options available now, including in fireplace screen shapes, than just a few years ago. Don’t be overwhelmed by the possibilities, though. Here’s a quick guide to fireplace screen shapes.

Fireplace screens vary

  • by the number of panels they have,
  • by whether the panels are straight or bowed,
  • by the shape of the top of the screen, and
  • by whether they have access doors.

There is also a distinction between fireplace screens and fireplace spark guards.

Single panel arched fireplace screenOne panel screens are very popular now. Flat one panel screens fit up flat against your fireplace and are visually integral to the fireplace opening. They usually sit on adjustable “feet.”

Bowed fireplace screenCurved single panel fireplace screens have a gentle bow in them that allows them to stand without feet. Placed in front of the fireplace, each side edge of a bowed screen is against your fireplace wall, but the middle of the screen bows out a bit from the fireplace opening.

Three-panel, four-panel, and five-panel fireplace screens are piano hinged between each panel. This allows you to position the side panels to fit the width of your fireplace.

Three panel fireplace screenThree panel fireplace screens are probably the most familiar style. The middle panel is typically about twice as wide as each of the side panels. Three-panel screens are often favored for traditional settings.

Some have bowed panels; each panel is gently bowed so the entire screen forms one, continuous bow when placed on your hearth.

Four panel  fireplace screenFour panel fireplace screens, although one of the less common fireplace screen shapes, have a unique appeal. They stand easily and can be adjusted to fireplaces of different widths. In addition, it is easy to fold just two of the panels to tend your fire. A five-panel fireplace screen is a rarity but these fireplace screens do bring a distinctly graceful visual balance to any hearth.

Arched three panel  fireplace screenSingle panel, three-panel, four-panel, and five-panel fireplace screens all can be had with arched tops or flat tops. Arched fireplace screens are popular not only with homeowners with arched fireplaces, but also with those who want a break from all the horizontal lines of most fireplace setting.

The arched screens—whether each panel is individually arched or the screen as a whole has a single arch—can add visual interest and drama to your hearth.

Single panel fireplace screen with doorsAccess doors are a relatively new feature on fireplace screens. Most screens must be moved to tend a fire or add logs. Not so with fireplace screens with doors built into them. Access doors are most common on single panel screens and on the center panel of three-panel screens.

spark guardA separate category of screen is the “spark guard.” Spark guards are screens that not only protect sparks from coming straight out from your fire into your room but also protect you from sparks that might shoot up-and-out into your room. Typically, they look much like a three-panel screen with two important differences: First, an additional top section of screening goes from the top of the three panels up to the fireplace wall. Often this top section of screening is shaped like the curved section of an old fashioned roll-front desk. Second, none of the panels is hinged. The entire spark guard is rigid. To tend a fire, handles on the spark guard allow the rigid unit to be picked up and moved away from the fire.

Your new fireplace screen can look just like the fireplace screen grandma used to have. But it doesn’t have to! Fireplace screen shapes include both newer ones and classical shapes updated. Consider all fireplace screen shapes to determine which one will best serve your decorating and functional needs.

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Oval Flue Chimney Cap Measure

Ho to Measure for an Oval Chimney Cap to Fit an Oval Flue

How to Measure for an Oval Flue Chimney Cap:
Oval Flue Chimney Cap Measure Guide

Virtually all oval flues are on buildings and outdoor fireplaces in California, Oregon and other Western, wild-fire prone areas. Thus, chimney caps for oval flues always come with smaller than customary spaces between the screen mesh wires. These smaller mesh, California spark arrestor style chimney caps are required to have screen openings no larger than 5/8 of an inch on each side. By contrast, most chimney caps have 3/4 inch screen screen openings.

Unless they are custom made from a template of a specific oval flue, oval flue chimney caps’ exteriors are rectangular in shape, as they are also made to fit rectangular flues with rounded corners. When you look inside these chimney caps, however, you will see the corner-tabs or interior ledges that accommodate oval flues. See the photo below.

The interior of each oval flue chimney cap has corner tabs to accommodate oval flues.

The interior of each oval flue chimney cap has corner tabs to accommodate oval flues.

Stainless steel chimney caps all carry a Lifetime Warranty, so they are a good choice. If your chimney cap is for an oval flue in a saltwater environment, we strongly recommend a stainless steel chimney cap instead of a galvanized steel one.

What to Measure for an Oval Flue Chimney Cap

If you have an oval flue, measure the outside length and width of your flue.

Gelco chimney cap with small mesh Gelco Stainless Steel Chimney Caps
for Oval Flues
 Forever Cap with small mesh  Forever Cap Multi-Flue Stainless
Steel Chimney Cap
for Oval Flues
 HomeSaver Pro Black Galvanized Chimney Cap for Single Oval Flue  HomeSaver Pro Black Galvanized
Chimney Caps 
for Single Oval Flues
 Adjustable Chimney Cap for Oval, Square or Rectangular Flues  Adjustable Chimney Cap
for Square, Rectangular,
or Oval Flue

 

Select an oval flue chimney cap like any of the ones above. Within the screened area, they all have corner tabs or interior edges. Those interior modifications make it possible for them to sit on an oval-shaped flue.

 

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Top Mount Chimney Cap Measure

Top Mount Chimney Cap Measure Guide

How to Measure for a Top Mounted Chimney Cap:
Top Mount Chimney Cap Measure Guide for Chimney Caps that Attach to the Crown

 

Top Mount Chimney Caps (typically used with multiple flues but also used with chimneys with a single flue) mount on the concrete crown of the chimney.  They can also be used if you have only one flue on the chimney.

You can attach a top mount chimney cap either with 1/4” Tapcon screws (using a 3/16″ Tapcon drill bit) that go through pre-drilled holes in the chimney cap flanges and then into the crown, or you can attach it with Construction Adhesive that affixes the chimney cap flanges to the cement crown.

Top mount chimney caps attach to the chimney crown with flanges.

Whether you are using a top mount chimney cap for one or more flues, here’s how to measure for and select the right chimney cap to fit:

What to Measure for a Top Mount Chimney Cap

You need to take three measurements in order to choose the correct top mount chimney cap.

•     First, measure the length and width of your entire chimney, as shown by the red dotted line in the diagram below.

•     Next, measure the length and width of a rectangle just big enough to include all the flues on your chimney, as shown by the black dotted line. This is the minimum screen size.

Multi Flue Chimney Caps - Measure for Size

•     Last, measure the height of the tallest flue above the top of the chimney, as shown by the blue dotted line .

Multi Flue Chimney Caps - Measure for Height

Your chimney cap can be any screen size between the dotted red rectangle and the dotted black rectangle.

Most chimney caps have mounting flanges that add 1 1/2 inches to each side of the screen. So, for example, a top mounting chimney cap with a screen size of 13 by 17 inches will cover 16 by 20 inches of the top of your chimney. Some top-mount chimney caps can be installed with the mounting flanges inside the screen (facing toward the flues) or outside of it (facing toward the edges of the chimney.)

•     If your goal is to protect the top of your chimney from deterioration caused by weather and acid rain, choose the largest screen size that will fit within the red dotted line.

•     If your goal is to be as economical as possible, select a chimney cap the size of the black dotted line.

•     If your goal is to get the maximum protection for the top of your chimney for the minimum price, select a chimney cap size midway between the red and black dotted lines.

Some chimney caps are taller than others. The height of the screen part of a chimney cap is the screen height. There must be at least 5 inches of clearance between the top of your tallest flue and the lid (or roof) of the chimney cap. Select a chimney cap with a screen height 5 inches above your tallest flue (at least 5 inches taller than the blue dotted line.)

 

Which Metal is Best for a Top Mount or Multi-Flue Chimney Cap?

Multi-flue chimney caps are manufactured from stainless steel, copper, and black galvanized steel. Stainless steel is the best value for the dollar. Copper is the most elegant, especially for historic or upscale homes. Stainless steel and copper chimney caps come with a lifetime warranty. Some stainless steel top mount chimney caps can be powder coated with black or colored heat resistant finish. Galvanized steel is the least expensive and the least durable. Galvanized steel chimney caps are painted black.

A copper top mount chimney cap is not recommended for light colored chimneys. Stainless steel is the preferred metal for salt water climates due to its rust resistance.

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Single Flue Chimney Cap Measure

Single Flue Chimney Cap - Measure

How to Measure for a Single Flue Chimney Cap
to Fit a Square or Rectangular Flue:
Single Flue Chimney Cap Measure Guide

 

Single flue caps attach to the flue. For chimneys with a single square or rectangular flue, select a chimney cap like those shown below. Some single flue chimney caps that attach to the flue with clamps. The majority of single flue chimney caps, however, attach to the flue with set screws that press against the flue.

Chimney Cap Measure - HY-C Adjustable Clamp Chimney Cap Single flue chimney cap that attaches to flue with set screws
 Attaches to Flue with Clamps  Attaches to Flue with Set Screws

Here are examples of chimney caps for single flues that attach to the outside of the flue with screws:

What to Measure for a Single Flue Chimney Cap

To measure for a single flue chimney cap, measure the outside length and width of your flue.

What to Measure for a Single Flue Chimney Cap If the Flue Does Not Stick Up at Least an Inch

If your single flue does not stick up at least one inch, you can use either a top mount chimney cap (also known as a multi-flue chimney cap) or a single flue chimney cap with a set of “legs.” The legs fit down inside the chimney flue and securely hold your chimney cap in most situations. We do not recommend the use of chimney caps with legs especially in areas with high winds. A top mount chimney cap is always a more secure choice if your single flue does not stick up at least an inch.

Single Flue Chimney Caps with Legs

•     If your flue does not stick up at least one inch and you want a chimney cap with legs, measure the outside length and width of your flue.

•     If your flue does not stick up at least one inch and you want a chimney cap that mounts to the top crown on your chimney, follow the measuring directions for top mount chimney caps (also known as multi-flue chimney caps.)

Top-Mount Chimney Cap on Single Flue Chimney

Top Mount Chimney Cap on a Single Flue Chimney

 

Which Metal is Best for a Single Flue Chimney Cap?

Single Flue chimney caps are manufactured from stainless steel, copper, and galvanized steel.

•     Stainless steel is the best value for the dollar. Stainless steel is the preferred metal for salt water climates.

•     Copper is the most elegant, especially for historic or upscale homes. Copper is not recommended for light colored chimneys.

•     Galvanized steel is the least expensive and the least durable.

Stainless steel and copper chimney caps come with a lifetime warranty. Some stainless steel caps can be powder coated with black or colored with heat resistant finishes. Galvanized steel chimney caps are painted black.

 

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