Fireguard Care & Maintenance
Please be aware that the below advice is intended as guidance only, we always recommend seeking the assistance of a qualified professional for installation instructions and support.
Should I use a different type of guard if I’m burning wood or coal?
Whilst wood can pop/crackle and spit especially if not well seasoned and dried, there are no general differences between guards which make them more or less suitable for wood, coal or gas.
How do guards influence heat distribution?
Guards with limited detailing, predominately mesh will direct heat upwards into the room.
Which design is best if I have children or pets?
Guards which fix directly to the back wall of the heart offer the greatest level of protection, within our range it would be the Brinton design which we recommend should be installed by a tradesperson.
Do I need to use a fireguard with a multifuel log burner?
Most solid fuel burners are fully functional whilst the door is fully closed, so the issue of sparks jumping with the crackling of logs etc is avoided completely. However if you have pets which like to sit a little too close to the burner, or small children which may venture close, a guard can help them keep a safe distance. Any fireguard however is not a guaranteed solution and so caution should also be exercised.
Do I need a three or four fold design?
Generally this is a designed based preference. We typically find with a threefold fire screen they are more stable, due to fixed central panel and the one less hinge, this is especially the case where the hearth is made from uneven natural stone and not smooth granite for instance. Four fold fire screens are sometimes preferred as they can be folded and stored, requiring less space.
Do I need to perform any maintenance?
It always best to regularly check the mesh and structural integrity of the guard. All of our guards are pre-treated and when featured in black are powder coated to provide a tough durable finish. In brass, we use only pure brass which is shaped by hand and the coated in a tough stove lacquer to prevent the brass tarnishing. The lacquer can be removed using a product like brasso and then hand polished to a high shine.
Which fireguards are heaviest?
Due to the inherent nature of the metal, cast iron offers the heaviest option for manufacturing. Please check the weight section within each guard’s dimensions if you’re conscious of selecting a heavier duty option.