Custom Metal Fireplace Screens - Photos
Torchcraft custom fireplace screens are built to last. The frame is normally two pieces of 1/8" steel that sandwiches woven wire. The woven wire serves as the actual screen. The two piece frame is joined tightly together by steel rivets. These rivets are heavy duty and give the entire piece an old time blacksmith style construction. If the fireplace opening has an arched top, the screen and frame will have the same arch. The entire screen will overlap the opening by generally 1 to 1.5 inches. The handles are made from round rod or strap steel. In some cases horseshoes are used as handles. The woven wire screen is also heavy duty.
It is shipped from a California supplier that has some of the best wire quality available. Each screen will have two “feet” placed in front and one single “foot” in the back. Many times the “feet” are constructed from strap steel (flat iron), horseshoes or round rod. This allows the screen to be placed flush with the face of the fireplace opening. The foot on the back side is not needed until the screen is removed from the face of the opening and set aside for adding wood and cleaning. Although the screen rarely becomes too hot for conventional paint, all fireplace screens at Torchcraft are treated with high temperature rated paint.
The only fireplace screens built by Torchcraft are custom orders. You will need to have a rough concept of the design you are looking for and you will need to supply the measurements of your fireplace opening. If the fireplace is already built, provide a picture along with the dimensions you have taken.
The Torchcraft Difference....
Torchcraft cuts most outdoor signs from 3/16-inch (7 gauge) new plate steel. Indoor signs may be cut from 1/8-inch steel. It's easy to see from the photo the difference in thickness of Torchcraft steel vs the "other guys". Most other artist cut from a flimsy 14 gauge steel such as the one pictured above that I picked up from a local art show. When you think about your metal sign, do you want one as thick as a paper clip or as thick as 4 dimes? Thats an 82% difference.