I have a very old fireplace, installed in the seventies.
It has what I think is a very flimsy mechanism for the
screen to keep the sparks in.
The screen hangs on rollers like this one:
About 1/2 inch wide, by 3/4 inch long.
It is not unlike something that you might see on
some kind of curtain rod. But since it's near a
fire, it needs to be made of metal.
A number of these rollers are missing, and so, it
never really closes correctly. And so, I don't
use the fireplace much. :(
Does anyone know the name of this kind of part?
Where could I find one made out of metal?
Mine in 1928. It's quite new for this village. The church was rebuilt
in the 1100's on Saxon foundations, and the school (Victorian) has Roman
remains under it. I'm relatively new, having arrived in 1956 and moved
to this house in 1984.
Kate XXXXXX R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
On 16 Oct 2005 14:54:06 -0700, condor email@example.com wrote:
Even in the US, very old is 100 years.
70's isn't new, but I don't think it's even old. Medium maybe.
Those are nice. Maybe a fireplace store would have more. The
onesthat don't will try to sell you a whole new screen.
I don't think my screen even has rollers. It just slides along when I
pull the fobs? the dangling handles. They are made from spiral wire
so they don't get too hot to hold. It doesn't pull easily, but if I
pull a little harder, it closes and opens. I don't even shut it if
I'm not leaving the room. If I had a good rug in front, I would, but
really there have been few sparks if any that have made it out of the
fireplace. Maybe a couple landed on the rug and went out without
even burning the rug. If there were no rug within say 3 feet,,
there would be even less chance of any fire.
Why don't you watch the fire for a while and get an idea how often
there is sparking.
Still, one is crazy not to close the screen if he is leaving the room.
As to flimsy, normally flimsy is good enough. The sparks don't have
any momentum behind them. Anything will stop them. And it was
probably the difference between 40 dollars and 100 dollars. Well, I
don't know. Never bought one, I'm just guessing. Maybe it's only
60, but if it bothering you, it might be worth 60 or 100.
My screen is something like chain mail, and although it's steel, the
top parts are warped from getting too hot. That doesn't mean a more
expensive one wouldn't warp also.
By correctly, you mean "all the way"?
You post this to the sewing groups? They'll just call it a bobbin.
Sewers call everything a bobbin.
I admire the fact that you want to fix it and not just buy new. While
I'm waiting for your jpg file to display, let me say that if you buy
new, and if you have a separate cold air intake for the fire (straight
from the outside I guess) I guess that is the time to get a glass
"screen" so that it won't suck warm air from your house. But iiuc the
odds you have a separate cold air intake are very low, and I like the
feeling of the flames through the metal chain mail screen (or with no
Once in the winter there was a power failure for almost 3 days, and I
was getting cold, and I never got straight if a fire in the fireplace
would warm the house or cool it further. IIRC, it was only expected
to help me if I was in the basement getting the radiation from the
That's why most people have fires in the fall and spring and not so
much in the winter, iiuc.
If you end up buying new, it would normally be easy to take off the
old screen and put on new, but I think the old bolts will be quite
corroded. Anyone know? Maybe vice grips or the proper open-end,
box or combination wrench will get them off.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
At that time, with a power failure and no gravity feed furnace, yes it
will warm the house relative to the outside. Otherwise, unless it is
fed air directly from the outside and cut off from the inside air it
is counter-productive. Almost all fireplaces in residences today are
cosmetic only. In older buildings, usually pre-WWI, you may find real
fireplaces in main living rooms and kitchens that have a tendency to
accept 5 foot logs. Those things heat. In those same buildings,
bedrooms were likely to have smaller fireplaces that were meant for
single room warmth. They were usually bricked up and their warming
function was replaced with gas or oil or steam heating appliances in
the 20s and 30s.
Disregarding the outside air feed types, in my opinion running a
furnace and burning a fire at the same time is a luxury for it's
esoteric and romantic value only and insofar as any heating value is
concerned it is not too brite. :-)
(What a crosspost list!)
They're called 'I-beam rail gliders' when they're on curtain rods. The only
ones I found, though, had nylon rollers and of course you want metal. The
following website has replacement screens - might be able to tell you where
to get the gliders:
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