I want to make a glass fireplace screen out of a 2' x 3' piece of
glass. (I know it can be done because my brother has had one for
years, but doesn't know where it came from.)
I am planning to get one of my glass suppliers to provide a piece of
glass with the foot holes pre-drilled and handling holes in the top.
I'm not sure what sort of heat treatment the glass should have. Would
tempering help it withstand the heat, or make it more prone to shatter?
I can get just about any treatment (tempering, annealed, heat
strengthened, etc) but am not sure which is best for a relatively high
You can't use ordinary glass. Finding someone who will make up the
glass you want, is possible, but it may be more expensive than you think.
The whole project may well cost you more than buying prefab doors. Your
best bet in finding the glass is to check with a custom fireplace shop and
ask them about getting just the glass. I would guess very few regular glass
shops are going to have a source for the glass.
Fireplace glass is actually a high temp. high strength transparent ceramic,
and takes special materials to make at the outset, and is not simply
"tempered glass". Nevertheless, there are a number of fireplace and
woodstove "glass" providers on the internet, which supply these ceramics.
If you are going to use the fireplace with the glass closed it needs to be
ceramic. If the glass will be doors that are kept open when the fire is
going it can be tempered glass. Obviously ceramic is the much better
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