You will need to measure your fireplace to determine which grate will fit it best. Here are the measurements that you will need to record before proceeding:
(A) The width of the fireplace's back wall.
(B) The depth of the fireplace's floor.
(C) The height of the fireplace's opening.
If you have glass doors, click HERE for measuring instructions.
Once you have your measurements, follow these simple guidelines to pick out your grate:
The grate should be no wider than the back of your fireplace (A) to be sure that unit is not "crowding" the fireplace. Our grates come in widths of 16, 21, 26, and 31 inches. We even have a special tapered Rumford fireplace gratewith a rear width of 12 inches. Next, check the depth of your fireplace (B) to make sure that the grate's front legs will not interfere with anything in front of the firebox such as a raised hearth or a glass door frame if applicable. Finally, check the height of the fireplace (C) and keep in mind that you will need enough room to easily toss wood over the grate and onto the fire. We recommend that you have ten inches or more of clearance from the top of the grate to the top of the fireplace's opening to do so.
To ensure that you are picking the correct grate height, consider the following:
If your (C) dimension is 20" to 24" choose one of our "short" grates. If your (C) dimension is 25" to 28" choose a "short" or "medium" grate.
If your (C) dimension is 29" or more, you may choose a "medium" or "tall" grate.
If your (C) dimension is less than 20" select the "Customize grate height" option when ordering. This option is available for S series grates only.
Click on picture to enlarge Grate Wall of Fire measuring video
Here are three examples of the best grate being chosen:
Obviously, your fireplace dimensions will most likely be different from these examples, but this should give you a good understanding on how to pick out your grate.
If fireplace dimensions are: (A)=18" (B)=13" (C)=22" Choose model S-4
If fireplace dimensions are: (A)=24" (B)=20" (C)=27" Choose model M-5
If fireplace dimensions are: (A)=34" (B)=24" (C)=29" Choose model M-7
Important safety information:
Always use a firebackwith this type of grate for added back wall protection if your fireplace is a pre-fabricated insert, has a metal fire box, or is not made of high temperature fire brick. Do NOT disregard what you have just read!
Sometimes existing gas starters may need to be relocated or modified to work with this grate.
If you plan on using a gas starter, it should be placed approximately 6" from the fireplace back wall. The overall elevation of it should not exceed 2". The burner will then be located in the area just below where the grate's front legs are attached. If you are planning on using one of our reflective firebacks with the grate, the gas starter may need slightly more than 6" of clearance behind it. This is because of the curvature of the fireplace back wall. Click HEREfor more information.
Close-up of grate with gas starter pipe shown. Note: Grate Wall of Fire does not sell gas starter pipes.
Have your fireplace inspected by a professional chimney sweep every year to ensure safe operation. Never use a fireplace that is in need of repair or does not meet your local building codes. Always use a fireback with this grate (sold separately) if your fireplace is pre-fabricated or has a metal back wall. We also recommend that you contact the manufacturer of your pre-fabricated fireplace to ask if they allow the use of our grate in their fireplace unit.