What is a lintel?
The lintel is a piece of steel that holds up the top row of bricks in the fireplace opening. It is used by the mason during installation of the fireplace to hold the bricks firmly in place until the mortar dries. Once the fireplace construction is completed, the lintel often remains in place to give support to the top row of bricks.
Why do you need to know the location of my lintel?
Our steel fireplace doors have a back frame that extends into the opening, even if the door is an overlap fit. We ask for this measurement so we can ensure that the installation of the door won't be hindered by the location of the lintel.
What is the face of my fireplace?
The face of your fireplace is what you see when you are standing in the room looking at the fireplace. The inside of the fireplace is called the firebox.
My lintel is even with the face of my fireplace. Is that correct?
That is very common. If that is the case, simply put "flush", "even", or "N/A" in the measurement field.
My fireplace doesn't have a lintel. Is this a problem?
Not at all. Not all fireplaces have lintels. Simply put "N/A" in the measurement field.