Every so often one of my friends likes to open the doors of his wood stove to view the fire. His big stove has double doors and is about the same size as a Fisher Grandpa Bear or equivalent. It has about a 5" deep ash tray in front of it and the opening dimensions are about 16" high by 20" wide. The flimsy fire screen he had fell apart, so I decided to make a replacement. Here is the result of my work:
I used 1/8" x 1" angle iron for the top and bottom rails and 1/8" x 3/4" angle iron for the vertical stiles and the two feet that are 4-1/2" long. All the joinery is with #8 machine screws. Here is a shot of the back side:
The screen is sandwiched between the angle iron and 1/8" x 1/2" bar stock. Two more pieces of bar stock were required at the top and bottom to serve as a filler. I threaded all the holes in the angle iron pieces to make studs. Then the bar stock was bolted to the studs with nuts, pressing the screen to the frame. I figured a couple of 2" long walnut handles would make it more convenient to lift the screen away from a warm fire, so I turned these on the lathe in somewhat of a tear drop shape:
Before attaching the handles and the brass nameplate, I painted the whole screen with two coats of high-temperature Rustoleum satin black enamel. The final overall dimensions were 18" x 21-1/2".
Thanks for looking. Think he will like it?