this afternoon, I decided to redo the hot coals holder in my LR fireplace. always use a wire mesh of some sort. am a 'graduate' of the Majestic Fireplace Co's Fireplaces and How To Make A Good Fire book... they suggested wire screen of some type. made sense to me. this stuff old, scrounged from somewhere years ago has served me well. keeps a hot fire dying down staying hot for heating and starting new firewood added. but decided time for an overhaul. 25 + years is long enough. so I had this bit of HD expanded metal from a bigger piece. thot it mite do well as a replacement... long service life. ez 25+ yrs. right on up to the point that I am replaced! lol you see, seriously doubt I will be around see how its doing then. had to clean out the ash from yesterday. steel bucket required. hot coals still. soon bucket of ash side nicely warm. some pix. I preformed it a bit outside, [stomp...stomp... stomp!] fit in pretty good. I like the end results. should perform just fine.