The death of the wood-burning fireplace doesn't mean the end to the flaming hearth. Wood stoves, gas fireplaces with glass doors, and even fireplaces repurposed with collections of candles still call for screens to keep household members a safe distance from burning surfaces. Here's a roundup of our favorite simple screens that do the trick.
Above: The Wire Fireplace Screen of powder-coated iron and wire is ideal for smaller fireplaces (it measures 30.25 inches square); $140 at CB2.
Above: The Industrial Fireplace Single Screen is made of iron and zinc with a blackened finish. It's available in two sizes: 38- and 44-inches wide; $159 and $199 respectively at Pottery Barn.
Above: San Francisco company Okell's Fireplace offers a wide range of fire screens (including a few models from Chesney's, a UK company); we especially like the Okell's Original Steel Gleam screen; contact Okell's for pricing.
Above: Made with graphite powder-coated wrought iron, the Minuteman Twisted Rope Fireplace Screen has folding side panels connected to a 30-by-30-inch center panel; $213.86 at Wayfair.
Above: The hand-forged and hammered Rivet Hearth Flat Panel Screen from Restoration Hardware is 39 inches wide; $299.
Considering a wood stove? A new generation offers high fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Have a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Wood Stoves. Wondering about the best wood for a roaring fire? See The 411 on Firewood and Five Favorites: FIrewood Holders. And don't miss Michelle's Domestic Dispatch: Goodbye to the Romance of the Fireplace.