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Continuing the artistry of master blacksmiths

The Milwaukee Forge collection is created by a master blacksmith. Using a coal fired forge, he bends, hammers and shapes steel by hand to create a fireplace door that honors the history of the craft. It is a fireplace door that will truly last for generations.


Custom Made   |   Ships Within: 6 to 8 Weeks




Craftsman Masonry
  • Standard Frame Width 3"
  • Standard Overlap 2 1/2"
  • Recessed Depth 1 1/2"
  • Frame Depth (thickness) 3/8"

Craftsman Zero Clearance

  • Standard Frame Width 1 1/2"
  • Standard Overlap 1/4"
  • Recessed Depth 1"
  • Frame Depth (thickness) 3/16"


    1 Year Limited Warranty

    The manufacturer warrants the glass enclosures to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of installation. The manufacturer warrants the metalwork (exclusive of the finish) contained in the glass enclosures to be free from defects in the materials and workmanship for a period of two (2) years from the date of installation. Discoloration of any frame piece is caused by over firing and is considered abuse of the enclosure. THE MANUFACTURER MAKES NO WARRANTIES AS TO A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE AND STRESS WHICH MAY CAUSE GLASS BREAKAGE. LIFETIME WARRANTY ON GLASS. It will, however, replace without cost any glass that breaks in normal use. The manufacturer will cover shipping costs for replacement glass for a period of one (1) year from the date of installation. Warranties also are not transferable to new owners. All warranty claims should be directed to the customer’s local dealer for prompt service. The foregoing limited warranty is not transferable by the customer and does not include the eventual defects caused by improper use or operation of the glass enclosure or by normal wear and tear.

    The manufacturer agrees that if the glass enclosure is determined to be defective in manufacture within the applicable written guarantee period set forth above, and the customer provides a written notice of such defects within fourteen (14) days of the end of such period to the customer’s local dealer, The manufacturer is limited to defects in manufacture, and The manufacturer shall not be responsible if the glass enclosure has not been used at all times with reasonable care and in accordance with the instructions which accompany each glass enclosure, and/or if any attempt has been made by any person other than Design Specialties Inc. or its authorized agents to repair, alter or otherwise interfere with the foregoing undertaking of Design Specialties Inc. is limited to the replacement of any determined by the manufacturer to be defective. Finally, the enforceability of this Limited Warranty shall be further subject to compliance with the following requirements:

    A.) That the customer complies with the instruction set forth above and does not misuse, abuse, alter, or modify the glass enclosure.
    B.) That the customer does not use the glass enclosure for a purpose other than its intended use.

    1) How to measure and install

    Here are some videos that will help you if you have questions about how to measure and install fireplace doors. The first video is a great place to start because it describes some of the important terms you need to be familiar with plus, it shows the difference between some of the frames and how they fit.


    • This video shows you how to correctly¬†measure a masonry fireplace¬†for a Design Specialties custom glass fireplace door.

    • This video shows to correctly¬†measure your zero clearance/factory-built fireplace¬†for a Design Specialties "Expressions" series door.

    • This video shows¬†how to install one of Design Specialties Hearth & Home masonry doors.
    • This video shows¬†how to install a Design Specialties aluminum ZC door on a zero clearance/factory-built fireplace.



    2) Masonry vs Zero Clearance

    What's the Difference Between a Prefab/Zero Clearance Fireplace and a Masonry Fireplace?

    Zero Clearance vs Masonry
    There are two types of fireplaces: Factory Built (also know as 'Prefab' or 'Zero Clearance') and Masonry fireplaces. A factory-built fireplace is made out of sheet metal and is basically a firebox enclosed in a steel cabinet. Masonry fireboxes are made of brick or stone.

    Prefab / Zero Clearance fireplaces are what builders install in many neighborhood homes. They are typically made in a factory out of sheet metal. There is sometimes a metal plate in the upper corner of the insert with a manufacturer name and model number. Some popular manufacturers include FMI, Heatilator, Heat N Glo, Lennox, Majestic, Marco, Martin, Preway, Superior, and Temco. Since these inserts are all different sizes and the doors fit just inside the firebox opening, it’s helpful if you can find out the manufacturer and model number of your fireplace as well as the measurements, (length and height), of your firebox opening. Our fireplace door consultants can help you with this process.

    Masonry fireplaces have a brick or stone firebox, chimney, and surround.

    It is important to get the right door for your fireplace for installation and safety reasons. Because prefab fireplaces are made out of metal they have different ventilation requirements than do masonry fireplaces that are made out of brick. 



    The best way to determine the type of fireplace you have is to email us some pictures. Our experts will likely be able to make the determination at a glance and help you find the right doors.

    Use this link for Instructions on Emailing Pictures!