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Help with old Preway

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by PortiaDeans, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. PortiaDeans

    PortiaDeans New Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    La Valle

    We are refacing an early 1980s fireplace that is dated. In addition to changing the brick, I want to change out the front of the fireplace and doors. It's is a Preway built in fireplace, Model # B136EM-IV.

    Our general contractor sent me a catalog from a manufacturer with a limited selection of fronts/doors that I could choose from. Of course, I don't like any of those :) So I found myself here trying to learn what determines which fronts I can replace with.

    So far, I have learned that fireplaces are VERY complex, and a mistake can cost you dearly. I don't want to replace the entire firebox - too expensive. This renovation is in a summer home and the fireplace doesn't get a lot of use. Can you all help me understand what doors are an acceptable replacement for my fireplace? What makes them acceptable? Are there certain vendors that I should be looking at?

    Thanks in advance for the guidance!

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  2. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

    Jan 31, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Is your mode number BI36EM or B136EM? The doors have to be designed to fit the preway box so your selection of off-the-shelf doors will be limited. Preway has been out of business a few years.

    Is this the vendor you viewed?


    There are other sites that can fabricate doors to fit your unit, just google "preway BI36 doors"

  3. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

    Sep 2, 2008

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