||There are many ways to approach the design of a fire screen. They can
be free standing, sliding on a track, or hinged. The free-standing variety
carries with it the inconvenience if having to be set aside every time
the need arises to maintain the fire. It is this concern that led to the
design of this month's featured project. It is made of three components:
the screen, a fixed frame and a fender. The screen is hinged so the fire
can be maintained without setting it aside, but it is also easily removed
for less frequent maintenance such as cleaning out the ashes.
|The November issue also shows another approach to making a free-standing
fire screen. The feature that makes this one unique is that the structure
is used to keep the screen taut. It is spring loaded by levers on the backside
of the uprights that also serve as design elements. This allows for a "frameless" design
with built in aesthetic and functional tension.