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Modern fireplace screens

These contemporary designs look great, even without the fire. Click to a PHOTO GALLERY of our picks.

By Barbara Thornburg

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Modern fireplaces may forgo old-fashioned logs in favor of alcohol reservoirs with wicks set in sand, or gas flames that rise from lava rock. But for many of us, traditions die hard. If you're not ready to give up the romantic crackle and flicker of a wood-burning fire, designers are fashioning artful screens encased in stainless, brushed and powder-coated steel, or made of wrought iron and colorful stained glass. Even if you'd rather not light up a carbon-emitting log, these fire screens offer something beautifully sculptural to gaze at. Click for a FULL GALLERY of the latest designs.