Yes, it does, because a door serves several purposes. A door will contain smoke to the firebox as the draft is established from a cold start. Closed doors will keep embers and sparks where they belong, inside the firebox.
If your door is gasketed, it will help control the amount of air allowed to the fire. This provides much longer burn times and higher efficiencies.
When the fireplace is not in use, doors will help prevent warm air from pulling up the chimney.
Most fireplace doors add a unique decorative touch to the fireplace, stove, or insert. There are lots of finishes and styles available to complement your lifestyle.
Rustic, traditional, or contemporary styles in pewter, bronzed, antiqued, or hammered finishes will coordinate with the décor of your home.
Doors on wood-burning appliances also serve a safety function. A door can protect little ones from getting too close to the flames and hot coals.
Doors will discourage children from tossing objects into the fire. Speaking of which, never leave small children alone in a room with a live fire burning.
Whether it’s an older masonry fireplace or a zero clearance wood burning fireplace, doors are an essential component that you should not be without.