Do you have a fireplace in your home and want to use it regularly this winter. A fireplace is a wonderful amenity to have in your home. It is beautiful and can provide low cost warmth for your family. It is also a great place to gather the family around when you are talking among each other or enjoying some entertainment.
But in order to properly use your fireplace you need to have a list of fireplace tools to assist you. Here is a list of the things you need to get fires going regularly in your fireplace
Fireplace screens serve two important purposes for your fireplace. They add to the beauty and can be purchased in a number of designs and looks to match or compliment your fireplace. They also are functional and serve to keep sparks and ash inside your fireplace so they do not escape and cause a fire in your home.
Fireplace Tool Sets
A fireplace tool sets contains four tools to help you tend to your fire. There are two tools to help you move around the wood when it is in the fireplace and on fire. Often wood will move to an undesirable position when it is burning. Parts may break off as well. These tools help you to push the wood deeper into the hearth. There is also a shovel and a large brush that you can use to take ash and other debris out of the fireplace once the fire has gone out.
Hearth centers hold the wood to be placed in your fireplace and also the fireplace tools in one convenient and often beautiful metal shelf. This shelf will usually hold more than enough wood than you would use in one night.
Wood Storage and Wood Carts
There are various types of wood storage. Each sit next to your fireplace for convenience. Wood carts have wheels and can be moved from where your wood is stored to near your fireplace for convenience. These carts are usually stored away from the fireplace.
Hearth rugs are the semi-circular rugs that sit in front of the fireplace. They come in several colors and serve to keep the flooring clean and free from damage if wood is dropped or placed in that area.
Grates are the metal stands where firewood is places in the fireplace. Grates can take the high temperature of the burning wood in the fireplace while sustaining no damage.
Andirons are alternatives to grates. They are stylish and can be matched to your type of fireplace. They come in pairs and consist of a tall vertical element in the front and to legs extending from each element on which logs are laid for burning in an open fireplace. The logs are off the ground so that air may circulate under the firewood, allowing better burning and less smoke.
Ash buckets are used to place ash from the fireplace after a fire has burned out. They provide a convenient way to get the ash to the trash.
Bellows have been used in fireplaces for hundreds of years to fan the flames and cause the fire to burn brighter and hotter. They are manually operated and squeezing one will produce a gust of wind aimed at the fire.
If you like to cook things like marshmallows in your fireplace, you will need a set of roasting forks. These long metal forks can be used to places marshmallows or other treats directly on the fire for cooking. If you have kids you definitely need roasting forks.
With this complete set of fireplace tools you and the family will be ready to get a fire going.