Now that you own a fireplace, it's time to think about tools to maintain it. Fireplace negligence is a slippery slope careening toward an accidental situation with devastating consequences. Ash build up, log shift and possible personal injury should all be considered.
Having the right tools for your fireplace can combat these unfortunate problems. All they ask of you, is that when you have them, you use them. And since they come in a variety of options in styles and metals, the perfect fireplace tool set can accentuate your fireplace in unexpected ways.
Fire is the great destroyer, reducing almost anything to ash. Eventually, that ash will accumulate, making your fireplace quite unsightly. Once it has gone into this level of disregard, it succumbs to disrepair, and then deterioration. A routine sweeping of the ash with a fireplace broom, can suspend the decay, restoring your fireplace to near its original beauty.
If you wish to adjust a burning log, do you reach in with your bare hand? Obviously, not. You use a poker. And a fireplace poker, with its hook and curved end, is designed specifically for adjusting charred wood without consequence to the user.
We could go on, but the point is there are many tools for your fireplace, and every tool in the fireplace tool kit is tailored to the needs of tending to the fire, as well as the fireplace itself.
The usual tool options available, complete with a matching base stand to hang them, are a shovel, poker, broom and tongs. Some sets also include an ash rake. Each tool is important and has a specific task.
Shovel: Basically, working in concert with the broom, it is a dustpan for the ashes.
Poker: An important tool, the poker gives you a sharp, hooked method for stoking a fire, and adjusting burning objects within.
Broom: Used primarily to sweep up ashes.
But these are just the tools in a standard set. There are many other tool options based on owner preferences.
● A bellows can be used to stoke the fire to a great heat, and is often used by artists that work with metal. If your fireplace is resisting coming to its full, raging glory, a bellows can help.
● A damper pull is a hooked arm that allows you to reach into the fireplace and pull the damper to the chimney, without getting soot all over your hands and sleeves.
● There are even miniature versions of common fireplace tools, designed for smaller burn areas, and oversized tools for those large-scale fireplace needs.
A fireplace tool set is pretty basic, but choosing the right set in a specific metal, can profit your room decor, by adding an element of flair.
● Cast or wrought Iron: Tough, rugged, and classic, the black tint of iron fireplace tools goes with almost any decor.
● Chromed steel: Chrome is a mirror, reflecting the beauty of any setting. These work well in most aesthetic schemes, light and dark, colorful or drab.
● Brass: These harken to the turn of the 20th century, where wood was the primary focal point in home decor. If you use a lot of timber in decorating, these are perfect.
● Pewter: A pewter set is also classic and works with muted tones that are not too bright, darker pallets welcoming to its charcoal, gray coloring.
● Copper: These have a vintage appeal from a time when copper was largely used in many home applications. If antiques are largely present in your decorating niche, look no further.
The style of your tool stand will also greatly add to the overall room aesthetic. Intricate detailing and scrollwork will beautifully complement vintage, rustic, and traditional interiors, while modern and contemporary spaces call for simple lines and geometric shapes. The same rule applies to your tool handles.