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Choosing the Right Fireplace Tools
By Scott Berry
It’s that time of the year. The scent of your neighbor’s fireplace fills the air, which reminds you that it’s National Fireplace Month and time to get your own fireplace prepared for winter. You already know how to check for safety issues and you’re ready to bring in your well-seasoned wood. But what about your fireplace tools? Do you know what you need?
Before you light that first fire, make sure your fireplace is equipped with well made, sturdy tools. And make sure they are in good condition too. While there are many different types of tools to choose from, there are a handful that are essential.
The Poker: Sometimes refered to as the ‘stoker‘, this is the best tool for arranging logs and embers in the hearth of your fireplace. Try to find a design that has a long handle so that you can keep your hands back from the flames and heat of the fire. These are usually made from wrought iron and have some type of insulation design at the handle.
The Tongs: While building your fire or making adjustments to the logs already on the grate, a sturdy set of tongs allow you to pick up logs and move them around for the best fire. If you already have fireplace tools, inspect and adjust your tongs so they work properly.
The Shovel: Tongs and stokers work well on larger pieces of fireplace logs, but those embers require a different tool. A shovel with a wide mouth is essential for moving hot embers and smaller pieces of wood. Shovels are also made from wrought iron or a similar metal.
The Broom: When the fire has burned its last and the embers have cooled, it’s time to clear out all of those ashes. A well-made broom that is dedicated to sweeping fireplace ash will be of great service. Make sure the embers are completely out before you begin sweeping, as you don’t want the bristles of the brush to catch on fire.
There are many other tools that you can buy, but those listed here are necessary for the average home fireplace. They come in hundreds of designs and materials. Just be sure that the ones you buy will last through several seasons. Better quality tools may cost a little more, but they are well worth the expense. For more ideas regarding fireplace tools, contact us at [deleted contact info].
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