Unique Fireplace Tool Sets
Enhance The Fireplace & Assist In Maintaining A Perfect
Many people dream of having a fireplace in
their home and being able to sit in front of the hearth
watching the flames and dreaming warm pleasant thoughts.
Whether you're building, renovating or purchasing a home, a
fireplace is something that can easily be attained. However, to
get the most out of your fireplace, you had better start
shopping for some good fireplace tool sets.
History of Fireplace Tools
For as long as we've had fire, we've had
some sort of fireplace tools, although they may not have been
referred to as "fireplace tools" at that point. The first poker
ever to be used (also called a firestick) was merely a stick of
wood used to poke around and keep the fire burning. Through the
years, the poker continued to be used along with the fire fork,
which is similar to fire tongs. In 1898, the first major
commercial pokers to be used as part of fireplace tool sets
were produced by the RL Hendrickson Manufacturing Corporation.
To this day, the poker is a major part of fireplace
The fireplace broom started as a typical
household broom and has been around for many years. Originally,
the first brooms were round, which made it difficult for them
to do an efficient job but easy to make. They were initially
called a besom which was a round group of very small sticks
tied together. Then the name was
changed to broom, which also signified the material used to
make them. Short handles were put on fireplace brooms so they
could be used like whiskbrooms, although the handles are
slightly longer and are heat resistant.
Fireplace tongs have also been around for years, but were not
originally referred to as part of a collection for the
fireplace. In colonial times, the fireplace was the center of
the home and was used for warmth, light, drying clothes and
cooking food, with the tongs often used to stir the food. Today
the tongs are necessary tools for the fireplace because of
their excellent grabbing ability.
Fireplace shovels or scoops have become an essential part of
the cleaning up and maintaining a clean area in and around the
sets for the fireplace
These tool sets
traditionally consist of several pieces, each serving their
• Rack - This part of your collection, while not
necessary for starting or maintaining your fire, provides you
with an attractive place to neatly store your fireplace tools
so they can be easily accessed when they're needed. Fireplace
racks are available in a variety of styles to match your tool
• Broom - Also referred to as a
fireplace brush, this accessory is essential for sweeping up
the small charred remains left from the fire as well as ashes
before they get blown around. Their small size makes them
perfect for keeping the entire area around the fireplace
spotless, including the corners.
• Shovel or Scoop - This unique little
tool makes cleaning up the ashes quick, easy and
• Poker - This tool is probably
the handiest and most useful of your entire fireplace tool set.
The poker is a metal piece that has a pointed end and hook to
easily shake up the logs or turn them for more even burning.
Burned hands are no longer a concern when you have a poker as
part of your fireplace tool collection.
• Tongs -
This tool is a necessity for your fireplace. You can easily
grab or turn your logs or remove them completely from the fire.
It's the perfect tool when you need to empty your fireplace for
Styles of Fireplace 'Tools
Fireplaces provide your home with more than just heat and
warmth. They are also an item of beauty and will increase the
value of your home. The fireplace is the heart of the room and,
therefore, should have accessories that enhance the décor of
the room. You want your room to be inviting for guests and
there's nothing like reminding them of the "good ole days" of a
fireplace to make them feel warm and welcome.
Fireplace tools are available today in a variety of styles and
finishes. Some of the styles offered include traditional,
contemporary and ornate. Your fireplace tool collection will
not only match your fireplace but can be ordered so it also
coordinates perfectly with the style of your room and
furnishings. Some of the finishes available
The materials that go into the design of your fireplace tool set
include iron, wrought iron, steel, brass and other materials
as well. You'll find they're made to be very durable and
will last a lifetime. Another bonus is the wide variety
you'll find regardless of your budget.