Live Better: Fireplace Tools to Build a Cozy Blaze

The kit you need to keep the home fires burning.

Fireplace with fire burning.
The right tools will make it easier to maintain a cozy fire at home.Unsplash

Archaeologists believe that the very first controlled fires date back over a million years ago to when homo erectus, the very earliest humans, used them for warmth and cooking—but given that metal tools weren’t developed for several millennia after that, they probably didn’t have a poker or tongs!

Epica Fireplace Tongs, 26" Long, Log Grabber
With a curved section for picking up chunkier pieces of wood, as well as a touching tip for manipulating smaller embers, this tool comes with lengthy handles to keep you safe, but can be collapsed smaller, if required.Epica

When you think about a tool for your fire, the first thing you probably think about is a poker, but if you’re only going to buy one tool, think about making it a set of tongs. If you’re looking to move or place logs, they will give you much more control than a poker, but make sure that you buy a set long enough that you can use them without getting too close to the fire.

Amagabeli Fireplace Log Grate 24 inch Wide Heavy Duty Solid Steel Indoor Chimney Hearth 3/4 Bar Fire Grates for Outdoor Kindling Tools Pit Wrought Iron Wood Stove Firewood Burning Rack Holder Black
For interior or exterior use, this large and durable metal basket securely holds wood or coal while allowing air to circulate beneath. Also available in a 21-inch and 30-inch version.AMAGABELI GARDEN & HOME

While it is possible to build a successful fire without a grate or basket, it makes it an awful lot easier. The grate lifts the wood off the ground, allowing air to circulate—and if you remember your high school science classes, every fire requires fuel, heat and oxygen, so the more air that can get to your fire, the better it will burn. When choosing your grate, bear in mind that while larger gaps will mean more air gets to your fuel, it also means that your fire won’t burn as long before embers start dropping through.

Amagabeli 5 Pcs Fireplace Tools Sets Black Handle Wrought Iron Fire Tool Set and Holder Outdoor Fireset Fire Pit Stand Rustic Tongs Shovel Antique Brush Chimney Poker Wood Stove Hearth Accessories Kit
A stylish collection of implements that have all bases covered for maintenance of your blaze and cleaning up afterwards, complete with a holder for easy, compact storage.AMAGABELI GARDEN & HOME

If you’re planning on having multiple tools for tending your fire, a brush and shovel are incredibly handy, especially when it comes to clearing up the following day. And although it’s boring, regularly removing the ash and debris from under the grate will help your fire burn better, as it will allow more air to reach the fuel. Think about buying an entire set of tools that comes complete with a holder, for easy and neat storage. Or, if possible, have a series of hooks on the wall near the fire for tool storage.

Also Consider

Rocky Mountain Goods Long Fireplace Poker - Rust Resistant Black Finish - Heavy Duty Wrought Iron Steel - Decorative Look and Finish - Multi use tip - Indoor and Outdoor use (1)
Easily and safely move logs and fire grates with this multifunctional tool, designed to resist corrosion for interior and exterior use.Rocky Mountain Radar
Amagabeli Fireplace Log Rack with 4 Tools Indoor Outdoor Fireside Firewood Holders Lumber Storage Stacking Black Wrought Iron Logs Bin Holder for Fireplace Tool
With tongs, poker, broom and shovel, this space-saving steel wood store is a total solution for all your fire accessory needs, and is durable enough to be left in the garden too.AMAGABELI GARDEN & HOME