Fireplace screens and other tools can make your fireplace look beautiful while protecting your home and family from danger.
Fireplace screens are one of the most important safety features you can add to your fireplace. Screens keep the flames and popping ash from escaping, while allowing the heat to pass unobstructed.
There are a few types of screens to consider, including three-panel, spark guard, door screens and curved screens.
Three-panel screens are the most popular. They feature one large panel that is centered directly in front of the fireplace. They also have two side panels that fold around to the left and right side edge of the fireplace, so no flames or popping ash can escape. Three-panel screens are stationary and do not open.
Door screens, also called two-panel screens, are gaining in popularity because they function like French doors. Both doors swing open in different directions, allowing you to choose the amount of open space in front of your fireplace.
Spark guards are made of one continuous screen that lays flat against the fireplace.
Curved screens are also one continuous screen, but instead of lying flat against the fireplace, these arch from one end of the fireplace to the other. They cover the fireplace opening, but there is an opening in what would be considered the roof or area on top of the screen, which allows more heat into the room.
A good tool set will come in handy when you are making fires regularly in your fireplace. Most tools sets include a poker, tongs, shovel, brush and tool stand.
- The poker helps move or adjust the wooden logs and stoke the fire.
- Tongs are useful for repositioning logs while burning or adding kindling.
- Shovels quickly and easily scoop up used firewood remnants and ash.
- Brushes have strong bristles to sweep ash and debris into a removal bucket.
- A heavy-duty stand helps keep your tools organized and within reach next to the fireplace.
Some fireplace accessories will help you care for and maintain your fireplace, while others will help generate more heat, or at the very least make it easier to operate your fireplace during the colder months of the year.
- Fire extinguishers help protect your home and family should flames escape and ignite nearby combustible materials such as wood, carpet, drapes, etc.
- Organize your logs in a convenient location using a log rack. It also holds the logs off the ground to keep away bugs and allows the wood to dry without additional moisture seeping into the wood.
- Grates secure wood-burning logs inside the fireplace so they don’t fall and roll into your living space. Andirons also serve the same purpose with a more decorative flair.
- Heating inserts can be wood-burning, pellet-burning, biomass (corn, soybeans, cherry or olive pits) fuel-burning or electric. They enable greater heat output with the use of a blower.
- Gas log sets offer the look of real logs, but set stationary in gas-burning fireplaces. The gas lines run into the logs and enable the flames to rise up between the stationary logs.
- Mantels can be added to most fireplaces and are useful for housing flat-panel TVs, photographs, art and other décor items.