Fireplace Tool Sets
A handsome fireplace tool set can add to the beauty of any fireplace, even a gas one where the tool set is purely for decoration. The standard set comes in five pieces:
- A poker for pushing the flaming logs around
- A set of tongs for more precision work in lifting the logs and repositioning them
- A long handled brush or, sometimes, just a simple whisk broom for sweeping out the ash
- A long handled dust pan to sweep the ash into
- A stand to hold the other four implements
The basic description is simple. The variations in design can give you the look and feel you want for your fireplace. If you don't want the whole set, you can buy a piece or two on its own and stand it up next to the fireplace to enhance the look.
For a rugged pioneer look, try a forged wrought iron stand with four twisted rods making up the center portion. At the bottom, the rods untwist to curve out and then under, creating a stable stand. At the top, the rods untwist and curve into hooks from which the four tools are hung. The tools themselves can have wrought iron handles that are bent over themselves at the top, providing a loop to hang them and an easy grip for use.
A simpler wrought iron look has a stand with two rods rising from four feet and terminating in two hooks. The tools themselves have straight rods with a simple loop at the top to hang them over the hooks, two on each hook. Another look returns to the four rod stand but doesn't braid them together. Four hooks at the top hold each tool separately. A simple, circular handle (instead of a narrower loop) can have quite an elegant effect. For another look, get the same stand in Victorian style bronze and add an understated luster to the piece.
A black nickel finish can also add some luster, this time in a silvery hew. For an even lighter touch, consider pewter. The handles don't have to be closed loops. They can be simple shepherd's crooks.
It's not just the stand that can have a braided rope pattern. The handles can take up the same pattern, complementing the stand. The handle loops curve over and rejoin the handle, braiding around it for several inches. The bars of the stand can flute out in the center instead of braiding, creating a lovely, egg-shaped central space. The handles can have a leaf-shaped pattern that is taken up in the legs of the stand.
Some stands have two rods going up with a large space between them connected by supports. These supports can be as simple as horizontal rods, or as decorative as leaves or a butterfly, fish, or duck.
And of course, if you really want the piece to shine, you can go with polished brass. A polished brass stand with a polished brass shovel, brush handle, tongs, and poker present a mirror-like finish that reflects the dancing light of the fire. For a subtler accent, try just polished brass handles, shaped like long knobs, on the top of a wrought iron tool set. Or on the brass tool set, get the same handles in black, green, or white marble.