Fireplace Wood Holders
A wood holder next to the fireplace can keep you from going out to the garage or woodshed to bring in another log when the fire starts to die down. But it can have a decorative purpose as well, so you can expect to have a lot of designs to choose from. You can find them in traditional, plain iron, fancy iron, and contemporary styles as well as styles that allow to carry the logs from place to place.
The traditional fireplace wood holder looks like a stackable potato chip. It's a simple, curved oval. Below, it has 4 small feet that give it stability and allow it to sit level on a flat surface. Above, it has an arched handle curving from the middle of one side to the middle of the other. Often, this handle is merely for show and should not be used to attempt to transport wood from point A to point B. The handle may be too weak to accommodate the weight of the wood. And the wood is unlikely to stay in the holder for the whole trip. These holders generally come with a polished brass look but can also be had in other colors and sheens such as black or pewter. These holders tend to be 19 or 20 inches wide by 19 or 20 inches high and can hold 2 or 3 logs.
A plain iron wood holder may be as simple as a flat, square base with four rigid arms rising up, one from each corner. The wood is placed any way it fits between the arms and the arms keep it from spilling out onto the hearth. For added stability, the arms can be joined together in pairs at the top with two simple crossbars. For a more ornate effect, the arms that aren't joined by crossbars can be joined by a u-shaped design that touches the base and forms a cradle to hold the wood in place. Anything more than that, and the holder has left plain territory and become fancy.
Consider a wrought iron wood holder with French scroll work forming both the base and the holder. The base consists of two, long scrolled feet, like the underside of a sled. The holder itself is an elegant, shallow semi-circle with scroll work holding the two sides together and supporting the logs. Or the base can be flat and simple with two sides rising up like an iron bed, perhaps curving out elegantly to accommodate an extra log or two.
A contemporary wood holder tries to add a little something extra to the look. It might start with a plain wrought iron stand with a flat bottom. But it will add a touch of color on the two sides, perhaps with a geometric design of diamonds or circles in an acrylic inlay. Another look may simplify the crib design into legs that sweep in a short semi-circle below and arms in a taller semi-circle above to receive the wood.
Most wood holders are not designed to carry logs around. The handles may not be strong enough, or the design may be such that the logs would easily slip out or unbalance the load if the holder were in motion. A good log carrying log holder should have two sturdy handles that are easy to grip so that the holder is not awkward to move. The cradle, rather than being metal, should be made of leather or some such material. The leather can help grip the logs and hold them in place by wrapping around them just a bit.