Fireplace Log Holders
A roaring fire in the fireplace sets the perfect tone for a romantic evening or a cozy day with the family, gathered around the hearth. And if you have a wood burning fireplace, that means you need a place to store the wood. You may just store the wood in your garage or in a wood pile out back. But when it comes time to put another log on the fire, a trek outside may break the relaxed mood you've achieve. It may even seem more trouble than it's worth.
A simple fireplace log holder can solve this problem, bringing just enough wood inside to keep the fire going and storing that wood in a decorative way. The simplest fireplace log holder is a gently curved circle, like a stackable potato chip. It has four small feet on the bottom that stabilize it so it doesn't rock back and forth. It's not too large, about 21 inches in length. Black, or polished or antique brass are popular options.
Most of these designs have an arched handle above as well. In the flimsier models, this handle is for decorative purposes only. The holder shouldn't really be used to transport wood. And really, you don't need it for that purpose, a holder of this size holds two or three logs-four if they're small or you overload it just a tad. The purpose is simply to have enough extra wood there so that you can keep the fire going a while longer after you've started it.
If you don't have a wood burning fireplace, these log holders can take on a purely decorative function. Use one to display an arrangement of flowers. The design of this flower pot will be completely in keeping with the fireplace and hearth motif.
If you do have a wood burning fireplace, the small log holder may be less than you desire. If you've got the space, you may wish to have greater storage capacity inside without making it look like you just moved the wood pile in from the cold.
For capacity mixed with elegance, nothing beats a circular log crib. The crib is constructed of two circular steel tubes that join together at the top forming a handle and separate at the bottom, forming a platform to stack the logs. The whole thing is set on a steel base that keeps the apparatus from rolling away. A 40 inch diameter log crib can hold 20 or even 30 logs right where you need them when building a fire.
A smaller wrought iron log holder, shaped like a manger with an open top, can hold about 10 or 15 logs in style. A simple stand with a canvas saddle can give a different look and feel while accommodating up to 10 logs.
A simple canvas log sleeve or log tote may be the way to go if you don't want to store that many. The sleeve is a simple length of canvas that wraps around two or three logs and joins up to a wood handle at the top. The tote is shaped like a duffel bag with strap handles to help you carry it. Either bag can have decorative designs. These bags are designed with transport as well as storage in mind. So you can have the convenience of taking them out to the garage or shed, loading them up with wood, and carrying the wood easily back into the house.
Fireplace Log holders are typically sold as an accessory to a fireplace, a complement to a tool set, or sold individually as decorations. These items are relatively easy to stock and it makes sense for most home improvement centers to have one or two of these. It can be difficult to find a truly unique fireplace holder. The sites listed below of have several different models.
The Black Swan: Home decor retailer that offers several different styles of firewood holders.
Plow and Hearth - Log Holders: Offers a line of high end firewood log holders and firewood racks.