If you have decided to have a fireplace in your home, you may already have formed an idea of the type that you want to have. Barring electric or gas-fuelled ones, any other kinds of fireplaces will need accessories that need to fulfill different functions such as holding the logs or coals, tending to the fire, protecting the rest of the room from embers and cleaning out the debris once the fire is out. This is true for both indoor and outdoor fireplaces. The kind of accessories that you need to have also depends on the size of the fireplace. There are a wide variety of accessories available that can be functional and decorative at the same time. The right fireplace accessories can have a dramatic effect on your home decor.
Here are some of the accessories commonly required for fireplaces:
Grate: A grate is a metal rack used to lift the fire off the floor of the fireplace. This helps in allowing air circulation from under the coals or logs to be used for the fire, so that the smoke is blown towards the chimney. The grate design that you need will be based on the fuel that you use in the fireplace.
Poker: A poker is a long metal rod with a sharp end and a hook that is used to adjust the position of burning wood or coal. The size of the poker and the metal used will depend on the size of the fireplace.
Tongs: Tongs are used mostly for handling burning coal, although they can be used with burning wood too. These days, tongs come with silicone tips that allow you to handle them at higher temperatures.
Fireback: A fireback is a thick piece of iron customized to fit the back of your fireplace. It serves a dual purpose as it can be used to increase the efficiency of the fire and protect the fireplace against damage caused by logs splitting during burning. In addition, a fireback can be decorative and improve the appearance of the fireplace.
Screen: Fireplace screens are decorative panels meant for protecting the room against excessive heat from the fire and to cover the fireplace aperture when it is not in use.
Although it may seem like you need to get a lot of accessories, optimal functioning of a fireplace is possible only when you have the right ones, as they can ensure the safety and cleanliness of your home. Be sure to assess your needs correctly when you shop for accessories and keep your fireplace dimensions in mind. Accessorize your fireplace to get the most out of it.