A beautiful fireplace is a natural focal point of the room and it should be
dressed up and looking its best. Fireplace accessories that you add to the
fireplace will add to its safety, can help you store fuel, manage a wood fire,
and beautify your fireplace area all at the same time.
A fire grate supports the logs in your fireplace and allows the air to
circulate underneath for better combustion. A heavy, solidly build fire grate
will serve you for many years. An alternative to a fire grate is a set of andirons, sometime called
firedogs. The L-shaped metal supports cradle logs laid across their horizontal
bars. Vertical supports - usually highly decorative - keep the logs from rolling
out onto the hearth. Andirons come in a variety of styles and finishes. Fenders also called "rails". Fenders are foot rests set on the hearth across
the front of the firebox. People used them to keep logs from rolling into the
hearth. Fenders can be very decorative and bring an element of excitement to the
room. Set of bellows can wake up a dying fire with a few quick puffs of air. If
you have a fireplace with a gas starter - fancy gas keys look attractive hanging
on a hook by your fireplace.