Having a fireplace is like having an asset at home. It raises the value of your home as well as adds to the esthetics part of it. Along with a fireplace comes the need to own a basic tool kit that will help in using the fireplace all the more better.
The basic fireplace tool kit is composed of a poker, bellows, a pair of tongs, a shovel, and a brush. Typically these kits are made of steel, chrome, iron or brass. What kind of kit one wants depends on the décor and the type of fireplace one owns. It is more of a personal choice. Steel and chrome are preferred choices, given the fact that they do not get rusted, stained or oxidized too easily. It should also be kept in mind that the frequency of use depends on the kind of fireplace one has, and at the same time depends on where one stays. If one stays in regions of extreme cold or predominantly cold weather, the need to use a fireplace is more often in comparison. With that said, the tools also get used much more.
Maintaining their original appearance is not difficult because they require very little cleaning. However, since the tools appearance must match the décor of the fireplace, these tools are usually painted with fire black or enamel coated to give them that rustic, used look.
What Tools are Included in a Fireplace Tool Kit?
– The poker, is a basic tools that is used to poke at the fire, to adjust the wood and to aid in burning right. The poker is a long road with a hook at the end to be able to reach out at the fire.
-Next are the tongs that help to pick up the burning embers that fall out of the fireplace. This helps to do the work without having to use ones hand or touch the embers. The other end of the tongs are made of material that are heat resistant and easy on the hands.
– A bellow is a tool which is not used much these days. They were used to blow at the fire, though rarely used these days and considered obsolete.
– The shovel is used to remove the burnt ashes from the fireplace.
– The brush complements the work by cleaning the fireplace out.
When deciding to buy a new set of tools, one should keep in mind the décor and the look.