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The best decorative fireplace screen in our view

Antique French 4-panel fireplace screen (55 cm high) in antique Spanish fireplace with antique fireback and antique French andirons with new fire grate and a beautiful antique English fireplace set

A fireplace screen is necessary to protect people, animals and the house from the sparks coming off the fire. And you want to find the perfect fireplace screen. After all, you don't want to mar the beauty of your fireplace with the fireplace screen placed in front of the fire. And unfortunately, many new fireplace screens produced today are not particularly beautiful and are of poor quality. Ideally, a fireplace screen enhances the charm of the fireplace. We have found the perfect fireplace screen for you, namely in the form of the traditional decorative French fireplace screen.

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How to install a fireback backsplash above a stove?

Fireback wall-mounted as backsplash with mounting brackets

An antique fireback backsplash instantly gives character to a kitchen. However many people do not look forward to safely install a heavy fireback above their stove. Unnecessary as there are several ways to safely mount a fireback backsplash. We describe them here. However it is important that the best option for you is agreed with the contractor who installs the fireback. This person should ensure that the fireback backsplash is safely mounted.

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How do I protect the wall behind my wood-burning stove?

Decorated, unused fireplace

It is a common problem: the wall behind the wood stove becomes too hot, which can damage the wall or even burn it. The solution of replacing the back wall with a heat-resistant material, such as heat-resistant stones or a wood stove heat shield, is often cumbersome and not always beautiful. An age-old solution is much easier, more beautiful and also easy to remove, namely placing a cast iron fireback against the back wall as a heat shield for the wood stove.

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How do I ensure that my fireplace burns hot?

Fireplace in The Hague

A fire in a fireplace is especially nice when the fireplace really radiates heat without you having to build a very large fire. Thanks to the heat, you can set the thermostat on your heater a good bit lower. How do you ensure that?

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Antique kitchen utensils for cooking in the fireplace

Cooking in the fireplace

Cooking in the fireplace is a very cozy and fun way to prepare food. In addition, the food takes on a different, much more natural taste due to the preparation on the fire. With attention and time, you can also prepare dishes that take a long time to stew or cook. You can also make quick dishes in the fireplace, for example by grilling.

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How do I choose a fireplace tool set?

Antique fireplace tool set

Fireplace tools are indispensable for building a fire in an open fireplace or a wood stove. You manage the fire with them, with the aim of maintaining a good and quietly burning fire. Fireplace tool sets should consist of fireplace tongs, a poker, a fireplace shovel and a blowpipe. A fireplace set is the whole of the fireplace tools, possibly supplemented by something to store them in. In addition to the functionality, a fireplace poker set is decorative. Antique fireplace sets in particular are often works of art and smithed in a way that smiths today cannot match. Plenty of reasons to devote attention to choosing a fireplace tool set.

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Which fireplace accessories do I need?

Burning fireplace with fireplace accessories

Fireplace accessories are all items used in or for the fireplace. They generally have three functions: 1. Handling the fire in such a way that it is more pleasant, safer and more manageable; 2. Handling the fire so that it is more sustainable for the environment; and 3. A decorative function. Old and antique fireplace accessories are often beautifully made and bear witness to great craftsmanship. These works of art can beautify any fireplace, including a gas fireplace or a fireplace that isn't used.

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How do I decorate my fireplace?

Fireplace with different style fireplace accessories

Fireplace accessories have all kinds of functions for the fireplace. A fireback radiates heat and thus increases the effectiveness of the fire. In addition, a fireback protects the back wall of the fireplace. With fireplace tools, you can increase or decrease the fire. And andirons, together with a grate, can improve the draft in the hearth. In addition to their functional properties, fireplace accessories can also embellish the fireplace. That is what it is all about here: How do I decorate my fireplace with antique fireplace accessories so that my fireplace looks better?

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Which fireplace tools do you need?

What fireplace tool do you need?

The names of the most essential fireplace tools in a fireplace set are the following: the fireplace tongs, fire poker, fireplace shovel, a bellows or blow poke and something to store the fireplace tools.

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What is the purpose of andirons and fireplace grates?

What is the purpose of andirons and fireplace grates?

It is possible to light a fire on the floor of the fireplace. For thousands of years, though, fires have been lit off the ground with the help of andirons and later also with a fire basket. What is the purpose of this? First, a brief history of the andiron and the fireplace basket.

The first fireplace andirons were found with the Romans thousands of years ago. They usually consisted of a single rod or block with one or two elevations. This resulted in better air circulation to the wood, and the fire remained in its place. Since the 16th century, andirons for fireplaces have been used in pairs, which greatly improved their function.

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How do I cook in my fireplace with antique fireplace accessories?

Hearth cooking with antique fireplace tools

Hearth cooking is romantic, cosy and cool. And it does not depend on the weather, like barbecuing does. That is a big advantage. In addition, cooking on a wood fire gives the food a delicious flavor. There are different ways to cook or grill in the fireplace. These methods are derived from the ways in which, in times when there was not yet a stove, cooking was done in the fireplace. In addition, use was made of all kinds of fireplace accessories. Fireplace tools were necessary to properly regulate the fire for the preparation of the food. Fireplace accessories were also needed to prepare the food and to hang the food or the pan in front of the fire. These antique fireplace accessories can still be used for cooking in the fireplace. The advantage of antique fireplace accessories is that these accessories are often beautifully made and attest to a great craftsmanship. It is also a nice idea to build on age-old cooking methods.

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10 Tips for eco-friendly fireplace use

Andirons or firedogs for sale

Wood is a more sustainable fuel than fossil fuel. This is because wood emits less CO2 during combustion and because wood is not a finite fuel but can regrow. Burning wood nevertheless still affects the environment. In addition, there are people who are bothered by the smoke that is released from burning wood. Eco-friendly use therefore means taking into account the environment and our fellow man.

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10 Tips to improve the chimney draft of the open fireplace

Improving the draft in the fireplace

Many people experience problems with the fireplace draft of the open fireplace, even when the fireplace is newly constructed. Here you can find a number of tips in order to reduce the fireplace smoke in a smoky fireplace, starting with the least drastic measures and ending with the most drastic measures.

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How do I decorate my unused fireplace like a real fireplace?

Gedecoreerde, ongebruikte open haard

Many people who live in an old house know the phenomenon: the unused fireplace. The fireplace cannot be lit for a variety of reasons. Often, the chimney has disappeared after a renovation. And in many houses, the fireplace has been converted for the gas heater. The fireplace is then often bricked up, with a hole for the gas heater. The same fireplace remains a clear part of the room and a potential atmosphere creator. What possibilities are there to decorate this fireplace like a real fireplace?

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What size of fireplace grate do I need?

Antique and vintage fireplace grates for sale

Building a fire on either a fireplace grate, fire basket or on andirons with a grate has many advantages. Because the fire is lifted off the ground, air flows under the fire, making the fire burn better. In addition, elevating the fire makes the chimney warm up faster, which also promotes draft in the fireplace. With a fire grate or fire basket in one piece, the fire is generally even higher than with fireplace andirons with a grate, which is a plus in this respect for the one-piece fireplace grate.

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How to choose a fireplace grate or a fire basket?

Andirons or firedogs for sale

Fireplace grates, andirons and firedogs provide a better draft in the fireplace, better burning of the wood (environmental aspect) and hold the wood so that it cannot easily roll out of the fireplace (safety). Andirons can be used without a grate when using large logs or tree trunks. With smaller logs, it is wise to use one-piece fireplace grate (i.e., where the andirons and the grate form one whole) or andirons with a loose wood grate on its beams.

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Fireplace accessories for the wood-burning stove

Fireplace accessories for the wood-burning stove

Proper control over the fire in a wood-burning stove has many advantages. By keeping a quiet, well-burning fire going: 1. You use the wood efficiently; 2. Your wood burning is environmentally friendly, since there are less CO2 and particulate matter emissions due to complete combustion; and 3. You maintain a steady temperature in the room. A number of fireplace accessories help to control the fire: the tongs, the poker, the blowpipe, the ash shovel and the log holder. For those with small children, a fender that protects the children from the hot wood-burning stove is also a wonderful fireplace accessory.

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What is the purpose of a fireplace screen?

Purpose of a fireplace screen

The primary function of a fireplace screen is to prevent sparks from the fire from entering the room. Fire caused by a fireplace is still a common cause of house fires. In addition, a fireplace screen prevents children and pets from coming into contact with the fire.

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How do I choose a fireplace screen?

Antique Fire Screen

 

We distinguish three types of fire screens: 1. fireplace screens that protect the house, people and animals against the risks of a burning fire; 2. decorative fireplace screens or summer screens that only serve to decorate the fireplace when there is no fire burning; and 3. fireplace screens that protect people from the heat of the fire (primarily a function from the past)

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Which fireplace tongs do I need?

Which fireplace tongs do I need?

When deciding which fireplace tools are really needed, the first and most obvious choice is a pair of fireplace tongs. With fireplace tongs, you can not only shift logs but also poke the fire. This brings more air to the fire, and the fire burns well as a result. The fireplace tong is the most important fireplace tool, and you will use them the most often. You will typically place the log tongs within reach directly next to the fireplace. This gives the fireplace tongs a decorative function as well, since they are constantly visible by the fireplace.

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Which fire poker do I need?

Which fire poker do I need?

You can stoke the fire with a fire poker. This means that by moving the poker in the fire, there is more space created between the logs, so that the flames get more oxygen and burn better. As a result, the wood burns better, and less ash remains. The fire also produces less smoke and therefore fewer particulates.

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Which fireplace shovel do I need?

Which fireplace shovel do I need?

You control the ash layer in the fireplace with a fireplace shovel. You can remove the ash completely, you can partially remove it, or you can smooth out the ash layer. In the context of an eco friendly fireplace use, it is important to control the ash layer. If there is too much ash in the fireplace, oxygen cannot get to the fire, and it becomes difficult to light a good and evenly burning fire. Removing all the ash is also not advisable, since the ash provides an insulation layer for the fire against the cold of the floor. This insulation layer makes it easier to light the fire quickly and for it to burn steadily. Both are conditions for eco friendly fireplace use. This is because the wood burns better, and less ash remains. The fire also gives off less smoke and therefore fewer particulates.

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Which size of andirons or firedogs do I need?

size of andirons or firedogs

There are several advantages to using fireplace andirons or firedogs. Because the fire is lifted up, air can flow under the fire, resulting in better burning of the wood. This is important in the context of environmentally friendly burning. Another advantage is that because the fire is higher, the chimney will warm up faster when the fire is lit. This creates a better draft in the fireplace, so that the fire burns better.

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How do I install a fireback?

Antique fireplace by https://www.firebacks.net

How to attach a fireback to the back wall of the open fireplace? It is undesirable for a fireback to be able to fall over. First for the safety of you and your housemates, and cast iron can also break if it falls. It is therefore advisable to secure a fireback against falling with a few attachment brackets.

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