Why you need a fireplace grate
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).
Fireplace grate versus andirons without a log grate
Andirons without a grate can be used for fires with large logs or tree trunks. With smaller logs, it is wise to use a one-piece fireplace grate (i.e., where the andirons and the grate form one whole) or andirons with a wood grate on its beams.
Choosing a fireplace grate or fire basket
Pay attention to the following points when choosing a fireplace grate or basket:
- The depth of the basket, whereby the grate of the basket must fit into the fireplace. Any ornamental uprights may stand in front of the fireplace.
- The width of the fireplace basket. This must fit inside the fireplace.
- The desired material. The beams of the firebox of the fireplace grate is almost always made of wrought iron or cast iron. The uprights of the fire grate may be of a different material, such as brass, copper, bronze, ormolu or cast iron. Pay attention to the combination with any fireback. The grate shouldn't be wider than the fireback as it looks awkward.
- The style. Make sure that the style of the fire basket matches the style of the fireplace and of any fireback. A fireback can be used if the fire basket itself does not have a cast iron back.
Choosing andirons with a wood grate
Pay attention to the following points when choosing a fireplace grate made of andirons and a wood rack:
- The depth of the fireplace grate, andiron and of the fireplace rack. The fire should be stoked against the back of the fireplace. The stands of the fireplace andirons or fire dogs can fall slightly outside the fireplace, as long as the fire grate is inside.
- The width of the fireplace andiron and the fireplace grate. This must fit inside the fireplace. The fireplace rack must also fit on the beams of the andirons or firedogs.
- The desired material. The beams of the fireplace andiron are almost always of wrought iron, but the uprights may be of a different material, such as brass, copper, bronze, ormolu or cast iron. There are also andirons with combinations of materials. Wrought iron andirons or firedogs can be black or brown. Brown andirons can always be blackened with stove polish, but black andirons can no longer be made brown. Pay attention to the combination with any fireback. Fireplace log grates are almost always made of wrought iron or cast iron and are usually black. However, after a few fires, the grate, like the beams of the fireplace andirons, will be ash-grey. The uprights of the andirons usually hold their color for a long time.
- The style. Make sure that the style of the fireplace andirons or fire dogs matches the style of the fireplace and of any fireback. This may be the same style, but also different styles. Of course this is again a matter of taste. Simple fireplace andirons can look great with a richly decorated fireback and vice versa.
- Presence of spit hooks on the fireplace andirons or firedogs. If you enjoy grilling or barbecuing in the fireplace, then you can choose andirons with spit hooks. You put the spit on the hooks and rotate it occasionally, or you let the rotation be done by a turnspit, see also: our collection of fireplace grills. Meat products from which the fat drips off, such as chicken and sausages etc., are always grilled in front of the fire. Beef can be roasted over the fire.
Let us advise you
In our webshop, it is possible to select a fireplace grate or andirons with grate by size, type, material, style, age and origin. Should you have any doubts about your choice, feel free to call us (+31.653493998) or e-mail us ([email protected]). If you want to combine multiple fireplace accessories, we can propose a combination based on your wishes and/or take pictures of the selected fireplace accessories so that you can see whether it forms one beautiful whole.
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