Cooking in the fireplace is a unique experience, steeped in centuries-old tradition and imbued with a charming ambiance. The wood fire enhances the flavor of the food, creating an unforgettable culinary journey. Throughout history, fireplace accessories have been essential for regulating the fire and facilitating cooking. These include various types of (mechanical) rotisseries, trammels, trivets, grills, and antique cooking utensils, all of which you can explore here. For more insights, check out: How do I cook in my fireplace with antique fireplace accessories?
Appreciate the craftsmanship
Antique cooking fireplace accessories, often centuries-old and hand-forged, represent a pinnacle of craftsmanship. These timeless creations required significant time and skill to produce, qualities rarely seen in modern manufacturing. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, these antique tools offer unparalleled durability, having withstood the test of time. They are built to last for generations, serving as cherished heirlooms for years to come.
Select your cooking method
There are several methods for fireplace cooking, including grilling with a spit and andirons, using a mechanical rotisserie, grilling or cooking with a chain or a trammel, cooking with a trivet, cooking with a gridiron, cooking with a Dutch oven, and using specific accessories for particular dishes, such as an apple grill, toaster, or waffle iron.
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Discover the origin
The majority of our cooking accessories originate from France, where they were meticulously preserved and used for generations, particularly in rural areas. A smaller portion comes from the Netherlands or England. These accessories typically feature robust designs, crafted from wrought iron. English pieces often boast decorative brass elements, especially trivets. Explore our selection based on origin and material.
Consider length for fire regulation and cooking
Contrary to popular belief, fireplace cooking is typically done in front of the fire on hot coals rather than directly in the flames. It's crucial to regulate the fire burning behind the cooking area. Ensure that your fireplace tools, such as tongs, pokers, and blow pokes, are long enough to reach the fire safely.
While safety is less of a concern for cooking accessories, the size of the accessory should match the size of the fire. Larger fires require more distance between the cooking area and the flames. Ensure your accessories fit comfortably within your fireplace.
Some cooking accessories, like trammels or chains, remain mounted in the fireplace even when not in use. Andirons with spit hooks also remain in the fireplace. Smaller items, such as mechanical rotisseries and trivets, can be stored elsewhere when not in use. Given their decorative nature, these accessories can remain on display.
Consider hanging cooking utensils on an antique rack for easy access and visual appeal. Explore here our selection of antique racks and cooking utensils
Enhance your decor
Cooking fireplace accessories often serve as decorative accents, adding character to your fireplace or kitchen. Despite their age, these items exude timeless charm with their wrought iron construction and rustic appearance. You can enhance their aesthetic by incorporating beautifully decorated mechanical rotisseries, English trivets, or brass kitchen utensils. For inspiration on fireplace decoration, read: How do I decorate my fireplace?
Explore our selection of cooking fireplace accessories based on age, style, and material.