With a pair of fireplace tongs, log tongs, or fire tongs, you can not only move logs around but also stoke the fire. This introduces more air to the fire, allowing it to burn well, which is important for the safety of the fire and in the context of sustainable burning. The fireplace tongs are the most important fireplace tool and are also the most frequently used. Typically, fireplace tongs are placed within easy reach, right next to the fireplace or wood stove, which also gives them a decorative function. Below you can select our fireplace tongs by size, material, price, style, age, and origin. Read also: What fireplace tools do you need? or: Which fireplace tongs do I need?
Appreciate the craftsmanship
Antique fireplace tongs are often masterpieces of craftsmanship. The forging of these fireplace tools takes a lot of time and involves a level of creativity and skill that is rarely seen today. This high standard applies to both the simplest hand-forged items and the more intricate designs. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, these antique tools are considerably more durable than modern versions, as they are not newly made and have proven their durability over time. They are made to last, so they can be cherished and used for many years to come.
Choose the right shape of fireplace tongs
Originating from England, France, or the Netherlands/Belgium, fireplace tongs vary in shape based on their heritage. French tongs typically boast a sturdy build with no hinge, while English and Dutch/Belgian tongs are hinged. Smaller in size, Dutch/Belgian tongs contrast with the variable French designs. All are designed for ease of use; however, All tongs are easy to handle, but the may require some initial adjustment due to their stiffness but double effectively as pokers. Our collection allows you to select tongs based on their country of origin.
Pay attention to the length of the fireplace tongs
Proper length is crucial for safely managing a fire: larger fires necessitate longer tongs. Our selection enables you to filter tongs by length, ensuring you find a size that meets your safety and operational needs.
Consider how you want to store the fireplace tongs
Often used, fireplace tongs should be stored within reach yet can be displayed in various ways. Whether placed casually within the hearth, nestled in a firewood holder, or resting against the fireplace, they serve as functional decor. Storing them on rests keeps them discreet, while an antique stand offers a touch of elegance, conveniently catching ashes in its tray.
Consider the decorative function of the fireplace tongs
More than a utilitarian device, an antique pair of fireplace tongs can significantly enhance the aesthetic of your fireplace. When choosing, consider the harmony between the tongs and your fireplace ensemble, including style, material, and finish. Our selection process allows for personalization by style and material to perfectly complement your hearth's decor. Take into account a number of things. Which style of fireplace tongs fits well with the fireplace/wood stove, and with the other fireplace accessories, such as other fireplace tools, the fireback, firedogs, and log bin? How robust or rather elegant should the fireplace tongs be? Which material is suitable? Generally, there is a choice of wrought iron, brass, or steel. Does polished or rather unpolished look nice? Read also: How do I decorate my fireplace?
Video explaining the difference between our different antique and vintage fireplace tongs: