Three Great Gifts for the Home Hearth

If you know someone that likes nothing more than enjoying a cozy fire, here are a few can’t-miss ideas for the next special occasion.

A warm fire
A warm fire is one of the most comforting sights and sounds in the winter.Peterson Real Fyre

Those who don’t appreciate a nice, warm wood fire burning on the earth will point to things like expense, mess and additional work as why they don’t think a fire is worth the effort. But those reasons don’t mean a thing to people who love a real wood fire in the fireplace, regardless of the work and cost involved. When shopping for a gift for a friend or family member who loves building a fire in the fireplace, you won’t go wrong with one of these ideas.

Log Grate

Black Wrought Iron Fireplace Log Grate 30 inch Wide
This wrought iron fireplace grate is made for burning logs, both large and small.Amagabeli Garden & Home

A log grate is one of the most important parts of any fireplace as it holds the logs up off the ground and lets air circulate underneath. Without air circulating, it’s hard to get a good fire going. The grate also allows ash and coals to fall through, and keeps the burning wood away from them. But when you shop, there are a few different kinds that you’ll need to consider. Cast iron grates are designed to be more suitable for charcoal burning. They can be used for wood and logs, but not very heavy fuel. Steel bar grates, however, are only suitable for burning wood, as the gaps between the bars are too big to hold coal, which would fall through.

Fireplace Tools

Fireplace Tools Sets Black Handle Wrought Iron
This fireplace toolset includes a poker, tongs, spade and broom.Amagabeli Garden & Home

A variety of fireplace tools make good gifts for those who like to burn a fire in their living room or den fireplace. One tool that is very helpful is the fireplace poker. Also known as the stoker, the fireplace poker is a short, iron, fireproof rod that homeowners use to hook, rake, and push burning materials in their fireplace. The handle is often insulated to prevent users from burning their hands. The spade (shovel) is also an essential tool for tending fireplace flames. Tongs, when used with the poker and spade, are helpful for handling all manners of hot materials without getting burned. Lastly, a broom is handy for sweeping up the ash when cleaning the fireplace.

Gas Logs

Peterson Real Fyre 30" Charred Oak Stack Gas Logs
These gas logs are hand-painted to look like real wood.Peterson Real Fyre

For those who have given up on having a fire because of the hassle, mess and expense, that’s OK. They can still enjoy a fire, albeit provided by gas. Free-standing gas logs can be placed in most fireplaces in place of wood and provide a warmth and beauty of their own. They cause no mess, are simple to turn on and off (some have a remote control), and never pop sparks out onto the carpet. One main consideration when choosing a gas log set is the width, as some fireplaces are narrower than others. A log set that is too narrow will still work fine. But one that doesn’t leave the necessary clearance on the ends can be frustrating and even dangerous.