Andirons - For Decorative and Functional Use
fireplace is perhaps the most impressive decorative feature of your
home which is why you want to take good care of it and use
properly. From learning how to properly build and maintain a
fire to making sure the hearth is clean and working correctly, there
are a lot of things that need to be understood before use.
of the most difficult things for people to master when first using a
fireplace is how to build a good fire. If the wood is stacked
improperly or there is insufficient oxygen feeding the fire, then it
will die out quickly and lead to considerable frustration. In
order for the fire to breathe, the wood must be elevated off of the
hearth floor using either a fireplace grate or a set of andirons.
a fireplace grate will certainly elevate the wood off of the fireplace
floor so that a fire can breathe properly, this hearth accessory can
hardly be considered decorative. Most grates feature some
derivation of a “ribbed design” that allows the
oxygen to feed the fire while allowing ash to drop to the
floor. Again, highly functional but hardly anything
that will really enhance the look and feel of your hearth
stands vertical and will always have some sort of shank running
perpendicular that will hold the wood aloft from the hearth
floor. These unique fireplace accessories can have either
long or short shanks. A longer shank will hold more wood so
that you can build larger fires. However, while a grate is a
stand alone hearth accessory, you need a pair of these unique and
highly decorative wood holders.
many of these wood holding accessories are specifically designed to
enhance or augment your existing hearth décor. For
instance, a pair of cat
andirons may feature reflective eyes that glow when a fire is
roaring away in the fireplace creating a dazzling decorative effect
that adds character to the décor.
glowing eyes are not your thing, then you can focus on the
finish. Just a few of the options you have to choose from
include: solid brass, satin antique solid brass, and vintage
iron colonial. Where possible, you will want to find a pair
that have a finish that complements your other hearth accessories like
the fireplace tools or log holder.
andirons are a far more decorative option than any grate you
can find. These ornamental accessories are also very
functional and will help ensure that your fire gets enough oxygen to
burn properly. The only real drawback is that some grates are
self-feeding and thus relatively low maintenance while you cannot find
this feature on a set of andirons. However, while this is
very true, you will most likely be more pleased with a pair of these
decorative hearth accessories and they will definitely enhance your
home and bring you more satisfaction than any grate.