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All About Fireplace Accessories

Fireplace accessories can enrich your fireplace experience. The right accessories can make your fire burn more efficiently, make it easier for you to tend your fires, make your hearth safer and enhance the beauty of your hearth. At FireSide Hearth & Home, we carry a lineup of hearth accessories that will beautify your hearth and help you maintain your fires.

All About Fireplace Accessories Image - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeWhat fireplace accessories do you need?

Some accessories are more about beauty than function, but there are some fireplace accessories that you shouldn’t be without. Fireplace accessories you shouldn’t skip include:

  • Fireplace grate or andirons. Air needs to circulate around a fire for the fire to burn efficiently. A fireplace grate or andirons elevate your fire off of the ground of the firebox. Grates and andirons range from simplistic and functional to ornate and stylish. They can be a fun way to style your fireplace while getting a better burn.
  • Metal screen or spark guard. When you have an open-hearth fireplace, the fire inevitably pops and sparks. Embers can fly. Logs can shift and fall from the grate. A mesh screen or spark guard can keep burning materials in the firebox, keeping you and your family safe and saving your flooring and furniture from burn marks. Like grates and andirons, screens can be all about function or add flair to your hearth. Screens can sit upon your hearth or hang from the front of the firebox. Spark guards, meanwhile, tend to be more about safety. They provide full coverage for the open hearth to thoroughly keep sparks in.
  • Tool sets. A good tool set helps you to tend your fires. Most include a fire poker, a set of tongs, and an ash brush and ash shovel. While tool sets are a functional necessity for anyone with a fireplace, a quality set of fireplace tools can help to decorate your hearth.
  • Wood basket or stand. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you need a place to set your wood when you bring it inside. A wood basket or wood stand can sit next to your fireplace to give you an attractive and convenient place to store your firewood.
  • Ash bucket. A metal ash bucket is a necessity when it comes to clearing away the ashes from your fireplace. A metal bucket prevents any still burning embers from igniting a fire while you dispose of your fireplace waste.

What other fireplace accessories should you consider?

There are plenty of fireplace accessories that make tending your fire easier, or that help to decorate your hearth. Those accessories include:

  • Wood carriers to help you tote wood to your hearth.
  •  Rugs to protect your flooring from flying embers.
  •  Damper pulls to help you open and close your damper.
  •  A fireback, which can decorate your firebox and help reflect heat back into your home.
  •  Gloves to help protect your hands from the heat and flames of your fireplace.
  •  Hearth mice and crickets to add a bit of traditional good luck to your hearth.

If you are ready to dress up your hearth with a new fireplace accessory, or if you are missing a fireplace necessity, visit FireSide Hearth & Home. Come see all of the fireplace accessories we have to offer!

The Value of Glass Doors for Your Fireplace

One fireplace accessory comes with a host a benefits, and it is probably one you haven’t given much thought to: Tempered glass fireplace doors. Many open-hearth fireplaces are constructed without fireplace doors. Others have cheaply made fireplace doors that can only be closed when the fireplace isn’t in use. Plus, they do little to benefit your fireplace or your home’s efficiency. If your fireplace lacks doors, you should be considering them for several reasons.

The Value of Glass Doors for Your Fireplace - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeGlass doors improve fireplace efficiency.

Open-hearth fireplaces are notoriously inefficient. They send up to 90 percent of a fire’s heat up the chimney. In addition, they draw in warm air from the home to fuel the fire. Tempered glass fireplace doors can double the efficiency of an open-hearth fireplace. They regulate the amount of air that’s drawn into the fireplace, while still radiating out the fireplace’s heat. They also block sudden downdrafts from filling your home with cold air and smoke.

Glass doors keep the heat in and drafts out.

When it comes to home-heating, chimneys often are likened to open windows. When the fireplace isn’t in use, even with the damper closed, drafts find their way in. Afterwards, warm air rises up and out of your home through the chimney opening. A good set of glass fireplace doors can close the open window of your chimney! The doors can block downdrafts from adding a chill from your home. Plus, it can keep the warm air from your home’s living space from traveling into the firebox and out the chimney.

Glass doors increase fireplace safety.

Open-hearth fireplaces come with some dangers. Embers that jump from the fireplace can burn people or pets sitting nearby. Also, they can singe or ignite nearby rugs, furniture or décor. Glass fireplace doors put a barrier between the fire and your home, your family, and your pets. They also keep embers and crackling logs safely in the firebox. However, you should warn children that the doors do pose a burn hazard. Also, small children and pets should be kept well away from the hearth, even when glass doors are in place.

New glass doors can upgrade the look of your fireplace.

Let’s face it: Fireplaces can seem dated. If you have an older open-hearth fireplace, especially one with a cheaper set of glass doors, it can make your hearth look old and outdated. Quality, tempered glass doors can help! New glass doors can upgrade the look of your fireplace, refreshing your hearth and your home. This will once again make your fireplace a beautiful focal point.

If you are ready to increase your fireplace’s efficiency and safety, and enhance the look of your fireplace with glass doors, visit one of the FireSide Hearth & Home showroom today! We carry glass fireplace doors from the industry’s best companies. Our styles range from traditional to contemporary. You’re sure to find a glass door that fits your home’s style and your fireplace needs.