Don’t let the winter weather breeze right on in, and you not prepared to get the fire blazing! If your fireplace is looking a little forlorn, it’s probably because you’ve ignored it for far too long. You’ll certainly want to grab some logs and some start wood, but you’ll also want to make sure you have the right tools to not only get the fires raging, but keeping your fireplace clean and happy. Getting the right tools for the job is going to be essential. Fireplace tools are a safe bet when dealing with potentially harmful fires within your fireplace. If your tool set is looking a bit out of date, or you’re missing pieces after having ignored your fireplace for years, you’re going to want an upgrade. Don’t worry; we’ve searched for the tool sets that will best suit your needs, as well as provide you with high quality fireplace maintenance. Whether you’re looking for a 3, 4-, or 5-piece set, we’ve got you covered!
Uniflame 5-Piece Antique Copper Tool set
For many of us in the Northern hemisphere, the holidays are enjoyed best with hot cup of cocoa and a raging fire in the fireplace. If you’re looking to make that wonderful memory (or wonderful imagery, if you’ve never experienced it) a reality, you’re going to want to get one of the best fireplace tool sets on the market today. Uniflame is a leader in fireplace tools, and their 5-Piece Antique Copper Toolset is one of the best and favorites on the market. At just over $100, these tools are certainly not the cheapest around, but they are highly favored for a good reason: they work!
Cheaper tools can get rickety and flimsy fairly quickly, as well as feel cheap in the hand upon use, and right out of the box. These tools from Uniflame not only look great, but feel sturdy and effective. Made of black wrought iron, these tools are heavy and strong, with excellent heat resistance. With a melting point of over 2700 degrees (F), you can expect that these tools will not even experience a hint of heat on the handle while you’re using them in the flames. As a 5-piece set, this tool set comes with more than the basics. Included are a poker, broom, shovel, log tongs and a holding stand. The gorgeous copper finish adds a nice touch to an already well-designed structure.
There’s a very good reason why this tool set is on our list. It’s one of the most popular fireplace tool sets on the market, with an amazing 4.9/5 average star rating on Amazon. There are no overtly negative reviews to be had with this item. Most customers are happy with their purchase, with few regrets. The two 3-star reviews that exist are consistent in their complaints: the bristles on the brush fell apart. Thankfully, there are alternatives if that happens to you as well. Most users were extremely well pleased, and few suffered any issues. Most positive reviews are consistent in describing the look and feel as “more expensive” than this item actually was. At just over $100, you’ll get a great looking, heavy and functional fireplace tool set for much less of the cost than more expensive brands.
Panacea 4-Piece Fireplace Tool Set
Panacea is on a mission to make sure that you enjoy your fireplace. They’ve designed their 4-Piece Fireplace Tool Set to aid in that mission. Most homeowners are those in apartments with a fireplace who are looking for a great tool set, but want something that does not have more than what they are looking for, should certainly put this tool set on their list of potential options. Good, sturdy and popular 4-piece tool sets are hard to come by. The Panacea 15041 4-Piece Fireplace Tool Set is one of the few that manages to achieve a decent rating, with a 3.8/5 average star rating on Amazon.
Shirking all of the bells and whistles of more expensive units, this tool set is about as simple as they come, and that’s a good thing. One of the biggest problems with more expensive tool sets is that they may not fit well with your decor. The simple, black design of this tool set from Panacea will go with just about any home decor. Whether your fireplace has a black surround or red brick, the sleek black finish will fit right in. At 18 inches high and 7.5 inches wide, these tools are also designed to fit in as small a space as possible, allowing you to have more room for wood piles and other fireplace decorations.
If you have a much larger fireplace, or you’re attempting to use this tool set on a larger flame, such as an outdoor fire pit: don’t! This tool set was designed for smaller hearths, such as those found in smaller houses, apartments, or with wood stoves. While the reviews of this unit are mostly positive, there are some mixed feelings from customers. Many enjoy the relatively small size, the sturdiness of the tools (especially the brush), and the effectiveness of the tool set when using it for wood stoves. Most positive reviews expound on the general value of these tools, at around $25.00. Most complaints and negative reviews on this product relate directly to the size. Emphasis will be added for this: the tool set stands at 18 inches high, and 7.5 inches wide. For comparison, that is about 1.5 feet tall, and a bit more than half a foot wide. It’s small. Very small. Be sure that small is what you’re looking for!
Enclume 3-Piece Fireplace Tool Set
Enclume is all about style and function. From the broom to the poker, this tool set from Enclume is one of the best looking and most functional units on the market today. As a company, Enclume is focused purely on the home. Their products range from pot rocks to furniture to items for the hearth. All of their work is beautiful and designed for a modern, yet unobtrusive home decor. Those who like their tools to be functional, pleasing to the eye, and with a modern-traditional look, will find Enclume’s Fireplace Tool Set one of the best options. An impressive 4.8/5 average star rating on Amazon lends to that description.
As a set, costumers will receive the basic set of fireplace tools: a shovel, a poker, and a brush. Enclume’s poker is hooked, so users will not only be able to push logs around in the fireplace, but also able to pull them in a forward direction. Those who are familiar with working around a fireplace and a raging fire know just how important that forward movement option can be. The entire unit is made from hammered steel, giving this unit the strength and weight that most units simply do not offer, especially those on the lower-end. As such, this tool set is also the most expensive on our list, at just over $150.00. Don’t worry. Your purchase will be more than worth it. The brush alone is unique and gorgeous, but also fully functional. The brush is exclusive to Enclume’s units, and is made with strong strands of dried sorghum, providing a clean, effective sweep of the fireplace ashes that will certainly build up with extended fireplace use.
Positive reviews of this unit boast of the one-piece forge. Many units (particularly on the cheaper end) require assembly with screws and joints. These tools, and the rack, are all forged and hammered from single pieces of steel. No screws, no assembly. Everything comes as one piece. No need to worry about parts falling to pieces ever again. This unit was designed for larger home fireplaces, and users will find the poker to be a pleasing 2.75 feet in length, giving you an excellent reach. What few negative comments that do exist complain only that this tool set is not designed for outdoor use.
Fireplace Tool set Buyer’s Guide
Buying the right set of tools is a simple matter, but one that you don’t want to live to regret. Fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes, and fireplace tools come are designed to suit the different needs for different fireplaces. Before making your purchase, make sure you know what kind of tools you’ll need to effectively get the job done, both safely and effectively.
There are 4 general tools that may come with any fireplace set:
- Shovel: The shovel is a simple tool. Generally, the shovel will have a medium-sized to long handle, and an attached scoop end. The shovel’s purpose is to remove ashes from from under the bottom of the fireplace. Ash build up can come quicker than expected, so the shovel should get used regularly.
- Brush: The brushes for tool sets come in many shapes and sizes. Most brushes use plastic or fiber bristles attached to a flat, metal handle. Most will look like a smaller version of your typical kitchen broom. However, some higher-end brushes will be designed in a more traditional fashion, such as that found with the Enclume tool set on our list. The dried bristle-based brushes a popular, yet more expensive, brush that may have less brush life than a plastic brush.
- Poker: Pokers are intimately important to ensuring that the logs in an actively-burning fireplace are moved around. This helps get more air into the fire and onto the burning logs, keeping your fire from burning out too soon. There are several standard designed for pokers. Some are simply L shaped hooks. Others are simply a long, straight rod with a sharp end. Most pokers on tool sets are somewhat of a combination of both, having a long, sharp end, with a curved hook attached at the end. This enables for pulling and pushing of logs in an active fire.
- Log Tongs: Most fireplace tool sets do not come with this additional tool. Log tongs are designed to add increased function and safety to the moving of logs in an active fire. The tongs work similar to a pair of kitchen tongs, but much larger, and typically with curved, claw-shaped hooks on the end. Users will find these useful for grabbing logs to move around inside an active fire, or for adding new logs to an active fire.
Tool Set Metals
Fireplace tool sets can be made of several different metals, each with slightly differently benefits. However, if you are in the market, make sure that your fireplace tools are made of one of the following metals:
Each of these metals has a high melting point. The typical home fireplace will produce heat between 500 and 1100 degrees (F). Wrought iron has a melting point at 2700 degrees (F), and steel has a melting point of around 2750 degrees (F). This also means the temperature required to transfer heat into the tool is also high.
There are several finishing touches you will find with different fireplace tools. Some are more cosmetic than anything, while others add additional uses to the metal, or add some disadvantages.
- Brushing: This finishing touch is done by polishing the metal with a slightly abrasive pad. The end result is a unique pattern on the metal. However, this can cause issues with corrosion resistance.
- Plating: Plating on the steel or iron metal will typically either be copper or brass. Both metals are much easier to polish and shine, and add more attractive reddish or golden colors to the tool sets. Both brass and copper have lower melting points than iron and steel, so users may want to be cautious when using these tool sets on outdoor fires, such as fire pits, and wood stoves, which produce much more heat.