If you are just about to have a home fireplace installed then you are no doubt excited about this welcome addition to the home. A hearth in the property is both visually pleasing and it of course is highly functional in warming up a room when the cold draws in. There is something extremely romantic too about staring into the flames and experiencing those delightful smells and the sounds of the crackling wood. To ensure that you are fully prepared for this, there are some accessories and tools which you will need.
A Fireplace Screen
A fireplace screen is going to be essential because of the embers which can fly out of the fire once it is lit. Large fireplace screens are the best option here as they can not only provide maximum protection but they also allow you to still be able to watch the flickering flames. If you are concerned about how this will look too then you may very well find that a metal mesh screen gives the best overall finish and protection.
Making a fire is not as simple as placing some wood in the heart and then setting it alight, a good fire needs to be managed in order for it to keep on burning for a longer period of time. The perfect option here is to buy one of those neat sets of hanging tools which feature everything that is needed for fire management. Usually these will come with a poker so that you can move the fire around to ensure that it is even, some tongs will be there too for the same reason. These sets also feature a small brush and a dustpan so that you can clean up the ashes from the fire. These should be solid metal with chunky handles to avoid them heating up in your hand.
Fire requires the circulation of oxygen in order for it to keep a healthy flame and that is where a fireplace grate will come in. A metal grate is what you place the logs or the coals on top of so that you can give the fire this level of oxygen which will keep it burning brighter for longer. These are relatively inexpensive to buy and they make a huge difference to the quality of the fire which you have going.
This hearth is going to accumulate a great deal of ash both whilst it’s burning and once it has been put out, this is why a bucket is a great feature to have by your fire. Ash can really be tough to manage because it is so fine and can easily blow around the home. Sweeping the ash into the bucket and then disposing of it each night is the best way to make sure that you don’t end up with ash stains all over the place.
These are the basic essentials which you will need for your fireplace.