A fireplace or stove can really be enhanced by some stunning and useful accessories to sit proudly on the hearth. These accessories can not only make the whole fireplace look fantastic but also make it safer and easier to use.
Firescreens can look fantastic, but also stop any stray sparks landing on the floor as well as keeping pets and children from exploring the fire and the often innocuous coals and embers.
Wood baskets are fantastic for keeping logs and kindling in one place and keeping a hearth neat and tidy. They are also a useful place to put newspaper and other fire starting materials without having them strewn all over the floor. Kept safely away from any open flame a wood basket will also add a homely traditional feeling to your stove or fireplace.
Bellows have always been a classic fireplace accessory and can offer a traditional feel to any fire. They also prove very handy at saving your breath when you are trying to get a fire going on a still day. There is no need to risk smoke or sparks hitting your face and eyes when you try to blow a fire into life, a good pair of bellows will save you effort and risk of injury, not to mention a sooty face!
Firebacks originated in France in the 15th century. They were designed to keep the flames away from the bricks at the back of the fire that often crumbled in the extreme heat. Originally firebacks were created for wealthy families by the local blacksmith and they often carried a family crest. These useful metal sheets have the added use of helping heat to radiate back into the room and can increase the efficiency of an open fire by up to 50%. These days you don’t need to be of noble decent or even know a blacksmith to have a fireback; Wakefords have a number of different styles and sizes to add some extra warmth and visual appeal to any fireplace.
Firedogs and firebaskets
Firedogs and firebaskets support logs and coals in open fires. These functional stands have become highly ornamental in some cases and offer a chance to make any fire individual and stand out. Tapered firebaskets fit neatly into the narrow space at the back of the fire and open out to the hearth.
Companion sets come in all sorts of colours and styles but the tools tend to be the same and for good reason. Brushes and pans can be very useful when cleaning up. Also the tongs and pokers can help give a quiet fire a bit of extra life on those cold winter evenings.
What ever style or type of fire accessory you may need, get in touch and we can help with product advice and purchase. Wakefords stock a range of different accessories and we are always happy to help source anything we do not stock.