The 8 Best Fireplace Tongs

Updated July 30, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

8 Best Fireplace Tongs
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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Don't go prodding around in a lit fire with any old thing that comes to hand, and especially not with your hand. These fireplace tongs are much easier to use and a lot safer, and can help out at the campsite, in your backyard fire pit, or in your living room. Some of them are elegant enough to be used strictly for decoration, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best fireplace tong on Amazon.

8. Sunnydaze Decor Log Claw

There really isn't anything unique about the Sunnydaze Decor Log Claw. They are just a tried and true design that allows you to quickly and easily rearrange the logs in your fire. They are made from tubular steel with a heavy-duty powder coating.
  • can handle large diameter logs
  • weigh less than three pounds
  • logs slip out of them sometimes
Brand Sunnydaze Decor
Model 1506-LC-4101
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

7. Perfect CampfireGrill Heavy-Duty Tweezers

They may be called the Perfect CampfireGrill Heavy-Duty Tweezers, but in fact these grabbers work for fireplaces, cook stoves, fire pits, and everything else. With their scissor action closure, you can grab and maneuver logs with ease.
  • feel very well-made
  • suitable for heavy logs
  • hook tends to get caught under logs
Brand The Perfect CampfireGri
Model 1061
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Camp Tender Tongs

The Camp Tender Tongs have a scissor design that allow you to clamp down tightly on logs. The large, rounded wooden handles are easy to hold onto and won't get overly hot if left too close to the fire. They also add a nice rustic charm to the unit.
  • good choice for fire pits too
  • not suitable for heavy logs
  • wooden handles can split over time
Brand Camp
Model Fire Place Tender Tongs
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. Grill Daddy King Tong ProDeluxe

The clever design of the Grill Daddy King Tong ProDeluxe incorporates an additional handle halfway down the grabber, making heavy logs much easier to manage. These also feature flared tongs with raked, serrated teeth, ensuring you get a secure grip on every log.
  • integrated heat shield
  • power handle folds away and locks
  • some find it awkward to use at first
Brand Grill Daddy
Model GQ58015
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Landmann 1537

The Landmann 1537 have a black powder-coated finish that protects them from both heat and moisture, so you can use them indoors or out with impunity. They also feature a unique lever action handle that allows you to clamp down on logs when moving them.
  • comfortable rubber grip
  • durable yet lightweight
  • handle stays cool to the touch
Brand Landmann
Model 1537
Weight 2.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Genuine American Products Log Grabber

The Genuine American Products Log Grabber may seem a touch expensive, but they are a premium unit that will last a lifetime. The tips are slightly textured to produce a secure grip and, at 42 inches, they are one of the longest options available.
  • attractive polished steel finish
  • grab up to 8-inch diameter logs
  • rust- and corrosion-resistant
Brand Genuine American Produc
Model pending
Weight 6.1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. EPI Epica

If you're on a tight budget and need something to tend your fire with while keeping you an arm's length away from the heat, the EPI Epica will get the job done. They open and close smoothly and can be used for both indoor and outdoor fires.
  • fold for easy storage and transport
  • classic black finish
  • loop handles and curved gripper
Brand Epica
Model pending
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Ohio Flame OF30T

The Ohio Flame OF30T are hand forged in the USA to exacting quality specifications. They allow you to pick up the heaviest and hottest logs from a safe distance without ever bending or flexing, so you can rearrange the fire as often as needed.
  • arrive fully assembled
  • backed by a lifetime warranty
  • made from half-inch thick steel
Brand Ohio Flame
Model OF30T
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Get a Grip: Fireplace Tongs

For thousands of years, the fireplace was the central fixture of many homes around the world. It was the life-giving source of warmth, it was the place where food was cooked, and it was a gathering point for family and visitors. Today, most homes that have wood-burning fireplaces use them more for pleasure and decoration than as a sustaining heat source, but fireplaces nonetheless remain an important part of the home, and are often still the anchoring fixture of a den or living room.

Every home that regularly burns logs in its fireplace should have a good pair of fireplace tongs on hand. This sturdy tool is helpful for placing logs in the firebox as you prepare a fire for later ignition, but is also an imperative for safety while a fire is burning: if chunks of flaming or smoldering wood roll out of place and too near the front of the fireplace -- or even fall out entirely and come into the room -- your tongs will be necessary for swiftly getting that burning material back into the fire where it belongs. Simply put, if you use your fireplace, you must own fireplace tongs and keep them on hand. Fortunately, fire tongs are one of those rare pieces of hardware that boast both functionality and aesthetic appeal. In fact, a great pair of fireplace tongs can complete the handsome tableau of a fireplace whether or not the hearth is actively being used.

Many households may opt for an entire set of fireplace tools, but by far the most important tool in any set are the tongs, and thus focusing on the sole purchase of tongs is a fine approach. (Also consider augmenting your existing set of fireplace tools with a superior log grabber.) And note that even the most expensive fireplace tongs will usually cost less than even a shoddily-made full set of fireplace tools.

Most log grabbers use a triple-hinged design that allows you to stay well away from the flames as you open wide their grabbing end with a pair of handles. They usually feature a rounded gripping area that is designed to accommodate the average size of a split log used in a residential fireplace. These standard tongs are ideal for keeping your hands clean as you place logs in the fireplace before lighting the fire and for safely adding logs once there are flames and heat filling the hearth.

However, often tongs with rounded ends are not as useful for moving about smaller pieces of wood and fallen embers, as their shape precludes deft control over anything but large, thick pieces of wood. If you regularly find yourself struggling to reposition smaller combustibles (or often need to add smaller kindling or fire starters to a smoldering fire) then a pair of tongs with more precise, pointed tips may serve you better. There are multiple fireplace tongs available that eschew the triple-hinge, accordion-style shape for a scissor-type of mechanism that affords the user more precise control and which can be used to pick up even minute embers. This type of tong has the added benefit of also being suitable for use positioning coals in a charcoal-burning grill, wood chips in a smoker, or pellets in a pellet-burning heating unit. Of course tongs without a rounded head may necessitate loading those larger logs into the fireplace by hand, but there are always protective gloves for that.

Three Great Pieces of Hearth Hardware

As with everything in life, when it comes to working with your fireplace, safety always comes first. That's why you get a great pair of fireplace tongs, of course: to keep your hands (and head and the rest of you) well away from the heat and flames. But there's no reason not to go one step farther and also make the modest investment in a pair of fire-resistant gloves. Thick and protective fire gloves can prevent your hands from being burned even with brief exposure to direct flames. That makes them ideal for tossing logs into a roaring fire or for picking up an ember that has slipped out, but they are equally as useful when used as you flip burgers or kabobs over a hot grill. These gloves also prevent splinters and keep your hands clean as you grab logs off of the woodpile for later burning.

Many people clean out their fireplaces too often, misunderstanding that a layer of ash an inch or two in depth actually helps subsequent fires burn hotter and cleaner by creating a ready bed for new coals. You should, however, completely clean your firebox several times during a season of heavy use, as once the ash bed reaches the bottom of the log grate, it will become counterproductive. One approach is standard brush and shovel cleaning; a more modern and efficient method is to use an ash vacuum. These powerful and carefully-engineered tools have such effective filters that they can suck in the finest ash without propelling particles up into the room. They will clean out an entire firebox in a matter of minutes; just make sure you have remove any larger chunks of wood that might clog the hose using your tongs before operating the vacuum.

Finally, take the time to clean out your chimney at least twice a year, at the start and the end of the fire season, using a creosote sweeping log. These specialty "logs" feature additives (usually natural compounds) that bond with the creosote -- a byproduct of wood burning that consists of potentially flammable oils condensed and collected inside the flue and chimney -- and help to break up and clear the build up that plagues many chimneys, helping to prevent potentially dangerous and damaging chimney fires. Also have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional every two to three years.

The Best-Laid Fire for the Indoor Fireplace

There's a distinct chance that you have been laying fires wrong for your entire life. It's not your fault: the conventional wisdom has undergone a recent and radical shift, and one that might at first seem upside-down in its logic. But indeed the "upside down fire" is rapidly gaining currency as the best way to create a hot, clean, and safe fire.

The setup sees the largest logs laid down atop your fireplace grate first, with smaller logs placed across those (usually in perpendicular orientation), and then finally with plenty of fine kindling laid across the top. While the approach does seem odd, as fire and heat rise, and thus traditionally kindling is placed below larger logs, this method creates less smoke and leads to fires that burn more cleanly and evenly, consuming more wood and leaving behind less ash.

The upside down (or top-down) fire works because the kindling atop the larger wood creates lots of heat above the logs, while the hot embers that drop down create a coal bed beneath them. This heats up and then combusts the main logs, which will burn hotter and more fully than in a traditional fire, producing less smoke in the process. Just make sure to crack a nearby window until the upward draft is firmly established.



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Last updated on July 30, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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