The 10 Best Fireplace Tool Sets

Updated June 02, 2017 by Chase Brush

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We spent 46 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you need them for actual maintenance and cleaning or you just want a decorative addition to the room, one of these fireplace tool sets will enhance the look of any hearth. Coming in a variety of designs that would look good in any home, from a rustic cabin to a modern loft apartment, they are a perfect example of form and function. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best fireplace tool set on Amazon.

10. Uniflame T51030PB

The 5 piece Uniflame T51030PB is both decorative and functional, with a sophisticated polished brass finish that makes a statement in any room. If you want to elevate the look of your fireplace in a way that draws the eye but doesn't look overly gaudy, it's a good choice.
  • lightweight pieces are easy to hold
  • thick brush cleans well
  • not as durable as other options
Brand Uniflame
Model T51030PB
Weight 11.8 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. Plow and Hearth

The attractive Plow and Hearth comes in a classic hand-forged design, but is built to be compact, making it perfect for smaller hearths, wood stoves and outdoor fire pits. It has a discreet black matte finish and a durable wrought iron construction.
  • shepherd's crook styling
  • lovely grooved beaver tail ends
  • not suitable for standard fireplaces
Brand Plow & Hearth
Model pending
Weight 10.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Panacea 15913

Add a little extra decorative flair to your fireplace with the Panacea 15913, which has forged branches and oak leaf embellishments for an especially interesting look. Plus, the stand has a large base that helps collect any debris that may fall from the tools after use.
  • colonial brown color
  • tampico style broom
  • some parts are poorly welded
Brand Blomus
Model 65132
Weight 10.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Pleasant Hearth FA219TA

The arched construction of the Pleasant Hearth FA219TA coordinates well with most fireplace screens, and will complement any room with its minimalist look. The hanging hooks don't protrude very far, minimizing the chance of a kid poking themselves with one.
  • takes up very little space
  • feels sturdy without being too heavy
  • handles tend to come loose
Brand Pleasant Hearth
Model FA219TA
Weight 8.3 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Minuteman International X810342

Keep your fire burning with the Minuteman International X810342. It features 4 well-balanced tools with sturdy steel rods that won't bend or warp over time, and is available with a round, rectangular, or square base. Plus, the rack is hand filed for smoothness.
  • permanently bonded handles
  • tongs have solid rivets
  • black finish scratches easily
Brand Minuteman International
Model X810342
Weight 17.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Uniflame F-1311

The Uniflame F-1311 is a 5-piece set that is decorated with an elegant copper finish, but is also available in other colors. All of the tools and the stand have a unique matching twisted design that shows incredible attention to detail and craftsmanship.
  • stand is very stable and level
  • no loose screw-together parts
  • broom bristles fall off easily
Brand Uniflame
Model F-1311
Weight 18.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Enclume FPTS1 HS

The Enclume FPTS1 HS boasts a simple industrial design that is both practical and beautiful. The entire set is expertly crafted by blacksmiths in Washington's Puget Sound, and all of the tools feature hand bent curves that allow them to hang securely on the stand.
  • simple and quick to assemble
  • hammered steel finish
  • tools could be a little longer
Brand Enclume Hearth
Model FPTS1 HS
Weight 11.5 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Napa Forge 19004

The robust Napa Forge 19004 is hand forged to last a lifetime. It boasts quality craftsmanship, a bold black matte finish and an unusual cylindrical shape. Its classic styling looks great in rustic settings and would be perfect for a country home.
  • stands a striking 29 inches tall
  • strong iron will not rust
  • sturdy one-piece tools
Brand Napa Forge
Model 19004
Weight 17 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

2. Uniflame F-1056

Tend to your fireplace using the timeless black wrought iron Uniflame F-1056, featuring easy to grip heavy crook handles that feel solid in the hand. The set comes with a stand, poker, shovel, brush and a log tool, so all you'll need is some wood.
  • good value for price
  • generously long handles and necks
  • wide brush makes cleanup quicker
Brand Uniflame
Model F-1056
Weight 18.6 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Panacea 15916

The Panacea 15916 makes a strong statement piece on your hearth. With scroll detailing on the top and bottom of the stand, as well as the tool hooks, this set is reminiscent of a Victorian-era wrought iron fence, and will elevate the style of any room.
  • brushed bronze finish
  • powder-coated steel construction
  • stand is very sturdy
Brand Panacea Products
Model 15916
Weight 14.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Form and Function: Choosing The Right Fireplace Tools

There are few items in the home that play a role so equally balanced between appearance and functionality as the fireplace tools perched by the hearth. In the late spring, summer, and the early fall, the set will sit untouched if not even put away and out of sight until the cold returns. During the late autumn and throughout the winter, however, many homes see their tongs, poker, shovel, and ash brush used daily.

This presents something of a dilemma for many consumers. Decorative items are picked, by definition, based on how they look; tools are generally selected with little or no thought of appearance, but rather based on how well they help complete specific tasks.

Even if you think your home will only have a few fires a season, safety and convenience still merit the owning of a good set of fireplace tools. This means, at the minimum, owning a reliable pair of fireplace tongs as you must have a way to move around burning logs. In most cases your fireplace accessories should involve a more complete set comprised of tongs, a poker, a brush, and a shovel. A stand will also come included in any set worth considering.

In an ironic twist, tools selected primarily for their looks may well be those that lose their aesthetic appeal the most quickly and completely: a set of shiny brass hearth accessories will look lovely for a season or longer, but will eventually take on a tarnished patina as the metal's luster fades. Some people may love the antique look of aged brass, but many will bemoan how dramatically the appearance of their fireplace tools has changed over time. Copper lacks the bright shine of polished metals, so the change in its appearance that aging brings is more subtle, but it too will darken and take on new coloration with time. Again, the look of aged copper will be adored by some, lamented by others. And of course the more heavily used a given tool is, the more quickly it will age based on the oils on skin, the exposure to ash, soot, and heat, and the more frequent cleaning necessitated by more frequent use.

Wrought iron, on the other hand, will never change its color or appearance even with age or use, provided you take the time to clean its surface on occasion, preventing rust. The continuity of appearance and the simple strength of this trusted metal has long established its place as the standard-bearer for use in making fireplace tools.

If you will likely use your tools as often as you admire their appearance, it is best to consider a set made from iron (or a black powder-coated set made from another material but that offers the same appearance and resistance to corrosion). If you are selecting fireplace tools primarily for their looks, then another metal should serve well for several years at least, especially if they will be stored away in most seasons.

Proper Fireplace Cleaning

As with fireplace tools, so too with the fireplace itself: looks and function are not cleanly related. In fact, while a perfectly clean fireplace may be ideal for staging a home prior to sale or sprucing it up prior to an open house, that spic and span fireplace might not work well when it's time to have an actual fire.

A clean, ash-free fireplace looks great, but it actually won't serve you as well as a fireplace with a bed of old ashes. When you have an inch or two of ash built up under the grate holding the logs and kindling, the falling embers have a ready-made bed into which they can settle. This helps these first embers burn more slowly and steadily, creating a base of heat that will lead to a more evenly-burning and less smoky fire.

But of course ashes pile up quickly if you have regular fires, and they must be removed from time to time; the same goes for those old partially-burnt chunks of log left behind after previous fires. To clean a fireplace for regular maintenance, first remove the grate and any large pieces of charred debris (these should be discarded unless there is still clearly useful wood visible). Then use the shovel and broom that came with your fireplace tool set to remove most of the ash, spreading a thin layer underneath the area where the grate sits. For heavily-used fireplaces, burn a creosote sweeping log several times during the season while the firebox (the actual area where a fire is set) is relatively clean.

Unless you need a remarkably clean hearth for purposes of staging, that is all you need to do to clean the fireplace. To clean the soot and grime off of the bricks (or tile or metal) inside the firebox, consider a mixture of warm water and baking soda, or buy a purpose-built cleaning product, and use a stiff brush.

Other Fireplace Accessories Worth Consideration

With a good set of fireplace tools, you will be ready to set, maintain, and clean up after fires all season long. But that doesn't mean your enjoyment of that fireplace can't be made even easier and more convenient with a few other fine implements.

An ash vacuum might seem a luxury at first, but these powerful devices can save you so much time during a deep cleaning of the firebox that after a season of regular fires, you will wonder how you ever lived without one. Many can even be safely used when there are still hot embers in the fireplace, but be sure to fully read through the safety instructions that come with the device.

A cloth log carrier allows you to safely and cleanly carry more wood than you could hope to do with your arms alone, and a wood rack perched near the fireplace makes it easier to keep feeding logs into the flames and also keeps the mess caused by wood debris in one specific area.

Finally, if you have children in the home, consider installing a hearth guard on the edge of the stone or brick that lines the fireplace. This will prevent potentially serious bumps or scrapes caused by the hard corners, and can prevent burns as well.

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Last updated on June 02, 2017 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.

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