They're the only tools you leave on display in the living room, so why settle for the flimsy ones you see in every home store? A well-crafted set of fireplace tools is an investment that lasts a lifetime. This Old House hunted for selections that feature comfortable handles and sturdy bases, as well as a medley of finishes and styles to suit any taste. Pick a set that harmonizes with your hearth and feels good in your grip—you'll enjoy reaching for these season after season.
"If you use your fireplace frequently, look for a shovel with a large scoop versus a flat shape for easier cleaning."
—Kim Kepchar, Hearth Specialist,
The Wooden Sun, Crozet, VA.