All Fired Up
Photo: Lisa Hubbard

All Fired Up

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.

Pro Advice:
"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.
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