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All Fired Up

Photo by Lisa Hubbard

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.

Old World

Photo by Lisa Hubbard

Rope tool set, powder-coated wrought iron, about $220; ACHLA Designs


Photo by Lisa Hubbard

Urn handle tool set, antique brass-plated steel, about $142; ACHLA Designs


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Country home tool set, hammered steel, about $180; Enclume


Photo by Lisa Hubbard

Modern hearth set, brushed steel and matte black, about $189; Pilgrim Home and Hearth


Photo by Lisa Hubbard

Medallion tool set, wrought iron with copper accents, about $80; Plow & Hearth