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High-quality andirons can enhance both the performance and aesthetic value of your wood burning fireplace or fireplace insert. They keep logs stable while burning, improve efficiency by allowing air to flow beneath your logs, and reduce wear on the bottom of your fireplace – all while adding an attractive accent to your hearth.

We offer a wide variety of andirons, ranging from traditional wrought iron to more contemporary brass and copper styles. Our selection even includes models designed to resemble cats and dogs. Regardless of whether you’re interested in a classic look or something more unusual, our andirons can help you create the hearth you’ve always wanted.

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By Barry from Alexandria, Louisiana on October 7, 2013
What is the shortest set of andirons that you have? I would like a pair about 12" high. Are the cast andirons cast iron? Are they one piece?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 8, 2013

The shortest set of andirons that we offer that are not intended for a particular model of fireplace is the Black Wrought Iron Fireplace Andirons. These andirons are constructed as one section and do not require any assembly.

By Steve from Asheville, NC on October 15, 2014
How do you make andirons and a gas fireplace work together? It would seem that the andiron arm and the burner are in the same space.
By eFireplaceStore on October 15, 2014

Generally, andirons cannot be made to work with gas log sets because of the very issue you are describing. There are some andirons made to work with specific gas fireplaces, but they are cast with attachment points that allow them to secure to a burner. Generic andirons usually have shanks too tall and bulky to work.

By Ramona Cooper from Vernon, CT on December 12, 2012
Do the brass andirons conduct heat back into the living room?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 12, 2012

While the andirons will become hot to the touch, they are intended primarily to prevent a log from rolling out of the fireplace, and to serve as a decorative accent.

By Charlie from Baton Rouge, LA on November 3, 2013
How can I find replacement shanks for 100 year old andirons?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 4, 2013

Unfortunately, replacement shanks for a set of andirons of this age will likely be impossible to find. When open faced fireplaces were a primary source of heat, many custom forges styles of andirons where available and each set was unique. You will likely need to have custom shanks fabricated from square steel or custom cast from iron. Checking with local fabrication shops would be an excellent place to start.

By Wendy snow from Lithia, fl. on January 13, 2013
What is the common weight of a pair of solid brass andirons?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 14, 2013

While this will depend on the size and style of the andirons, the weight can vary from 10 to 25 pounds for the pair.

By Diana from Baltimore, MD on September 7, 2014
What andirons do you have with the longest and strongest wood rests? I have a very large fireplace with large pieces of wood and I need the biggest and strongest andiron I can find.
By eFireplaceStore on September 8, 2014

Unfortunately, the strongest and largest andirons that we carry do not fall under a common item. The longest lasting is by far the Pilgrim Blacksmith Wrought Iron Andirons. This set is designed to stand the test of time, however they are primarily meant for use in conjunction with a wood grate. The Minuteman AND-10 Cathedral Andirons are deeper and more ornate, but not as strong as the Pilgrim product.

By Jayne from AL on February 16, 2016
How do I use Andirons with my fireplace grate?
By Will M. on February 16, 2016

Modern andirons are mainly decorative, but they originally served the same purpose as a fireplace grate. The andirons would have cast iron shanks that extend rearward and held your load of wood and the andirons would prevent the wood from falling out of the fireplace opening. For your purposes, the andirons would simply sit in front or to the side of the grate for decoration.

By Paul from Houston on November 17, 2013
How do you decide between an andiron versus a grate. ? Can you use both simultaneously?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 18, 2013

You can indeed use both andirons and a grate together. Authentic andirons had large shanks that stood several inches from the hearth floor, allowing wood to be piled on the shanks and combustion air to be drawn from below to fuel the fire. Because fireplace grates do a superior job of supporting partially burned logs, the andirons faded from use. They are predominantly made for appearance, rather than function now. A grate should be used as the primary mechanism for a wood fire.

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