Fireplace grates function much like andirons. They keep logs from rolling during burning, enhance your fireplace's efficiency by allowing air to flow beneath your logs, and facilitate clean up by creating a central ash pile. Many people also like these hearth accessories for the traditional look they lend to their fireplaces and fireplace inserts. We carry both cast iron and steel styles in a variety of sizes.
My parents had a fireplace grate made of curved tubes that drew cooler air in the bottom and blew it out from the tops of the tubes, heating the room. I can't seem to find this type online. Has it been causing fires? It was the simplest and cheapest way to use a fireplace to actually heat the room, and we never had any problem from it. Can you tell me?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 22, 2013
This type of grate is not typically seen in use anymore, as they had a tendency to circulate fine particulate matter into the air, which was a result of the negative pressure caused by the grate.
By Augustus from Far Hills, New Jersey on February 17, 2014
My fire place is 42" in front, 32" in back and 22" deep. Which size of the HY-C G500 Sampson fire place grate would best fit - 32" x 28" or 28" x 24"?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 18, 2014
The ideal size to use will be the 28 by 24 model. A rule of thumb is to have 5 to 6 inches of clearance from the edge of the grate to the fireplace wall. The 28 by 24 will best achieve this spacing, while the larger model will be a bit crowded in the fireplace opening.
By Tom from Oakland, Ca on January 9, 2013
I'm looking a fireplace grate heater, fan driven, sending heated air into the room. Can you recommend one?
Which fireplace grate has the highest front so the log will not roll out? How do I determined what size grate I need for my fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on July 29, 2013
Generally, either a basket type grate or the Pilgrim series of diamond steel grates will have the highest front. It is usually standard to have 3 to 4 inches of space on either side of the grate.
In order to determine what grate you need, you'll need to measure the following: the front width, rear width, and depth of your fireplace.
By Linda from Victoria, BC on September 29, 2013
Which side faces outward? Is it the longest or the shortest side?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 30, 2013
Generally, the long side of the grate will face towards the front of the fireplace. However, some cast iron stoves are narrow and deep. Grates intended for that sort of application will have the short side facing outward.
By Michael from Newtown, PA on September 29, 2013
What size grate should I buy for my fireplace? The front is 48 inches, the back is 40 inches and it is 21.5 inches deep.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 30, 2013
I have a masonry fireplace that has these dimensions: front = 36 inches, back = 32 inches, and depth = 26 inches. I typically burn hardwoods. First, what is the best size grate to use? Second, I end up needing to replace my grate every year because the heat collapses the middle of it to the floor and the legs stick out like a dead bug. What is the best material I can use in a grate to keep this from happening?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 30, 2013
Typically, it is most common to have 6 inches of space on either side of the grate for proper log spacing. To that end, I recommend the 24.5" Pilgrim Seven-Bar Tapered Steel Fireplace Grate - 4.5 Inch Clearance as your next replacement grate. The diamond steel construction is among the hardest material used in the construction of fireplace grates. By your description, it sounds like you burn hot fires. The center leg of this grate will also help to support it in this scenario.
By Bob from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 8, 2013
I'm looking for a steel 48" x 24" grate with a 4' clearance minimum. Can you help me?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 8, 2013
The grate has two clips holding on to the back of it in my fireplace. How do I unhook these clips?
By eFireplaceStore on October 6, 2014
Depending on the manufacturer and model of the fireplace, the clips may be attached in a couple of different ways. Some designs rely on the clips simply pushing into position on the back legs. By using a pair of snub nose pliers and grasping the grate firmly, you can pull the tabs loose from the back legs. Other designs will have set screws that are part of the brackets. The screws will need to be loosened to allow removal of the grate.
By Dona from FL on November 28, 2014
We have a 1972 brick clay built fireplace and we need a grate that will last. The fireplace is 42"' across the front, 20" deep, and, 32" in the back.
We have had a problem about our grate bowing or looking like it is melting in the back of it. What would you suggest?
We have a pre-fabricated fireplace in our double wide mobile home. It is 18 3/4" wide at the back wall, 30" wide across the front, 18" high at the doors, and 15" deep. We need to replace the grate and are also thinking about installing a reflective fireback. Which grate and fireback would you recommend?
What advantage does cast iron have over steel or vice versa?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on July 30, 2013
When burning firewood with very frequent usage, typically a heavy-duty steel grate with thick bars is recommended. Cast iron grates allow for burning wood or coal.
By Margie from Nashville, TN on August 23, 2014
Any ideas for a grate for our 42" wide front, 25" wide back 17" deep fireplace with gas starter? We need at least 3" clearance and the fireplace opening is 28" tall. We want to burn logs this year and maybe convert to gas logs in a few years.
What can I use under the fireplace grate (wood fireplace) to catch the ashes?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 9, 2013
Typically, ashes are allowed to fall to the hearth of the fireplace and can collect there to keep the fire burning. I am not aware of a tray that is manufactured to catch the ashes, but something of that nature could be fabricated for easier ash removal.
By Terry Cundiff from New York, NY on December 26, 2012
My fireplace is small: 27" wide in front and 21" wide in back, with a depth of 12.5". What size grate is best?
I just had an outdoor fireplace built. Is there a particular material that is better/durable for outdoor grates/tools?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 3, 2013
For an outdoor application, stainless steel is hands down the most durable material to use. This is the best way to go for a grate. Because the tool set is not subjected to constant heat, any set that is powder coated will work as well.
By Nancy from Stamford CT on January 1, 2014
Our fireplace measurements are 20" back, 30" front, and 15" depth. What grate would you recommend for our little fireplace?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 2, 2014
My house was built in 1942 and the fireplace is small. The size of it is 29" x 10" x 27". Which grate would you recommend?
By Emily on September 16, 2013
Item # HYC-G16 may fit your needs. It's a heavy-duty cast iron fireplace grate.
Front width: 15 1/4 in.
Rear width: 15 1/4 in.
Depth: 9 in.
Height: 5 in.
Weight: 12 lbs.
By debbie from Jacksonville, FL on November 7, 2012
What is your most widely sold grate for an opening of 32 inches?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on November 7, 2012
The grate you're looking for is our model 26430 7-bar grate.
By Bill from Portland, OR on January 31, 2015
I have a masonry fireplace and it's dimensions are 22" wide in the back, 36" in the front and 21 3/4" deep. It is 25" high to the top of the front opening but higher to the top inside. I would like to buy a heavy-duty grate that will last a long time. What grate would you suggest and where should it be placed in the fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on February 2, 2015
A very well made and heavily built grate that we carry is the 24.5" Pilgrim Seven-Bar Steel Fireplace Grate - 6 Inch Clearance. This product line has proven to be one of the most durable that we offer and while the initial cost is higher than some other models, the durability more than makes up for the investment. The grate should be centered within the fireplace to allow air flow on all sides.
By Gene from Auburn, AL on October 24, 2013
We have 2 identical fireplaces. They are both Isokern masonry. The dimensions are 44 inches across the front, 35 inches across the back, and 22 inches deep. Hardwood will be burned. What is the best grate for this application?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 24, 2013
We have a fireplace that is in the shape of a trapozoid. It is 21" Deep. It is 35" along the back of the trapozoid and then the front is 43".
It is a masonry fireplace on our back patio so it is an outside fireplace that is exposed to the elements. What size grate I should get as well as what type of material I should use for an outdoor fireplace?
The opening on my fireplace front and back width is 18" and the depth is 13". I can't find a grate for it. I have attached two pictures. Can you help?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 17, 2013
In most circumstances, a grate is not used in a closed combustion fireplace insert, such as your appliance. However, a few grates do exist for use in small stoves and inserts that can improve performance of your wood fire. One model that would fit your application is the US Stove Small Cast Iron Fireplace Grate. Assuming that the door opening of your insert is large enough, you should be able to utilize this product.
By Thomas from Brick, NJ on November 2, 2014
We have an insert style fire place and the dimensions are as follows:
Across the back 18"
across the front 27"
depth front to back 15"
What is the proper size grate?
By Kristy from Chester County, PA on October 22, 2014
We have a "pre-fab" Heatilator fireplace made by Hearth Technologies that measures roughly 33 inches in the front, 23 inches in the back, and the depth is 16 inches. We plan to burn hardwoods. What kind of grate do we need?
By Marvin from Franklinville, NJ on November 13, 2012
I have a Penn Royal fireplace insert with firebrick interior. I would like to burn coal in it. What grate is recommended, since it does not have a grate?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 13, 2012
Some inserts advise against using a grate, and yours may fall into this category. Please check with the manufacturer for more information.
By Teresa from Eugene, OR on February 12, 2014
We bought our house about a year ago and have so enjoyed our amazing new fireplace. We keep fires going most night and during cold spells to help offset heating costs. I noticed this morning that our grate is bent forward. It came with the house and is about 15 x 12 inches and has 6 arms that are close in the front and spread wider in the back. Our fire place is 40 inches wide, 24 deep and 28 high. What type, style, size or model would you recommend. We are loving our fireplace and want to make it work and look its best.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 13, 2014
Per your description, it almost sounds as if the grate is installed backwards in the fireplace. Usually, a grate will slope downwards toward the back of the fireplace. The individual bars will be spread wide in the front and narrow down in the back.
By Randall from Edmond, OK on May 16, 2014
I need a 18" grate with a 6" clearance. Do you have this?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 16, 2014
Of the selection of 18 inch grates we offer, the UniFlame 18 Inch Steel Fireplace Grate offer the most clearance, with 5 inches from the hearth to the underside of the steel bar. I apologize that we do not offer a version with more clearance.
By John from Alexandria, VA on July 16, 2014
I have a small fireplace - Width: 23", Depth: 17", Height 25". I want a grate that has high enough clearance that I can put the Duraflame or any other starterlog under the grate without the grate laying on top of it.
By eFireplaceStore on July 17, 2014
My apologies, but the smaller grates that will fit your fireplace opening only have a leg height of 2 to 3 inches. This will generally be the case for all grates in this size range, as the smaller grate means it will hold less wood and as a result, there will be a smaller bed of embers below. The grates are positioned lower to take advantage of the smaller bed of embers. You may need to shim the grate with firebrick in order to raise it up further. The only other option would be to have a custom grate fabricated from steel bar.
By Will from Buena Vista, PA on January 4, 2014
I've bought two grates from Lowes in the past 2 years. They keep getting hot and bending in the center. Do you have anything that won't do this?
By Chris on January 5, 2014
I would choose one of the fireplace grates on our site manufactured by Pilgrim as these carry a lifetime warranty. The easiest way to find these grates is to simply type "diamond steel" in our search box. You should be able to find a grate to fit your fireplace that will last for years and years.
By Bev from Cookeville, TN on January 10, 2014
My tapered fireplace measures 24" across the back, 36" across front and 16" deep. What size do I need? Our second grate bent a while back. I sure would appreciate your help. What do you think?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 13, 2014
We recommend the UniFlame 22 Inch Steel Fireplace Grate. This grate has an overall front width of 30 inches, a rear width of 25, and a depth of 15 inches. The rear legs are set forward a few inches, so there should be sufficient clearance before the opening tapers to 24 inches.
By jessica from New York on December 9, 2012
How do you know what size grate you would need?
By Magan B. on December 10, 2012
You should allow for a minimum clearance of 3 to 5 inches at the front and sides of the grate.
By Gary from Hillsborough, NJ on November 23, 2012
Do you sell grates made specifically for Majestic fireplaces?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 23, 2012
If a particular grate for a Majestic model is still available, we can indeed special order it for you through the manufacturer.
By Melissa from Zephyr Hills, Florida on October 19, 2014
We have an R36 Majestic fireplace and need a fire grate. Which one would fit our fireplace?
What size should I look for? My current grate has a rear width of 19 or 20" (rough measurement because of ash buildup), a front width of 30", depth of 16". I don't see trapezoidal grates available, just rectangular.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 17, 2014
We do offer a selection of tapered grates, but they do not offer the approximately 10 inches of total taper that your current grate offers. However, the size of your fireplace may be able to house a larger model.
By Heather from Detroit, MI on November 8, 2014
Our fireplace has a wood stove insert and we are in need of a new grate. The opening is 24 inches wide and 15 inches deep. We burn quite a bit of wood and usually "burn through" a grate every season or season and a half. What grate would you suggest? We do use a dura flame starter brick to start the fire. The starter brick is approxiamtely 2" x 6". I only mention this because I am not sure if this is what is causing the degradation of the grate.
By eFireplaceStore on November 10, 2014
Although the fire starters do contain some paraffin and other byproducts, they have not been shown to cause grate degradation. Fireplace inserts typically do not utilize grates and the high temperatures achieved within the firebox can cause a grate to break down relatively quickly. A product such as the G Series Franklin 17 in. 'Flat Bottom' Cast Iron Fireplace Grate should work well, as it is designed for small Franklin stoves.
By Pete from Mobile, AL on March 27, 2013
Will the cast iron fireplace grates rust when used outside?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 27, 2013
Yes, the cast iron grates will rust and corrode over time when exposed to outside air moisture. For outdoor applications, you will need one of the stainless steel grates. You can narrow your search of the fireplace grates by clicking the "Stainless Steel" option on the left-hand side of this page, under the "Color/Material" heading.
By Dixie from Bandera, TX on October 8, 2014
If the back of my fireplace grate is 22 inches wide and the front is 24 inches wide, what size would I order?
By eFireplaceStore on October 8, 2014
Fireplace grates will usually taper in this way. The advertised dimension will be taken from the front of the grate. As such, you will want to order a 24 inch wide replacement.
By Mary from Gulfport, MS on November 8, 2014
I burn old fashioned fires with real pinewood starters in a large fireplace. Which type of fireplace grate is better, steel or cast iron?
By eFireplaceStore on November 10, 2014
There is some debate as to the superior material for a grate, but in my experience, steel is the better material. It is not brittle and prone to cracking like cast iron is and can deal with more rapid expansion. One of the most popular steel grates in this size is the 20.5" Pilgrim Six-Bar Tapered Steel Fireplace Grate - 4.5 Inch Clearance. The grate uses diamond cross section bars that measure 1 1/8 at the widest point.
By Kirstie from Larchmont, NY on November 17, 2013
Our fireplace dimensions are 54" front width, 44" back width, and 22" deep. What size fireplace grate should I be using?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 18, 2013
By Claire from Chesapeake, VA on December 27, 2013
My fireplace has a 41" front width opening and has a 29" back width. It is 19" deep (firebox) plus 4 more inches to the front lip. What size grate do I need?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 27, 2013
Ideally, you will have approximately 6 inches of clearance on either side of the grate at the front of the opening and a grate that is at least a couple of inches shallower than your total depth. As such, a 28 to 30 inch grate would be ideal, such as the 28.5" Pilgrim Eight-Bar Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 6 Inch Clearance. This high quality grate will offer many years of reliable service and the expanded mesh ember retainer helps to increase burn performance.
By Lyle from Gatesville, TX on September 19, 2013
I have a fireplace that measures 42" Wide in the front, 24" Deep, and is tapered to 32' Wide in the rear. What size fire grate do you recommend?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 19, 2013
My fireplace has a grate that is attached to the bottom. If I try to move the grate the whole bottom comes up. Is that safe? It just doesn't seem right to me. What do you think?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 17, 2013
Some manufactured fireplaces are produced with retaining brackets that hold the fireplace grate to the floor panel of the unit. This is meant to keep the grate from moving when loading it with wood. The bottom panel is usually decorative in this sort of design, so there is no harm in lifting it.
By Connie from Herndon, VA on August 27, 2013
My fireplace is 37" wide at the front, and tapers down to 24" wide at the back wall, with a depth of 17". Back wall is 26" high, and front opening is 29" high. What grate would be the best fit for this size box?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 28, 2013
Based on the dimensions of your fireplace and your desire to use a fireback, I recommend using the G Series Franklin 27 in. 'Flat Bottom' Cast Iron Fireplace Grate. This grate is wide enough, yet shallow enough to fit into your fireplace without making it appear crowded. Standard grates that are made of bar steel will be too narrow or too deep for your application.
By Shannon from Greenville, SC on January 18, 2013
I am looking for a grate for an outdoor fireplace that is 32 inches in the back, 48 inches in the front and 30 inches deep. What do you recommend?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 18, 2013
The biggest grate we sell has a front width of 42.5" and the same back width. It is 17" deep. If this will fit your firebox, this would be our recommendation: