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By Levin from Colorado on October 21, 2013
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

Answer:
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.

The closest system we offer now is the Stoll 24 in. W x 22 in. D Grate Heater for Woodburning Applications, which circulates heat through an exchanger located below the fire. This prevents as much particulate from being pulled out of the fireplace.

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

Answer:
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?
By Dawn H. on January 9, 2013


By Patti from Victor, Mt. on July 28, 2013
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
For your application, a grate such as the 33.5" Pilgrim Ten-Bar Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 6 Inch Clearance would offer the correct fitment. This high quality diamond steel grate will outlast iron and mild steel grates by many years.

By Melinda from Reno, NV on September 29, 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

Answer:
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

Answer:
The largest steel grate that we currently offer is the 42.5" Pilgrim Twelve-Bar Rectangular Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 4.5 Inch Clearance.

By Tina from Canada on December 12, 2013
What size of grate should I get for my wood fireplace if the opening is 66" wide at the front and 54" wide at the back and 22 1/2" deep. Do you recommend a custom built one?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 12, 2013

Answer:
The largest grate that we offer is the 42.5" Pilgrim Twelve-Bar Rectangular Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 4.5 Inch Clearance, but even this model is a bit narrow for your application and does not taper towards the back. A larger grate would indeed have to be custom fabricated.

By Dave from Wyckoff, NJ on July 30, 2013
What advantage does cast iron have over steel or vice versa?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on July 30, 2013

Answer:
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.
By eFireplaceStore on August 25, 2014

Answer:
Likely the best option for your fireplace will be the 33.5" Pilgrim Ten-Bar Tapered Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 4.5 Inch Clearance. This model will offer sufficient clearance, depth, and width to fit proportionally to your opening.

By Marcia from Stratford, CT on October 9, 2013
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

Answer:
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?

By Chris on December 26, 2012

Answer:
The Pilgrim Six-Bar Narrow Steel Fireplace Grate would be the ideal sized grate for your fireplace.

By David from Leesburg, VA on September 2, 2013
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

Answer:
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


By Clinton from United States on November 19, 2012
I have a fireplace that is open on three sides. Can I use the hexagonal grate? The traditional rectangular shape doesn't fit in the space right.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 19, 2012

Answer:
Yes, provided you have the necessary dimensions to fit one, you can use any of the UniFlame hexagonal fireplace grates.

By Ralph from Atkinson, NH on November 3, 2013
My fireplace is 26" across the back, 36" across the front, and 18" deep. What size grate should I order?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 4, 2013

Answer:
A good size grate for your application will be either the 28.5" Pilgrim Eight-Bar Tapered Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 4.5 Inch Clearance or the 24.5" Pilgrim Seven-Bar Tapered Steel Fireplace Grate - 4.5 Inch Clearance. Both grates will fit the fireplace properly, but the choice of the larger or smaller version is strictly a matter or preference.

By Gentry from Columbia, SC on September 15, 2013
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
The grate you're looking for is our model 26430 7-bar grate.

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

Answer:
Given the large openings and the relatively high temperatures you are likely to achieve, I recommend using the 33.5" Pilgrim Ten-Bar Tapered Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg. The large size of this grate will be proportional to the opening size and the diamond steel construction will ensure long life without warping.

By Kim from Sloatsburg, NY on September 16, 2013
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

Answer:
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 Karen from Toano, VA on September 5, 2013
I have an outdoor fireplace. The dimensions are as follows: 29.5 in width (back), 41 in width (front), 21" depth. What fireplace grate would you recommend?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 5, 2013

Answer:
For your application, the 30" Hearth Products Controls Stainless Steel Outdoor Log Grate would be a good choice. This large stainless grate will do well to fill your fireplace opening, while standing up to the humid outdoor air without crumbling as many steel and iron grates will do over time.

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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
If a particular grate for a Majestic model is still available, we can indeed special order it for you through the manufacturer.

By Larry from Roanoke, IN on February 15, 2014
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

Answer:
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 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

Answer:
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 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

Answer:
The large size of your fireplace opening will warrant the use of one of our ten or twelve bar grates. Either the 36.5" Pilgrim Ten-Bar Rectangular Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 4.5 Inch Clearance or the 42.5" Pilgrim Twelve-Bar Rectangular Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 4.5 Inch Clearance could be used.

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

Answer:
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

Answer:
For your relatively large fireplace, I recommend a grate such as the 33.5" Pilgrim Ten-Bar Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 6 Inch Clearance. The sizing of this grate will fit your fireplace well and its diamond steel construction is much more durable than most iron or mild steel grates, ensuring years of service.

By Leslie from Manor, TX on December 17, 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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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:

Pilgrim Twelve-Bar Rectangular Steel Fireplace Grate with Center Leg - 4.5 Inch Clearance

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.
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