Fireplace andirons are an essential part of your fireplace's aesthetic experience as well as its safety. The right andiron will help keep the logs stable as well as allow air to flow for efficient burning; another benefit of andirons that many people may not realize is that they reduce the wear and tear from excessive heat on the fireplace's bottom. One of our best sellers at eFireplaceStore.com is the Black Wrought Iron Fireplace Andirons. This sturdy model weighs approximately 20 lbs. and will not sway or bow under a heavy stack of logs, which means no logs rolling out of the fireplace and on the floor. Or take a look at the modern andirons from Pilgrim. Andirons not only protect your fireplace, but they can also add some real character and interest to your fireplace's appearance.
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.
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.
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.
How do you decide between an andiron versus a grate. ? Can you use both simultaneously?
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.
How can I find replacement shanks for 100 year old andirons?
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.
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?
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.
One of our best sellers is the Cat Andirons in Black with Reflective Glass Eyes. A favorite among cat lovers, this particular model features two black cats with striking glass green eyes resting on either side of the logs. Both cats are made from solid wrought iron construction and weigh about 19 lbs. If you would prefer something a little more sophisticated, why not try the Fireplace Black Ball Andirons, another of our best sellers. These 18 inch andirons have a polished charm that will give your fireplace subtle character and prestige. Both of these andirons will protect your fireplace while adding visual interest. eFireplaceStore.com has many more andirons for sale in our expansive inventory to choose from, so you are sure to find one that fits your particular home's style as well as your budget. All our andirons are also being sold with free shipping, so please browse our selection today.
Andirons not only protect your fireplace, but they can also add some real character and interest to your fireplace's appearance. Another popular choice is the Cat Andirons in Black with Reflective Glass Eyes. This particular model features two black cats with striking glass green eyes resting on either side of the logs. Both cats are made from solid wrought iron construction and weigh about 19 lbs. If you'd prefer something a little more sophisticated, you may enjoy our Fireplace Black Ball Andirons. These 18 inch andirons have a polished charm that will give your fireplace subtle character and prestige.