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Jayne from AL asked:
How do I use Andirons with my fireplace grate?
How do I use Andirons with my fireplace grate?
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.
Answered by: Will M.

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Paul from Houston asked:
How do you decide between an andiron versus a grate? Can you use both simultaneously?
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.
Answered by: Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional

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Ramona C. from Vernon, CT asked:
Do the brass andirons conduct heat back into the living room?
Do the brass andirons conduct heat back into the living room?
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.
Answered by: Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional

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