Fireplace Grates for Your Home

The fireplace is an indispensable feature of any household. The warmth of a fireplace makes the winter evenings really comfortable and cozy. The crackling sound of the flames has become a symbol of warmth and comfort. A fireplace not only warms you up, but it also improves the ambiance of you home. There are a number of fireplace accessories that can either be seen as ways to enhance that feature or give it an even more impressive look in your space.  Some of these accessories are fireplace screens, fireplace candelabra, fireplace tools, chimney caps and of course, fireplace grates.

You know what a fireplace grate is, for the most part.  In terms of its function, the grate basically is a tool that is used for raising the firewood from the base of the fireplace. This gives your wood a greater source of airflow, namely oxygen, in order to give you a better burning fire.  It also helps to give your fire a way to vent.  This is the functional aspect of the grate.  However, they can also have a more decorative element to them as well.  The typical shape is a that of a rectangle with the ends of the grate turned up to support the logs or other fuel sources.

Though this is the basic structure of a grate, it can be found in many other deigns and shapes.  While shopping for yours, you’ll need to select the model that fits properly within your firebox.  It should go without saying that these grates are made of materials like iron and steel that resist the damage that a hot fire can cause.  However, there are grates made of other materials like cast iron and stainless steel that can be simple or more artistic in design.  You can even match your grate with your existing fireplace set.

When measuring for your grate, the basic rule of thumb is to keep the size of your grate 3″ shorter than the depth of your firebox and 6″ shorter in length; this means you’ll have some clearance between the grate and the walls of the firebox.  This will give you a good estimate for the size of fire that is appropriate or safe for your given dimensions.  You’ll also be able to achieve another level of safety with your fireplace doors or screen choice, so don’t concern yourself too much with the safety of your grate.

Among the various types of grates, the self feeding fire grate is very popular because of its adjustable settings. These self feeding grates are very handy as you can change their setting according to your need. The iron bars of the self feeding grates do not go flat in the mid section, but they are curved in a U shape. You can easily set this cradle shaped grate in a way so that one of its sides gets higher to act as the back of the grate. This particular setting of the grate helps you to get a better exposure of the fire and it also heats up the room more quickly.

Another very popular design for fireplace grates is the basket style grate. You can understand from the name what these grates look like.  All the sides of the basket are made with iron bars placed in a parallel way. The basket also has four legs so that it can hold up the logs from the floor inside the firebox. The basket shape helps prevent the wood from rolling out of place.

Cast iron is the most common material that is used for making fireplace grates. Sometimes, steel is also used to make lightweight grates. However, they may differ a lot in quality. If your fireplace will get a fair amount of regular use, you’ll want to opt for a more robust grate.  If you have smaller fires or don’t use yours much, then you may be able to opt for a smaller, less expensive model that uses a lighter gauge of steel.

Different fireplace designs call for a variety of grate styles.  Pricing for your fireplace grates can range, on the low end, from around $20  USD to upwards of a few hundred dollars for a higher quality grate.

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