Brass Andirons

Written by Charles Peacock
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There are many different styles of fireplace out there, from the most basic square brick designs to the most elaborate painted tile antique hearths. Regardless of what your fireplace looks like, a great way to improve its look is to get a nice set of andirons. Andirons, like fireplaces themselves, come in many different sizes, styles and shapes. The right andirons, however, can serve a vital function while adding a beautiful accent to your fireplace.

Choosing Brass Andirons

Andirons are traditionally made of one of two types of material: iron or brass. Both are very sturdy metals that can withstand a great deal of heat, which is obviously necessary if they're going to be at the center of your fireplace. If you're looking for a set of andirons, both types will do the trick, although brass andirons are clearly the more stylish variety.

Brass andirons have been around for a long time, and many families actually have antique andirons that have been passed down through the family for generations. If you don't have any heirloom andirons, it's still possible to buy actual antiques or reproduction brass models that are made to look like those beautiful tools you may have seen in someone else's fireplace.

Brass andirons typically come in a pair, and are usually not connected. This is useful since it allows you to spread them apart depending on how large your fireplace is, or how large the logs are that you're burning. Brass andirons usually feature sturdy cast iron log holders, so the brass itself is never coming in direct contact with the flame.

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