Wrought Iron Trivets

Written by Charles Peacock
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Unless you're really into antiques, you might not have any idea what a trivet is. A quick poll of some of my friends drew nothing but blank stares when I asked them what they thought a trivet was. Trivets were actually quite popular in the old days, however, and can still serve a few great functions while adding a lot of style to your home.

Uses for Wrought Iron Trivets

Trivets (meaning literally "three feet) are designed for holding pots or pans either on your table, on your stove, or in your fireplace. Many people are only familiar with one or two of these uses, but the fact is that if you've got good trivets you can use them for all sorts of things. The most common use for wrought irons trivets (at least these days) is for holding pots and pans that you want to place on your dining table.

In the old days, trivets were more commonly used in the fireplace itself. People would place a trivet on the edge of the heart, and would put a pan or an iron water kettle on top of the trivet. The trivet would act to conduct heat upwards into the pan or kettle, heating it up quickly and evenly. If you have a good iron kettle and a fireplace, you might want to get yourself a good trivet and experience boiling water the old fashioned way!

Another great use for a wrought iron trivet is to use it as a spacer between your cookware and your gas or wood stove. Since iron conducts heat very efficiently, iron trivets will allow you to create a more even cooking surface than if you placed your pot of kettle directly onto a gas flame or the top of a stove. You can also use the very same trivets on your table (as long as they've cooled off) when you're ready to bring out your food.


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