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Make Sure You Have the Proper Tools for Your Fireplace

You may have seen fireplace tool sets and wondered if every tool was a necessity for your home. While some sets do include the most important tools that you need, other sets can have extra tools that you may never use. At The Hearth & Patio Shoppe, we not only sell fireplaces and stoves, but we also carry a large selection of hearth tools. You can trust our experts to help you find the best tools for your fireplace, and we can help you create your own tool set that only includes the tools that you will need to use. We would like to tell you which fireplace tools are the most essential to have in your home.


Also known as a dog iron, this fireplace tool is used to support the logs in the firebox. According to Do It Yourself, the andiron helps to reduce the amount of smoke produced by allowing air to pass through stacked logs of firewood. Without the support of an andiron, you may have to deal with more smoke than you would like.


Used to hook, rake, or push burning wood in your fireplace, a poker is essential in avoiding injury when you must handle burning firewood. We recommend that you have a poker that is longer than the standard length to best protect you from the heat of the fire. You should also be sure your poker has an insulated handle to prevent getting burned. Other fireplace tools that help you safely tend your fireplace flames include a spade and a set of tongs.


When you need to increase the flames in your fireplace, you should have bellows in your hearth tool set. This tool can deliver controlled pressurized air to a certain part of your fireplace. To use your bellows, you will use its handles to open and close the nozzle and valve that allow air to flow through the tool.


When you have a wood-burning fireplace, you are responsible for the chores that keep the fireplace maintained properly. One of these chores is sweeping up ashes after a fire, and it is nice to have a specific broom for this task. This helps you avoid spreading ashes throughout your home because you used your regular house broom to sweep them up after a fire.

The right tools can help you safely enjoy your fireplace this winter. Contact us at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe to learn how we can help you get the proper tools for your fireplace.

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Causes Of A Smoky Fireplace

So, you’ve settled in for a relaxing evening in front of the fireplace, but then you are faced with a big cloud of smoke pouring out of it. This is unpleasant, unsafe, and the smells aren’t always easy to get rid. If you’re worried about experiencing a smoky fireplace this fall and winter, call on our experts now.

Does Your Damper Need Replacing?

lovely masonry chimneyThe damper in your chimney plays a big role in controlling draft. If it isn’t opening and closing properly, then this could the reason that smoke keeps coming back into your living room. You should really start to consider investing a top-sealing damper for your home. They are very efficient, and they’ll work together with your chimney cap to keep out debris and other build-up.

Do You Have A Chimney Cap?

Downdrafts can obviously play a big role in why smoke is entering your living space. If you feel that this is the reason, then it is time to invest in a chimney cap! Chimney caps are known for stopping downdrafts, so you avoid outside air interfering with your comfortable and cozy aesthetic.

Chimney caps are also great for keeping out animals and debris, as well as water. And they’ll stop sparks from landing on your roof, too! All in all, they’re an affordable investment, good for preventing all kinds of damages.

Is Your Fuel Seasoned?

Burning unseasoned wood can create a smoke-filled space in a hurry. The wood you burn in your fireplace should be dried out for at least six months. Seasoned wood is darker in color, lighter in weight, split at the ends, shorter in length. It also sound hollow when hit against another piece of wood. Avoid fresh-looking logs, as these likely have a lot of moisture to burn through, thus avoiding a smoky space.

Have You Scheduled Your Annual Inspection?

If you’ve tried it all, then it’s time to call our team for an inspection. In fact, we recommend investing in an inspection every year before kicking off your burning season. This guarantees a safer and more reliable appliance all around, and it helps to avoid dangerous issues and scenarios down the line.

If you’re fireplace is extra smoky, it could be because of creosote built up inside your chimney. We’ll get in, take a look, and let you know if a sweeping is needed. If not, we’ll do a thorough check-up and find the root of the issue. Rest easy when you hire our team.

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