Andirons - Create a truly authentic look for your fireplace
Andiron design, prices and manufacturers
Andirons are decorative fireplace accessories but in the past they served an important purpose. They are vertical metal supports that were used to hold logs up off the hearth so they would burn more efficiently. They were also used to keep logs from rolling out of the fireplace.
Nowadays fireplace grates are used instead but andirons are still used for their decorative quality. They can be a fantastic addition to fireplaces, whether it's gas or wood burning, to provide a truly authentic look. They are also sometimes referred to as firedogs or dog irons . These are terms more commonly used in southern states.
Andirons come in huge variety of designs many of which are based on antiques; in fact, the best selling andirons tend to be antique reproductions. It is even possible to find reproductions or andirons purchased in estate auctions or found in museums. Designs range from flamboyant and extravagant to simple and functional. They can also be found in a variety of finishes to suit every fireplace including wrought iron, cast iron, solid brass and graphite powdercoated. Contemporary designs are also available which are usually made with materials such as stainless steel, chrome and pewter.
Prices vary according to design, style, material, age and who the andirons were made by. Like most things, however, they do tend be cheaper online. Particularly if bought from a wholesaler. A large selection of antique, reproductions and contemporary style andirons can be found at www.hansenwholesale.com.