5 Favourite Fireplace Tools

Every once in a while I go on a cleaning binge. Where I feel like I could throw out every single thing I own. Other times, when I try to clean up I can’t bring myself to get rid of a thing.

It would be nice if I could figure out when to throw and when to stow. Because I can’t tell you how many things I’ve thrown out that I wish I hadn’t and how many times I look in a cupboard and think “Uh … why exactly am I saving this mountain of random phone chargers?”.

Some time last year during the great centipede purge (when I cleaned my basement to have my house sprayed for centipedes) I threw out almost everything. It was like I was possessed. Which was great in that I got rid of old paint cans, ugly winter jackets and random pieces of crap. The only bad thing about it was well … heh, heh … I may have been a bit overzealous.

You know, throwing out things I really shouldn’t have. I’m pretty sure if one of the cats or even my boyfriend had ventured into the basement during this phase they’d currently be sitting in a landfill or the window of a Goodwill store.

I got rid of part of my vintage enamel pot collection,  my tool belt with the fake spider pinned to the side and my beautiful antique, hand forged fireplace tools.

To be fair, I didn’t think they were beautiful at the time. At the time I didn’t want anything to do with them.  They were old and I was sick, sick, sick of everything old.   I planned on getting a new set of chrome fireplace tools and would have absolutely no USE for those primitive looking ones.

Now I want them back.  They were the most beautiful fireplace tools ever made. They were so beautiful I’m sure if I’d sent them to Halle Berry she would have worn them to the Oscars. They were that beautiful.

At least in my distorted memory they were. The combination of time and regret tend to chance how I perceive things.

As luck would have it, I had a spare set of fireplace tools, so all was not lost. Until I lost those this past spring getting ready for Style at Home Magazine to come and shoot my house.

So now I am toolless. I am a person with a fire, without tools.

So the hunt is on for some appropriate fireplace tools for this winter. Here are a few of my faves., in case you too happen to have gone on a bit of a cleaning binge.

#5. Blomus’ Modern Chrome – $600


These were the tools I had in my head when I decided to throw out my old primitive looking tools a year ago. I still love them, but can’t afford them and don’t want any more chrome in my living room. Besides, these won’t look nearly as nice once they’re covered in ashes and dirt. Blomus


#4. Phillipe-Albert Lefebvre – Paleolithic Tools in Bronze – Price unknown. Eep.


These tools are so expensive I couldn’t even find a price for them. They were designed and made in bronze by Montreal designer Phillipe-Albert Lefebvre. He based the design on prehistoric tools of the Paleolithic age and the discovery of fire. I imagine they’re a prototype but that doesn’t stop me from wanting them. I swear I’d never throw these out in a fit of cleaning if I owned them.


#3. Pilgrim Hearth’s Contemporary Tools – $149

What I like most about these tools, aside from their simple design (no twists or twirls on the handles) is the fact that they are on a flat tool stand. This way you can push them flush up against the fireplace. Pilgrim Hearth.

#2. Hand Forged Iron Tools – $100


These handforged tools I found on Ebay are similar to the ones I threw out. Except these are nicer. Or maybe they are exactly the same. I really can’t remember.  Custom Metal Arts

#1. Crate & Barrel’s Contemporary Take on Primitive Tools – $129



These tools are the ones I’d like to buy. I like the look, I like the flat stand and I like that they are inexpensive as far as fireplace tools go.    (you can buy cheaper ones but the handles may be too short, the bristles may fall out of the broom and they might not be very sturdy.)  Crate & Barrel

I’d love to stay and discuss these tools some more, but I have a tangled mess of phone chargers to throw out. I’m keeping the Atari joystick though. Who knows when that might come in handy.



  1. Pam'a says:

    Hey! Just tape that joystick onto a yardstick and…

  2. Brenda Massey says:

    It’s great to know that I’m not the only one who keeps things for years, and in a cleaning frenzy, will throw out EVERYTHING…wondering later what the HECK I was thinking when I threw it all out. I’ll never be one of those people in line at the Antiques Roadshow on PBS…all my “antiques” are at the Goodwill store!

  3. DzynByJules says:

    I feel your pain girl! Never fails, within a week of pitching something, I suddenly find I can’t live without it, and in my mind I somehow remember it 5 times as beautiful, useful or amazing than it ever was. I’ve had to do quite a lot of editing around my home, as we’ve recently put it on the market. Thank God we have his and her’s storage rooms in our basement, so I can hang on to the great bargain accessories I’ve hunted down that I know I’ll need someday to fill that future wall of shelves in whatever new home we find! I think I’d have to eat a bag of fries to get over those fireplace tools you tossed, if they are anything like #2 option. They’re amazing! Fry-Therapy… works every time! Can’t wait to see what you choose!

  4. marilyn says:

    love the crate and barrel ste as well as their fireplace screen but its a us co. and sometimes the cost of shipping is so prohibitve you might as well buy the 600 set

    • Karen says:

      Marilyn! There’s a Crate & Barrel in Toronto! I got a lamp for my living room there. The price will be higher in Canada but probably not $600. Probably. Maybe. I hope. ~ karen!

  5. I’ve always wanted the Blomus fireplace tools, from the first time I saw them. However, I don’t have a fireplace. Actually, I have a Blomus biofuel fireplace… But you don’t need tools for those.

  6. Reenie says:

    Umm didn’t you shove those fireplace tools in your spare room? Under the bed maybe?

  7. Lynn says:

    Love the Crate & Barrel ones too. I once saw a picture of a flat fireplace screen with the tools handing on the ends–haven’t seen it again, but would love to find it.

  8. I love the Paleolithic ones! Somebody (*ahem, Crate & Barrel guys*) needs to steal that concept. They are super fun and lovely, what else could you ask for in a poker?

    I really like the Pilgrim’s Hearth set as well.

    I just bought a set of fireplace tools at an estate sale for $6.00. They are not the “coolest” and I have to spray paint them, but you can’t beat the price! Any recommendations for high-heat spray paint? Preferably, oil rubbed bronze or something similar…

    • Karen says:

      Hey! I know, I love those bronze ones. They’re beautiful. If you go to the hardware store there will be a whole section of BBQ/heat paints. I’m not sure I’ve seen anything as lovely as oil rubbed bronze, 🙂 but I’ll keep my eyes peeled and let you know. ~ karen

  9. Käri says:

    I wish I would have had an Atari joystick two months ago when we were invited to a murder mystery party and my husband’s character was an 80’s video game champion (Spoiler: not the murderer). We had to go buy an Atari controller. Granted it was only $2 at a vintage game store and if it had been in my house prior to that I would have purged it long ago thinking, if I need one, I’ll buy one for $2.

  10. Jill@BarrioAdjacent says:

    Oh my, those Phillipe-Albert Lefebvre are gorgeous. I find I don’t use anything except the hook and the shovel thing anyway.

  11. Janelle says:

    Even worse: ever gone to find something and can’t can’t find it, and also can’t remember if you threw it out, or just considered throwing it out, a year or so prior? I have. Lots. I then wonder whether I am irresponsible (threw out something perfectly good that I in fact now need) or a slob (place is such a hole I can’t find this essential thingy that is so important I (may have) refused to throw it out in a cleaning frenzy). Anyhoo, I have some from the Kootenay Forge and they are not as lovely as some of the ones above, but they are rustic and hand forged and Canadian fit right in when covered in soot. Also, their brooms are purdy.

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