"For wood-burning fireplaces, you'll need an ember mesh screen as well as the tools to load the logs and turn them when the fire is burning," says Lou Manfredini, Ace's Home Expert. "You'll also need some ash-cleaning tools to regularly clean out the fireplace." Design by Sherry Hart; Photography by Tina Rowden
Screens are a must for any wood-burning fireplace. Single-panel screens offer a modern, streamlined look and have adjustable legs to push them flush with the hearth for better coverage. Design by Chris Barrett
Built-in storage for your firewood is both convenient and charming. You can stockpile more logs in a custom niche than you'd be able to fit inside a freestanding firewood container. Design by Jennifer Charleston
Flue Essentials: Who Knew?
A flue is the lever-operated chimney part that connects the fireplace opening to the outside. Find a flue that is made of masonry or metal, and make sure it's opened properly when you're lighting a fire.
Glass doors improve the airtightness of a fireplace. For masonry and prefabricated fireplaces, you'll want tempered glass because it's heat-resistant. Look for ceramic glass if you have a woodstove or fireplace insert. Design by Melanie Coddington
An ornate metal screen with decorative scrollwork complements the gold accents around this fireplace. Keep your screen clean by periodically sweeping it top to bottom with a fireplace brush. Design by Jaymes Richardson
You don't have to invest a lot of money in basic fireplace tools. A simple metal shovel, poker, tongs and broom are the only necessities. The difference in cost varies by style rather than function.
This fireplace screen captures a natural, modern aesthetic and mimics the look of branches. Design by Amy Lau Design; Photography by Hulya Kolabas
If you're planning to use your wood-burning fireplace, be sure to call in a chimney sweep each year to do an inspection and clean out your chimney. You can find a chimney sweep in your area through the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Design and photography by AB Chao