Having a fireplace is like having an asset at home. It raises the value of your home as well as adds to the esthetics part of it. Along with a fireplace comes the need to own some basic tool kits that will help in using the fireplace all the more better.
The basic fireplace tool kit is composed of a poker, bellows, a pair of tongs, a shovel, and a brush. Typically these kits are made of steel, chrome, iron or brass. What kind of kit one wants depends on the décor and the type of fireplace one owns. It is more of a personal choice. Having said that steel and chrome are preferred choices, given the fact that they do not get rusted, stained or oxidized too easily. It should also be kept in mind that the frequency of use depends on the kind of fireplace one has, and at the same time depends on where one stays. If one stays in regions of extreme cold or predominantly cold weather, the need to use a fireplace is more often in comparison. With that said, the tools also get used much more.
Maintaining their original appearance is not difficult because they require very little cleaning. However, since the tools appearance must match the décor of the fireplace, these tools are usually painted with fire black or enamel coated to give them that rustic, used look.
When deciding to buy a new set of tools, one should keep in mind the décor and the look. In addition, the material the tools are made of, should they be used often, should also be a point of consideration.