Shopping for fireplace tools
By Mike Thayer
I recently made the transition from apartment dweller, to house dweller. My new digs has a working, wood fireplace which is awesome, but fireplace tools and a log holder aren't items I already owned.
I didn't need anything fancy, just the basics, a shovel for ashes, a broom to sweep them up, a poker to stoke the fire and a log turning tool. And no fireplace set up is complete, without a log holder of some kind to neatly stack fuel for the fire.
And side note: So we 'shovel' with a shovel, we 'rake' with a rake, but we 'sweep' with a broom? What's up with that? Why don't we 'broom' with a broom? But I digress...
Buying pieces separately turned out to be cost prohibitive, $8 for a shovel, $10 for a broom, $12 for a poker and $15 for a log turning tool and then I'd still be left with buying a log bin which ranged in price from $35 to $129! I looked at tool kits with stands and those ranged in price from $26 clear up to $189. Wow, $189, not exactly a wallet friendly price and the lower end priced tool sets were all missing one or two of the tools I desired. Everything I was looking at was already assembled which was appealing, but then I found a kit at Lowe's that required some assembly, had everything I needed and was reasonably priced.
Costing me $69, the KD Log Bin with Tool Set took only 10 minutes to assemble. The tools and bin are made of steel and done in a powder coated black finish. It's a good looking piece and does everything I need in a fireplace set. I'm giving the KD Log Bin with Tool Set 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, it's a quality fireplace set and easy to assemble with clear instruction on how to do so.
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