I would like to educate Floridians on something called Fire Place Accessories, or better known as Fire Place Tools. Apparently if you were born and raised (or maybe just grew up) in Florida you have never heard of such a thing.
I have been on a major search to find this item as a Christmas gift for my Dad and am having no luck. My parents have two fireplaces in their home and their current set is a lovely brass/gold (can we say 1991?), being held together with duct tape.
Some of my responses from employees at Lowes/Home Depot/Big Lots/Walmart listed below:
"You know they have those at the stores in New Jersey"
"You can order those online but then you will have to pay freight costs"
"What is that?"
"Fire place tools?
And a definition of each tool:
- Pokers. These fireplace tools are long, rigid rods made of fire proof, or at least fire resistant, material used to manipulated coals or other fireplace fuels. Pokers are most often implemented while the fire is still active, poking and prodding the hot coals into better position for burning.
- Tongs. The user simply grasps the hand and squeezes when the desired object is in between the grabbing arms. Fire tongs are useful for more delicate fuel manipulation, as you can quite literally pick up and place hot coals where ever you want them.
- Shovels and Brushes. As a fireplace is used, ash and other debris will start to build up on the bottom. Fireplace shovels and brushes feature special long, rigid handles that allow the user to reach deep into the fireplace and remove all the trapped ash. As fireplace ash can remain extremely hot for a very long time, fireplace shovels and brushes also feature insulated handles on high quality models.
- Bellows. A bellows is basically a collapsible, air tight container with two handles and a spout at one end. As the handles are pulled apart, air is pulled into the now de-collapsing chamber. When the handles are pushed back together, air is forced out of the now re-collapsing chamber and out of the spout. This allows for a pinpoint jet of air to be shot where ever the user chooses. Bellows are used to stoke fires.