Grates allow you to stack wood or other solid fuel when starting the fire while providing many benefits. They raise the main fire off the floor, allowing for increased air flow to the fire for a more even burn. By allowing air to circulate from the bottom, the fire can burn hotter and more efficiently. Fireplace grates also helps protect the hearth from intense heat. In addition to protecting the hearth, they also control the location of the fire and raise the flames up towards the chimney to reduce the chance of smoke escaping into the living room, bedroom, or the area where the fireplace is installed.
They often see use with traditional open or wood burning fireplaces. Though they traditionally come in a rectangular shape, UniFlame offers hex shaped designs.
Determine the size of the log grate you need so it fits well in your firebox as well as the type of grate you would like.
You can mostly find grates designed with cast iron and steel, but you can also find stainless steel options.
A cast iron fireplace grate consists of a single piece construction. They often have smaller gaps, which allows you to use smaller pieces of wood or coal without them falling through. Cast iron also retains heat well and tends to last longer than the average steel option, with the potential exception of a very heavy steel.
A steel fireplace grate works best when burning wood. They feature bars spaced further apart than cast iron. This means steel bar grates would not work well with coal as the coal would simply fall through the bars.
Stainless steel grates may work indoors or outdoors. UniFlame's stainless steel fire grates work best indoors.
Consider how often you use or plan to use the fireplace. If you use it relatively infrequently, like on special occasions, a light duty option works well. If you use it more often, a cast iron or heavy-duty steel would likely work best.
You can find certain grates that feature an ember retainer to keep the embers close to the fire but not all of them include it.
Your log grate can last longer with proper care. These tips can help prolong its life:
UniFlame offers different types of fireplace grates including cast iron, steel, and stainless steel. These options come in sizes ranging from 18-30 inches in length. UniFlame fireplace grate options also range in bar size and shapes, like their traditional style or options like this UniFlame 27 inch hexagon grate.
Additionally, UniFlame offers other fireplace accessories to help manage your fireplace and flame. You can find all the accessories you need, like fire sets, log holders, and more with UniFlame!