Gone were the days when you have no options to sit around the smoky fireplace. Nowadays no one talks about those pesky fireplace tool sets, thanks to the fireplace grates! That not only puts an end to fireplace smoke in your home but also increases the efficiency of your fireplace in following ways:
- Wood consumption is cut to half.
- Fireplace smoke is put to an end.
- Eliminate the virtual need of “ tending the fire”.
However, fireplace grates comes with a drawback too. Due to thermal oxidation, or simply rust on metal, the fireplace grate grows thinner, until the time it melts down. So, how do you prevent your fireplace grate from melting? Follow these steps:
AVOID HEAT ONLY AT THE CENTER
First and foremost, the best way you can increase the lifeline of your grate is by spreading the heat from the center. By scattering the firewood and coals over the entire grate width, this will prevent fireplace grates meltdown and prolong the life of your grate.
AVOID WATER AT THE FIREPLACE
Unlike your bonfire in the woods or any champ fire that you put out by dousing beer or water on, when it comes to fireplace grates, water will cause them to corrode over time. Let your fire naturally burn and die down.
GO FOR A CAST IRON GRATE
Last but not least, if you want to replace your fireplace grate with a new one, then this time make sure you look for a fireplace grate that is made out of cast iron. Contrary to steel, cast iron can withstand heat in a better manner. Cast iron can withstand 1,400 degrees whereas steel can only withstand 1,000 degrees, making cast iron grates the optimal choice for your fireplace.