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For Fireplace & Stove

Wood-burning and gas stoves, fireplace accessories, a fire pit, and a Federal mantel with delicate pilasters: editor’s picks for stoking the fire in your old house. By Mary Ellen Polson

    Rivet and Mortise

    These hand-forged andirons were inspired by the visible connections in the timber-frame home for which they were made. (The ginkgo leaf motif comes from a tree in the yard.)

    From blacksmith Joel Sanderson, (517) 639-5635,

    For the Home Olympics

    A combination sculpture and fire pit in mild steel, the Berkeley “fire feature” cleverly conceals a natural or LP gas tank within. Sculpture includes fire ring, igniter, and all connections.

    From Raw Urth Designs, (866) 932-7510,

    Tailored Pilasters

    A traditional mantel with fluted pilasters is a standard for this builder of authentic reproduction colonial houses. It appears in the Federal-inspired Emmaline Gabrielle farmhouse, built in 2001.

    For a house with similar details customized to your specifications, contact Connor Homes. (Photo: Jim Westphalen Photography)

    Leaf, Poker & Tongs

    The Leaf fireplace set includes hand-forged tongs, poker, shovel, and broom, all on a matching stand. Each piece is 30” tall.

    From Historic Housefitters

    Sunset Effect

    Blue–green art glass and pine-tree silhouettes grace the Tiffany Tall Pines fire screen. Measuring 72” wide by 32” high, the folding screen has a black powder-coated finish.

    From Meyda Tiffany

    For the Modernist

    The Valor H4 direct-vent fireplace goes almost anywhere you want a fire. The 24,000 BTU unit ignites without electricity and comes in several sleek surround and finish choices.

    From Miles Industries/Valor Fireplaces

    The Colors of Water

    Tiles from the Watercolors series offer a sense of depth and fluidity, like water itself. The 4” x 4” field tiles are $32 per square foot. Acanthus cap tiles cost $40 each.

    From Pratt & Larson Ceramics, (503) 231-9464,

    Now You’re Cooking

    The wood-burning DEVA 100 cookstove in durable cast iron has a ceramic glass cooktop and nickel and chrome details. The 46,000 BTU range is large enough to hold a 20-pound turkey.

    From HearthStone, (802) 888-5232,

    Soapstone Classic

    With its detailed iron castings and double soapstone walls, the Fireview wood stove has been a favorite for more than 30 years. It’s capable of heating up to 1,600 square feet and needs no electricity to operate.

    From Woodstock Soapstone, (800) 866-4344,

    Published in: Old-House Interiors September/October 2010

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