Andirons Endirons Firedogs

By: RobertHoward


Andirons. You’ve seen them. They’re the two things to the sides of the logs in a fireplace.

Some incorrectly call them endirons, but thinking about it, endirons sounds more descriptively right. Wrong. They are andirons or sometimes called firedogs.

Andirons are now used primarily as decoration for the fireplace. They are just accessories.

At one time, they were used to support the wood in the fireplace. They had decorative vertical fronts made out of cast iron, solid brass or other metals, even stainless steel. From these verticals they had legs or dogs that went back in to the fireplace. You sat your wood across these legs lifting it up off of the floor. This let the wood get more air and it burned more efficiently. br>
The verticals kept the wood from rolling forward in to the room, keeping everyone safe.

In today’s fireplace industry grates do the same thing as the andirons so andirons are just decorative.

You can use andirons for wood burning fires or gas logs fireplaces. It gives the fireplace an authentic look. Want that gas fireplace to look real? Add some andirons and a toolset and maybe even a wood basket. Fool the eye into thinking everything is real.

Most andirons found now are designs from many years ago. They are also known as antique reproductions. You can find andirons made as period pieces or even very contemporary designs.

Decorating your house with a contemporary look? Wilshire Fireplace Gas logs has a selection of stainless steel andirons, match holders, toolsets and wood holders to complement your room.

Not contemporary? Not to worry as Wilshire Fireplace Shops have andirons in all shapes, sizes and finishes.  Something for everyone.

Wilshire Fireplace Shop locations:

8668 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Tel: 310 657 8183 Fax: 310 657 9399


15335 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Tel: 310 454 4444 Fax: 310 454 6056


14619 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Tel: 818 784 7248 Fax: 818 784 7508


134 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Tel: 310 376 3448 Fax: 310 374 9917


1522 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Tel: 949 650 2640 Fax: 949 650 7945


162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road No.E40, Encinitas, CA 92024
Tel:760 436 8878 Fax:760 436 8879


4004 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Tel: 619 296 2727 Fax: 619 296 7910

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RobertHoward consults in custom fireplace design for Wilshire Fireplace Shops in Sandiego California selling fireplace inserts, fireplace accessories, mailboxes fireside entrances/doors, fires creens, chenets, antique andiron, tool sets, gas logs, fenders that come handy for innovative contemporary, traditional, antique fireplaces.

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