Open Fires Overview
Kingsworthy Foundry is perhaps best known for it ’s large range of open fireplace equipment and accessories.
From the smallest victorian opening to the largest inglenook, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for and with most items available from stock we promise the best before, during and after sales service! Most of our cast iron firebacks are copies of authentic originals, some of which date back to the sixteenth century – and are ideal for those wishing to maintain the historical charm of their home. Sizes range from 16” wide right up to the ‘Royal Oak’ at 42” wide which we believe to be the largest of it’s type available in the country! Our firebaskets are available in a range of sizes to compliment the firebacks. Cast in iron – they are ideal for burning logs. We also hold a selection of handmade wrought iron baskets with replaceable cast iron grids making them suitable for logs and coal. We also have a wide selection of firedogs to help complete your perfect open fire. We mean it when we say we have every type of fire tool, companion set, log basket and fire screen available from stock. Sizes: As most items are handmade, sizes can vary If size is critical, please check. Colours: All items are painted black unless otherwise stated. DID YOU KNOW? Firebacks and firedogs were first made in the early 16th Century, initially as a sideline of the foundries which were engaged in casting cannons. They came into general use when it became the norm to place the fire against a wall instead of in the middle of the room. It was necessary to protect the wall from the heat and it was discovered that a fireback reflected the heat into the room instead of absorbing it as the brick and stone did. Firedogs were originally designed for log burning. They had a horizontal bar, a foot at one end and a pillar at the other end to support the logs and prevent them from rolling off. Some had hooks on the front to hold a spit, while others incorporated cup-holders to warm drink such as mulled wine. From the 16th century, firedogs became more and more decorative with rings, figures and family shields. Accessories for fireplaces have been introduced over time, moving from a logburning fire which tended itself and was burnt to the floor, to coal which needed more tending. Fenders were introduced, more tools and then baskets, as coal burns better with air circulating around it. Kingsworthy Foundry offer a choice of firebacks, grates, screens, companion sets and accessories from one source, with many exclusive designs included.