8 Gifts for a Cozier Fireside
There’s nothing like a holiday spent in front of a blazing fire. Here’s a gift guide for all your word burning stove and fireplace essentials–plus a few “just for fun” treats, too.
The “must have:” Fireplace gloves are a terrific gift for any wood burning stove owner on your gift list. “Make sure you buy a pair long enough to reach the fire-builder’s elbow,” says Hearth Expert and Senior Product Manager Ken Gross. “Using a poker inside a wood burning stove could cause damage, so it’s important to be able to move logs around by hand.” Consider this extra-long pair from L. L. Bean ($89) made with thick Insuleather® material.
Perfect duo: Here’s a clever idea–a log rack with hooks at either end to hold your log carrier. Keep it all together with a stylish set from Orvis ($189): a Battenkill ® log carrier and rustic hickory log rack.
Essential tool: A moisture meter will help you ensure that your wood is dry enough for a clean, efficient burn. A WoodHaven Moisture Meter ($37) eliminates guesswork to determine optimum moisture content (and fits in a stocking nicely).
Don’t forget the dog: A pooch’s favorite place to curl up is always right in front of the Quadra Fire. Make the spot even cozier with a naturally fire-resistant dog-themed hearth rug ($130), complete with “STAY” message and two friendly, facing canines.
A good book + a roaring fire: When the wood is chopped and the fire is built, it’s great to settle down for a good read. Consider gifting “Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way” ($18) by Lars Mytting. For the he-man on your to-gift list, try “How To Become A Modern Viking: A Man's Guide To Unleashing The Warrior Within” ($14) by Liam Gooding.
Steam it up: Steel Quadra Fire stoves feature a cooktop area, so take advantage of the space with a cast iron steamer ($100). Fill with water, place on top of the stove, and watch as the steam comes out of the moose’s nostrils to humidify the room.
For the neat freak: Designed specifically for cleaning warm and cool ashes from fireplaces and stoves, the PowerSmith Ash Vacuum ($65) and its two-layer filter and three gallon capacity make tidying up post-fire a snap.
Kindling made easy: The simple, safe and easy-to-use Kindling Cracker began as a science fair project and has become a perennial award winner, allowing you to split kindling quickly and easily without wielding an axe. Made from one solid piece of top-grade cast iron, this is a gift that’ll last for decades.