When most of the people think about of a fireplace, they envision one made of brick or even stone. But today more and more folks starts turning to a cast iron fireplace. A fireplace made from cast iron will generally feature a cast iron fireplace insert. It also includes the hearth, fireplace surround and fireplace mantel. While the firebox and insert itself is generally made of cast iron, the other parts to the fireplace can be made from any type of materials you desire.
Caring For Antique Iron Fireplaces
Antique fireplaces usually don’t require a lot of care, but if you tend to the few needs they do have regularly, they’ll go on gleaming and accenting your home with their beauty for generations. The method used in cleaning antique iron fireplaces and the other fireplaces, varies with the type of materials used in the construction used in making the fireplace. In the section on stripping paint above, be aware that some ‘marble’ fireplaces are actually enameled wood or slate. Clean it gently until you are certain what you are dealing with.
Cast iron grates and antique iron fireplaces can be cleaned with a methyl spirit and soft cloths, applying to a small area at a time and wiping until the cloths come away clean. Buff the grate using a black lead or graphite grate polish, following package directions, or give it a thin coat of matte black stove paint and a coating of wax.
When it comes to design, is open to several different options. Since it is cast iron, you can choose to have a standard insert or it could be angled or arched for that matter. The total control over any custom made antique iron fireplace was on your hand. The fireplace and insert was designed for any of purpose. Finding an antique iron fireplace or cast iron fireplace is not difficult. You can easily look and buy online and find suppliers everywhere.
If you’re looking something different, consider taking a closer look at the many types and styles of antique iron fireplaces. With many benefits; such as longevity, cost and ease of clean-up – antique iron may just be the solution you’ve been searching for.