One more indispensable attribute of a fireplace is a mantels for fireplaces. Very often it is made of wood, typically of oak or walnut, and then it gets smoothed and polished or darkened by time and soot. Of course, the cost of fireplaces and fireplace accessories is quite high, mostly because the price of finishes and high quality materials. A fireplace is a bright, colorful interior decoration, a symbol of stability and warmth. And to some extent it is a luxury item, and as you know the real luxury just can not be cheap.
When thinking of modern versions of a fireplace necessity, the log holder comes to mind. The older styles did the job of holding wood beside the hearth but not too close to the fireplace to allow for ease in keeping a fire going with more wood. Now, not only will the holder do just that, it will come in two pieces to make the job even easier to bring the wood inside.