FIRE PIT TOOLS & ACCESSORIES

Fire Pit Tools

We have a beautiful and practical range of handmade tools and accessories for your fire pit. Our Blacksmith Derek Lloyd fashions each one in his forge in Herefordshire. Made from mild steel they are incredibly strong and each has a long handle for practicality.

We have three different shaft designs across the range: The Chiselled Twist, Roman Twist and Rope Twist.

The large fire irons, Shovel and Rake have a chiselled twist design. To do this Derek heats up the iron in the forge before setting it on the anvil to make a groove along all four sides with a hammer and chisel. With the metal hot and malleable Derek then fixes the iron in a vice and twists it.

The smaller irons have a Rope Twist which is a traditional blacksmith’s twist, made from heating up the shaft and simply twisting it. This gives a more rounded look and feel.

The tongs, toasting fork and slice all have a Roman Twist. This is a more complicated twist and involves heating up one spot on the shaft and twisting it one way, then heating it further up the shaft and twisting the other way, and repeating this method until the design is finished. It offers a lovely effect.

Once the shaft of the tool is forged it is ready for its handle. We use Herefordshire oak and inspired by a talk by Robert Penn (read his book ‘The man who makes things out of Trees’) in Hay-on-Wye, we also now use Herefordshire ash. All our tools have a strap which makes them easy to hang on the hearth, made from local Herefordshire Bull Skin which has been tanned locally by Farmer’s wife Hayley Hanson.

Each tool is finished with Herefordshire Bees Wax to protect them and stop the mild steel from rusting. The Bees wax works itself into the iron when warm which brings out a lovely patina in the metal. To keep your fire iron and tools in tip top condition you can periodically work some bees wax polish or oil into it.


Stainless Slice (Spatula)

This long handled slice is perfect for using with one of our Fire Pits or on your BBQ as the stainless steel head makes it great for handling food. It has a hand forged shaft with a Roman Twist half way down. This is formed as Derek heats one point of the metal, twists it, then heats another point and twists it the other way, then another and so on, giving an unusual and attractive twist. The stainless steel head has three oak leaf shapes cut out of it to allow any oil or liquid to drain away from the food.

Once the Iron is forged it is fitted with a chamfered Herefordshire Oak handle. It has a strap which makes them easy to hang on the hearth, made from the hide of a local Hereford which has been tanned locally by Farmer’s wife Hayley Hanson. They are finished with Herefordshire Bees Wax to protect them and stop the mild steel from rusting. The Bees wax works itself into the iron when warm which brings out a lovely patina in the metal. To keep your Slice in tip top condition you can periodically work some bees wax polish or oil into the shaft, on the rivets and into the oak handle.

Sizes:
Length: 770mm; Width of Slice: top 115mm, base 75mm.
Length of handle: 210mm which is included in the size above.
Made from 8mm mild steel.

Stainless Steel Slice

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Toasting Fork

Toasting Fork This three pronged fork is perfect for toasting crumpets and sausages on an open fire or one of our Fire Pits.It is handmade from one piece of 8mm mild steel by our Blacksmith in his forge in Herefordshire. Derek draws out the prongs from the steel, giving each a sharpened end to help easily skewer food. Each Fork has a Roman Twist half way down. This is formed as Derek heats one point of the metal, twists it, then heats another point and twists it the other way, then another and so on, giving an unusual and attractive twist.

The handles for the Forks are made from Herefordshire ash, which we started using after being inspired by a talk by Robert Penn (read his book ‘The man who makes things out of Trees’) in Hay-on-Wye. Each one has a soft bull skin strap, made from the hide of a local Hereford Bull which was tanned by Farmer’s wife Hayley Hanson. They are finished with Herefordshire Bees Wax to protect them. The Bees wax works itself into the iron when warm which brings out a lovely patina in the metal. After each use give the fork end a wipe over and coat with edible vegetable oil (not mineral oil). This will help protect it from oxidising and keep it in tip top condition.

Measurements:
Length: 745mm long; width at prong end 50mm.
All handles are 210mm which is included in the size above.
Made from 8mm mild steel.

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Mallow Tree

These are great fun and seem to be every family’s must-have fire accessory. The tree shaped prongs can cook 7 marshmallows at a time and the curled over hooks are a safe design for children to use. (NB: Children should never be allowed to use this on an open fire on their own and always need adult supervision.)

The Tree is hand forged from 6mm mild steel with seven 3mm branches welded onto it. This makes it incredibly lightweight to hold, even at 900mm+ long. Each one is different, some are very wiggly, and others are straighter, much like the trees in woodland. The handle is made from Herefordshire Ash which has been grown locally, and then worked and chamfered by our traditional joiner David Malone.

Clean the ends after use as they get very sticky with marshmallows and wipe the branches with edible vegetable oil. This will keep them in tip top condition and also stop the mild steel from oxidising.

Measurements:
Overall Length: between 910mm – 980mm; handle Length: 160mm. Made from 6mm mild steel.

Mallow Tree

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Tongs

Tongs Our dual purpose tongs can be used either for handling food on the Fire Pit or BBQ (brilliant for burgers) or are equally as effective in the fire to move wood and coal. They are a beautiful piece of blacksmithing. They have a hand forged spring which allows for fluid movement. The two shafts both have a Roman Twist half way down. This is formed as Derek heats one point of the metal, twists it, then heats another point and twists it the other way, then another and so on, giving an unusual and attractive twist. This gives way to a squared off end which has been drawn out in the fire to form the ‘grip’. The underside of each is ridged so that it can grip effectively.

The tongs are held together with a forged ring and finished in Herefordshire Bees Wax polish to keep the mild steel in tip top condition. If you are going to use the tongs for handling food, clean them and coat them in a vegetable oil. This will also stop the mild steel from oxidising.

Measurements:
Overall Length: 560mm; grip 30mm diameter; spring 80mm length.
Made from 8mm mild steel.

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