In our family, it is my job to build and poke at fires in our wood-burning fireplace. I use wrought-iron tools I bought on eBay, and they have served me well. But this winter, I tested something new: Grill Daddy King Tong fire tongs (about $45), which promised to let me manipulate smoldering logs with less effort.
The 30-inch stainless steel tongs have scissor-like pincers that you operate with one hand while working a shorter, third appendage with the other hand. A long set of teeth helps the pincers grasp wood chunks, large or small, while the “power handle,” as the short arm is called, provides extra leverage for lifting heavy logs while shielding your hand from the heat.
After building a fire, I used the tongs to pick up kindling and add it strategically to the blaze. Then I lifted a big hunk of hardwood with only a little effort and dropped it into the fire as well.