Any rack or holder for wood requires a certain basic amount of support for the wood being held. But beyond that, there is the option of going for a design with a true bottom or flooring to it, or staying with more traditional open designs. Open designs are favored for their lack of pushiness to the eye, while ones with flooring are better able to keep the area clean from wood pieces. Each basic type is useful in its own way, so you should choose the one you like the best.

Even a quick look at the market for log racks will show you that metal is the dominant material. But even with that limitation you still have a major decision to make, in choosing whether you prefer colder, darker metals such as iron and steel, or warmer more vibrant ones such as brass and bronze. Iron is very common due to its cheapness, and requires little cleaning. Brass and similar more colorful materials are reserved for showy products, but that gleam only stays as long as you clean it every once in a while.

Some racks may come with non-metal parts that are more prone to environmental damage and general wear and tear. You should give these a good inspection before you buy a product with them, as they can often be the weak points that drastically shorten an otherwise good rack's lifespan.

Although not the most flashy detail, the holding capacity of your rack is very important and should always be thought through. Do you know how much wood you'll want to keep on hand, and how large the logs will be? An inappropriately-sized rack can be more trouble than joy, and leave you regretting the money spent.

Any look at a rack or log holder you're thinking of buying should include a look at the legs underneath. Can they keep the holder completely supported even with logs stacked to full capacity? Neglecting to investigate this aspect of your rack could leave you owning something that breaks before it should, or simply quivers in an annoying fashion at the slightest disturbance.

A **fireplace log holder** need not be all of one piece. In some cases you can find holders that are separate pieces, where the purchaser is expected to fill in the flooring to make a practical rack for holding wood. This is somewhat flexible in terms of size, but also tends to be a weaker structure design overall.

The market for log holders is one filled with flourishes and little artistic touches, and these are certainly good things in and of themselves. Taken too far, however, and they can hinder the actual log-holding of your log holder! Don't forget that the rack should be good at holding wood firstly, and any artistry that interferes with that should be taken as a negative.

If you need a starting point in terms of prices, the best place to begin with is looking at the log holders around fifty dollars. This middle point lets you see a great many beautiful products that aren't overly fancy or lack basic structural integrity. There are cheaper ones for as little as half this, however. And if you want something very good-looking, or a set with a **hearth tool** kit to go with it, then you can browse the hundred dollar on up products.