Homemade Fire Pokers

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claybe

Feeling the Heat
Nov 13, 2008
370
Colorado
I don't like my fire poker and have been contemplating making my own. I would love to see some pictures of some homemade pokers to get some ideas!
 

BrotherBart

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Those are the only ones I have used for years. Love the things.

I have a megabucks fireplace tools set that has never been touched. Sits by the stove for looks and I grab the HD poker every time. Upstairs, downstairs and at the fire pit.
 

highanddryinco

Burning Hunk
Aug 2, 2014
128
Denver, CO
Funny you should post this today. Just made this one last week. Haven't even had a chance to put a finish on it yet. $7.00 worth of iron from the scrap yard.
Plenty strong, probably too much so. But then again, you never know when you're going to have to go all Walter Sobchak on a stranger. >>
 

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JTRock

Burning Hunk
Aug 3, 2014
237
CT
TSC makes one similar to the depot one shown. Same price, does the job well
 

DuckDog

Burning Hunk
Sep 3, 2010
164
Eastern Ontario
I just ordered a set from a local blacksmith. Same guy that built my stoveside wood holder. Not cheap by any means but it supports a local guy who is carrying on a tradition. I look at it as functional art. Plus it will literally last a lifetime.

www.forgedincanada.com
 

7acres

Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2013
653
South East USA
My current poker is a metal tubular golf club shaft I removed the club from. As long as I remember to use the proper grip the coals don't hook or slice on me. There's a small hole in the handle end I enlarged to let do double duty as an awesome stoker too (provided my lungs function as the bellows). At first it was the only thing handy I grabbed to use in a pinch. Now I'm very pleased and content with it.
 

BobUrban

Minister of Fire
Jul 24, 2010
1,933
Central Michigan
I support my local blacksmith for all my primitive steel tool needs and he doesn't work cheap(unless your his close friend and then he just gives stuff to you so he has a reason to make more) :)

He makes knives, hawks, axes and hatchets too

If you want a custom poker PM me and I will hammer one out per your description - albeit with a little artistic liberty.
 

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7acres

Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2013
653
South East USA
I support my local blacksmith for all my primitive steel tool needs and he doesn't work cheap(unless your his close friend and then he just gives stuff to you so he has a reason to make more) :)

He makes knives, hawks, axes and hatchets too

If you want a custom poker PM me and I will hammer one out per your description - albeit with a little artistic liberty.

Wow, that is some very nice steel there!
 

rideau

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2012
2,168
southern ontario
I just ordered a set from a local blacksmith. Same guy that built my stoveside wood holder. Not cheap by any means but it supports a local guy who is carrying on a tradition. I look at it as functional art. Plus it will literally last a lifetime.

www.forgedincanada.com[/quote]
DuckDog, I'm on the Rideau in Portland....curious, how much was the poker? Might get a rake made to my design....
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Funny you should post this today. Just made this one last week. Haven't even had a chance to put a finish on it yet. $7.00 worth of iron from the scrap yard.
Plenty strong, probably too much so. But then again, you never know when you're going to have to go all Walter Sobchak on a stranger. >>


That's what I use. They were home made but not by me.
 

NinjaTech

Member
Oct 30, 2014
151
Saint Louis
That's what I use. They were home made but not by me.

This is my temp one right now till the hand made ones I ordered are finished.

Looks like fidos butt, but gets the job done.
 

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BrotherBart

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Decent pokers are all over the place. Ash/coals rakes are scarce as hen's teeth. Had to make one from the parts of a a old fireplace tool set.


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KD0AXS

Burning Hunk
Feb 2, 2014
219
Nowthen, MN
Decent pokers are all over the place. Ash/coals rakes are scarce as hen's teeth. Had to make one from the parts of a a old fireplace tool set.


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I stumbled across this kids' garden hoe at Lowe's for 5 bucks. Works great. I actually thought it was just a plastic toy when I first saw it, but when I picked it up and found it was all steel it went right in the cart. :)

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rideau

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2012
2,168
southern ontario
I have a well designed rake, which I bought from Woodstock. The idea is similar to the child's toy posted above. It is fine for a front load door, not so useful for a side load. Hence, my desire for a different rake.
 

BrotherBart

Modesterator
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The ones for Big Green Egg grills are nice but stupid expensive.
 

Bagelboy

Feeling the Heat
Oct 21, 2013
254
Catskills, N.Y.
That's what I use, a kids garden hoe. I've had it 2 years now. It is the best fireplace tool I own. It was impossible to rake coals forward with my fireplace tools, but once I got that, it is a breeze to pull them forward!
 

Osage

Feeling the Heat
Nov 3, 2011
284
kansas
Here's what I did. Used an old garden rake. Have one in the house and one in the shed. 2013-12-14 14.26.18.jpg
 
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bsruther

Minister of Fire
Oct 28, 2008
889
Northern Kentucky
Here's what I did. Used an old garden rake. Have one in the house and one in the shed. View attachment 146634
That's a great idea. Been trying to come up with something I could make a coal rake out of and what could be simpler than to just use a rake, duh.
I have more than enough rakes, so that won't be a problem. I think I may have to procure one of the wife's shepherd's poles though.
 

Huntindog1

Minister of Fire
Dec 6, 2011
1,879
South Central Indiana
I bought a stove shovel I think at Tractor Supply at the end of season clearance.

Put it in the vice and flattened it and put a L shape bend in it so I can push and pull coals and ash around in the stove.

Here is a pic of it with out the bend.

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bsruther

Minister of Fire
Oct 28, 2008
889
Northern Kentucky
It ain't pretty, but it will work. Thanks for the idea. Guess I gotta get more stove paint now. The handle is the extra spring handle from my 30, fit perfectly on the shepherd's pole.

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Osage

Feeling the Heat
Nov 3, 2011
284
kansas
It ain't pretty, but it will work. Thanks for the idea. Guess I gotta get more stove paint now. The handle is the extra spring handle from my 30, fit perfectly on the shepherd's pole.

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Like the spring handle idea.
 
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