Vestal 24in Front 20-3/4in Back Cast Iron Fireplace Grate (324ML)

Item no: 41049 | 016635160811
$49.99
500  Estimated 
Color : 14-3/4" DEEP
Size : 24 FRONT 20-3/4 BACK
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  • 24" Front, 20-3/4" Back
  • 14-3/4" Deep
  • For coal or wood
  • One piece
  • Cast iron
  • Open ends


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4.0

Vestal F.P. Grate 324-ML

By Wood Chuck

from Albuquerque, New Mexico

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Assemble

Cons

  • Front Log Rampcatch
  • Safety - Front Log Catch

Best Uses

  • FIREPLACE
  • Outdoors

Comments about Vestal 24in Front 20-3/4in Back Cast Iron Fireplace Grate (324ML):

Vestal F.P. Grate 324-ML
I wanted to try a cast iron grate rather than the rod steel one that just wore out so I went with the 24" Vestal cast iron fireplace grate Model 324-ML. It has a tight matrix of grates to hold smaller pieces of burning wood in place above the fireplace floor. This has resulted in less charcoal in the ash pile. The grate has four legs that which we needed to straddle an existing gas starter pipe. The grate replaces a smaller 22" five steel rod grate from an 18 year old fireplace that had burned through in several places. I tried extending the life of the grate using rebar to replace the steel rods that had burnt through but the heat made the re-bar warp / droop downward which gave me a burning desire to buy a new one.
I selected Vestal appearing to be a bit more heavy duty than some less expensive grates. Cast iron is FRAGILE to impact and sudden temperature shock, but should hold up well to the extreme heat of a fireplace. I've had cast iron on my BBQ grill for thirty years with no issues.
The grate fits nearly perfect. The back dimension is about ¾" wider than the fireplace walls but that only makes the grate pull forward about ½" from the back wall which is fine. If Vestal would round the back corners, that would make it a bit more versatile. One should note the low and long slope on the front log catch. It is so shallow, that one could have a falling log easily roll out of the front of the grate. For this reason, I cannot give this grate a five star rating. The depth and front width are great and cover a larger percentage of the area compared to the previous grate. The grate stands about an inch taller than the old one but that allows more space for ash and is not really a problem. Dimensions are listed as: Front 24", Rear 20-3/4", Deep 14-3/4" and Height 3-5/8". Legs: Rear are 14.5" apart and 3.5" from rear. Front legs are 18" apart and 11" from rear.
This grate is made in the U.S.A. and the quality is good but could be even better. I did notice a small amount of porosity in the grate metal and one grate finger was not fully formed but that was not in the center and had enough metal to almost not be noticeable. It won't affect longevity any. Grate fingers are thick. Also, if ordered to a local Ace store, it is shipped free for local pickup and you can return it there if any problems arise. The grate arrives at the store loose with a label attached. It is not boxed, if that matters. I prefer minimal packaging, less waste. The grate is painted but that will burn off and the cast iron will season itself with time, just do not get it wet or ever cool it rapidly as it will rust and crack. I so far have used the grate a few weeks now without any issue and I expect many, many years of trouble free service from the U.S.A. made cast iron grate.
I warmly recommend this product and its sister products of various other sizes.

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5.0

This one gets hot!

By Yard woodchuck

from ABQ, New Mexico

About Me Budget Shopper

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vestal 24in Front 20-3/4in Back Cast Iron Fireplace Grate (324ML):

      The 24" Vestal cast iron fireplace grate Model 324-ML was selected for it being cast iron, having a tight matrix of grates to hold smaller pieces of burning wood in place above the fireplace floor thus allowing air circulation and for having four legs that could straddle an existing gas starter pipe. The grate replaces a smaller 22" five steel rod grate from an 18 year old Heatilator fireplace that had burned through in several places. I tried extending the life of the grate using rebar to replace the steel rods that had burnt through but the heat made the re-bar warp / droop downward which gave me a burning desire to buy a new one.
      I selected Vestal due to the amount of better reviews and hope that cast iron matrix will not crack. Cast iron is FRAGILE to impact and sudden temperature shock, but should hold up well to the extreme heat of a fireplace. I've had cast iron on my BBQ grill for thirty years with no issues.
      The grate fits nearly perfect. The back dimension is about ¾" wider than the fireplace walls but that only makes the grate pull forward about ½" from the back wall which is fine. If Vestal would round the back corners, that would make it a bit more versatile. The depth and front width are great and cover a larger percentage of the area compared to the previous grate. The grate stands about an inch taller than the old one but that allows more space for ash and is not really a problem. Dimensions are listed as: Front 24", Rear 20-3/4", Deep 14-3/4" and Height 3-5/8". Legs: Rear are 14.5" apart and 3.5" from rear. Front legs are 18" apart and 11" from rear.
      The nice part of this grate is that it is made in the U.S.A., hopefully that matters to you. The quality is good but could be even better. I did notice a small amount of porosity in the grate metal and one grate finger was not fully formed but that was not in the center so won't affect longevity any. Grate fingers are thick. Also, if ordered to a local Ace store, it is shipped free for local pickup which saved shipping cost up to $21 with other suppliers. The grate arrives at the store loose with a label attached. It is not boxed, if that matters. I prefer minimal packaging, less waste. The grate is painted but that will burn off and the cast iron will season itself with time, just do not get it wet or ever cool it rapidly as it will rust and crack. I so far have used the grate a few weeks now without any issue and I expect many, many years of trouble free service from the U.S.A. made cast iron grate.

      I warmly recommend this product and its sister products of various other sizes.

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      • Family Older Kids
       
      4.0

      NIce Grate!

      By AC

      from Brockton, MA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Tough

      Cons

      • Paint Not Well Sealed

      Best Uses

      • Smaller Fireplaces

      Comments about Vestal 24in Front 20-3/4in Back Cast Iron Fireplace Grate (324ML):

      Well built grate, mine gave up the fight after six years of frequent fires. This unit is well constructed, the only feedback that is negative is the quality of the paint.

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