Outdoor fireplace tools
We had this fireplace built in our backyard in December. My husband wants a fireplace tool set, so I searched for a stainless steel set since it would only be used outdoors and ordered it for him for Christmas. It was made by Uniflame. First I ordered it from a local family owned fireplace shop (for $300). They called and said their supplier was out of them and didn't know when they'd get them again. So we cancelled the order and I ordered the same model number from Amazon (for $180). It arrived broken at the welds on the stand. I returned it and ordered the same model from a Michigan company online (again for $180). It arrived all intact, but the welds are horrible. It's very poor quality. The description says 304 stainless steel. I looked that up online and found that 304 is the standard 18/8 stainless steel. A magnet does NOT stick to this tool set. It's just cheaply made and I'm pretty sure that one rain outside and the set will be rusty. When it arrived, the box says Made in China. I can't find Made in USA stainless tool sets. The Michigan company tried and they can't find anything either. We have a Napoleon grill that was made in Canada that we are thrilled with. I emailed them. They don't make SS, but they suggested powder coated, but also cautioned that they've never tested them outdoors for an extended period of time.
Does anyone have any suggestions on a set that can be left outside most of the year? We will bring it in for the winter, but from spring through fall, it would be outside and uncovered. I don't want to end up with a rusty set that is falling apart. We are in the Detroit area. Thank you!