Andirons are pieces of metal that are placed on either side of a fireplace. They help to keep logs in place and prevent them from rolling out into the room. Andirons can be made from a variety of materials, including cast iron, brass, or bronze. They come in a variety of styles, from simple and functional to ornate and decorative. Andirons can also be used as decorative pieces in a room, even if there is no fireplace. Many people collect antique andirons, and they are often passed down from generation to generation. Whether used for practical or aesthetic purposes, andirons are an important part of many homes.