if you have a fireplace with a hearth, then you should probably consider adding this to your fireside situation. it's purely simple in its form and function, but with lots of rough-hewn good looks thrown in for fun. does your firewood caddy have this much going for it? not likely. (but if it does, nicely done.) of course, you can also use this to hold towels, blankets, magazines, shoes by the front door... whatevs.