Fire Pit Maintenance Guide: How to make your fire pit last for many seasons

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You've got yourself a fire pit and your garden looks fabulous, but nothing lasts forever. Over time, due to continuous fire and usage, debris and buildup can accumulate to your fire pit especially wood-fired ones. Proper cleaning and maintenance are some of the keys to ensuring it will have a long-lasting life.

Besides the fact that we ensure that all fire pit brands that we supply are durable and guaranteed high-quality. We also put together some care and cleaning tips to prolong the life of your wonderful centrepiece.

 


Wood-Fired Fire Pits

Photo: Gardeco Isla Large Cast Iron Fire Bowl

 

Cast Iron Fire pits needs frequent maintenance, unlike its gas counterpart wood-fired fire pits are easier to have build ups. They also need cleaning of soot and ashes after use. In order to maintain the glamour and durability of your cast-iron fire pits we recommend that you follow these tips:

1. Do not pour water to put out the fire -  If possible, let your fire pit burn down completely until the wood had turned almost fully to ash. If you need the fire out and wood is still burning, do not put out the fire with water. The sudden change in the fire pit can cause breakage and deteriorate the metal. We recommend putting sand or dry dirt instead and mix until the fire is smothered.

2. Clear all the ash and debris - Make sure to wait a day or at least all the ash and debris is cooled down before clearing the insides of your fire pit. 

3. Clean the interior - Use hot water and soap when cleaning your fire pit. You can also use steel wool to scrub any sticky build-ups. Rinse it thoroughly with fresh water at the end and be sure to dry it as any moisture or dirt left behind can cause mould or mildew.

4. Be careful what you burn - Stick to wood logs, dried twigs and papers. Burning plastics not only releases toxic fumes but also sticks to your fire pit when melted. Its very difficult to remove and can cause damages on the fire pit's interior.

5. Cover it up - We highly recommend using a fire pit cover. It’s completely optional, but it’s a perfect way to protect your fire pit from unforeseen weather conditions. You can also store your cast-iron fire pit inside your shed or garage.

 


Gas Fire Pits

Photo: Elementi Kingsale Fire Table

 

Gas Fire pit are easier to maintain and clean. This can be treated like gas grills, keep the burner clean, ensure the vents are clear and check gas and pressure each season to ensure it is safe to use. Below are the tips we put in order to help you prolong your fire pit's life span.

 1. Always check you gas outlet - Ensure that your gas valve are close or the gas line are shut off after use. If you're using a propane tank, store it in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. You can also bought a gas tank cover to protect the tank from elements.

2. Cover it - Fire pit covers is still the best way to protect your fire pit from the inclement weathers. You can also opt in using Burner lids just make sure that you wait until fire pit has cooled before putting any cover or lid. 

3. Clean it with soap and water - You don't need to this frequently but cleaning your fire pit table top and burner from time to time using a damp cloth with soap prolongs your fire pit and saves you from hard cleaning in the future.

4. Look for clogs and debris - Check for rocks, leaves or anything from the burner pan and media that might clog the drains and vents. You can also remove the fire glass to check for other dirt and residue in your fire pit.

 


Once and for all, deep cleaning depends on how frequent you use your fire pit. Whether its gas fired or wood-fired maintenance, following the above tips will help you to get the best out of your fire pit. Want to know if Gas Fire Pits are perfect for you? Check our "A novice with Gas Fire Pits? Things to know and to consider."

 

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  • Ruthie Sescon