Fire pits can make a lovely addition to any home, provided you keep them outside. Having one in your backyard is a great way to add some much-needed warmth and color to the dreary reality of suburbia.
Of course, you can place a fire pit in almost any setting you can think of, including your college or business. They are also great when you are on the go - thanks to their size and maneuverability - especially if you are the camping type who loves the great outdoors.
No matter which way you slice it, fire pits are a lovely innovation that can make themselves welcome anywhere there is space for one (or two, if you are feeling particularly adventurous).
Like all great things, though, fire pits require a certain level of care and maintenance in order to retain their efficacy. Despite their increasing popularity, they are still quite foreign to a lot of people. You may be wondering, how do you take care of a fire pit? How do you clean it? Where do you store it?
Worry not, though, because you have come to the right place. Here, we will answer all of your fire pit maintenance-related questions. By the end, you will know exactly how to treat your fire pit well so that you can keep using it for longer.
How to Maintain Your Fire Pit
Cleaning Your Fire Pit
Let us start with one of the more crucial aspects of fire pit maintenance - cleaning. As with anything, you will want to clean it regularly to ensure that it looks nice even after several uses. Unlike a few other things, however, cleaning your fire pit is actually important to also ensure its extended efficacy.
When you set about cleaning your fire pit for the first time, keep a few key details in mind. For starters, you will want to use the recommended cleaning products of your particular model. Others may damage the pit’s primary construction material.
You should also be sure to wear protective eyewear, as well as a decent pair of gloves, when cleaning your fire pit. We would also recommend that you wear some sort of dust filter mask, as well, to keep any allergies or sinuses from flaring up. Also, having dust circulating through your airways is probably not good for you.
Cleaning Metal Surfaces
We have decided to include this as a helpful little postscript meant to advise you when it comes to cleaning metal surfaces, in general. This should be quite useful, considering that fire pits are generally constructed out of some sort of metallic alloy or another, though this is not always the case.
Make sure that you are using some sort of tough, dry scrub brush when clearing out any extra bits of debris before you apply your cleaning solution.
Speaking of that, a good solution should contain a quarter of a cup of washing soda dissolved in a gallon of hot water. This will not always be the case, however, so we urge you to use any of the recommended products for your particular fire pit.
Here is a small break from the previous section. Routine care for your fire pit is - luckily - a lot easier than cleaning it. All you need to do is look out for any physical hardware failures. Nuts and bolts will need to be retightened on occasion, and you should check your propane or gas connections regularly.
How to Store a Fire Pit
Finally, we get to the section that you are here to learn about. Storing your fire pit properly will ensure that it does not sustain any damage while it is not in use. This can be done by disassembling your fire pit model as much as possible and making sure that all the parts stay together.
In terms of location, you should store your fire pit like you would a bottle of sweet chili sauce - in a cool, dry place. Be careful not to leave it somewhere where there is a lot of condensation, as this can damage it slowly over time. Do not leave it in an elevated area, or you will risk having it fall on you. It could even fall on the floor, and it might get severely damaged beyond repair.
Otherwise, just make sure there is not a lot of unnecessary clutter surrounding your fire pit and you should be fine. Also, watch out for your toes. They probably will not survive a game of physical contact with your fire pit.
The same general safety tips for fire and heat sources apply to fire pits, as well. It is definitely not a good idea to allow any part of your body near the pit while there is still a fire burning or even for a good while after. Kids need to stay well out of reach of the fire pit, as well.
You should also definitely abstain from allowing plastic to burn, as this can create toxic fumes that can prove especially dangerous if inhaled. The icky, sticky mess it leaves is also a pain to clean.
Now, if you have a wood-burning fire pit, there are a couple of other safety measures you will want to take to ensure your health. One such consideration to keep in mind is to never use accelerants, as the fire it creates can prove especially hazardous. The extreme heat can also severely damage your fire pit.
You should also regularly remove any build-up of creosote by scrubbing it all off with a tough bristle brush. Lastly, clear out any ash as soon as possible. The ash can actually smolder for days after a fire has been put out, so it is not a good idea to leave it unattended.
That is a wrap. This article has covered basically everything you need to know about taking care of your fire pit. With these tips and considerations in mind, you will ensure that your smoldering bowl of flames will last you for a long, long time.