Fire pit Maintenance
Fire pit Maintenance? Fire pits are becomingly an increasingly common sight in the back gardens of Britain. It’s easy to see why as they provide an unusual and attractive centre piece to any outside space. Once lit the flickering flames provide comforting warmth and a gorgeous glow, letting you enjoy your garden for longer on cool summer and autumn evenings. They are a great focal point for friends and family to gather round and toast marshmallows whilst keeping warm and cosy.
But you need to remember to maintain your outdoor fire pit to ensure it can provide many years of enjoyment whilst being an attractive centre piece.
If you have a gas fire pit you need to make sure you check and clean the burners and valves regularly. Insects will build nests and dirt builds up in the tubes and can block the flow of gas which can be a fire hazard. These can be cleaned easily by using a household detergent and special venturi or spider brushes. Also replace any parts that are cracked or corroded to ensure your fire pit runs safely and efficiently. It is also a good idea to get a professional to take a look at your gas fire pit every so often just to make sure it is in good working order.
Some firepits can be used for cooking which is great fun and ideal for rustling up an al fresco supper but you will have to thoroughly clean your fire pit afterwards. Juices and fat from the food can easily be burnt onto the metallic surface of the fire pit spoiling its cosmetic appearance. Also who wants the aroma of old burnt-on food wafting around the garden. Some warm soapy water and elbow grease should do the trick.
Another good maintenance tip is to apply a thin coat of oil to the body of your fire pit every 10 -12 fires. This is particularly good idea if you have a cast iron fire pit or a fire pit that’s prone to rusting. Oiling it will keep your fire pit looking good and rust free and prolong its life.
Once the winter sets in and the weather worsens it may be best to store your fire pit in the garage or garden shed to give it some protection. This will help to keep it looking good and reduce the amount of maintenance you will need to do. If your fire pit is not portable then tackle this problem by investing in a good quality cover to protect your fire pit where it stands.
Make it a habit to regularly empty the fire bowl of ash and embers. This will help prevent soot and embers ending up all over your patio or garden. Once all embers have cooled down enough to touch, probably the following day, remove and put them in a non-combustible container and dispose of responsibly. If you burn logs then you can put the ash into a composter.
If you need to put out the flames in your fire bowl quickly never pour water onto them. The sudden temperature change can actually break the bowl or result in the deterioration of the walls. Use sand or soil to extinguish the flames without damaging your fire pit.
With a little bit of maintenance and care your fire pit will look great and last for years before you need to replace it.