- Cleaning: Regularly clean your fire pit to remove ashes, debris, and soot. This will help to prevent corrosion and keep your fire pit looking its best.
- Rust prevention: If your fire pit is made of metal, apply a rust-preventative coating to help protect it from the elements. You can use canola or vegetable oil to season the metal, and otherwise a high-temperature paint like Rust-Oleum will protect any exposed metal.
A stainless-steel scoop with a flexible lip is the easiest tool to remove ash from under your fire pit or fire grate.
- Inspection: Regularly inspect your fire pit for any cracks, holes, or other damage. Repair any damage promptly to prevent further deterioration. If you have a portable fire pit, regularly tighten any fasteners around the body of the fire pit.
- Protection: Protect your fire pit from the elements. Regularly season your fire pit with oil and cover bare metal with a high-temperature, rust-resistant paint. When purchasing a fire pit, opt for a model that is powder-coated for both UV- and high-temperature protection to extend the life of the pit.
- Style: When looking at fire pits to buy, search for thick, powder-coated steel that will stand the test of time. A fire pit lid that will quickly end the fire adds to both the safety and the protection of the interior of the fire pit.
- Airflow: Ensure that your fire pit has adequate airflow to prevent smoke buildup. Regularly remove ash from under your fire grate to allow airflow to give your firewood breathing room.
- Fuel: Use only dry, untreated wood to fuel your fire pit. Wet or treated wood can produce smoke and harmful chemicals. Be sure to remove any wet or punky fuel from your fire pit prior to starting the fire.
- Extinguishment: Never leave a fire unattended. When you are finished using your fire pit, extinguish the flames completely. The simplest way to end the fire is to snuff out the flames with a Snuffer Lid, cutting off all oxygen to the fire. Keep water nearby in case of emergencies.
By following these simple tips, you can help to extend the life of your outdoor fire pit and keep it looking great for years to come. With a little care and maintenance, your outdoor fire pit can provide you with years of enjoyment.