A Guide to Keeping Your Fire Pit Looking & Operating Great
So, you have your fire pit placed in the perfect location, a safe distance from nearby trees, and somewhat protected from the wind. Now how do you take care of it to ensure it looks and works great for many seasons to come? Whether you buy a new fire pit or build it yourself, maintaining your fire pit is the key to ensuring it has a long-lasting life. Wood-burning fire pits and those with gas burners both need maintenance and regular cleaning to safeguard their beauty and keep them as an eye-catching focal point in your yard.
What tools should I use to maintain and use my fire pit?
There are a number of fire pit tools available for purchase that can help you easily maintain and use your fire pit. These tools will help you keep your fire pit in-use for many burning seasons.
- An ash scoop and can will help you remove ashes from your bowl.
- A long poker or tongs for moving logs around.
- A spark screen for safety and reducing charring.
- A vinyl or protective fire pit cover to use when the fire pit is not in use.
How do I remove ash and debris from my fire pit?
You’ll notice the first step of cleaning any fire pit is to make sure that all ash and debris is removed from the bowl to prevent long-term damage to the fire pit. Removal should also be done properly and safely because ash tends to smolder for hours after the fire goes out.
- Scoop the ashes out of the fire pit the day after the fire pit is used.
- Have a metal can on-hand for dumping the ashes in.
- Douse ashes with water once they are collected in the metal bucket or can.
How do I clean my stone or masonry fire pit?
Permanent pit installations serve as beautiful focal points in any yard. While they are very durable and can typically handle year-round weather conditions without a lot of maintenance, they still require occasional cleaning.
- Remove all ash and debris from the bowl.
- To scrub the interior, use a solution of 1-part muriatic acid to 9-parts water.
- Once the fire pit is clean, rinse with water and allow it to dry for 48-72 hours.
How do I clean my steel or metal fire pit?
Steel or metal fire pits are the most popular and versatile fire pit options available. They are also very durable and easy to maintain.
- Ensure the ash and debris is removed from the bowl.
- Spray it with a hose, and lightly wipe with a soap and water solution.
- Turn the bowl upside-down and allow it to air dry.
How do I clean my cast iron fire pit?
Cast iron fire pits are a little more difficult to clean than steel or masonry fire pits because they develop a natural top layer of rust which does not harm the fire bowl. However, if you follow these steps, you can get them clean.
- Remove ash and debris from the bowl.
- Gently scrub the bowl with steel wool.
- Rinse, and dry with a soft rag.
How do I clean my copper fire pit?
Copper fire pits will naturally patinate over time. Once used, your copper fire pit will accumulate a layer of soot. Removing this layer of soot is fairly easy and won’t damage the patina.
- Remove any ash and debris from your fire pit bowl.
- Spray fire pit with hose.
- Clean with soap and water.
There are also chemical cleaners available that can remove tarnish, soot and patina. However, you can also prepare a natural cleaning solution of 1 cup salt to 1 gallon of vinegar. To use, dampen a cloth in the cleaning solution and scrub well.
How do I clean my gas fire pit?
Although gas fire pits are low-maintenance and easy to operate they do require some cleaning in regards to the burner and the gas lines.
- Keep the burners clean so that gas can properly flow through the burner.
- Check the gas lines regularly for safety and proper operation.