What could be better on a cool fall night than relaxing in front of a backyard fire pit? There’s something so magical about hanging out in front of a roaring fire – especially if you’ve also got a cozy blanket and a delicious beverage to complete the experience!
Unwinding solo or gathering with family around the fire is also something you can do to enjoy some time in the Great Outdoors right now – as we all continue to adjust to the new restrictions and rules around COVID-19.
Whether you’ve just bought a new fire pit or you’re looking to get your treasured old unit back into shape for (socially distanced) garden parties, here’s what you need to know to keep your fire pit clean, safe, and ready to enjoy:
Tips for Cleaning Your Fire Pit
Like any piece of your home, your fire pit will need a little bit of TLC every now and then – starting with giving it a regular cleaning. Keep in mind that different types of fire pits will require different cleaning methods.
Scoop Out Ash and Debris
Ash is a slightly acidic substance, and leaving too much of it hanging out at the bottom of your fire pit can cause it to look weathered and break down over time. To increase your fire pit’s longevity, try to get rid of excessive ash and burnt up debris on a regular basis.
Be sure to wait at least 24 hours after your fire, to allow time for the embers to fully cool off. Then, carefully remove the ashes with a scoop and deposit them into a metal can; at this point, you can douse the collected ashes with water to make sure they’re completely cool. Once your ash can is full, you can bag the ashes and safely dispose of them with the rest of your household garbage.
Cleaning Stone and Masonry Fire Pits
Masonry fire pits can be a chic addition to any backyard landscape. To keep your stone fire pit looking immaculate, scrub down the interior with a solution of water and muriatic acid – most experts recommend using one part acid to nine parts water. You can also wipe down the exterior of the fire pit with a solution of water and your favorite masonry-friendly cleaning agent.
Cleaning a Metal Fire Pit
Metallic fire pits can be a gorgeous and inexpensive way to live out your fall campfire fantasies – but it’s important to remember that different types of metal finishes will require different types of care.
To clean a steel or copper fire pit, remove all ash, dry brush the insides, and then wipe down the fire pit with a solution of soap and water. Make sure you don’t leave any standing water, as this can cause many metals to rust. For iron fire pits, scrub the interior basin gently with steel wool after removing the ashes; then follow behind with a cloth gently dampened with hot water.
Cleaning Gas-Powered Fire Pits
Gas fire pits are convenient – and a built-in fire pit can be a try stylish decor element, perfect for tying your hardscaping together. Gas fire pits generally won’t leave ash or residue, and will not typically require the regular cleaning of other styles of fire pits. With that said, you may want to occasionally scrub the outside of the unit to keep it looking its best, and regularly check to make sure that the gas lines are secure and that the burner is clear of obstructions and ready to go.
Tips for Maintaining Your Fire Pit
Looking to keep your backyard oasis safe and ready to use for years to come? Here are a few basic preventive maintenance steps to protect your fire pit, all year long:
- Cover the fire pit with a store bought covering for periods when it’s not in use.
- For portable fire pits, bring them inside to a safe location during periods of heavy rain, wind, or snowfall.
- Reposition burning wood using tongs or a poker, rather than kicking or jostling the pit.
- Look for cracks in the masonry or in the metallic bowl of your fire pit, and consider having your unit repaired or replaced if large cracks form.
- Never throw trash, metal, plastic, or treated wood into the fire, as this can release noxious gases and damage the fire pit.
- Make sure overgrowth is cleared away. Try to position your fire pit in a place where floating embers will not catch on hanging tree branches, bushes, or yard debris.
- Try not to use accelerants (such as gas or kerosene), as these can cause fires to burn too hot and damage your pit.
- If you use cooking attachments or other fire pit accessories (such as a grill, grate, or screen), follow proper care instructions to keep them clean after each use.
- Regularly check screws and fasteners and tighten as needed, to ensure your fire pit doesn’t fall apart while in use.
- Except in emergencies, don’t douse a fire out with cold water. This shocking transition can cause metallic surfaces to warp or crack.
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