outdoor fire pitFire pits have become a popular accessory for the modern backyard. From the warmth they provide when weather begins to cool, to the elegance added by the light flicker of flames during a backyard party, they come with many unique benefits. However, as with most elements of the home, they require a degree of maintenance to both ensure they remain functional, as well as safe for whoever is using them. Unfortunately, many outdoor fire pit owners neglect this maintenance because they are unfamiliar with the basic methods surrounding proper care of their unit.

Below, we will outline the fundamental aspects that go into maintaining a fire pit in an effort to increase its lifespan, and reduce the possibility of hazards due to malfunction.

Ash Management

(This aspect of maintenance usually only applies to wood burning fire pits. However, debris that resemble ash can build up in units that burn propane and natural gas if left unchecked for an extended period of time, so it is an important step to take note of nonetheless.)

Whether you use your outdoor fire pit every few days, or once every few months, ash management is one of the most important aspects of maintenance. As a rule of thumb, try to clean out ash approximately 24 hours to 48 hours after burning.

If your unit burns propane or natural gas, you only have to check every couple of weeks depending on the regularity of use.

Occasionally Check For Loose Hardware, Stones and Fractures

As with any piece of equipment, outdoor fire pits are susceptible to wear and tear, especially since they are prone to the volatility of the elements outdoors. Due to this fact, it is important to semi-regularly check for any loose screws, bolts or masonry to ensure your unit remains structurally sound.

The amount of time you wait in between each inspection varies by how often you use your outdoor fire pit. Regardless, it is recommended to perform the inspection prior to use, tightening down any bolts or loose screws with the appropriate hardware. For gas burning or propane burning fire pits, this step is especially important.

Clean Interior of Pit Every Few Months

As you use your fire pit, you may notice that after each use, the interior of the bowl changes color, and becomes dirty. This is common, and should not lead to any concern in terms of the unit functioning properly.

However, after an extended period of time, the amount of ash or dirt that builds up inside this small space can begin causing the unit to become less functional, causing flame strength to weaken. In many cases, particularly with propane and natural gas units, it is the result of the burner nozzles getting blocked by debris, blocking the path of the gas or flames necessary for proper functionality.

For the most part, you can clean this area relatively simply by using common household products and equipment; generally with nothing more than warm water, soap and a metal scrub brush. If your fire pit has granite elements, you’ll want to polish it as well to maintain a glossy, like-new appearance.

From having an area that friends and family can gather around, to the luxurious style it adds to a backyard patio or landscape, owning an outdoor fire pit comes with many unique benefits. However, with your purchase comes the necessity to maintain your unit, ensuring not only that it remains functional for years to come, but stays safe as well.

If you are looking for a beautiful and easy to maintain outdoor fire pit, contact Cabana Coast today. We can direct you to a local retailer that carries our line of propane fire pits.