A great addition to any backyard can be a fire pit. The warmth from its fire can not only create a nice comfortable place for people to sit around, but it can also extend your outdoor activities into the night where it starts getting cold. In addition, a fire pit in the backyard can also be used to cook food.
Good fire pits are made from durable materials and should be able to withstand outdoor conditions as well as the heat the fire pit will produce. Regardless of the quality, fire pits will still need maintenance to keep them in pristine condition.
Cleaning is one of the most significant aspects of getting a fire pit that will function securely and last a lifetime. Luckily, cleaning takes little effort on your part while going a long way for keeping your fire pit running. To begin, all the ashes and debris that build up when a fire is burned, should be cleaned up. Before sweeping all the ashes, wait around 24 hours after a fire.
If you choose to place a grill on top of your fire pit then you will also want to keep it clean. In addition, something like sticks and leaves that might have fallen near the fire pit should also be clear. These debris can be a fire hazard if any sparks from your fire lands on them.
Although fire pits are designed to withstand the elements, their life can be extended by being covered when they’re not in use. This can not only make it easier to clean but it can also safeguard them from the rain. The cover will also prevent stuff like leaves and other debris from dropping into them. This means less cleaning will be necessary.
Concrete pavers can be used as a durable material for fire pits. But throwing some care into the mix can help keep them in good shape. Most pavers offer a nice amount of thermal resistance, but a heat-resistant sealant can further safeguard them and provide extra security against the elements as well. When you construct a fire pit keeping a few additional bricks from the project is also a good idea. This is because some of the bricks might experience some damage over time. When they get damaged they should be replaced as soon as possible.
Use the Fire Pit Responsibly
Another way to maintain fire pits are by using them responsibly. Don’t use accelerators to start fires and do not pour water into the fire to put it out. Allowing fire to slowly cool down will be better for the materials, this can help prevent any damage or deterioration.
If you enjoy using fire pits at night then keeping them in good shape only makes sense. You can expect your fire pit to last for many years with just a little bit of cleaning, some covers, responsible use and a few more steps.
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