There is no doubt, fire pits make great outdoor centerpieces and wonderful outdoor additions that have revolutionized the outdoor living area including outdoor entertainment. In order to have an optimal fire pit experience, the fire pit should be kept looking and working at its best through proper care and maintenance. Depending on the type of fire pit and materials used in constructing the fire pit, maintenance may vary. To keep your fire pit from rusting, maintain its original look and ensure it operates efficiently, here are measures you should always take;
1. Do not leave it outside exposed to the elements
Unless your fire pit is a natural stone or concrete fire pit, leaving it outside exposed to the elements-rain, snow and even sun rays is one of the quickest ways to get your fire pit to start rusting and deteriorating fast. Most metal fire pits will start running immediately after exposure to the moisture while some like slate table top fire pits may spot when exposed to moisture. So, if you don’t have to like in the case of outdoor portable fire pits, don’t leave your fire pit at the mercy of nature’s elements. If you have to leave outside, you still have at the very least to put a roof over your outdoor fire pit or use a fire pit cover, otherwise expect a crumbling mess after just a few seasons of use, in the case of metal fire pits.
2. Use a fire pit cover
A fire pit cover is one of those must-have fire pit accessories that will definitely help to protect your fire pit from nature’s elements. Most decor, including outdoor furniture will take a toll when left at the mercy of elements which is what protective outdoor covers are for. A fire pit cover is the best defense against preventing your fire pit from rusting which eventually leads to wearing off. Because of the variations in fire pit design and size, you will find that fire pit covers equally come in a wide array of sizes, shapes and materials to suit most fire pit sizes and designs. You can also get one custom made for you too. Fire pit covers are inexpensive with some going for as low as $12 which means that should yours wear or get damaged, you can get it replaced easily every few months.
Here are some of the most popular fire pit cover in the market today.
Classic Accessories fire pit covers
Classic Accessories fire pit covers come in three designs, Terrazzo fire pit covers, Ravenna covers and Veranda fire pit covers, all in several sizes. The Terrazzo fire pit covers like the one across features a rain-tie protective fabric, elastic cord hem bottom for a custom fit and dual vents in the fabric to prevent condensation while covering the fire pit.
The next one is a Ravenna cover. It features a water-resistant backing with elastic hem cords for that snug fit. Comes with padded handles for easy removal. The seams are double-stitched for added strength. To prevent mildew growth, it has structured vents that are lined with mesh barriers that stay open.
Lastly are Veranda fire it covers. It comes with interior bound seams for added strength along with high-density stitching for increases durability. Also comes with handles that are padded for comfort and easy removal. This cover features a Gardelle Fabric System, a water-resistant fabric top feature with a protective waterproof backing and a protective dark splash guard skirt. The elastic hem cord with a toggle allows adjustment for a custom fit.If you’re looking for a fire pit cover, start with Classic Accessories covers. They have a large assortment of fire pit covers that suit many fire pit designs in the market.
Duck fire pit covers
Duck fire pit covers are 100% waterproof. Also are available in several size variations. They are lightweight and can easily be folded for storage. They feature 2″ wide Velcro straps that are used to secure the fire pit. The last Duck cover comes with seam sealer tape to prevent water from penetrating into your fire pit. its also UV stable to reduce fading.
Sunnydaze fire pit covers
Sunnydaze protective fire pit covers are waterproof and weather resistant therefore are capable of protecting your fire pit from nature’s elements. They include a drawstring toggle to securely fit over your fire pit. These fire pit coves are made of heavy duty reinforced vinyl (PVC).
3. Rustproof your fire regularly with a rust resistant high temperature spray
Most outdoor metal fire pits will always come with a protective weather resistant and high temperature paint but in some metal fire pits, this layer is thin and will most likely wear off after few uses. Even those with thick quality fire pit coating wear off with continued use which is why is I would recommend applying a second layer of protective weather resistant high temperature paint on your fire pit before you use it for the first time, and regularly after that. This will ensure your fire pit is double protected the first time and therefore slowing the deterioration process by keeping your fire pit from rusting.
Here are my top recommended rust resistant high temperature fire pit sprays;
Rust-Oleum 241169 High Heat Ultra Enamel Spray,12-Ounce
Rust-Oleum features an elegant design and rich satin finish that is fast drying, in 30 minutes. Features a superior rust preventative enamel protection and can withstand temperatures of up to 1200°F. No primer is necessary with this fire pit spray paint. Comes in copper and black finish.
Krylon High Heat Max Special Purpose Aerosol, 12 Ounce
Krylon High Heat Max Special Purpose Aerosol can withstand temperatures of up to 1200 Degree F. It offers protection against rust and dries in 10 minutes or less
Deterioration in appearance, rusting and eventual wearing may be inevitable for most metal fire pits but that doesn’t mean that you can’t slow down the process. All you need to do is follow the above measures and that will keep your fire pit from rusting thus ensuring the durability of your outdoor fire pit.