How do you light a fire pit?
If you are using a traditional burner, you will need some wood or charcoal (whichever you prefer or the appliance can use), as well as some firelighters or a match/light.
Make sure everything is dry, or it won’t light, and that there is enough material in the pit to get a good fire going. Once it is, then you can add more material later to maintain the fire or make it warmer.
If you are on gas, this should be as easy as using an automated lighter and a dial or switch to change the level of heat.
How do I clean my fire pit?
You will need to remove any ash which builds up, as well as general cleaning to keep it looking great and working at its best.
Some have dedicated ash collection trays, but the majority will need to be tipped upside down and emptied or brushed/scooped out. Always dispose of ash by dousing them in water once removed to make sure they can’t still catch, and keep them in a metal can.
As for wiping it down, if it is steel, then water should be enough if it is done after every use, but you may need a bit of soap in it too to remove any stubborn burns. If cast iron, you may need wire wool.
With gas fire pits, you will need to ensure the burners are kept clean to keep the gas flowing and check it regularly.
How do I prevent my fire pit from rusting?
A metal fire pit could rust for a number of reasons, mostly from the outdoor elements and weather though. Using it frequently will decrease the likelihood of it rusting, but you can also take measures such as keeping it protected from wind and rain by using a cover, or storing it in a garage or shed over winter.
You may be able to spray it with protective paint if it is steel, to either cover the marks or prevent them from occurring.
Can I use my fire pit on grass or decking?
Because they give off a lot of heat and some ash, it is not recommended you use a fire pit on a flammable surface. It could also leave scorch marks on grass or other similar surfaces.
There are heatproof bases and surfaces available, but the best option is to set it on some paving and make sure the area is cleared of any other materials.