Whether you’re enjoying a breezy summer night or a chilly winter’s day, a fire pit is a perfect place to gather with family and friends and relax. You can use it to warm your hands, roast hot dogs, burn fallen sticks and branches, or make the perfect s’more. However, if you want your fire pit to have a long life and retain its beauty and functionality, you absolutely must take care of it. Exposed to the elements (i.e., the weather) as well as one particularly intense element (i.e., fire), your fire pit needs a little TLC to stay in great working condition. Scroll down to learn how to care for a fire pit.
How to Care for a Fire Pit
1. Clean it regularly. Whether you have a gas or wood-burning fire pit, you will need to inspect and clean it on a regular basis. Remove the ashes often (don’t let them accumulate), and brush away debris. Thoroughly clean the fire pit after barbecues or fireside s’ mores, especially if you notice any sticky food spills or residue. And if you have a gas fire pit, inspect and clean the burners and valves. You should also have the gas supply professionally inspected about once a year.
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2. Avoid plastic. Don’t use your fire pit to burn items that aren’t meant to be burnt, such as plastic. The plastic will melt and become very difficult to remove. Plus, the burning of plastic can result in toxic fumes.
3. Cover during periods of inactivity. Not planning to use your fire pit for a few weeks or months? Whether you’re going on an extended vacation or you’re anticipating freezing temperatures, be sure to cover your fire pit to protect it from the elements. You can purchase a cover specifically for this purpose (made of vinyl, canvas, polyester, etc.) or if you need a quick and temporary solution, simply use a weighed-down tarp. Don’t cover the fire pit until it has cooled.
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4. Let fires peter out. Although it may be tempting, don’t pour water on flames in your fire pit to put out fires. The sudden change in temperature can harm the fire pit’s structure and cause damage and/or deterioration.
5. Be safe. Always turn your fire pit off when you’ve finished and waited until the fire has died down before you leave the area. Never leave a fire unattended and keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies.
Nixa Lawn Service Quick Tip: Different types of fire pits require different maintenance, so be sure to discuss maintenance with your fire pit’s builder when it is installed. The material used and the type of fuel will determine how much maintenance you can expect.
Add a Fire Pit or Fireplace to Your Backyard
If you live in southwest Missouri and you’re interested in adding a fire pit or fireplace to your backyard, contact Nixa Lawn Service. Whether you would like a gas or wood-burning fire pit, we can help. Your fire pit can be elevated above the ground or sunk into the surrounding landscape for a cleaner look. For more information about our landscaping services, please give us a call at 417-724-0318 or request a quote online.