We understand that winter weather is practically behind us now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy any fire pits you may have outside. As we approach spring, there will be more opportunities to enjoy the outdoor weather, and we want to be sure you’re as prepared as you can be for when the new season goes into full swing.
There are a few different types of fire pits that people use. For each of them, there are different maintenance procedures you need to follow to get them ready for use. Here are the maintenance procedures you should follow for your fire pits.
Tips for Cleaning Gas Fire Pits
Permanent gas fire pits can create a captivating focal point for your outdoor landscape. On top of their stellar appearance, they are also quite durable and don’t require too much maintenance to stay in top shape throughout the year. However, you will still have to clean them occasionally.
If you’re going to clean a gas fire pit, you should shut the gas valve or shut your gas line off before you begin the cleaning process. If there are any pieces of debris in your burner pan, get rid of them and ensure that the vents and drains don’t have anything clogging them.
You also don’t want to use water when putting out fires in gas fire pits. Using water causes a sudden temperature change, and this can cause your fire pit to break and deteriorate. Lastly, cover the pit while you’re not using it because it helps preserve the pit for longer. The pit should be cooled down before you cover it.
Tips for Cleaning Wood Burning Fire Pits
The allure of a wood-burning fire pit is understandable. Wood-burning fire pits have that natural campfire smell to them that helps you connect with the outdoors. For these fire pits, you should follow a different set of maintenance procedures.
Ashes are going to pile up, so you will need to get rid of all of them and brush off all of the debris your fire pit has. Make sure that flames are able to subside in a natural manner. Also, much like with gas fire pits, using water to put out fires is not recommended. It’s for the same reason as well; you want to avoid sudden changes in temperature that can cause cracks in your pit. Lastly, we advise that you use dry split wood. If you burn pressure-treated wood or garbage, toxins can get released into the air, and these toxins can be harmful if you inhale them.
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