Summer is long over and fall is on its last legs. Depending on your tolerance for the cold, you may be using your outdoor fire pit often this winter, or you may be putting it away for the season. Either way, you should learn how to properly maintain your fire pit to keep it looking great, functioning properly and cooking up your favorite outdoor foods. It’s very important to clean and maintain your fire pit during the off and on months of use. Here’s how:
Maintenance While In Use
The first time you use your fire pit for cooking, be sure to coat the grate with vegetable oil before you cook. Apply oil about every ten uses to prevent rust and maintain seasoning. If you have a gas fire pit, allow it to operate one hour before you use it.
Most fire pits are made of copper, masonry or cast iron. Cleaning out the pit on a regular basis will help keep your food healthy to eat. If you have a masonry fire pit, scrub it with one part muriatic acid and nine parts water to clean the interior. Wait about 48 hours before using your pit after cleaning. Copper pits can be cleaned with a dry towel to remove soot, followed by a commercial copper cleaner.
One way to prevent damage to your fire pit is the make sure all the ash and charred debris is removed from the pit and thoroughly cleaned out with a wet cotton towel after use. You can also prevent damage by covering the fire pit with a vinyl fire pit cover when not in use. You can also store your fire pit in a sheltered area, such as a garage, during the off-season.