Featuring American-made steel that’s roughly ¼ inch thick, S&S Fire Pits offer a lifetime of enjoyment for you and your family. Whether it’s for warmth, cooking, or just to create a relaxing atmosphere on your patio, it will enhance your outdoor living space for countless years to come. Like most outdoor accessories, though, fire pits require some occasional maintenance to preserve their appearance and continue functioning as intended.
When wood ash is left to sit for long periods of time, it will transform into a highly corrosive chemical substance known as lye (sodium hydroxide). Lye is used in a variety of applications, from food preparation and water treatment to soap and detergent-making. The problem with lye, however, is that it can eat through certain types of metal. While steel is typically protected from this chemical reaction, it’s still recommended that you clean out the ashes from your fire pit on a regular basis. Allowing ash to accumulate will only lead to further buildups of lye, while also restricting the flow of air when new fires are created.
Another reason why ashes should be removed from fire pits is to allow for proper water drainage. If there’s a significant amount of ash “caked” onto the bottom of your fire pit, it may prevent water from draining. This will lead to a pool of dirty ash-like water — something that most owners want to avoid. Being that S&S Fire Pits are made of ¼ inch thick steel, rust and corrosion isn’t a problem, but it’s proper water drainage is still critical to maintaining a clean and functional fire pit.
So, what’s the best way to remove ashes from a fire pit? The easiest way is to scoop it out using an ash shovel. These small handheld tools are intended specifically for the removal of ash. Just scoop out the ash from the bottom of your fire pit and you are good to go! It’s recommended that you remove the ashes from your fire pit after each use, as this prevents buildups of ash while ensuring proper airflow and water drainage.
The cooking grate on a fire pit should be cleaned in a similar manner as a grill grate. Using a wire brush, scrub off any stubborn food particles that are stuck on the grate. You can also spray it with vegetable or cooking oil to help season it. Aside from cleaning the grate and removing ash, however, that’s just about all it takes to maintain a fire pit!
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