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How to Maintain Your S&S Fire Pit

37-Hemi-on-Round-Base-with-Grate-600x398Featuring 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.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Fire Pit

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.

How to Remove Ashes from Your 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.

Cleaning the Cooking Grate

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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Portable vs Permanent Fire Pits

30-Hemi-on-3-LegsIt’s a common assumption that all fire pits are permanent and cannot be easily moved. While there are plenty fire pits that fall under this category, there are also lighter, more portable models available. If you’re struggling to choose between a portable or permanent fire pit, here are some things to consider.

Tailgating

If you enjoy tailgating as much as the next guy, you’ll want to choose a portable fire pit. You can easily load it on your truck (or even inside a car) to create the ultimate fan-made outdoor experience in the venue’s parking lot. A portable fire pit will allow you to tailgate in style, providing warmth, ambiance, and even functional benefits such as the ability to grill burgers and hot dogs. Be warned, though, the sight of glowing, radiant fire pit will likely attract other fans, so bring extra food!

Camping

Ask any serious outdoorsman and he’ll probably agree: no camping trip is complete without a fire. Portable fire pits can be used for camping — something that’s not available with permanent fire pits. Their small, compact design allows campers to easily transport them. Upon reaching your campsite, you can use the fire pit to cook food, create warmth, and even ward off pesky insects.

Furthermore, using a fire pit instead of building a traditional campfire will reduce the risk of a forest fire. The fire will be contained within the pit, preventing stray embers from setting ablaze nearby brush. When you are finished camping, pour some water over the ashes, dump them into a small dirt-filled hole, and you are good to go!

Moving

Even if you have no immediate plans to relocate, you probably will at some point in time. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the average American will move more than eleven and a half times during their life. When it’s time to move, you’ll probably want to take all of your belongings, including your fire pit. Due to their awkward shape and heavy weight, however, most stone fire pits cannot be easily moved. But if you choose a portable fire pit, such as those offered here at S&S Fire Pits, you can easily take it with you to your new home.

These are just a few of the many distinguishable differences between portable and permanent fire pits.

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Steel vs Stone Fire Pits: Which is Best?

Congratulations on your decision to purchase a fire pit. It’s a brilliant addition to any patio or outdoor living area, enhancing the surrounding environment with both aesthetic and functional benefits. While there are many different types of fire pits, the two most popular are stone and steel. So, which type is the best?

Heat

#blueridgefirepitEver notice that when sitting around a stone Fire Pit, for example, at an outdoor restaurant, that everyone is huddled or even sitting on the edge of the Fire Pit ?  Well, the reason is plain and simple.  Stone just doesn’t heat up very well nor does it radiate heat like a true steel fire pit will.  Because they are made of metal, steel fire pits are able to absorb and radiate heat more effectively than their stone counterpart. This means you’ll receive more warmth when gathered around a steel fire pit. Steel fire pits will continue to radiate heat long after the wood or charcoal has finished burning.

Portability

Stone fire pits simply are just not portable.  They become a fixture in your outdoor space which after paying for you can’t take it with you.  If you want to move it to a new location — or take it with you when you move into a new home  you can’t — opting for a steel fire pit is probably the better choice. Steel pits are very portable allowing owners to take them when they move, go camping or just take to a friends house for a party.

Cost

When discussing the nuances of steel and stone fire pits, we must look at installation and setup. A genuine stone fire pit often requires professional installation, further increasing its bottom-line price. Hiring a professional landscaping company to build and install a stone fire pit isn’t cheap by any means, adding at least several hundred dollars to its cost. Steel fire pits, on the other hand, are already crafted and ready to go without the need for professional installation.

The Bottom Line…

As you can see, steel fire pits come out on top as the undisputed winner. Sure, stone has been used for centuries to create fully functional fire pits, and even today they remain a popular outdoor accessory among homeowners. However, there’s a growing trend towards the use of steel fire pits, and for good reason: they absorb and retain heat more effectively; they are  portable; they are easier to install; and they tend to cost less. These are just a few of the many reasons why steel fire pits are taking over.

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