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How To Clean A Wood Fire Pit

How To Clean A Wood Fire Pit

For those of you who have a wood fire pit, you may have bought it for the simplicity of operation. Wood fire pits require very little maintenance. If you learn how to start a fire properly, you may enjoy burning real wood over the ease of using gas for fuel.

How To Clean A Wood Fire Pit
wood fire pit

Though wood fire pits are fairly simple to maintain, there are a few things you need to know to keep them clean and functioning well. So, we thought we would take a few minutes of your time and discuss a couple of tips for keeping your wood fire pit clean.

How To Clean A Wood Fire Pit
Hearth Products vinyl fire pit cover

The first step to keeping a backyard fire pit clean is prevention. A wood fire pit does not have a burner like gas fire pits do. So, it has less fragile pieces to maintain. Though, it still needs protection from the elements to keep it sturdy and clean. A great place to start is to get a fire pit cover.

Firepit covers protect the unit from rain, wind, and debris. Storms are capable of chunking leaves and dirt into your fire pit. Leaves may not do any harm. Though, dirt, mud and other things don't need to be in your wood fire pit while you are burning logs. So, it is best to keep a cover over it while it is not in use.

How To Clean A Wood Fire Pit
aerial view of firepit

You should also clean your backyard fire pit after every use. Dump out all ashes and replace the cover to make sure your fire pit is ready to use the next time. Instead of waiting until the next fire, it's best to clean out ash once you are done with the current one. Wait until the ash has fully cooled down, at least several hours, before throwing it out.

There's no need to clean your fire pit with soap and water. As you might suspect, using water will increase the chances of rust. So, just simply dump out the ash and sweep any remaining ash out with a soft brush if you'd like. That will increase the longevity of your fire pit and ensure you get to use it for years to come.

These are just a few simple steps we hope you will put into practice after you install your favorite outdoor fire pit in the backyard. Feel free to read more about fire pits in our guides and articles section here. You can also call us at 800.203.1642 if you have questions.

About the Author

Collin Champagne

With over 13 years in the industry, Collin is a National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certified technician and managed content for the eFireplacestore and eCanopy brands. He has achieved the highest NFI certification possible as a Master Hearth Professional and is certified in all three hearth appliance fields: wood, gas, and pellet. With experience with sales and in-field installations, his expertise shines through his technical knowledge and way with words.

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