Aluminum fire pit cover - Beautiful, effective and durable
The Hearth Products Controls (HPC) Aluminum Fire Pit Cover with Copper Finish (44" x 14") is beautiful, effective and appears to be durable. It's a quality product with an elegant design. If you can afford the purchase price, you will not be disappointed.The cover is fabricated from spun aluminum that is approximately 1/10th of an inch thick per my caliper measurement. It has two opposing handles at the base and a knob on the top for handling. Unless you have long arms, the 44" diameter makes it difficult to easily remove and replace the cover using the two handles. It's light enough, however, that most men and many women can use the knob on top for easy removal and replacement. My wife can use the knob for removal and replacement, be she prefers that I handle this task.There is one unknown: Can one replace the aluminum cover immediately after turning off the gas to the fire pit without risking damage to the powder coat finish from the radiant heat in the ceramic logs (or glass beads)? The HPC catalog description does not address this issue, and, until we get a definitive answer from HPC, we let the ceramic logs cool for a minimum of 15 minutes before replacing the cover. I'deally, for the sake of convenience, we would like to replace the cover immediately after turning off the gas.I received two conflicting answers from HPC technical support on this issue. The first HPC technical support person reported that he had not heard this question before, and recommended that we wait up to 30 minutes before replacing the cover. The second HPC technical support person told me that the cover could be replaced immediately after turning off the gas.The cover was shipped directly from HPC in a heavy duty cardboard box secured to a wood pallet, and arrived in perfect condition. There were no HPC user instructions or warranty information delivered with the fire pit cover, however. That was surprising because heat damage to spun aluminum or the powder coat finish could result in warranty claims against HPC.Notwithstanding the cover replacement issue, we love the HPC aluminum fire pit cover and recommend it.
ProsElegant design, beautiful finish and quality materials and fabrication
ConsNo cover replacement instructions regarding recommended wait time after turning off gas