By cleaning and maintaining your outdoor propane fire pit regularly, you can optimize its longevity and reap the maximum benefits from the investment you’ve made for your Bridgeport, CT, home. Even if you’d rather opt to have someone else clean and maintain your fire pit, knowing how it should be done will enable you to ensure that your investment is being taken care of correctly. Read on for guidance in cleaning and maintaining an outdoor propane fire pit:
Extinguish the Fire Safely
Do not douse a fire with water as this would bring about a sudden change in temperature that can damage the fire pit and deteriorate its metallic components. Allow the fire to die and wait for the temperature of the fire pit to cool gradually before attempting to clean it.
Remove the Fuel Source
Once you have shut all valves and lines that transmit propane to the burner, remove the propane tank from the fire pit. The tank should be stored in a well-ventilated area—preferably outside—while your fire pit is cleaned and maintained.
Clear Out Debris
Having ensured that the fire pit has cooled completely, clear any debris such as rocks and leaves from the burner and its surroundings. Insects can become stuck in drains and vents, occluding those vital elements of the fire pit and diminishing its efficacy. Whether your fire pit is filled with glass pieces or decorative pebbles, these can be removed to expose any concealed debris.
Wipe It Down
Prepare warm, soapy water and use a damp cloth to wipe down the fire pit. Focus on cleaning the burner and the edge of the fire pit, which is likely utilized as a tabletop or footrest. It is important to keep the burner clean so that the fuel can flow through it without difficulty.
Cover It Up
Once you have cleaned the fire pit, you should cover it with a vinyl or canvas cover until you use it again. While buying a cover for your fire pit is entirely optional, it is highly recommended as it is the best way to protect the fire pit from the elements. It can prevent damage to the fire pit that may be caused by rain, snow, or heavy wind, and can keep the fire pit free of debris. Investing in a waterproof cover for your fire pit will simplify subsequent attempts at cleaning and maintaining it.
Arrange a Check-up
It is important that your burner and fixtures, such as valves and pipes, are regularly inspected to ensure their safety and efficiency. This inspection can occur whenever your fire pit is cleaned. It is also crucial to have a qualified service person come in at least on a yearly basis to inspect your fire pit more thoroughly.
Invest in High-quality Materials
By selecting high-quality, durable materials for the construction of your fire pit, you can ensure its cheap and easy maintenance from the get-go. Unilock offers various resilient products that can be used to build fire pits that are not only worth focal points, but will also withstand the test of time. Brussels Dimensional Stone comes in a vast range of shades with a weathered surface texture that incorporates timeless class into any fire pit.
The title image features a Unilock Rivercrest fire pit.