Your outdoor living area is like an extra room in your home. It's the perfect spot to host a BBQ, have a romantic candlelit dinner with good wine, a good conversation with friends or just relax and enjoy the fresh air. Now, picture all that alongside a fire pit table – a luxurious addition that will truly help you make the most of your outdoor space.
A fire pit table is a great way to bring some extra warmth and ambiance to your backyard or patio. Whether you choose a wood-burning or gas model, you’ll find that the subtle glow of the fire creates a stunning centerpiece. Fire pits also provide an area to entertain guests or just unwind after a long day. But have you ever wondered how long a fire pit table will last?
Outdoor fire pit tables are designed to withstand the elements and are made of durable materials like stainless steel, aluminum, or stone. Generally speaking, a good quality outdoor fire pit table should last anywhere from 7-15 years on average with proper care and maintenance. Some may even last much longer depending on the construction material used and the amount of use.
Stainless steel and aluminum fire pit tables are generally durable and require the least maintenance. Even though they are on the pricier side, the investment is often worth it considering they are designed to withstand even the harshest elements.
Stone fire pit tables have a more natural and rustic look, but they may require extra maintenance. Natural stone can be prone to cracking, so it’s important to cover your fire pit table when not in use. You may also need to seal the stone periodically to protect against water damage or fading. No matter what material you choose, a well-maintained fire pit always last longer than even those of the best quality. One of the primary purposes of a fire pit table is to provide warmth and ambiance to your outdoor living space.
Maintenance tips to increase the lifespan of your fire pit table
1. Protect your fire pit from the elements
You can use the unit all year round during occasion, but when it’s not in use, you should properly store it. Leaving your fire pit out in the open can expose it to extreme weather conditions and cause it to age prematurely. Some ways to protect your fire pit include using a weatherproof cover, tarp, or a fire pit mat or storing it in a sheltered area like a garage or shed when not in use.
Your fire pit may also need extra care if you live next to a beach or near saltwater because salty sea air causes corrosion. The material used to make the firepit may degrade at a much faster rate, so make sure to clean it off with a wet cloth and some mild soap when needed.
2. Be mindful of what you burn
Some items that you may be tempted to burn on the fire pit table, like trash, plastic, or wet wood, can damage your fire pit and create hazardous fumes. Some accelerants that people use to start their fires can also damage the fire pit. Stick to only burning dry wood, paper or charcoal on your fire pit table. And to take it a bit further for wood burning models, some specific types of wood best for burning are dry cherry, oak, beech and maple wood. Some items that you should NOT burn in a fire pit table include:
- Anything plastic
- Pressure-treated wood
- Wet or green wood
- Paper plates
- Household garbage
- Treated lumber
- Painted wood
- Coal or charcoal briquettes
3. Keep it clean
How often you clean your fire pit table depends on how much and how frequently you use it. You should clean it at least once a month or after each use if you’re using it regularly. Cleaning the firepit consists of removing dust, dirt, ash, and any other debris from the surface of the table as well as inside the bowl.
To clean your fire pit, use a damp cloth and some mild soap to wipe down the surface. If you have a gas model, we recommend that you call in a professional technician once a year to inspect and do any necessary maintenance on the unit, but there are some simple cleaning steps you can do yourself such as cleaning the burners and flame tamers.
Some tools that round fire pit table owners should have regardless of the type of fire pit are a metal brush, tongs, an ash scoop, a spark screen, a protective fire pit cover and a shop vacuum. These tools will come in handy when cleaning out your fire pit.
Remember to always use caution when cleaning your fire pit table. Make sure to unplug any gas lines before attempting to do any maintenance, and always wear appropriate safety gear. Never use water to clean a burning fire pit!
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4. Follow the right procedure when extinguishing the fire
When it’s time to put out your fire, make sure the flame is completely extinguished. To accomplish this, cover the flame with ash or sand and let all the embers die out naturally. Do not pour water onto the fire as this can cause a nasty steam explosion, and you can damage the fire pit table. A drastic temperature change can cause the fire pit to crack or warp.
Once you’ve put out the flame, wait for the fire pit to cool down before emptying the ashes, and clean up any debris you may find. Use a metal brush to clean any ash and debris from the burners or bowl of your fire pit and then cover it with a protective cover until you are ready to use it again.
Make sure that you never leave a burning fire unattended and keep children away from a hot fire pit table at all times. And remember to always keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
The lifespan of your fire pit table can be greatly affected by how well you take care of it. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help to keep it looking great and extend its life for many years of enjoyment. Follow the steps above to get the most out of your fire pit table.
At Art Leon, we are a furniture brand that creates stylish and affordable pieces to elevate everyday living. We offer various furniture options, including indoor and outdoor furniture, accessories, and fire pits. We value customer satisfaction and strive to improve and expand our product offerings while maintaining durability and practicality. Our mission is to provide high-quality furniture accessible to everyone, regardless of their budget. Experience the Art Leon difference by exploring our wide range of furniture products.