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Maintaining A Fire Pit

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How to maintain your fire pit

How many memories have you made sitting around your fire pit already this year? How many are still to come? Keeping up on your fire pit’s maintenance will help it stay safe and last longer. Make sure any debris that could be flammable is kept at least ten feet away from the pit. Keep it clean as much as possible and seal those stones with an effective sealant. Covering your fire pit when you are not using it is one of the best ways to keep it clean. Always, always, always make sure your fire is completely out before you turn in.

Maintaining A Fire Pit

A fire pit creates great backyard ambiance, providing your family and friends with a great gathering place on cool evenings. The following maintenance steps will keep your fire pit safe and in service for years to come. Keep it Clean It is extremely important to keep your fire pit clean both to maintain its appearance and to prevent potential fires from forming outside the fire pit. To clean the fire pit, use a broom to sweep the inside of the fire pit area. An angled broom will work best for this purpose but a standard broom can be used as well. Sweep in one direction to prevent the ash from being moved around without getting picked up. Remove any ash or dust and wood remnants which have formed as a result of fires in the fire pit. Clear the area around the fire pit. Remove debris such as leaves, sticks, grass and any other potentially flammable items for a perimeter of at least 10 feet. This will ensure that a floating ember doesn’t start a fire. When removing the ashes you can dispose of them in the garbage or you can place them in grassy areas which do not seem to be growing. Ashes will work as an extremely effective fertilizer.

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