How to Clean a Fire PitThere’s nothing better than sitting around the fire with your friends and family, roasting marshmallows and telling stories. Keep up the tradition by making sure your metal fire pit stays in working order. Neglect will cause your fire pit to deteriorate, so use these steps to maintain and clean a fire pit.

Step One

Start cleaning only when the ashes are completely cool and the fire pit is safe to touch. Put on rubber gloves and remove any large pieces of wood from the pit. If the pieces can be used again, set them aside for later use.

Step Two

Use a shovel to remove the ashes from the pit. Dump the ashes into a nearby bucket and then dispose of them. You could also remove them with a shop vacuum.

Step Three

Use damp paper towels to wipe the bottom and walls of the fire pit and remove any lingering ashes. If there is build-up or something stuck to the fire pit bowl, use a soft-bristled brush and soapy water to wash it off.

Step Four

Check the fire pit. If you do not do regular maintenance on your fire pit, you might see corrosion in the bottom of your bowl. It will be difficult to repair any holes that have rusted through the metal, but if there is rust on the surface, you can sand it away. Use a sandpaper or even just steel wool.

After you’ve addressed any problems, replace your fire wood.

Clean a Fire Pit and Make it Last

If you clean and check up on your fire pit a few times a year, it will provide you and your loved ones with many more warm and fun evenings.