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3 Important Fire Pit Maintenance Tips for Winter

3 Important Fire Pit Maintenance Tips for Winter

Just like your home's other hardscaping features, fire pits require a little bit of special attention during wintertime to ensure they remain attractive and functional. To protect your fire pit from frightful winter weather, our Chester County hardscape designer recommends following these maintenance tips:

  1. Turn off the gas – If you have a gas fire pit, you should close the gas valve on the base of the pit and turn off the natural gas line at the start of winter to keep humidity from building up in the line while your fire pit is dormant. In the event that you decide you'd like to use the fire pit on a chilly winter night, simply switch the gas back on and then turn it off again when you're finished.
  2. Avoid putting out fires with water – If you have a wood-burning fire pit and you use it during the winter, it's important to let fires die out on their own when you're done enjoying them. That's because pouring water on a fire causes a drastic change in temperature, which can harm the structure of your fire pit. Dumping water in your fire pit isn't wise during any season, but it's especially risky in the winter because the temperature difference between the fire and water is the greatest at this time. In fact, if it's cold enough outside, the water may even freeze, which will seriously damage your fire pit and prevent you from using it until the ice thaws. Therefore, it's best to be patient and allow your fires to peter out naturally.
  3. Invest in a cover for your fire pit – Whether your fire pit uses gas or wood, it's essential to cover it during the winter so it’s protected from the elements. Fire pit covers come in a variety of materials, including polyester, vinyl and canvas. You can even use a tarp as long as it is well secured. By taking the time to cover your fire pit, you'll prevent snow, rain and debris from gathering in it, thereby protecting it from rust, damage and an unpleasant odor.

Interested in reading more tips from our hardscape design company in Chester County? Check out this educational post on how to preserve your hardscaping during the winter!

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