The level of heat created and the frequency and length of use will be determining factors in choosing the best metal fire pit. Different types of metal may weaken under intense heat. Clearly, such options are not a good choice for a home fire pit. Cast iron is strong, durable and more heat resistant than many other types of metal, making it a solid choice. Other types of metal will still work for a small fire or a fire pit that is used infrequently or for short periods of time.
A copper fire pit is also a popular choice. Copper is strong and very attractive. It does require more maintenance than some types of metal, as it can tarnish easily. It’s not good to get copper wet, or to leave it wet, so it’s important to drain, clean, and cover your copper fire pit.
To clean copper, choose an appropriate copper cleaner. If drainage holes aren’t already present in your copper pit, or any metal fire pit, you may wish to consider drilling some in the bottom of the bowl or plate. When you are sure the fire is completely extinguished and the fire pit will no longer be used for a while, cover it with a weather resistant cover.
A stainless steel fire pit would look great in a yard or garden that also contains stainless steel edging. Aside from aesthetics, stainless steel is a good choice for a fire pit due to being sturdy and rust resistant. As with all types of fire pits, the design and finish depends a lot upon the intended uses. Some fire pits are simply decorative elements while others are used for heat or cooking. A metal fire pit is a great addition to an outdoor seating or conversation area.
Some people choose to build a metal fire pit of their own. Designs vary from a simple metal fire ring and some stones, to permanent in-ground features. Whether your metal fire pit is a store-bought model, a do-it-yourself project, or a custom made design, it can add warmth and beauty to your outdoor living spaces.
Keep in mind that a metal fire pit must be used with caution. Begin by choosing one with a protective screen and securing a safe location for your fire pit. Make sure there are no plants, trees, or debris nearby. Also, use a fire pad, stone, bricks, or other suitable materials beneath your pit to avoid allowing hot ash to land on a flammable surface.
Keeping a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby is also a good idea. Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area. Never leave a live fire, or even a smoldering one, unattended.