If you buy a fire pit in a chain store you will find they are usually made from thinner materials. These will normally be made from clay, thin aluminum and sheet metal. If the fire pit is made from sheet metal, you will discover that it can warp and paint on the exterior can flake out from the heat. When the paint has flaked off it is going to be exposed to the elements and rust will be soon to install. After rust has made it is way throughout the item, it will be no more safe to use anymore. Clay models will need to be cared for as they will absorb moisture and if they are moist when a fire is started in them, it is going to hasten the breakdown of the clay material from the rapid growth of heat. You should maintain a clay pit from the components as far as possible and enable the heat to gradually grow if you are burning a fire in one that is moist. A cast iron pit can also be the one that will look the most used from the beginning.
These are not supposed to look pretty, but to be a wood burning machine which will take the heat and keep on ticking. They are much heavier than the other metallic sockets, so have your place picked out before hand to remove dragging a hunk of metal all on your patio or backyard. If you would like, you can apply paint to a cast iron fire pit, but even that will flake out over a period of time because of the extreme heat. The only way to prolong the life span of a cast iron fire pit is to find the thickest metal accessible. These models can weigh over 350 pounds. A gas fire pit is a wonderful choice to check into as well. Copper fire pits always seem real nice when they are brand new, but will turn a greenish patina color after heat was applied to them several times. So it is best that you put a concrete or other nonflammable surface below the pit to prevent any rust marking of your terrace surface
Copper fire pits may have steel or other compounds for their feet or supports, run the danger of rusting and leaving marks on the surface they have been place. Due to the price for copper nowadays, sheet aluminum is starting to be much more cost effective material to generate fir pits from. Aluminum will maintain its color better than copper with some streaking from minerals in water. Stainless steel is another popular material for fire pits, and though it is known to rust, corrosion may work its way into the pit by means of fasteners, bolts which were inserted into the metal and exposed the underlying coating. A cast aluminum pit is a fantastic choice. It requires very little maintenance and will not crack rust or warp. Being as mild as they are it is rather easy to move around your patio or lawn.