We often get comments and questions about our fire pits, the size, weight, the nostalgia on basing them on a 40 gallon drum, appropriate usage and how long they should last.
“I bought a fire pit last winter and the base has already rusted out”.
Our fire pits aren’t for the faint hearted, they are heavy items that have a starting weight of 35kg all the way up to over 50kg. We make all of our fire pits from 3mm corten steel. Not only does it look great when it is rusted it is more than capable of taking the heat of a fire and looking fantastic the next day. We weld with corten rods in a stitching pattern looking like this – – – . This means that our fire pits will not pool with a lot of water nor will the base fall or rust out. We often stack items in our fire pits when travelling to shows and regularly put weights of up to 90kg in the base so they are more than capable of taking some fat Aussie hardwood logs dropping on them.
Our fire pits will burn hot and some burn hotter than others, simply due to draw. Our square fire pits with large openings on the sides will burn faster and hotter than our round fire pits which tend to have smaller cut outs and more detail reducing the amount of oxygen drawn into the fire.
Where to burn a fire pit? That is always the question. We do not recommend burning a fire pit on a deck or tiled area. We would also recommend that it is tested on spare pavers prior to burning on them. If you burn on grass, even though the base is raised it will scorch the grass. We have used this method as a lazy way to remove grass prior planting new trees. We recommend raising the fire pit to allow air to flow underneath, this is easily achieved through bricks.
There is nothing worse than having to store an unusable item in the shed for half the year, so we make table tops and grill for all of our fire pits. This means that they can still be used as a decorative useful piece of furniture either in the yard or on the verandah as a coffee table.