Fire Pit Covers
Fire pit covers are an essential part to owning a beautiful fire pit. Obviously being out in the elements can take a heavy toll on even the highest quality fire pit or fire pit table. The best protection you can provide for your fire pit is to use a cover when it is not in use.
If it is relatively portable (and not used as a key piece of furniture in which case it is likely undercover anyway), you may wish to store it away from its usual location under cover. This will help prevent erosion and rusting as well as discoloring. It will preserve your fire pit to last longer as well as reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep it performing and looking good.
Fire pit covers are typically available to suit the shape of all fire pits – be it square, round or rectangular. They also come in all sizes and several materials ranging from relatively inexpensive fabric covers to more robust wrought iron models.
When choosing a material cover, it is important to measure your fire pit on all sides or diameter. If the diameter of your fire pit is not available, choosing one which is slightly larger will often suit. Ensure that the height of your cover is shorter than your fire pit to ensure air flow circulates still.
Measure the length, height, and width of your fire pit in inches. Make sure that when you are comparing covers, you are comparing apples to apples and not length to width etc
Often material covers have superior qualities to each other; some may boast that the material is highly water resistant, others may be suitable for indoor and “light outdoor use” but not for long periods outside. They often come in “light/ medium or heavy weight” and the price is reflective of its durability.
Many vinyl covers offer mesh vents to circulate air to minimize the possibility of mold and mildew as well as elastic bottoms and draw cords with adjustable locks so they hug the fire pit and protect it from rain, hail, collecting leaves, snow, ice and u.v rays which can fade. Vinyl is a plastic based fabric that is highly water resistant and fairly heavy and thick. It is known to become brittle and crack after sometime in the elements.
Although a synthetic material, nylon is somewhat breathable and is known to retain its flexability longer than vinyl. It is extremely water resistant like vinyl.
Canvas is a heavy fabric usually made from cotton and isn’t water resistant unless it has been specially treated. However, the treatments do wear off over time.
You may choose to elect for a metal cover which are by far the most protective. They are typically made from wrought iron and many offer a choice of base colors ranging from bronze, slate gray to graphite. They are fairly heavy and robust and can be used to put out the fire safely and many styles are “hinged” in the center which enables easy storage.
Unlike vinyl or canvas, they will not rot, blow away or fade in the sun. They are also safe to use to extinguish flames and prevent burning whilst the fire pit is still hot. Since they are made from sturdy materials, you can be ensured that the pit covers will last for a very long time. Many brands offer warranties of ten years or more.
Mesh Safety Screens
These are useful as an extra layer of protection between you and the flames as well as preventing debris blowing in. They also stop sparks escaping and starting fire where you don’t want it – outside of the fire pit. They are available in several styles including lift –off, hinged and pivoting.
Fireglass Glass Wind Guards
These are a great, stylish option for keeping your gas fire pit safe, contained and lit when in windy conditions. Thick, tempered glass surrounds the gas flame area and is suitable for rocks, glass, lava and other gas fire pit media.
DIY Fire Pit Covers
For the more adventurous, fire pit covers can be customized and personalized by creating them yourself. A canvas cover would be for those more comfortable with a needle and cotton whereas crafts-people and carpenters may wish to create a wooden cover with a pattern or even a game board on the cover. A great entertainment tool as well as stylish and practical!
Fire Pit Grates
Not “covers” as such, but they do go over the fire pit and make it easier to light wood burning fires because they give you access to the space under the fire (where kindling and tinder goes). Heat rises and when the hot air from your fire pit rises, it is replaced with cooler air. With a grate in place, an empty space for the cooler air is created which enhances the fire’s “draft” as it becomes warm and rises. This adds to the upward flow of hot air. You can also use them to cook on, like a bbq!