Your iron fire pit most likely gets a lot of use. It is great to have an outdoor area with a fire pit where family and friends can gather around to hang out and enjoy themselves. The downside to this though, is that the fire pit, among other things, needs to be maintained. If you find yourself with a iron fire pit that needs cleaning or repairing, here are a few tools and materials that you will need, along with some steps that can help to guide you.
Step 1 - Wash the Iron Fire Pit
Before beginning any kind of repair, you will want to wash the iron fire pit thoroughly. Start by sweeping or vacuuming out any debris and dust from the actual fire pit itself. This will allow you to get in there and clean it out. Depending on how much you use the fire pit, it may take awhile to complete this step. Once you have all of the debris out though, you can use warm water and mild dish soap with a metal dish sponge to wipe out and clean the inside of the fire pit. Many times when you purchase the iron part of the fire pit, a brush will come with it, this can be used to clean it you still have it. Then dry the inside out completely or allow it to air dry before moving on.
Step 2 - Steel Wool
Now you can get to the real grime. Use steel wool to repair any parts of the fire pit that have serious build up. A lot of the time, the rust will begin to build up and ruin the iron pit, but you can stop it from happening by regular maintenance. Scrub the inside for about 5 minutes or so, making sure to evenly scrub and get all of the rust out. Then wash out the pit again with mild soap and water and allow it to dry completely.
Step 3 - Use Oil
Now, coat the entire inside of the iron fire pit with shortening . You can do this with a paper towel usually or a brush. Once it is coated completely, you can turn the fire pit on so that the heat will melt the oil. Leave this going for about 30 to 45 minutes so that the entire pit can heat up and get covered. Then, turn the heat off and let the pit cool down. Wipe off any of the oil so that the rust or debris that was caked on to the pit comes off with it. Then you can use mild soap and water again to wipe out the inside and allow it to dry completely before using it again. It is important to maintain and repair small rust problems before they get out of hand.