Tips to Prevent and Remove Rust from Outdoor Fire Pit

 Rust is the last thing any fire pit owner wishes to see. Regarding fire pit rusting, few materials are more durable and reliable. However, there is one weakness- water

What is Rust?

The first step will be to get a clear understanding of what rust is made of. Rust is iron oxide, formed when the iron is exposed to water and oxygen.

Following are some of the causes that speed up the rusting process:

  • Changes in temperature
  • Humid areas
  • The high salt content in the air (it can happen if you live near the sea)
  • In rainy areas

Different Types of Rust

As a fire pit owner, you must be aware of four kinds of Rust. The difference between the Rust may be insignificant, but knowing promotes simple ways to fix it.

  • Stable Rust  

This kind of rust is considered a good thing and sometimes is used intentionally to protect the metal from further corrosion. It should be kept if your fire pit is made of Corten steel.

  • Flash Rust

Flash rust occurs in specific spots where the metal might get exposed to water for an extended time. It is mainly bright orange and can form fast if one does not take proper care of it.

  • Flaking Rust  

This is often found where the paint coat doesn’t entirely cover the space or surface. It is primarily due to negligence and can be easily avoided – all it takes to increase the paint coat volume.

  • Pitting Rust 

Pitting rust usually forms because of trapped moisture and is often witnessed on furniture or metal tools. So before buying patio furniture with a fire pit, ensure there are no hidden holes or cracks.

How to Remove Rust from Patio Furniture with Fire Pit?

The following are two primary methods for removing rust:

  • With the use of a chemical-based removal product, and 
  • With the application of natural methods.

Chemical-based Removal Products

If you prefer to utilize removal products to get rid of rust, keep in mind the following instructions:

  • To clean the rust, make sure to keep the patio furniture with fire pit outside in an open area. The idea behind it is to keep the place well-ventilated, far away from anything that can cause any runoff.
  • Clean the fire pit with a soft bristle scrub brush and water. You can use steel wool as it can help with the proper cleaning of rust.
  • Avoid using an old brush, as the remaining rust on its bristle can trigger damage.
  • Remember that these are chemical-based products and are incredibly toxic, so – keep the amount of removal products to the bare minimum.
  • Do not rush with the results, as most products can take 15-30 minutes, though some may require a second coat for particularly stubborn areas.
  • Adequately clean the fire pit with water and let it air-dry.

DIY (Natural) Products  

Following are helpful suggestions to clean the patio set with a fire pit.

  • White Vinegar

Vinegar is acidic in nature. The mere presence of vinegar can dissolve rust. You can gently pour the vinegar on affected areas or apply it with the help of a cotton cloth. It is significant to cleanse the areas thoroughly afterward, as the remaining vinegar can continue to erode the metal.

  • Baking Soda

Baking soda has been known to eliminate many unwanted materials, such as stains and pungent smell- it is often used in cooking to soften lentils. Do not directly apply the baking soda. First, you need to add baking soda with water to form some sort of paste thick enough, and then use the same to the rusted area. Leave the baking soda paste on for a few hours and then scrub the same off with soft-bristled steel wool.

  • Lemon Juice

Add a tiny amount of salt and lemon juice to the fire pit rust-affected area- then rinse the same with clean water after a while. Do not leave the lemon juice on the affected area for too long, as it can cause more damage if not rinsed properly.

  • Cola

Cola also has high acidic ph. because of the phosphoric acid. To clean tough rust, Cola can be proven to be extremely useful.

  • Potato

You might not believe it, but potatoes are also a good source of cleaning solution when it comes to rust. Oxalic acid in potatoes does a great job of getting rid of rust.

How to Prevent Rust from Happening?

To prevent the rust from happening and avoid all the hassle- follow the below tips:

  • Keep your fire pit covered,
  • Keep your fire pit dry, especially during winter,
  • Ensure proper cleaning of your fire pit, and
  • Keep an eye on rust formation; eliminate it immediately if you see it forming.

Removing the rust does not have to be a tedious task. The early signs of rust can be tackled easily. One of the best things you can do to prevent rust is to keep your fire pit in storage for challenging weather.

How to Fix a Hole in a Fire Pit?

Below are the ways to fix a cracked fire pit:

For Small Cracks: You can use an epoxy resin or sealant to cover a crack. First, you need to clean the area around the crack properly so any left residue can be removed. You can use a brush to remove any loose debris. Then apply the sealant or resin accordingly.

For Larger Cracks: You can go with welding the fire pit- using metal rods and a welding torch. After cleaning the crack safely, use the welding torch to heat the metal rod until they display a glowing red impression. Finally, move the torch along the rod. The fire pit must let cool completely before you use it again.  

To Conclude 

Follow all the steps mentioned above or tips to divert any chances of getting rust on your patio set fire pit. We advise you to keep a close eye on any changing fire pit color and do everything possible to prevent the rest. Rest, DIY solutions are available to assist you in your time of need.