Do you know the last time you cleaned your outdoor fireplace? Many homeowners take the maintenance of the indoor unit seriously but forget the importance of taking care of their outdoor fireplace as well. Unfortunately, when a fireplace is forgotten year after year it begins to deteriorate and work less efficiently. Outdoor Fireplace
To ensure your unit is providing warmth all season long, it is vital to keep it in proper working order with regular cleanings. First though you must know what material your fireplace is made of. The material it is constructed of will determine how best to care for it.
Below are four common types of outdoor fireplaces and how to properly care for each:
Aluminum & Steel – Aluminum or steel fireplaces are very durable over time but do require covering during wet months. Use a quality vinyl covering to encase the fireplace preventing moisture from rusting its surface.
Iron – Iron fireplaces are very durable and long-lasting. Although iron is naturally less prone to rust than aluminum or steel, it still needs to be protected from it. One way to defend against rusting is by applying specially-formulated high-temperature paint to rusted areas to prevent spreading. This is also true if your fireplace has a simple iron base with another type of material for the fireplace itself.
Copper – Copper is a beautiful material that naturally responds to the elements aging beautifully with the exposure. If you would prefer to keep the shine and gleam of copper without the patina appearance reduce the exposure it has to the outdoors by storing the fire pit in a sheltered area. A mild detergent and nylon brush can be used to clean the pit after the heating season. You can also use a degreaser for the soot that has accumulated.
Brick & Stone – Outdoor brick and stone fireplaces are by far the easiest to maintain. These units don’t require any special covering or protection from the elements. You do want to brush the hearth out each year with a stiff brush while removing all ash and debris from the area.
If you are unsure on how to best protect your outdoor fireplace, contact our team at Lindemann Chimney Service. We assist our clients with any of their chimney or fireplace needs including their outdoor spaces. Whether you need us to complete the service or suggest the best tools for the job, our team of experienced sweeps is here to help.
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