Safety and Care Guides

At Unique Feature Fire Pits, we want you to stay safe when using our products so we've put together this guide for you.

When using an open fire, a common sense approach is vital to prevent accident or injury.

 

  •   NEVER move, or try to move the pit once it has been lit.  It needs to completely cool down before moving again.
    • Never leave a fire unattended.
    • Children and pets must be supervised at all times around the pit when lit.
    • Inspect your fire pit before each lighting and check for any signs of wear that may cause concern.  Pay special attention to the wheel and stand area.  Do NOT light if you have concerns. If your pit has a lid, remove the lid before lighting – it is purely for decorative purposes.
    • Only light a safe distance away from any flammable substances, furniture etc.  Make sure furniture etc can be moved further away once lit if need be (i.e. not backed onto a wall for example).  This includes overhanging trees and porches.
    • Do not allow intoxicated people near the fire pit when lit.
    • Never introduce flammable liquids into a fire or when trying to light it.                         
    • Check weather conditions and don’t light in windy conditions.
    • Allow enough distance from materials and surfaces in the event of embers and sparks coming out.
    • Make sure leaves and other garden litter that could be flammable are cleaned up a good distance from the pit before lighting.
    • Keep a hose on standby or a bucket of water or sand in case of an emergency.
    • Always check for fire bans before lighting.
    • Never light on decking, grass or any other wooden or flammable surface.    Always use pavers or concrete or similar.
    • Keep the fire small and manageable and always in an open, ventilated area and never take indoors.
    • Exercise extreme caution when moving this pit using good lifting techniques.
    • Only use on level ground.
    • Check with your local council to discover any limitations when using fire pits.
    • Do not burn pressure treated wood, wood that’s been painted, composites or plywood as these contain chemicals.
    • Never allow wood to overhang the sides of the fire pit.
    • Never discard of hot ashes.  Ashes can remain hot for 2 or 3 days after a fire.
    • If your pit has a lid, remove the lid when moving in case it slides off and support the lid underneath when removing and carrying it.
    • Use drain hole stopper when lighting.
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    With the correct care and treatment, these fire pits will last for years but there are practises you can follow to extend the life of your fire pit even more.

    •  Cleaning your fire pit: the black painted  pits can be hosed off and wiped with a soft sponge to prevent water marks.  Don’t use abrasive materials which could reduce the life span of the pits.
      • Try not to aggressively poke the fire/logs which could cause the paint to scratch down to the metal.  As with any paint, it will degrade over time but care will extend the life of the paint.  If you are concerned about rust then there are treatments that you can buy from hardware stores and even black high temperature paint to touch areas up.  It is a fire pit however and will naturally take on a more aged look over time.
    • The smaller the pit, the smaller the fire.  Your pit will degrade much quicker if you build big fires on a regular basis.  The same with any product – the more you hammer it, the shorter the life.
      • Take care when putting wood onto the fire – not only for personal safety but also to minimise damage to the design. 
      • Consistent high heat will cause thinner parts of the metal to degrade first so keep fires small and hottest parts away from the cut out designs.  These are gorgeous style pits, but they do need care and consideration with emphasis on the smaller and thinner pits.
      • Keep in a sheltered area when not in use – this will help to prolong the use of the fire pit over the years.
      • If you have a fire pit with the wheels, it is advisable to use a spray on grease at least once a year to prevent seizing or more often if you feel necessary.
      • Building large fires on a frequent basis may shorten the life of your fire pit.  Small fires for small pits, larger fires for larger pits.
      • Please use extreme care if your fire pit has a BBQ grill attachment.  The sides of the fire pit will of course be extremely hot and appropriate care should be taken when taking the grill in and out and when cooking to prevent injury.  Please use sensible Personal Protective Equipment such as heat proof gloves etc.
      • If using the fire pit as a planter for long periods, or for plants that need fair watering, it is advisable to layer in a plastic sheet first into the bottom of the bowl so that water is not sitting directly on the metal for long periods as this will promote early or more sustained rust.
    Here are the most popular woods for burning in Australia:
    - Western Australia – Jarrah and Wandoo wood
    - Northern Territory and Queensland – Ironbark and Box wood
    - New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia – River Red Gum wood
    - Tasmania – Brown Peppermint wood
    - Quick burning soft woods are ok to use as kindling for starting a fire.  Beware of wet wood (causes smoke) or woods such as pine (which may have small pockets of oil which will make the fire spit).
    - When lighting a fire, use kindling (thin pieces of wood) alongside the larger pieces of wood.  The kindling will catch fire a lot easier and help generate the flames to burn the bigger wood.  Make sure air is getting around your fire and stack it in criss-crossed layers.
    Please only burn woods that have come from sustainable sources – you can read more about this at the Firewood Association of Australia Inc – www.firewood.asn.au.

     

    These lists are not exhaustive and no liability will be accepted by Unique Feature Fire Pits for any incident arising from using these pits or following these guides  By using the fire pit you are accepting these terms.