Please try to burn a hot fire in your fire pit within 24-48 hours of having your fire pit outside. The initial burn will help the paint fully cure on the outside and top of the fire pit. The color of the inside walls may show imperfections where there is direct contact with the flames. This is normal and expected.
When the pit is not in use, the Burly team recommends storing it beneath a cover or in a garage or shed to prolong the life of the product. Covering the fire pit with the Burly snuffer lid will keep moisture out, which will prevent corrosion. Do not cover the fire pit until the fire is completely out. Do not store indoors unless the fire pit is completely cooled down and cleaned out.
Make sure to clean out the fire pit after every two or three fires. Our two-piece design makes it an easy job: simply remove the inner unit, lift the outer unit by the handles, and dump the ash in an appropriate spot. (Never dump ash into a trash can or near a building structure). Discarding the ash will protect the unit and ensure that it can maintain proper airflow. Do not leave ash in the bottom of the fire pit for extended periods of time.
Our painted matte black GATHER and VIRGINIAN fire pits are coated with high-temperature outdoor grill/stove paint that is rated up to 1,200 degrees F. No paint, however, can permanently withstand direct flame contact and all-weather exposure, so some surface rust is inevitable over time. Touch-up paint for the painted units is available for purchase. See instructions on how to use the touch-up paint.
Our heavy-duty stainless steel SCOUT and VIRGINIAN fire pits reach very high temperatures and can be exposed to all types of weather. It is important to note that the stainless steel units will patina once used. The patina look gives the unit a bronze/copper hue with hints of purple. Burly fire pits are built with heavy-duty stainless steel and state-of-the-art craftsmanship, so your fire pit will last for years to come.
Corten is a steel alloy that forms a rust-like appearance after exposure to weather. It looks better over time as well as strengthens as it ages. Thus, there is very little upkeep required. Maybe occasional spot cleaning with a damp cloth or wire brush.
This unit is meant to be left out in the elements year-round without worry. Note that the flange and legs are made out of stainless steel. Like all of our fire pits, ash build up should be cleaned out after every couple of fires to ensure proper airflow. Also, do not leave ash in your fire pit for extended periods of time.