Should You Get a Cast-Iron Fire Pit?
Cast-iron fire pits are a bold choice for your heating and fire needs. It might make sense on the surface — you already own a cast iron pan and maybe even a dutch oven. If those serve you well when managing fire-related tasks, it stands to reason that a cast iron fire pit will fit the bill as well. But I’m here to tell you that cast iron fire pits are not for the faint of heart (or for someone not willing to put up with a little maintenance). If you really want to figure out whether you’re cut out to use a fire pit made of cast iron, read on.
Benefits of Cast Iron Fire Pits
There are many benefits when choosing a cast iron fire pit. Cast iron itself has stood the test of time for handling even the hottest flames. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the material is well-suited for fire pits.
- They are remarkably sturdy and durable.
- They conduct heat better than most other materials, with the exception of copper and some man-made composites.
- Although rust is possible, they’re not typically sensitive to the elements.
Even if your cast iron does fall victim to rust, there are a few ways to mitigate the problem. Restoring a rusty fire pit isn’t difficult at all, as exposed by this video:
Issues with Cast Iron Fire Pits
If you read the above and think “This is a no-brainer! A cast iron fire pit is definitely for me,” pump your brakes a little. There are also a few cons to getting a fire pit made out of cast iron.
- Cast iron is extremely heavy. Unlike their aluminum/alloy counter-parts, you’ll probably need help moving your cast iron around.
- Cast iron stays hot a long time! If you’re thinking you’ll put the fire out and immediately move the fire pit out of the way, you have another thing coming. You might have to wait hours before it’s ready to put away
Should You Get A Cast Iron Fire Pit?
Like with most things, this comes down to personal preference and what you’re looking for. I would never tell someone who couldn’t lift 40 pounds that a cast iron fire pit is for them. Also, if they have small children or pets, a fire pit that conducts heat could be a recipe for injury. So I’ll leave the question to you — do you love the sturdy, historic nature of a cast iron and are prepared to put up with a few faults?
Best Cast Iron Fire Pit
Although cast iron fire pits are as numerous as they come, we have a recommendation.
This Catalina Creations cast iron fire pit is an beautifully ornate entry level fire pit. Its deep bowl is perfect for raging fires and it’s steel bowl is made from a thicker gauge to ensure years of use. It also comes without an outdoor fire pit cover to protect your investment!
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