You may have bought a fire pit, fire table or fire bowl to enhance your evenings relaxing by the fire. But did you know that it is important to cover your fire pit when not in use? Not only will it protect the fire pit from the weather but also stop strong winds blowing embers around. The heat may be needed for future fires so covering over should not reduce warmth either. Most fire pits are designed with drainage holes at the bottom, which can provide an escape route for fire and melted debris and if they’re not covered these could cause problems with grass and plants at ground level. Never leave a fire unattended and ensure you put out all flames before going to bed or leaving home. A fire blanket would be ideal at this point to smother the fire.
Before you choose a fire pit cover consider;
- The measurements of your fire pit (height, width and depth) – this is required for fitting any cover securely without it slipping off or blowing away in windy weather.
- Is it necessary to attach an anchor point or purchase separate fire poker/tool holder? If space is tight attaching an anchor may prove difficult but if you have room then it’s advisable as it will keep the cover secure at all times.
- The material your fire pit cover is made from – most are waterproof so if it rains water should not seep through however there are covers available with vents that allow airflow to help stop heat being lost during use.
- When buying fire pit covers check what warranty they carry. Most fire pits come with a standard 1 year warranty but only offer fire pit covers with a 30 day guarantee which does not give much security if there are any problems or you do not like it.
- Check the customer reviews to see how happy previous buyers have been with their fire pit covers, especially regarding ease of fitting and durability.
Fire Pit Cover Prices
Prices vary from site to site but expect to pay around £20 – £30 for most fire pit covers that will fit any diameter fire or fire bowl between 900mm and 1200mm in height. Prices slightly higher for over 1400mm in height and also if they include added extras such as an anchor point/holder or fire poker.
When fire pit covers are not available check other solutions such as fire pit safety matting , fire pit glass and fire pit screens to ensure embers can’t escape your firepit and ignite ground debris, grass or plants around the firepit.
How often should fire pit covers be cleaned?
At least once a month to ensure debris, rain or frost does not cause damage.
Can fire pit covers go in the dishwasher?
Most should be able to but check first before putting them in your dishwasher because some fire pit covers could be damaged by the high water pressure and detergents used.
Is it safe to leave fire pit covers on when fire is lit?
You can if you want to but would suggest removing them during use because they’re a fire hazard and could potentially catch fire. If you plan to put them back on afterwards then clean thoroughly first and then allow time for dry before lighting the fire again.
Fire pit covers are a necessity for fire pits and fire bowls to prevent heat from escaping and fire embers flying around. The fire pit cover should be securely fitted so it doesn’t blow off or slip down in high winds. Prices vary from site to site but expect to pay around £20 – £30 for most fire pit covers that will fit any diameter fire or fire bowl between 900mm and 1200mm in height. Prices slightly higher for over 1400mm in height and also if they include added extras such as an anchor point/holder or fire poker.
Not a lot of fire pit covers available on the market but those that are available all do their job properly and keep fire contained. Some fire pit covers include added extras such as fire poker/tool holder or anchor point which is a bonus if space is tight as this can be used as an anchor point instead of purchasing separate fire pit poker/tool holder.
Fire Pit Cover Prices: Around £20 – £30 for most fire pit covers that will fit any diameter fire or fire bowl between 900mm and 1200mm in height. Prices slightly higher for over 1400mm in height and also if they include added extras such as an anchor point/holder or fire poker.