What are some tips for building a smokeless fire?
The key to achieving maximum smoke reduction is a very hot fire spread evenly throughout the fire pit. Moving hot coals toward the outside wall will be helpful as well. This will provide more heat in the double-walled air chamber, which in turn will provide a more aggressive air current up through the air chamber, forcing that secondary combustion which is essential to making a fire smokeless.
Please note that adding bigger logs to your fire can cause the fire to burn cooler, so start by using smaller pieces then slowly adding bigger logs as the fire builds. As for stacking the wood, our best recommendations are as follows: Start by adding firestarter or dry shreds of paper or cardboard. Then, surround the fire starter with small pieces of kindling or dry twigs. Once the smaller pieces of kindling are burning well, carefully add larger, split logs one at a time. We recommend stacking the wood perpendicularly in a log cabin style. Also be sure that your wood has been dried sufficiently before attempting to burn.
Will my fire pit be hot when in use?
YES! Do not touch any part of the fire pit with bare hands when in use. Children should always be under parental supervision when around the fire pit. Your fire pit should always be treated as an open flame.
How durable is the fire pit? Will it rust?
The BrightFire Fire Pit was made to be durable and with proper care will last a very long time.
The BrightFire Smokeless Fire Pit is available in two variations – 304 stainless steel and mild steel that is treated with high heat resistant paint. Both variations have powder coated outer spiral rings (that is available in various colours) but when it comes to the inner fire basin and top ring base plate, you can choose between either a 304 stainless steel or mild steel finish that is treated with black high heat resistant paint. Both are extremely robust and will last a long time, but 304 stainless steel is more durable in the long term versus mild steel (but is more expensive as well).
For the mild steel version, the inner fire basin and top ring section is treated with a high heat resistant paint to protect the metal against rust. However, like any braai or firepit, high heat paint does not last indefinitely. If you want to apply a re-coat, you can purchase any of the many commercially available heat resistant paints on the market to re-coat it with. Rust-Oleum® is an excellent brand that we can highly recommend. Just make sure to lightly scrub away any rust that may have formed on the metal before you respray it.
Take note – you can also choose not to re-spray it with a high heat resistant paint and simply season the metal from time to time by spraying or applying some cooking oil with a cloth to the surface of the metal. If using a spray (which makes application much easier) just take care not to use cooking sprays like “Spray & Cook” but brands like “B-Well canola spray” that has a higher burning point. Personally, we like this more natural method of protecting the metal against rust and allowing it to form its own unique “patina” over time versus re-coating it with black high heat resistant paint. The choice is yours of course.
Furthermore, it’s highly advisable that you cover your BrightFire Fire Pit with the supplied cover to protect it against moisture and rust. Always remember to clean out the ash pan / inner fire basin as well as any leftover ashes attracts moisture.
As for the outer spiral rings (colour rings) these are powder coated that helps protect it against moisture / rust formation. There is therefore no need to treat the spiral rings with any paint or oil.