Protect Your Fire Pit with a Lid or Snuffer Cover

Protect Your Fire Pit with a Lid or Snuffer Cover

Posted by Karsten Ryan Yard Couture on 20th Oct 2019

Protect Your Fire Pit with a Lid or Snuffer Cover

Recreational fires are an ever increasing trend in backyards across America. In fact, backyard fire pits are the most requested design feature according to landscape architects and for good reason, people enjoy spending their time with friends and family around the warm blaze of a fire pit. It adds warmth, visuals, and sets the mood. However, before you step out and purchase your own fire pit it is important to do research and understand your options including design, safety, and local regulations. You must also consider investing in the appropriate fire pit accessories to protect your family and investment. Snuffer covers and lids are particularly essential to properly extinguish flames and prolong the life or your fire pit.

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First priority, make yourself aware of your municipalities’ ordinances pertaining to open burn fire pits. According to some states the definition of a “recreational fire” means a camp-style fire using charcoal or fire wood for cooking or entertainment. Some areas may not permit an open wood burning fire but a gas fire pit is permitted. Laws vary by state, county and city so look up your local fire code to find out the guidelines in your area.

Second priority should be understanding fire safety. Make sure the fire pit is at least 10-25 feet from any structure, including your home, plants, or bordering properties. Again check with local laws on required distances in your area. Never place a fire pit beneath any type of enclosure such as a covered porch or dangling tree branches. Always position a fire pit on a level, stable, and non-flammable surface, patio blocks or concrete are ideal options. If you live in a fire prone region you should consider surrounding your fire pit with materials that will not ignite, such as crushed stone, brick or sand. For wood-burning pits cut logs to a length less than 75% the diameter of the pit. Only burn natural, 6 month seasoned wood. Soft woods like pine are safer because they do not crackle or spark. Avoid plywood, composite woods or other construction materials as they release toxic fumes when burned. Never use gasoline or lighter fluid to ignite a fire in your fire pit. Keep a bucket of sand or hose handy for rogue sparks. Use fire gloves and position furniture at a safe distance. Keep children and pets way from fires. Always completely snuff out your flame to prevent burns or keep the fire from reigniting. A good snuffer cover or lid is the easiest and most reliable way to quickly and completely extinguish a fire.

Finally choose a functional design made from durable materials that meet your needs and style. Assess your space to ensure there is plenty of non-flammable area in all directions including above and below the intended placement of your fire pit. Again check the local fire code for exact distances required in your area, generally 10-25 feet. Choose fire pits constructed from materials that look attractive and withstand use and variable outdoor climates and weather. Some of the more durable fire pits are made from steel, iron, copper, or stone. Purchasing a fire pit is an investment that should be protected by proper use. It is recommended to use a fire pit lid or cover to keep water, falling debris and critters from compromising your fire pit.

Snuffer covers and lids provide a safer way to enjoy a fire. It is vital to be aware of fire hazards and take the proper safety precautions to avoid unintentional burns and one key step is to snuff out the flame quickly and keep the fire pit covered until it cools down. There are various types, sizes and styles of snuffer covers and lids to choose from, each with different advantages for your lifestyle. Snuffer covers protect you and your family from fire hazards and protect your fire pit from the outdoor elements such as rain, branches, and haphazard debris that may fall or blow in. Depending on the style of your fire pit so will the type of fire pit lid or snuffer cover needed.

  • *To measure for a new snuffer cover or lid. It is recommended to have approximately 2-4” of excess around the perimeter of the lid to the opening of your fire pit. Measure the inner diameter of your fire pit opening and add 2-4”. This will give you the recommended lid size.

Metal Dome Fire Pit Snuffer Cover/Lids

Apart from being visually appealing a dome style fire pit snuffer is used for open wood burning fire pits. It’s a convenient option because you can pre-stack your fire wood above the rim into the perfect teepee and the dome lid will provide plenty of room to accommodate, just simply lift off and it’s ready to be ignited. Dome fire pit lids are primarily used to quickly snuff out flames and protect your fire pit from the outside elements including wind, rain, critters and debris.

Metal Dome Fire Pit Snuffer Cover

Metal Folding Fire Pit Snuffer Cover

Folding or fold-able snuffer lids feature a centered hinge that allow it to fold in half. This helps one tend the fire by accessing only one panel rather than taking the entire lid off. This may be particularly necessary on large fire pits because the lid may be too heavy and large to lift frequently. The hinge snuffer cover also helps for more compact transport and storage when not in use. For in the ground or underground wood burning fire pits, adding a fire pit lid is essential to block the hole and prevent someone from falling in.

Stainless Round Folding Snuffer Cover

Flat Fire Pit Lids for Gas Fire Pits

Flat fire pit lids are an incredible multi-purpose accessory. They protect your gas fire pit from rust and tarnish while functioning as coffee table to place food or drink when the flame is not being used. A lid or cover will also protect your burners and inserts that can be expensive to replace if clogged or corroded. Gas fire pit inserts are often made from stainless steel. Stainless steel is an excellent metal for burners but eventually even stainless steel will corrode causing the gas ports to clog. It’s good practice to keep your fire pit clean and check often for even flows of the gas ports making sure there are no obstructions. Again always cover your fire pit when not in use with a lid or cover to prevent rain, snow and dirt from entering which will eventually corrode the metal. Most burner and insert manufacturers require the use of a lid or cover to stay compliant with their warranties, especially for the the electronic or automatic versions.

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If you are in search of the perfcet fire pit snuffer lid or cover, YardCouture.com has an many options for any type of fire pit needs. We can also customize any of the lids or snuffer covers to accommodate any fire pit opening. CONTACT US for further information!

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