As the focal point of the backyard, the fire pit not only adds warmth but becomes a centerpiece for cherished moments. However, to truly enhance and protect this key backyard feature, selecting the right outdoor fire pit cover to fit your needs is crucial. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore some key components to consider when looking for a fire pit cover to ensure you get the protection you need. From the basics of fire pit size and shape to the intricacies of materials and proper ventilation, we navigate the terrain to ensure your backyard fire pit stays clean, protected, and ready to enjoy.
Fire Pit Size and Shape
When choosing a patio cover, two of the biggest considerations are the size and shape of your fire pit or fire pit table. The dimensions and form of your fire pit – whether traditional circular, rectangular, or custom-designed – significantly impact the price and availability. You want to ensure the dimensions you take are accurate to ensure a proper fit. We always recommend measuring twice and ordering once. If you need additional help measuring, our easy-to-follow guide for round and rectangular fire pits will ease any hesitation.
If you struggle to find a cover to accommodate your fire pit, standard-sized covers may not come in the size you need. Opting for a custom-sized fire pit cover allows you to enter your dimensions and receive a perfect-fitting cover without the hassle.
Which Type of Fire Pit Needs a Cover?
Although fire pits come in a variety of materials designed to be outdoors, it’s still a good idea to take the time to protect them from the elements. Materials such as steel, concrete, or cast iron have varying maintenance requirements and aesthetic qualities that you will want to protect. When considering stone or concrete pits, if left unprotected, they can begin to discolor or grow mold and mildew. On the other hand, metal fire pits will begin to rust and eventually need to be replaced.
Understanding the local climate and weather conditions greatly assists you when selecting a cover that will provide an adequate level of protection. Ensure the chosen cover can withstand the elements you often face, such as high UV exposure, heavy rain and snow, and high winds. If you face a wide variety of weather conditions or want to be prepared for anything, we suggest getting a high-quality cover made of a material that can cover all your bases.
Choosing the Ideal Fire Pit Cover Material
Navigating fire pit cover materials can be a daunting task, given the plethora of options and technical terms thrown around in the market. Let's simplify the decision-making process by zeroing in on two prominent materials: vinyl and polyester.
Vinyl is a popular choice for safeguarding outdoor fire pits and is often more budget-friendly. This lightweight fabric boasts excellent water resistance, making it a reliable option for various weather conditions, including heavy rain and light snow. However, it's worth noting that vinyl's prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to cracking and brittleness over time.
In contrast, more versatile covers like our collections—Elite, Ultima, and Prestige—take advantage of robust woven polyester. This material offers enduring strength, eliminating concerns about cracking even with extended use. When exploring polyester covers, you'll frequently encounter the term "denier," indicating the material's weight and correlating with its durability. For optimal protection, we recommend opting for a cover with a denier of at least 300, preferably 900. If you prioritize top-notch fire pit protection, polyester covers are the superior choice.
Fire Pit Covers in Vinyl:
- Limited UV Resistance
Fire Pit Covers in Polyester:
- Excellent Water Resistance
- Exceptional Durability
Ease of Installation and Removal
Consider the ease of installing and removing the cover. Opt for outdoor fire pit covers with user-friendly installation features, especially if you plan on frequently using and storing the fire pit. We recommend looking for features such as an elastic or drawcord hem, which keeps the cover secure but also requires minimal effort to use. A cover that can be easily managed contributes to the overall convenience of your patio's maintenance.
From considering the size and shape of your fire pit to selecting the appropriate materials and features to fit your needs, you are now prepared to find the cover that’s right for you.