Updated: 30th June, 2021
Here in Australia, we’ve got such a great climate that we love to spend a lot of time outdoors with family and friends, especially in the warmer months. During spring and summer, we are blessed with cooler nights, and spend time getting outside for relaxation and recreation. Whether you are in Brisbane or Perth, there’s nothing better than inviting a few mates around, putting on the footy and sitting around your fire pit.
Here are MAX Fire Pits, we are particularly fond of getting together on a weekend, inviting a few mates over and sitting around one of our custom outdoor fire pits, having a few brews and telling some tall stories. There’s nothing better!
So, as a way to help we thought we would put together a quick guide on what to look for when buying an outdoor firepit for your backyard. We will list a few of the common pitfalls, as well as what to look for to get the best value for money.
Tip #1 – Not all outdoor firepits are created equal
The age-old mantra of “You get what you pay for” certainly rings true when it comes to fire pits and outdoor equipment in general. Only choose quality manufacturers who are proud of their work they produce and have a good history of delivering quality products. The appeal of saving a few dollars will quickly fade when your cheap fire pit started to warp and bend due to the inferior quality steel and manufacturing processes.
Cheaper fire pits are often cut with plasma or water jet cutting machines, which are an older, inferior technology and don’t produce such a finely detailed cut. This means that your logos and designs are often a bit jaggy around the edges and just plain ugly to look at.
At MAX Fire Pits, we use a high-end industrial laser cutting machine that is capable of extremely fine detail and crisp, clean lines. There’s simply no comparison when you look at one of our fire pits compared to a water or plasma cut product.
Tip #2 – The thicker the steel, the longer it will last.
When researching to buy fire pits online, it’s easy to spot products that are much cheaper when comparing only on price. However, the secret is that most of the lower-priced offerings are made from inferior imported steel and only 2mm or 3mm thick. The problem is that when exposed to the high temperatures of a camp fire, this thinner material has the tendency to warp and bend, ruining your new fire pit.
Over the years, we have decided that 4mm BlueScope® steel is the preferred material of choice for building a quality fire pit that is strong and won’t bend under the incredible heat of a raging fire.
Tip #3 – Find a fire pit design that locks together
One of the major problems with a fire pit is that when it is full with coals or ash, moving it to mow or reposition it in your backyard can be a nightmare if the fire pit cannot be lifted without falling apart. Look for a design that is built to be lifted. The MAX Fire Pit has been designed with a unique locking base and built-in handles that make lifting a breeze, even when full of ashes.