Glow Outdoor Heating by Northcote Pottery

Product Care and Maintenance

It is essential that you follow this advice carefully to avoid damaging your outdoor heater.

For an overview of safe use and care of Glow outdoor heating products, watch the video here.

Lighting your Outdoor Heater

Always start the fire slowly, burn newspaper / dry kindling before creating a larger fire. Wood is the best fuel and a couple of logs will be sufficient in producing enough heat.

  • Do not use petrol, white spirits, lighter fluid, alcohol or other similar chemicals to light a fire as the rapid increase in temperature could damage the Chiminea / Fire Pit.
  • Never overload the Chiminea / Fire Pit or allow wood to hang out over the edges.
  • Do not use the Chiminea / Fire Pit as a furnace or garden incinerator - only use as an outdoor heater.
  • Do not extinguish the fire with water. This can also damage the Chiminea / Fire Pit.
  • Simply let the fire die out naturally or douse with sand.

Specific Considerations

Weathering Steel Fire Pits

  • Weathering Steel (also known as Corten Steel) comprises of a specially designed group of alloys which exhibit increased resistance to atmospheric corrosion, and form a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to the weather.
  • When exposed to air, the rust-like coating will continue to generate, forming a protective layer which helps to prevent corrosion.
  • Your Weathering Steel Chiminea / Fire Pit can be left untreated, however we recommend an annual coating of Penetrol, fine oil or metal primer to better preserve the rusted surface. This may also help reduce the liklihood of staining of surrounding paving and surfaces.
  • if your Chiminea / Fire Pit becomes scratched or marked, do not attempt to fix or sand away the marks, simply allow the natural corrosion process of the Weathering Steel to begin again and heal itself.
  • Do not allow water to pool on the surface of the Chiminea / Fire Pit for extended periods.
  • Please note: Weathering steel develops a protective coating over time. The appearance and texture of this item will age and discolour naturally from first use. Some slight flexing/warping of the metal may also occur. This is normal and is to be expected.

Terracotta Chimineas & Fire Pits

Terracotta is a natural product, and can be prone to cracking or damage if it is exposed to sudden changes in temperature.

  • Put a 7-10cm layer of small stones or dry washed sand in the base of the Chiminea / Fire Pit. This helps to protect from cracking through excessive heat. (Do not use garden loam or brick sand).
  • If desired, place two bricks on their side about 12cm apart on top of the stones/sand to help elevate the wood.

The Chiminea / Fire Pit should be cured before use to help prevent cracking, please see instructions below:

CURING the Chiminea / Fire Pit

To start a fire, place a small amount of dry kindling wood or newspaper in the unit. Always start the fire slowly, light the paper / kindling and allow a flame to build up. Once adequately alight add a small log and allow to burn slowly. Allow the log to burn out and the Chiminea / Fire Pit to cool.

Repeat this procedure at least two more times in order to seal any pores with soot and cure the Chiminea / Fire Pit.

Maintenance

  • Change the stones or sand in the bottom of the heater after every third use. Make sure that rain does not collect in the bottom of the heater.
  • Protect your Chiminea from rain and cold weather by using a protective cover, or moving it into a shed, garage or under cover when not in use. Never allow ice to form in the Chiminea / Fire Pit as this may cause cracking.
  • If your Chiminea comes with a lid, please ensure it is removed before lighting, and left off during use.
  • Ensure the Chiminea / Fire Pit is dry before use.
  • Always inspect the Chiminea / Fire Pit for fatigue and damage prior to each use. Replace as and when necessary.
  • Please note: Due to the traditional handmade process, this item will have individual characteristics in the form of distinguishing marks and colouring and have slight variations in size and weight. The surface will age and discolour naturally from first use. This is normal and is to be expected.

Powder Coated Steel Heaters

  • Put a 7-10cm layer of small stones or dry washed sand in the base of the Fire Pit. This helps to protect from damage through excessive heat. (Do not use garden loam or brick sand).
  • Change the stones or sand in the bottom of the heater after every third use.
  • Make sure that rain does not collect in the bottom of the heater. Protect your Fire Pit from rain and cold weather by using a protective cover, or moving it into a shed, garage or under cover when not in use. Never allow ice to form in the Fire Pit as this may cause damage.
  • Always inspect the Fire Pit for fatigue and damage prior to each use. Replace as and when necessary.
  • Please note: The black steel finish will age and discolour naturally from first use. Some slight flexing/warping of the metal may also occur. This is normal and is to be expected.