Admittedly, one of the issues that is being thrown against wood-burning fire pit has something to do with safety. During a burning activity, sparks and live embers tend to pop out of your fire pit or randomly fly around and possibly land on people or any flammable materials.
While this scenario can lead to accidental burn (or worse fire), this however can be easily remedied with a fire pit screen.
Once you have your fire going, you simply put this fire pit accessory over your flames and that’s pretty much like it. The nice thing about fire pit screens is the fact that they are either made transparent, allowing you to watch the whole burning process and still protect you at the same time. There are also screens with pretty designs which greatly add to the aesthetics of your fire pit.
When shopping for your fire pit screen, there are a couple of things that you have to consider. First, you have to choose a screen that is tall enough to cover the pile of woods loaded into your pit. This is important especially if you intend to spend long hours burning woods. Otherwise, you have to contend yourself adding woods every now and then which can be a little inconvenient and time-consuming.
However, if you expect to spend less time outdoors, the height of your fire pit screen won’t really matter a lot since you only have to reload woods once or twice., Needless to say, the length of time that you expect your fire to burn should determine the height or diameter of your fire pit screen.
Additionally, you also have to think of the material of your screen. Obviously, it has to be a material that can withstand the extreme heat of your fire pit. Stainless steel is a popular option as it is one of the few materials that is strong enough to tolerate very high temperature. Iron is also another material to consider since it is affordable but on the downside, it is prone to rust especially if not properly taken care of.
Another point to consider is the design of your screen. It is ideal to choose one that makes it easier for you to tend to your fire. Look for a screen that has a large hinged door so you can conveniently stoke your fire, and add woods every now and then without having to lift the entire screen. In addition, consider a screen with a comfortable and long handle to enable you to lift your screen without the risk of getting too close to the flame. Or you can look for a fire pit screen that come with a lifting tool to make it much easier for you to lift the cover without the risk of burning your hands.