It’s okay to leave your fire pit out on the patio during winter, especially if you plan on using your outdoor living space.

1. Keep pests and rodents out of the shelter.

Fire pits and fire pit tables have a lot of small, empty spaces. These enclosures can provide the perfect amount of warmth and shelter for pests trying to wait out the winter. Keep them at bay with a fire pit cover that cinches tightly around the base. Even in winter, the odd warm stretch can bring wasps back into activity, so make sure your gas supply doesn’t have an easy, attractive shelter.

2. Don’t let moisture build up and corrode the equipment.

If you use tarps as makeshift patio furniture covers, you might uncover your furniture in the spring to find them rotted and rusted. But many cover materials are designed to allow air flow in and out without gaps for bugs to crawl inside. So look for breathable but water resistant covers that keep rain away from the internal gas mechanisms and don’t trap humidity under the service.

3. Protect it from snow and sleet.

One of the easiest ways winter can destroy your outdoor furniture is through a pile of snow. This can leave your furniture soaked for months, especially if the moisture is trapped under the snow. While fire pits are often protected with a corrosion-resistant paint or powder coating, moisture can still work its way into the cracks. Sleet can be even worse because hard falling ice might be able to punch through that protective finish. Cover your fire pit with a reinforced cover, too, so it takes the damage instead.
Find the right patio furniture and fire pit covers at Today’s Patio here. Our covers are breathable, washable, and come with locking cords.

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