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Fire Pit Care Instructions

GENERAL FIRE PIT CARE…

  • Standard practice when it comes to fire pit care is to

    ensure that you regularly clean ash and debris from the bottom of your fire pit.

  • Make sure that you don’t allow water to sit for long periods of time as this will accelerate the rusting process of steel fire pits and may cause them to corrode prematurely.
  • Furthermore, avoid putting out a fire by spraying it with water as this can cause the temperature of the steel to drop suddenly, which can weaken the steel and result in cracks. Instead, allow the fire pit to burn out slowly and return to a normal temperature naturally.
  • We recommend using seasoned wood in your Ironbark fire pit, as it provides a much cleaner burn and creates less buildup. 

Keep your fire pit protected by investing in one of our Hardwood Lids or a fire pit cover. This will stop water, leaves and debris from accumulating between uses. Plus, our locally sourced, handcrafted Hardwood Lids make charming outdoor tables when the weather is too hot for fire.

RUSTED FINISH…

The beauty of the natural rust finish is that the finish of each product is unique. Rusting is an organic process which cannot be controlled so we can’t guarantee the final colour and in many cases, the patina will continue to develop over time.

Taking care of your fire pit will depend on a number of factors including your location and weather conditions of the area. For those areas close to the coast, it may be beneficial to clean your Ironbark fire pit more frequently as the the salt residue and harsher weather conditions may cause your product to corrode quicker. Simply spray your fire pit with the garden hose but make sure that you don’t allow water to sit in the bottom as this will increase corrosion of the steel.

Medium Round Fire Pit with Spirals Pattern & Black Heat Proof Paint

Medium Round Fire Pit with Spirals Pattern & Black Heat Proof Paint

FIRE PITS WITH HEATPROOF PAINT FINISH…

Due to the properties of steel, rust will invariably break through the painted finish. Therefore, it is important to re-coat your fire pit with heatproof paint (available from Bunnings) on a regular basis. And even cover your fire pit or bring it in out of the weather when not in use.

 

 

WHEN YOUR FIRE PIT IS NOT IN USE…

Geo Firebowl with Stainless Steel Base & Hardwood Lid

Geo Firebowl with Stainless Steel Base & Hardwood Lid

Like any steel product, the life of your fire pit is dependent on the conditions that it is exposed to. When your fire pit is not in use, we suggest either keeping it covered or cleaning out your fire pit so that in the event of rain, the wet debris sitting in the base does not accelerate the rusting process and corrode your fire pit.

MAINTAINING YOUR HARDWOOD LID…

Our Hardwood Lids are a great way to keep your fire pit covered. Care of your timber lid is dependent on exposure to weather conditions but a light sand and coat with oil every 6-24 months will ensure that your Hardwood Lid is kept looking beautiful for years to come.

If you have any further questions about how to take care of your Ironbark Fire Pit, please contact us HERE.

The Ironbark Fire Pit Range & FAQs

How much can I expect to pay for a fire pit?

Can I have a different pattern?

That size doesn’t fit in my space, is there anything a little smaller?

I can get a cheaper fire pit elsewhere…

We hear these questions and statements frequently and we have an answer for all of them!

First of all, the prices of our standard fire pits range from $200 (our Collapsible Fire Pit) to $2020 (our Double-Skin Round Fire Pit with added extras). Of course, custom sizing, patterns or finishes would result in adjustments to pricing but we have attempted to cater for most needs within our standard fire pit range.

Collapsible Fire Pit with Grill

Collapsible Fire Pit with Grill

Our Collapsible Fire Pit is not only the smallest, but also the most budget-friendly option in our fire pit range. This style is popular with campers and 4WD enthusiasts as it packs away to a compact and streamline size (60cm x 30cm x 1.5cm). It can be easily slotted into the back of the car without taking up valuable packing space that could be used for other essential or not so essential items (read: marshmallows). It is also popular with those who have limited outdoor area and want to be able to have the occasional fire but can’t afford to sacrifice the space all year round.

A step up from this in pricing would be our Round Fire Pit Range.

Small Round Fire Pit with Fanfare Pattern in Charcoal Heat Proof Paint

Small Round Fire Pit with Fanfare Pattern in Charcoal Heat Proof Paint

Available in Squat, Small, Medium or Large, come in a variety of patterns and are our most popular style of fire pit! This range is designed to be a permanent fixture in your outdoor space but, are lightweight enough to be packed away for the summer to make way for a seasonal sculpture. These fire pits are where the fun begins with patterns! The options are endless and we have so far crafted everything from our in house floral or fanfare patterns to custom themed fire pits (footy teams, beer brands or favourite animals). These custom designs make great gifts and a few clients have asked for special phrases, family emblems or names of relatives incorporated into the pattern giving these fire pits a unique and personal touch.

Large Double-Skin Fire Pit with Cootamundra Wattle Pattern in Rust

Large Double-Skin Fire Pit with Cootamundra Wattle Pattern in Rust

 

Next up and certainly at the top of our price bracket is the Double Skin Round Fire Pit. This baby is a work of art with two layers of patterned steel incorporated into the final product producing a delicately intricate silhouette from the glow of a roaring fire. This style is the largest we have to offer and is meant to be admired all year round. Add a Hardwood Lid to transform your fire pit into a stylish outdoor table over the summer months. We source our lids from a local craftsman who uses only premium quality Australian timber.

None of these fit your needs? Contact us! We can always adjust sizing, patterns or even develop a unique design with you to make sure that you end up with exactly what you are after.

Finally…Yes, you could get a cheaper fire pit elsewhere BUT when you purchase an Ironbark Fire Pit you know that your product has been designed and fabricated for you…just you! It hasn’t been one of 100 that have been pumped out that day and it has had the tick of approval from our resident perfectionist and fabricator. Plus, you can’t beat that warm fuzzy feeling of supporting a local business because you know what they say…when you purchase local an actual person does a happy dance.

IronBark at Sculptures in an Orange Garden

Hello!! First of all an apology to all of our Ironbarkers who take the time to read our blog posts. Our Weekly Bark turned into the Monthly Bark and then I had a baby and it turned into a no-bark-at-all BUT, WE’RE BACK! From here on in we aim to post at least one Bark Blog a month, more if I’m feeling super productive! What would you like to see in our blogs? Purely updates on our jobs and the how and what of our fabrication process or would you be interested in a little more of a personal aspect? Running a family business there is always a story to tell!

Sculptures in an Orange Garden Exhibition

This week I’ve made the decision for you…I could give you a straight recount of our weekend at the sculpture exhibition in Orange, NSW but there is a much more entertaining side to the story that will hopefully give you a bit of a laugh (it was more of a laugh or you’ll cry experience for us and believe me…there were tears).

The Steel Bloom Sculpture (shown below) was conceptualised by Megan and then fabricated by Jack with a lot of group work holding all of the petals in place so that we could ensure that the final product was going to reflect Megan’s vision. Inspired by our original Lace Leaf Sculpture, the piece has 3 stainless steel petals overlaid with a rusted lace leaf. The photos do not do this piece justice and when the light catches the polished steel it is STUNNING!

We made a decision to have the sculpture completely sealed with a new product that was SUPPOSED to bind to any surface. We collected the sculpture early Friday morning and found that this product in fact did not bind to anything…the seal was peeling off the rusted lace leaves and had bubbled on the plinth. DISASTER and understandably heart breaking for both Megan and Jack who had worked so hard on bringing this gorgeous piece to life. We stood around and stared at it for a while and then decided that with all of the time and effort that had been put into the piece it would be a waste not to exhibit it so we loaded it in the Ironbark ute and set off for Orange. Six hours later (including a lunch break…of course) we were in Orange and at the mercy of the GPS which politely advised us that our destination was 500m ahead on the left….in true GPS fashion it was, in fact, about 10metres on the left which led to Jack putting the brake through the floor of the Navara. The sharp movement caused a weld at the top of one of the petals to give way so that one of the petals was now flapping in the wind. Cue more tears…

Steel Bloom Sculpture

This is where our story takes a turn…the hosts and volunteers of the Sculptures in an Orange Garden were unbelievable. The women ushered Megan inside immediately and administered the trusty solution to everything (tea and chocolate) and the men congregated around the car to inspect the damage before leading us around the back to a shed and welder where Jack performed metal art CPR. After placing the Steel Bloom in its designated area we set off to enjoy the rest of the sculptures and then explore the beautiful area that is Orange, NSW. This exhibition was a collection of diverse styles of sculptural pieces and it was incredible to see what ideas and techniques fellow exhibitors had produced.

While the ultimate end to our weekend would have been the sale of our sculpture, we are happy that we now have opportunity to sandblast and reseal the sculpture and also reinforce any weak points in the welds….not that we expect the eventual resting place for this piece to be anywhere where it will be victim to the inaccuracies of a GPS or the very reliable brakes of a Nissan Navara.

So there… what a weekend. Thanks for taking the time to read and we hope you had a bit of a laugh at our expense! Keep an eye out for this beauty on our Ironbark Shop once we have it up to our premium IronBark standard.

You can read all about the exhibition HERE.

The IronBark Team

Cover image: Visit NSW via Google

Our First Project of 2017!

We are back! Okay well, we’ve actually been back for almost 4 weeks now but it has taken us this long to sit down and get this blog post written! Ironbark Business SignageWe definitely hit the ground running this year with brand new business signage for our factory and, we are pretty  proud of it, if we do say so ourselves!  The Cubism Sculpture is one of our favourite sculptures and we decided to add a little bit of a twist (literally… it spins!). We also got our creative juices flowing on the framing. The rusted Corten steel garden edging really compliments and it was turning heads as soon as it was installed.

 

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is being able to collaborate with client to bring their dream projects into reality. Recently, we had the pleasure of working with a couple who came to us looking to fill in some openings in their new outdoor area with decorative screens. They were hoping for something that would afford them some privacy whilst still allowing light to filter through and enough airflow as well as being easy on the eyes.

Our clients were thrilled with the finished product and did a seamless job of installing the panels themselves. We are very proud of this one.

That’s all for now, ready for another busy week of creating magic!

Until next time, 

The IronBark Team

23 Days and Counting!

Week 2 of the Weekly Bark and we are as busy as ever!! Christmas is just around the corner (23 days to be precise) so it is time to release our Christmas Decorations!! Each piece is cut from 1mm steel so that it is as lightweight as possible, and then hand painted in your choice of colour.

We currently have 6 styles in the Christmas Range and each style comes in 3 sizes: (L) 25cm, (M) 20cm and (S) 15cm.

Our styles include:

  • Classic Snowflake (pictured below)

  • Snowflake #2 (pictured top left in the pic above)
  • Snowflake #3 (pictured top left, to the right of the Open Real Snowflake)
  • Open Tree (pictured in blue)

  • Solid Tree (pictured in Gold)

  • Gift Box (pictured in Gold)

 

The larger size pieces are great for hanging in your window or dressing up a table setting. The medium and smaller size ornaments make great Christmas tree decorations (obviously) but if you’re feeling extra creative this year and want to add a unique touch to your gift wrapping, use a ribbon or string to attach a cut-out to the top of your present and your special someone can add it to their own Christmas Decorations Collection to appreciate for years to come!

Our Christmas Range is being run as a Special Edition Range and therefore isn’t available through the IronBark Shop! Please contact us via the Contact form or via our FB page to custom order. Please include the sizes, styles and colour choices in your email.

COLOUR CHOICES:

  • White
  • Silver
  • Metallic Blue
  • Gold
  • Rose Gold

PRICING: (pricing includes all styles and sizes)

  • 3 pieces for $20
  • 5 for $30
  • 10 for $50

Handling Prices:

  • 0$ for pick up at a prearranged time from Figtree or Albion Park Rail
  • +$10 Delivery between Woonona – Shellharbour
  • +$20 Postage to anywhere else

Whether you are one of those people who have their Christmas Shopping finished in October or you’re a little more like us and will be starting on the 20th, we hope the lead up to Christmas is not too hectic for you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The IronBark Crew

*T&Cs Apply. Offer Expires 01 Jan 2017

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