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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well that snuck up on us…what would we do without good old Facebook memories reminding of us special milestones!
4 years ago we purchased a CNC machine. The idea was originally born from Megan and Adam’s search for decorative screens, garden edging and other garden landscaping pieces to use in their own garden and the resulting realisation that there was nothing that met the brief within the desired price bracket, standard of quality or locality. Now, we would be lying if we said we all saw the potential that this venture had from the very beginning. If you asked Adam – We were going to create a successful business that produced high quality, reasonably priced products for both residential and commercial customers, IT WAS GOING TO BE AMAZING! Jack – This could be a cool hobby to run on the side of working full time as a panel beater. As for the ladies, we were a little harder to convince… Megan saw Adam’s enthusiasm and drive and Jack’s skill and perfectionism, and decided it was worth giving a go. But me? I was a nooo… not even a little bit… this is a horrible idea.
The fact that we are here today shows how much store my family puts in what I have to say… BUT THANK GOD FOR THAT!
Ironbark ran as a hobby for around 2 years, developing our branding and refining our designs and fabrication techniques while Jack and Adam both worked full time jobs. It’s safe to say there were plenty of long days and late nights put in by these two, and as much as Megan and I whinged and complained that they were never home, we can now officially say that their hard work has paid off. By 2016 our products were drawing attention and our little enterprise was out-growing its hobby status. So in October of that year, we decided that this venture deserved to be given the opportunity to become a fully fledged business. So here we are! Ironbark Metal Design continues to grow thanks to all of you, the people who see the value in shopping ‘small’..locally based and family owned products. Sure, you could buy a mass produced screen or fire pit for cheaper than what we can produce but nothing beats knowing that your purchase has been made from Australian steel, by a family who take pride in what they do, in a suburb just down the road from you. Above all, you can be sure that your Ironbark piece is going to last. Before your family has sat around your new fire pit, our family has sat around the prototype and given it hell (seriously…) to ensure that it is durable, functional and safe. We’re confident in installing our products in your homes because we’ve installed them in our homes first. Honestly, our houses are easily recognisable because they are covered in Ironbark prototypes and products – regardless of how many times I’ve told Jack that we are at maximum metal saturation (I came home to new metal wall art hanging in our toilet one day, because any blank space is apparently a perfect candidate for Ironbark-ing!).
It has been 4 years of hard work, challenges, tears (just because we’re related doesn’t mean we like each other all the time) but most of all fun, excitement and love (so gooey right?). From me, a huge congratulations to Adam, Jack and Megan on all of the blood, sweat and tears they have shed over the past 4 years but most importantly, and from all of us, a ridiculously huge thank you to YOU! Whether it’s a like, comment or share on our social media pages, telling your friends about us or purchasing an Ironbark product, it really does mean the world to us.
To show our appreciation we are offering 15% off all of our standard fire pits until midnight AEST Sunday 27th May 2018. Just mention this post when placing your order, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (02 4229 2222) and we’ll deduct 15% from the total cost of your order. Click HERE to browse our range!
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!
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…
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
One of our favourite perks of what we do is being able to work with our clients to bring their visions to life as well as observing the resulting transformations of their indoor and outdoor spaces. Earlier in the year we had the pleasure of working with a local couple who were transforming their backyard from a blank, grassed area to a more versatile space that would not only be conducive to entertaining their friends and family but also become a sturdy and low maintenance environment for their dogs to play.
The landscaper and clients had carried a circular theme throughout the garden design and therefore our Fire Wood Stacker Log Rack fit the brief perfectly. With a few adjustments to meet the clients specific sizing requirements, our Log Rack now sits proudly next to the new bar and entertaining area as not only a functional piece but also as an aesthetic addition.
We also worked with the clients to create a custom letterbox which ties in with the theme of the backyard and enhances the home frontage. The beauty of this feature is not restricted only to daylight hours. We installed a solar light inside the base of the letterbox so that the tree and numbers are illuminated at night to welcome guests at all hours.
If you look closely, the background of the photo on the right also showcases our Tree of Life decorative screen which was customised to disguise a bland Colorbond gate. The panel had only just been installed at this stage and therefore had not developed the same rich rusted patina of the letterbox but we will keep you updated with a revisit!
Well the temperature has definitely dropped and the warmer months are officially gone! For many of us, the beginning of the cooler months comes with a neglect of our beautiful outdoor entertaining areas, but what if it didn’t have to be this way?
An Ironbark fire pit provides a beautiful ambiance to your outdoor spaces as well as a focal point and source of warmth for you and your guests to congregate. There is just something so mesmerising about sitting around a fire. The play of light and flame through our gorgeous range of patterns only enhances the experience! We have a range of shapes and sizes available to suit every home and family!
Have you fallen in love with a pattern and would love to see it on a fire pit? Let us know! We love working with our clients to make their ideas a reality. Recently, a client commissioned a commemorative ANZAC Day fire pit and if you keep up to date with our Facebook page you would have seen how stunning and evocative it was to pay respects to our veterans past and present.
Many commercial campsites only allow you to light a fire if you have a contained fire pit but who has space in the car for that? Our collapsible fire pits can be
deconstructed to 4 flat pieces that slide easily into the back of your car, taking up minimal space. They are also handy for those that don’t have the space in the backyard for a permanent fire pit but also don’t have room for storage when not in use… the Collapsible Fire Pit packs away and takes up next to no space in a cupboard or garage. Can you think of someone who would love this for their next trip away? They are priced so reasonably that they make a great present that sure to be loved by the recipient.
As always, get in touch if you have a unique idea in mind and would like an obligation free quote!
The IronBark Team.
Hello again Barkers!
We hope you all had a lovely Easter and Anzac break, we definitely ate our weight in chocolate! We’re viewing it as a personal challenge to see how fast we can eat all of our chocolate… if it’s not in the cupboard anymore we can’t eat it right?
We have done some really stunning installs this month including a new panel on an automatic gate and the installation of some nature themed panels in a collaboration with Lifestyle Aluminium. The gate proved to be VERY popular on our social media platforms and we can see why… We can’t think of a better way to make a stellar first impression on your guests.
Our appearance at The Home Show at the ICCC last month was so successful that we have started exploring other exhibition opportunities closer to home. Our next appearance will be at Sculptures in The Valley being held at Cedar Grove, Kangaroo Valley from the 5th-7th of May. This exhibition features over 140 indoor and outdoor sculptures from the wide array of ridiculously talented artists. Our lead artist Megan will be entering a very popular piece that she designed for our sculpture collection.
Want to know what it is? You’ll just have to come and see!
All of the details of the show can be found HERE.
The Sculptures in the Valley exhibition is being held as part of the Arts in The Valley Festival which showcases a collection of live musicians and visual artists. Why not spend a day with the family in a beautiful part of the world appreciating some of the exceptional talent that we have in this area.
We hope to see you there!
The IronBark Team
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! We 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
What a year we’ve had so far…developing our brand and growing Ironbark Metal Design from a hobby side business to a successful brand in its own right.