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Weathering Steel Fire Pit Advantages

When it comes to enhancing your outdoor space, choosing the right fire ring is crucial. Enter Corten steel, also known as weathering steel – a solution that addresses common concerns and elevates your outdoor experience. We buy ours from a local steel source that buys straight from U.S. Steel – the one and only supplier of COR-TEN® steel1. (We have the paperwork to prove it!) Let’s explore why opting for a Corten steel fire ring is a problem-solving choice for you.


Weathering Steel – Defying Durability

Problem: Traditional fire rings often succumb to the relentless forces of nature, leading to corrosion and a shortened lifespan.


Solution: Engineered to withstand the elements, Corten steel ensures durability. Its unique composition forms a protective rust layer over time, ensuring durability and reducing maintenance hassles. Say goodbye to worries about weather-induced wear and tear. This fire ring is an investment that stands strong against the test of time. Exposure to more weather accelerates the formation of the rust layer, enhancing the protection of the fire ring. If the fire pit sustains a scratch, the rust will ‘self-heal,’ contributing to the ongoing beauty and charm of your fire ring. If you would like to speed up that process, check out our how-to guide to Rapid Rusting here.


Corten Steel weathering steel Smokeless fire pit with lip

We try to combat this wear and tear by using 16 gauge steel in all of our fire pits. The thickness of the steel is just as important as the kind of steel we use. Known for lasting longer than mild steel, weathering steel, especially Corten steel, owes its durability to its unique composition. Mild steel has a very long lifespan, lasting decades2, although to have it truly long-lasting, you need to paint it and maintain that paint covering. Corten steel’s slow rusting rate has demonstrated a lifespan 25 times longer than that of mild steel. There have been places we have seen it reportedly lasting 120 years. You can hand down this fire pit to the next generation.


Evolving Aesthetics, Timeless Beauty

Problem: Common fire rings lose their visual appeal over time, fading into monotony and requiring constant upkeep.


Solution: Corten steel offers aesthetics that evolve with grace. As it ages, a stunning rust patina develops, adding a touch of rustic charm to your outdoor space. The rust color isn’t your typical dull brown. It is a rich golden brown with depth and texture, eventually changing to a darker orange-brown color. Each use enhances the evolving beauty of weathering steel, unlike traditional options. Creating a visually captivating focal point for your gatherings. Museums, galleries, headquarters, and art installations prefer Corten steel due to its rich and beautiful colors as it ages. Embrace timeless beauty without the need for constant maintenance.


Weathering steel close up

There are many factors that come into play on how long it will take to get the rusty3 patina. Environmental factors like moisture, weather, and humidity impact the oxidization process. You can let nature take its course, or check out this article for a rapid rusting recipe.


Effortless Maintenance

Problem: Regular fire rings demand frequent painting and protective coatings to combat corrosion, leading to a tedious maintenance routine.


Solution: Corten steel requires minimal maintenance due to its natural resistance to corrosion. No need for constant upkeep – let your fire ring age gracefully while you relish the simplicity of hassle-free maintenance. Spend more time enjoying the warmth and less time on laborious tasks.


Worried about the maintenance of removing rust stains on other surfaces? Don’t be! Established rust in weathering steel will not flake or runoff, distinguishing it from standard or mild steel.


Highly recommend not painting your fire ring in this instance. The silver steel bolts eventually rust as well. If they are bothering you, we can suggest the paint color Koko brown4.



Eco-Friendly Weathering Steel Excellence

Problem: In an era of environmental consciousness, you seek sustainable outdoor space choices.


Solution: Buying a corten steel fire ring may cost more, but you are buying it for life. Its durability, increased beauty over time, and no maintenance reduce waste as you will not need another fire ring. The natural rusting process is chemical-free. Just set it outside, ensuring a safe and environmentally conscious addition to your outdoor space. Since the rust is more stable, there is little to no runoff keeping the metal on your ring. Choose a fire ring that aligns with your values and contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle.


Keep in mind that we will ship the fire rings to you unrusted. A fully rusted ring can naturally develop on its own, taking a few years (2 to 6 years).


Weathering steel before and after rusting


Customized Elegance

Problem: Many fire rings lack versatility, limiting your ability to express your unique style.


Solution: Corten steel is not just a material; it’s a canvas for personal expression. You can customize your fire ring to reflect your personality by using Corten steel in various designs. Whether you prefer a sleek, modern look or a more traditional aesthetic, Corten steel offers endless possibilities for customization. Need something bigger? Want something custom? Want to personalize it? Scroll down and send us your idea. We would love to make you the fire ring of your dreams.


Corten Steel Smokeless fire pit with lip

Don’t Let the Name Fool You

In conclusion, a Corten steel fire ring is more than a decorative element – it’s a solution-oriented choice. Weathering steel emerges as the superior material for elevating your outdoor experience. We have addressed your concerns related to durability, aesthetics, maintenance, sustainability, and customization. Invest in a fire ring that solves problems, delivers lasting beauty, and lasts a lifetime.


Shop now and transform your outdoor space into a haven of warmth and style in your backyard oasis.


  1. COR-TEN® is a trademarked name owned by U.S. Steel. The facts related to this kind of steel from the source: https://www.corten.com/frequently-asked-questions/#:~:text=Both%20of%20these%20panels%20are,makes%20this%20material%20more%20expensive. ↩︎
  2. Tampa Steel. How Long Does Steel Last? https://tampasteel.com/how-long-does-steel-last/ ↩︎
  3. Why Does Metal Rust? - Reactions Q&A YouTube Video ↩︎
  4. A quick Google Search should get you the paint color and supplier. ↩︎

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Shawn Oudsema

The creative mind and owner of Bonfire by Design. With intimate knowledge of every product and process, Shawn is more than just the owner – he's the hands-on builder behind each creation - including this blog. His passion for crafting unique and high-quality fire pits and accessories reflects in every design. Follow Shawn for an insider's perspective on the artistry and innovation that goes into each Bonfire by Design creation.

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