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How do I Choose the Best Fire Pit Grate?

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A fire pit grate can raise the fire enough in the pit so that it is easily visible, create circulation that can build the flames, and also make the pit easy to clean. If you need this kind of accessory for your fire pit, you should first make sure that it is the right diameter, as they range in size. Consider the height of your pit, as well, since this will have an impact on how tall your grate should be. Finally, think about the spacing between the bars on this product, taking into consideration the fact that overly wide spaces are not usually good for grilling.

Before you shop for a fire pit grate, you should measure your backyard fire pit's diameter so that you choose the right size. A grate that is too large for the pit will be useless since it will not be able to fit properly. On the other hand, a grate that is too small will not enable you to make use of the entire fire pit, and will also likely result in difficulty cleaning up after each fire since it will not contain all the debris like it should. Though most grates are circular, you may be able to find one that is rectangular or square, in which case you need to consider the width and length instead of the diameter before you buy.

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The height of the fire pit grate will determine how easy it is to see the fire. If you want the flames to be easily visible due to their height, you should choose a grate that boasts tall legs as one of its features. Of course, if you want to keep the fire contained mostly inside the pit, a shorter fire pit grate would likely be appropriate. In fact, there are grates available with no legs, allowing you to place them directly across the top of the pit so that you do not have to worry about determining the best leg height.

Another important consideration is the amount of space between the bars on the grate. Before you decide, take into account how you plan to use the fire pit. For example, if you want to cook food on it occasionally, you will need a fire pit grate with bars that are close together so that food products do not fall through. If you only plan to put wooden logs on the grate, you can typically have a good deal more space between the bars unless you want to use only small logs. Note that the more bars a grate has, the sturdier it usually feels.

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