Why Do We Use COR-TEN Steel?

John Deere World Headquarters. Barclays Center Sports Arena. Breeo X Series Smokeless Fire Pit. What do they all have in common? COR-TEN steel.

The earthy rust tones and texture of COR-TEN steel make it an aesthetic statement piece, while its durability makes it a staple in outdoor structures. COR-TEN Steel isn’t just an aesthetic choice; it’s also a corrosion-resistant material engineered to last.

One of the primary benefits of COR-TEN steel is the patina that it forms over time as it is exposed to the elements. Patina is the rust coating that develops on the fire pit as a layer of protection. It was engineered as a feature of COR-TEN steel to develop relatively quickly and to keep any further corrosion from occurring. Thanks to the patina, your COR-TEN steel fire pit won’t rust any deeper than the surface.

Especially useful in architectural and landscape structures, COR-TEN steel is designed to last and withstand the elements. There are certain environments where COR-TEN will really thrive. Those tend to be places where dry and wet weather conditions alternate, and where there isn’t too much salt in the air.

Wind, heat, rain, snow - you name it. COR-TEN steel is designed to be a four season material. In other words, you won’t have to worry about moving your COR-TEN steel fire pit in and out of the garage after every use or before every winter.

A couple things to note on COR-TEN Steel. First, the patina can bleed, so you’ll want to be cautious of the surface you use under the fire pit (you’ll also want to make sure that it’s a material that can take the heat).

Second, you can speed the patina process by following particular steps and spraying a mixture of water, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, salt and white vinegar on to the COR-TEN as soon as you receive it. This process allows you to develop the patina in your own timing. You'll also want to be sure you're wearing some protective equipment, specifically gloves and glasses.

Check out our video for step-by-step instructions on how to patina your fire pit.

This is why we love COR-TEN steel for our X Series fire pits. The durability is unparalleled and the look is one-of-a-kind. Your COR-TEN Steel fire pit is going to last for years to come and create a gathering point in your outdoor space to welcome your guests in. If you have any questions about COR-TEN Steel or about your smokeless fire pit, feel free to contact us at (800) 413-9848 or Our team members are here to help!