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Why do we use Corten Steel?


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

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

One of the primary benefits of Corten steel is the patina that it forms over time as it's 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 Corten steel to develop relatively quickly and to keep any further corrosion from occurring. Thanks to the patina, your fire pit won’t rust any deeper than the surface. If you order a Corten fire pit, it will arrive with a blue/gray finish and will develop the protective patina over time in the elements. 

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

A couple of things to note on Corten Steel. First, the patina can bleed, so you’ll want to be cautious of the surface you use under the fire pit. The Breeo Base is a great way to ensure that you're protecting the surface below from heat and any staining.

Second, you can speed up the patina process by following our patina guide below. With a few simple ingredients (water, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, salt, and white vinegar) you can have a seasoned patina in just a few hours.

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

We're proud to manufacture our Corten Steel fire pits here in Lancaster, PA, and send them straight to your doorstep! The durability is unparalleled and the look is one-of-a-kind. If you have any questions about Corten Steel or smokeless fire pits, feel free to contact us at (800) 413-9848, we've built a team that's happy to help you with all your live-fire needs!