Do you have an outdoor wood fireplace or firepit? We see a lot of families foregoing wood grates especially in firepits. In most cases, the homeowner is under the assumption that an expensive stainless-steel wood grate is the only option.
At O’Malia’s Living, we sell stainless steel wood grates, but we recommend good quality thick bar stock steel. Good quality stainless steel is costly, so manufacturers have been sourcing cheaper stainless to keep costs down. The net result are stainless outdoor wood grates that will rust and breakdown in a matter of a year or two.
We have been taught for years that stainless steel is the go-to metal for outdoors but with cheaper versions entering the marketplace, the thought process needs to change. Good quality thick bar stock steel can last longer and is cheaper. At O’Malia’s Living, we encourage our customers to consider bar stock steel grates for indoors and outdoors. Cleaned and stored seasonally indoors in the winter, these grates will not last forever but will deliver a much better experience.
Above all, a wood grate is necessary to generate proper air flow for combustion. If you are burning without a grate, you may have a difficult time lighting the fire and you are burning less efficient. The grate allows air to circulate around the logs giving you a better flame, more burn time and a hotter burn experience.