Blaze Tower Appearance
Our goal is to create a simple and safe coating that is free of toxins that can be easily maintained by our customers. Most alternative grills and fire pits use variations of paint and powder coating that chip and rust over time and degrade when exposed to high temperatures of fire. These modern finishes can be difficult and expensive to repair.
Every part of the Blaze Tower is hand-rubbed with an FDA Approved polymerized linseed oil to provide a safe and natural finish to protect the raw steel from moisture and is designed to delay the natural rusting process.
If you wish to preserve the look of the Blaze Tower’s original appearance then it will be necessary to periodically inspect and reapply the oil as it will degrade over time due to UV exposure from the sun. Simply clean the Blaze Tower with a dry cloth or warm water if necessary. Allow to dry completely. Use a staining pad or cloth rag to apply a very thin layer of food-safe polymerized linseed oil to all surfaces. Thoroughly buff when done to remove excess oil to prevent a gummy finish.
You can also choose to allow the Blaze Tower to age beautifully through the natural Patina process.
The Patina Process
It's important to understand the nature of raw steel and the unique ways in which it will age over time. Patina is a natural weathering process which occurs when metal is exposed to oxygen and moisture that will gradually change bare steel from a bluish gray color to a dark reddish brown. This natural process varies the appearance of each piece making every Blaze unique.
Patina vs. Rust
This is a bit like geometry where a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square. It's true that rust is a part of the patina process but whereas rust has a well-deserved negative connotation a mature patina is actually a natural protective coating that will preserve the integrity of the underlying metal.
The Blaze is constructed from 3/16" plate steel that is three to five times thicker than grills and fire pits from other manufacturers. The surface rust that forms in the early stages of the patina process will not rust through the thicker steel of the Blaze as it will on thinner metal and will gradually convert into an aesthetically pleasing protective shell that will last for decades.
One thing to note is that water runoff during the early stages of the patina process can stain wood, concrete, or other light colored surfaces so keep that in mind when selecting the location for your Blaze.
While patina is a natural process that can take months to complete you can choose to accelerate or delay the changes.
To immediately patina your Blaze
1.) Clean the metal with a degreaser like Purple Power
2.) Spray the metal with white vinegar to remove any rust
3.) Prepare a mixture of vinegar, salt, and hydrogen peroxide
4.) Evenly spray all sides and edges of your Blaze
Within hours the metal will develop the look of a mature patina