Boma Usage and Care
Our boma are made from several materials which all need different types of care. All the materials and boma, be it a fire pit, bowl, slab or built-in units are incredibly robust and made for outdoor, South African weather.
To keep your boma fire looking great and working well follow these simple steps.
Usage and Care
Whether your boma bire is made from clay, steel, stainless steel or bricks the usage instructions are much the same.
Fuel – Only use wood, charcoal or bricketts with your boma fire. Of all three wood is your first choice. Good dry, hardwoods are best as they tend to burn cleaner, provide ore heat and make better coals.
Fats & Foods – If you are using your boma fire as a braai then ensure that you burn off any fats and foods when not in use. These oils can, over time, penetrate porous clays, cements and bricks and these go acidic when they become rancid.
Store Accessories – While your boma is made to be weather resistant it is best to store any accessories (potjie hooks, grids, ash catchers) under roof and out of the rain.
Touch Ups – Occasionally, use a steel brush and remove any rust build up. You can then use grate polish or high heat paint to touch up metal parts.
Water – Don’t let water sit in the fire bowl or slab. This applies to the clay or steel ash catchers too.
Start stacking, splitting and storing your wood now so you have nice dry wood to burn. Dry wood produces less smoke, provides much better heat and makes nicer coals.
Stack your wood loosely off the ground in a criss-cross fashion to allow the air to circulate freely. If possible, store it under a roof to keep it dry. It is better to keep wood at least eight months to a year before use so that it is properly seasoned.
No Thermal Shocks
It is ok if your boma fire gets wet in the rain. It is also ok if it gets a little wet when you have a fire going. What it REALLY doesn’t like though is a thermal shock. This means, no big buckets of water on the fire to put it out. This can lead to cracking of clays, cements and bricks and warping of metals.
Placement and Set Up
Gatherings around flame are a much loved human ritual. Stories, laughter and stillness illuminated by a warm flame become magical.
We absolutely love boma areas and are happy to help you create one. We provide tiles, sands, cobbles, paving, dekcing, furnishings and of course the boma fires too.
When placing your boma fire it is important to know prevailing wind direction, floor materials and safety for this (e.g. weight and heat requirments) and then of course there is the style.
Chat to us to create an outdoor chill area.