Our goal is to create a simple and safe finish that is free of toxins and can be easily maintained by our customers. Most alternative fire pits use variations of paint and powder coating that tend to chip and rust over time and degrade when exposed to high temperatures of fire, UV rays, and outdoor weather. These modern finishes can be difficult and expensive to repair, leading to a poor and sometimes disappointing customer experience. This is why here at Entrada, we chose to utilize a well known and dated "Black Smithing Trick" that has been around for many decades and has stood the test of time.
Every fire pit and most of our fire pit accessories we build gets hand-rubbed with an FDA Approved polymerized linseed oil blend to provide a safe and natural finish to protect the raw steel from moisture and is designed to delay the natural rusting process. This initial coating of oil combined with the natural "mill scale" of the steel will offer protection from moisture during the shipping process and initial setup. After the first burn in your Entrada fire pit (once cooled down) it will be necessary to apply a light coating of oil to the surfaces to begin the "seasoning" process of the steel. We ship a container of this special blend of oil with each and every pit.
Entrada's proprietary finish is very similar to cast iron cookware. The repeated coats of oil and the process of heating the steel will oxidize the oil coating to continue to build layers of protection to form a naturally hydrophobic coating. Simple chemistry shows us that oil and water don't mix and the unique design of our fire pits help it shed water easily and dry quickly.