Q: Dear Dr. BBQ:
My firebox stays rusted and I would like keep it black with a high heat paint or some other treatment. I have heard of people getting the box hot and treating the outside with oil, but I have not seen the results myself and was wondering if you know the best route to go to try and cut down on the rust.
A: Hi Norman,
There’s not much you can do about that. An insulated firebox solves the problem, but there isn”t any heat paint that will tolerate the temps of a steel firebox. Same with oil, when it gets hot you”ll just burn it off. I would sand and paint it 2-3 times a year to keep it looking as good as possible, and just figure that”s part of the regular maintenance of your pit.