Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend burning diesel fuel, kerosene, or cooking oil.

No, never use gasoline or any combustible fuel. 

Prior to burning the smudge pot be sure to thoroughly inspect the entire smudge pot. Empty any water that has accumulated in the fuel cell. Fill the smudge pot prior to lighting. To add fuel remove the fill cap located on the fuel cell, and proceed by filling the tank. The fuel tank has a 4.5-gallon capacity. DO NOT OVERFILL!

Yes, you may notice short burst of flames coming out the sides of the smudge pot for 5+ minutes while the smudge pot is heating up. This is often referred to as “burping” as the pot is getting up to temperature. Your smudge pot will also produce more smoke as it is warming up. 

The amount of smoke produced by your smudge pot depends greatly on the fuel used for burning. We find diesel burns with relatively clean and without harsh fumes. 

Smudge pots should never be burned inside shops or garages. 

Yes, our steel smudge pots come untreated. Over time they develop a patina look. This is normal and will not affect the way your smudge pot works. 

We do not recommend painting the smudge pots with any sort of paint, including high-temperature spray paint.

Smudge pots should be stored in a dry place when not being used to avoid being exposed to the elements. In addition, apply WD-40 (or a similar oil-based lubricant) to a cloth and wipe the smudge pot down after each use. 

*Never move or touch the smudge pot while hot! Ensure the steel has fully cooled prior to touching!

Any snow or water that has accumulated in the smudge pot needs to be emptied prior to burning the pot again. If water is in the fuel cell when burning the tank may cause splattering and steam! Injury could occur. Use extreme caution. 

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