How to maintain Corten steel

How to maintain Corten steel

Corten steel is also known as weathering steel and is used for our Outdooroven and Outdooroven XL.This specific type of steel forms a thick layer of rust that helps your product protect itself against all weather types.  

This page will give you all the necessary information on how to maintain Corten steel in order to enjoy your Outdooroven for as long as possible. 
What is Corten steel?   

The reason that our Outdoorovens are covered with a thick layer of rust is not just because it is a nice addition to a robust product; this special kind of steel is called ‘Corten steel’ and the layer of rust gives the Outdooroven the opportunity to protect itself against all types of weather. Corten steel, also known as COR-TEN steel or weathering steel, is a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting and form a stable rust-like appearance, even after several years of exposure to weather influences. This new steel type was named COR-TEN because of the properties: COR (corrosion resistant) and TEN (tensile strength). Your Outdooroven is therefore able to protects itself against wind and rain, and further oxidation is prevented.
How to maintain Corten steel? 

Products made out of Corten steel are delivered without a layer of rust. See the natural rusting process of Corten steel in the images above. If the product is placed outside, it will start to form a layer of rust after a few weeks to months. Every product will form a different rust layer, depending on the surroundings.  

You can use the Outdooroven right away after delivery. No treatment is necessary before using it. Always be careful of the heat when adding wood to the fire or opening the door. 

Cleaning and maintenance
  • To prolong the life of your Outdooroven we recommend cleaning the steel with a sturdy brush at least once a year 
  • Remove any fallen leaves or other dirt from the Outdooroven, as this can affect the rust layer 
  • Make sure your product is situated in a place where it can quickly dry after rain. 
Can you speed the corrosion of the Corten steel along? 

The corrosion process of Corten steel depends on the climate you live in. Wetter climates will cause Corten steel to form a rust layer quicker than dry climates. If you want to speed up the process you can spray the Outdooroven with a mixture of water, salt and vinegar. Always make sure that the oven has time to fully dry in between.

Some of our corten steel products

This outdooroven is an eye-catcher in any garden! Enrich your garden or patio with the Outdooroven Original. From bread rolls for breakfast to pizza or sparibs for dinner: the outdoor oven is a real all-rounder and contains an outdoor fireplace, oven and barbecue grill in one. So you can enjoy adventurous meals outdoors all year round. In summer with a cocktail and in winter with a hot chocolate.  In the lower open compartment the wood fire is stoked. Above it is a compartment with a lockable flap, in which you can bake. The top of the Outdooroven is flat and warm enough for cooking. The outdoor oven easily reaches temperatures up to 350 degrees and is expandable with various accessories. This iconic design by Dick van Hoff is made of high-quality 3mm thick Corten steel and will last at least 10 years. The outdoor oven comes complete with pizza stone, grill grid and 1 meter stove pipe. Complete your Outdooroven with various accessories.  Light a fire, make some goodies in the outdoor oven and chat with your friends while enjoying the crackling wood fire in the background. 

The Outdooroven XL, designed by Dick van Hoff, is a complete outdoor kitchen for the true masterchef. This wood oven has a large grill, a pizza stone with lockable door and a lid under which you can smoke and cook meat, fish or vegetables. Gather the ingredients for a tasty dish and make outdoor cooking a real experience. Take a seat at the garden table and taste your prepared food, while still letting the Outdooroven XL fire deliciously. The Outdooroven XL is made of 3mm thick corten steel of the highest quality and will last at least 10 years. The oven space can easily reach 350 degrees hot. To store the Outdooroven XL in a nice and handy way, you can order a wooden base as an addition.