Creating an Outdoor Living Room

As the weather begins to turn for the better for much of the country, more and more people are looking to create their outdoor space in their home more livable. I like to say that people are preparing their “outdoor living room”. It’s a space that you can enjoy being in, just like your den or living room inside, with all the benefits of being outside as well like sunlight, the cool breeze and fresh air.

While every outdoor living room is different just like every home is different, here are three ideas that are essential for the outdoor living room.

Entertainment: Wherever people gather, there is always an entertaining factor drawing them together. When creating your outdoor living room, personalize your entertaining factor to fit your tastes and lifestyle. If you love good conversation, get something like a fire table to draw people around a single object. If you love just relaxing in nature, make sure you have a view to enjoy. The options are endless!

Food: Nothing brings people together like food. So obviously this is an essential thing for your outdoor living room. Make your space somewhere that you can spend time eating, relaxing and eating again. A grill is an obvious choice for many people’s patios, but a full or half outdoor kitchen can really be a value to your outdoor experience. Even just making a place that food can be set and made available to family and guests can bring this essential idea to your outdoor space.

Comfort: Where there is food and entertainment, there is usually comfort. If you truly want to “live” in your outdoor space and make it a room, then having comfortable things to sit on is a must. Having furniture and features that are made well is a great start to finding comfort in your outdoors. If your chair makes your back hurt, why would you want to spend more time sitting in it? Look for brands that have a reputation for comfortable products.

Spending time in an outdoor living room is a favorite time for many, many people. If you want to be one of those, then adding this three essential ideas to your outdoor space can help make it into a true outdoor living room!

Fire Pit Safety Tips

Fire pit safety is a very important and timely topic. As spring will soon turn into summer, people all across the United States will be cleaning off their decks and preparing for many nights spend around a fire. It’s one of the most iconic and enjoyable things to do in the summertime, but as with any activity, certain precautions should always be in place in order to allow everyone to enjoy the experience for years to come. Here are three things to make sure you’re prepared with in order to safely enjoy your fire pit this year.

1. Put a spark screen on your fire pit

Every summer, you see on the news that there was wildfire or forest fire started by someone who didn’t cover their fire pit with a screen and it started either their roof or trees around their home on fire. It would a devastating loss to have a fire like this start and it’s easily preventable a spark screen.

2. Selecting proper wood type

Part of preventing sparks is selecting the correct type of wood to burn in your fire pit. While many people have elected to switch to a gas-fueled fire pit, using the correct type of wood will help cut down on sparks and pops. Since wood varies across the country, a general rule is to avoid wood that contains too much sap since it creates sparks, Another good rule is to never use wet firewood in your fire pit because the moisture will steam and pop from the pressure. Stacking the wood in alternating patterns will help it dry quickly.

3. Fire pits are for wood or gas, not trash

This is more of a common courtesy than a safety topic, but it has safety implications. Setting a rule of what can be burned in the fire pit is important because it sets a tone that the fire pit is to be enjoyed, not played around with. Plus, burning trash, cans or bottles can be inconsiderate to others (and the environment).

These are just three reminders for safety around your fire pit this year, whether its a gas fire pit or a wood burning one. Make sure to enjoy it safely!

Building a Fire Pit? Here’s another option to consider

In a break from our series on gas fire pits and their basic components, today we’re taking a look at alternatives to fire pits you build yourself. Here’s a short story about the reason for this blog post.

A few days ago, we had a customer call in expressing interest in popular fire pit pan kit and she had lots of good questions about building her fire pit, quality materials, and fuel sources. One question we try to always ask customers who seem to be in the beginning stages of their project is if they’ve added up the cost of the materials before purchasing them. When I asked this particular customer, she said she had but wanted an estimate on fire glass amounts and other materials. After all was said and done, she realized that she was spending as much as a manufactured fire pit table. Now, this isn’t a bad thing at all. Gas fire pits have a feel of personalization that truly is your own and it is an enjoyable project. But here are a couple of advantages of buying a fire pit table that many don’t consider.

1. Safety Standards

This is the first thing to consider when deciding whether to build a DIY fire pit or purchase one. This isn’t about overall safety, because gas fire pits or fire tables are extremely safe as whole. They have a controlled fuel source, variable flame height and no embers or sparks.But one thing to consider is a fire pit table that has a CSA or UL approval. For example, the Oriflamme Fire Table has a CSA approval. Manufactured products are tested and tried in many situations, making them even safer.

2. Time frame

Another big factor is the time frame of when your project will be ready to use. Unless you hire a contractor or designing to build your fire pit, projects tend to get put off or delayed. It’s not that you don’t want a fire pit to use, it’s just that life gets busy. Manufactured fire pits can be delivered to your door in a few weeks or less, assembly is a snap.

3. Warranty

Your new car comes with a warranty, so why wouldn’t you want your fire pit to come with one too? Replacing pieces on a fire pit can be costly and getting a contractor to come rebuild a piece can be a headache. Warranty claims are processed quickly and shouldn’t take a dime out of your pocket. Plus, materials in custom pits can change or be discontinued quite often so that is another consideration to make.

All in all, whether you  build your own fire pit or purchase one that is manufactured, be sure to shop and around and take a look at different options. These are three things that some people don’t consider first and they could come to regret it later.

What do you think? Have you built your own fire pit or did you purchase one from a manufacturer?

Gas Fire Pits: A look inside at burners

Gas Fire Pits: A look inside at burners

Custom gas fire pits are becoming a backyard craze because of their advantages over wood-burning fire pits and their ability to match the style and look of anyone’s backyard. From modern to traditional, gas fire pits are a hit. But customers often don’t know a lot about how they work. In a series of posts, we’ll take a look at the basics of what’s inside a gas fire pit. In this post, let’s check out one of the most important features, the burner.

Inside any gas fire pit there are always differences, but one thing that each one needs is a gas burner. These outdoor gas burners come in all different shapes and sizes, but if you’re going to be using a filler like fire glass, then there are two main options that are most popular with our customers.

Ring-Burners

Fire Ring Burners come in a variety of sizes, with single, double and triple ring designs. The larger the ring, the more flame, but you’ll also need more fuel pressure for the 36” ring over the 18”. These are perfect for a traditional round fire pit, but the smaller diameters ones also work in rectangular pits laid next to each other in line.

H-Burners


H-burners are another popular burner option to put inside  a gas fire pit, but are most popular for fireplaces. The hook-ups are the same as the fire ring burners, but the advantage of  the H-burner design is that the flame comes up in a rectangular shape, perfect for contemporary designs or trough-style firepits.

Both of these burner styles work very well for custom projects, but customers should always make sure to consult with a gas professional on their opinion before purchasing them. Burners from manufacturers such as American Fireglass are made with stainless steel that prevents rusting. Also, look for burners that have drilled holes instead of punched holes. This is an indication of quality as it helps prevent water damage to the burner. Whatever style or size you need, each of these burners are great choices for custom gas fire pits.

Which would you prefer? Let us know!