An outdoor heater is your ticket to a year-round outdoor living space. Outdoor patio heaters make the colder months of the year more comfortable in your outdoor kitchen and patio. There's a wide selection of outdoor heaters available, so you might wonder which one is right for you. We're going to dive into the do's and don'ts of outdoor patio heaters so you can choose the best patio heater for your outdoor area. These important reminders will give you a complete picture of outdoor heaters.
DO Choose the Right Size Heater for Your Outdoor Room
One of the most common questions people ask us at The Outdoor Appliance Store is what size heater they need for their outdoor area. This is a valid question because you want to ensure everyone is comfortable, yet you don't want it to be too powerful for your space. The best way to know what size heater you should choose is to understand BTUs (British Thermal Units). This is how heat is measured in outdoor patio heaters, and essentially, the higher the BTUs, the more heat the patio heater produces.
So, if you have a smaller outdoor area around 500 square feet or less, you probably need a heater with 10,000 BTUs or less. On the other hand, large outdoor areas over 2,000 square feet may require an outdoor heater with up to 35,000 BTUs. It's always best to discuss with an outdoor appliance expert before purchasing. An expert will understand your space and help you determine the best size.
DO Consider Fuel Type
The two different fuel types for outdoor patio heaters are electric and gas. The gas heaters are either powered by propane or natural gas. Both outdoor heater fuel types have pros and cons, and the best choice will depend on your unique outdoor area and needs.
The most important thing about outdoor gas heaters is that you cannot use them in an enclosed space. If you have an enclosed patio area, electric heaters are the safest option. A significant pro to electric patio heaters is they are very convenient and easy to use.
Propane patio heaters are also convenient and have simple installation since the propane tank is portable and easy to attach. The natural gas patio heaters are excellent choices when you have a fixed gas line available. These heaters do require professional installation, but they are the cheapest fuel type to maintain. Whatever fuel type you choose, you can still have the aesthetics and function you prefer.
DON’T Forget Function & Aesthetics
When deciding on a patio heater, it's easy just to select the one that will heat your space and move on. However, don't forget to consider the design of the patio heater and the overall function of your space! There are several different types of outdoor patio heaters to consider for your outdoor space. How you use your outdoor living area and your aesthetics will help you decide which one to choose.
Tabletop patio heaters are the smallest type available and sit conveniently on a table. These outdoor heaters usually look like floor-standing patio heaters, so they have a nice design appeal. If most of your time outdoors is spent around a table, this style could work well. Floor standing patio heaters are the ones you've probably seen outside at restaurants. The floor-standing and tabletop outdoor heaters are popular options, but keep in mind if you live in a windy environment or have kids using the backyard for active play, you may need a heater in a different location.
Wall or ceiling-mounted patio heaters are popular because they save precious floor space and have a lot of heating power. You can find mounted outdoor heaters in either electric or gas. If aesthetics and ambiance are especially important to you, then an outdoor fireplace or fire pit can succeed in heating your outdoor space and providing fun memories.
DON'T Skip the Owner's Manual
Whether you install your outdoor patio heater yourself or a professional does it, you need to review the owner's manual carefully. Your outdoor heater's owner's manual has critical manufacturer safety precautions that you must understand to use the heater correctly. Using an outside patio heater can be an enjoyable experience for everyone, but make sure it is installed, used, and maintained in the safest way possible.
It's also wise to know what safety features your outdoor patio heater comes with. For instance, many tabletop and floor standing patio heaters are equipped to automatically shut off if it's tipped over. Features like these make outdoor heaters safer, along with following all of the other safety guidelines.
The Outdoor Appliance Store is a team of experts on outdoor kitchens, appliances, and furniture. We can help you create your outdoor dream space that you will enjoy for many years to come. Contact us today to hear more about our outdoor patio heaters and other outdoor appliances. You can also use our free design service to begin planning your dream outdoor kitchen. Your outdoor kitchen was made for year-round enjoyment, so let's warm it up for the winter!
Fire pits are a safe and beautiful way to enjoy a bonfire on a chilly winter night. They are a stunning addition to any outdoor space. Something about sitting around a fire pit makes everyone feel a little bit more at home. Are you thinking about investing in a fire pit? There are some things you should consider before making your purchase.
There are an enormous amount of choices when it comes to fire pits. You can take the fast route by digging into the ground and just throwing some logs in. But that leaves you with an ugly hole in the ground. This method is also not contained and potentially dangerous.
The Outdoor Appliance Store offers a large variety of unique fire pits sure to wow any guest. All you need to do is pick one!
Things to Remember When Fire Pit Shopping
But before you point and choose, we want to help you pick the best fire pit for you. Think about how much space you have. There is also the matter of fire size and heat emission to consider. Do you want a small fire to sit around and enjoy? Or do you want a large fire to warm up even the chilliest of nights? Or, do you want the fire completely contained? We offer outdoor linear gas fireplaces for a fully contained burn.
Perhaps most important to consider is permanence. Fire pits are large and often a permanent addition to a backyard. Do you plan on enjoying this space for a long time? Or do you think you may be leaving this space soon? Smaller, portable options exist for a great temporary solution. We also have a selection of gas torches with electronic ignition.
No matter what your personal fire pit needs are, we can meet them. We have a fire pit for everyone. In this blog, we help break down some of the finer differences between the fire pits we offer. We hope that this blog helps you make a confident decision when choosing a fire pit.
Different Types of Fire Pits
Like grills, there are different types of fire pits. There are gas and wood-burning fire pits. Like anything in life, there are pros and cons to each type. At the Outdoor Appliance Store, we currently offer gas burning fire pits.
Most of the fire pits we offer are gas burning. They burn either propane or natural gas. This type of fire pit is cleaner for the environment. It also creates the least amount of smoke. Depending on where you are placing your fire pit, less smoke is a must in a closed-in space, like a patio, smoke stains. Smoke stains are also possible if the placement of your fire pit is too close to your house.
Gas burning fire pits are easy to maintain and light. Most come with button ignition. There is also no ash mess to clean up afterward.
Wood burning fire pits smell amazing. They have that nostalgic fire smell that makes you crave s’mores. But they can be messy. And too much smoke is always a worry. Wood burning pits create ash that needs cleaning later. You also have to extinguish the flame manually.
With wood burning fire pits, you obviously need wood to burn. Firewood is available at most grocery or home improvement stores. You can also chop your own, but make sure it is fully dry. Wet wood will not burn, only smoke.
It is important to consider the brand when purchasing a fire pit. Different brands specialize in different types of fire pits. Different brands also use very different design styles.
Below, we have taken the time to compare some of the top brands available for purchase. We support top quality brands that use quality products and processes. The Outdoor Appliance Store only carries brands we trust. We support seven fire pit brands. Today, we are going to look at three of our brands. They are Fire Pit Art, American Fyre Design, and Napoleon Grills. All these companies have amazing products to share with you. Each company brings something new to the art of the fire pit.
Fire Pit Art
Fire Pit Art is a Tennessee based company. Their products are each a piece of metallic art. They have clever designs like Third Rock, which is a globe. The flames flicker through each continent. You need little to no maintenance when you buy a Fire Pit Art fire pit. This is thanks to their genius design and creation process. All their fire pits have a rain drain in the bottom. This allows for that all too common Florida surprise shower to trickle on through. This foresight of design helps prevent rust issues on the metal frame.
Their patented patina process prevents rust even further. These fire pits do darken with time. But that is proof that the patina process is working. The process protects the metal for long-term outdoor use.
Their designs are on the larger side. We recommend them for permanent placement when possible. These designs are perfect for large areas and groups. Their designs are often open and create large flames.
American Fyre Designs
American Fyre Designs creates conversation starters. Their products bring light to the dimmest backyards. TheirFire Urn makes you feel like you are lighting the Olympic Flame.
Their designs are more portable and fit well into smaller spaces. They are perfect for cozy patios. All designs are a match or lighter lit and burn gas. They have a 60,000 BTU rating. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. The higher the BTU, the more intense the heat emission is. American Fyre Designs have a mid-level BTU. This means they emit a mild heat with a bright flame.
Napoleon Grills creates fire tables and outdoor gas fireplaces. Their designs are the ones you want if your space is smaller. You can even build into a wall with their linear fireplaces. Their beautiful fire tables over a conversation space around a fire. Place it next to some warm outdoor seating, and you have the perfect evening waiting for you.
Napoleon Grills fire tables and fireplaces have varying BTU specs. They range from 40,000 to 60,000. In general, fire tables have a higher BTU rating than the outdoor fireplaces. Their fire tables also have drainage holes to prevent rust. They also come with an optional windscreen. Do not let a windy night ruin your fire!
Fire pits offer a chance to add a literal spark to your yard. Spice up any sunset with a glowing fire as you sip hot chocolate. Want a fireside snack? Enhance your fire pit experience by adding a little smoked flavor. Check out ourrecipe center for some delicious grill dishes.
The Outdoor Appliance Store is available for all your outdoor appliance needs. We have a large selection of fire pits, grills, outdoor kitchen appliances, and more! Call us today at (844) 305-0125 to set up your free design consultation. With us, the sky is the limit. We want to help you build your perfect outdoor kitchen.
We are also available online! Fill out our online contact form for a speedy response from our team. You can also chat with us via the live chat option in the upper right-hand corner of our website.
What is the Difference Between Vented and Ventless Gas Fireplaces?
Fall and winter are coming up, check out your options on keeping warm inside your home and outdoors as well. Fireplaces are a great addition to any home, the looks and use bring a home together. There are two main types of fireplaces, vent free and direct vented.
Vented fireplaces mean that the fireplace is vented either horizontally through the wall or vertically through the roof. This option is a little more labor intensive and can include the following; running ventilation through walls or ceilings, gas lines, electrical lines, and finishing interiors and/or exteriors of homes to complete the installation. So make sure you contact your local licensed professionals for installation. Vented fireplace options:
Vented wood fireplaces – vented vertically and a classic wood burning fireplace, great if you want the feel of a natural fire. Also, somewhat easier installation process compared to gas.
Fireplace inserts (used with existing chimneys) – vented through the roof using existing chimney. If you don’t want to constantly find wood and have the hassle of starting a fire this is a good alternative. Using what is already provided inserts are placed inside of the existing fireplace and offer a wide range of style and look for the fireplace. Use with either natural gas or propane requires a gas line, gas logs / fire glass, and burner set.
Direct vented gas fireplace – can be vented through a wall or the roof. Most convenient and safest option for a fireplace. Requires a gas line, gas logs / fire glass, and burner set.
Vent free fireplaces use air from the room to deliver as much heat as possible directly back into the room or outdoor space. These are convenient fireplaces that are less expensive and easier to install than a traditional fireplace, due to the fact there is no ventilation to run through the roof or walls. The great thing about these is that they can work well outside to add an ambiance to your outdoor living area.
Vent-free fireplaces with electrical components such as a blower will usually need a 120-volt outlet for it to work.
Natural gas or propane can be used, with some even coming with automatic ignitions (i.e. piezo or push-button spark igniter).Extremely useful if you don’t have access to electricity in the area you want the fireplace.
What is the Difference Between Vented and Vent-less Gas Fireplaces?
Fall and winter are coming up, check out your options on keeping warm inside your home and outdoors as well. Fireplaces are a great addition to any home, the looks and use bring a home together. There are two main types of fireplaces, vent free and direct vented.
When it comes to vent-free options of fireplaces, please look up your local county building codes before purchasing. As many counties all have different guidelines when it comes to vent free fireplaces.
Gas Fire Pit FAQ’s
What if I smell gas coming from my gas fire pit?
First thing first, turn off gas for the appliance and make sure appliance is off! Don’t light anything near the fire pit. Call your local gas tech or supplier, if you still smell a strong gas smell and you’re unable to get a hold of your tech. Be safe and call your local fire department.
Can you burn wood in a gas fire pit?
No, one of the reasons being that some bowls or pans are not designed to have the heat of the wood directly on it, causing damages. Not to mention the that wood burning brings with the ash and wood that will be clogging up pores on the burners.
How long will a 20lb tank of propane last?
It all depends on how much you use your tank and how big your fire pit is, For an average fire pit you can last anywhere from 8-10 hours on a moderate output of heat. If you have your fire pit going at full blast average will be 4 hours of use.
Can I convert liquid propane to Natural Gas?
It depends on the brand of your fire, some allow the conversion and some don’t. Best thing to do is check your owners manual for verification and reach out to a locally licensed gas technician.
Can I have a gas fire pit under a lanai?
Every county has a local building code that must be followed. To best figure out where you can place your fire pit, contact a local licensed contractor.
How much fire glass is needed for my Fire pit?
Curious on how to know how much media to put in a fire pit, follow this formula to calculate how much you need to buy.
For a circle, you will need to know your diameter(A) and the depth of the pan(D)
A x A = B; Divide (B) by 25 = C ; Multiply (C) by (D) = pounds needed.
For example 36 inch pit with a depth of 3 inches:
36*36= 1296 ; 1296/ 25 = 51 ; 51*3 = 155 lbs of media
For a square, you need the Length x Width = B
Then divide B by 22.5 = C
Multiply C by Depth = total pounds needed
For example a 5×5 fire pit with a depth of 3 inches
5 x 5 = 25
So a little over 3.3 pounds of fire glass will be needed.
What kind of burner do I need?
It all depends on your project, there are plenty of burners that are available for all shapes and sizes of fire pits. To get a more in-depth information check out our Gas Fire Pit Burners overview to help you choose the right burner for your project.
What should I know before shopping for a fire pit?
Gas Fire Pit Construction Components and Things to Consider
It’s very easy to get overwhelmed when trying to pick out components for a new gas fire pit. We’ve put together a guide to help break down the fire pit components and make it easier to find the perfect components for your project. Building a fire pit, having one built, or even just looking to buy a finished product; there are some things to consider before constructing or buying that perfect gas fire pit.
Fire pit burners are going to have the biggest impact on the size and heat distribution of your flame. The burner will be the heart of your fire pit, both giving off heat and the visual entertainment of a dancing flame. A few things to consider when building your pit:
What size and type of flame you want
How are you going to supply the fuel for this (in-ground tank vs. stored under fire pit)?
Natural gas or liquid propane?
Burner Material and Shape
What type of fire pit ignition system should you use?
What type of fire media do you plan to use? (fire glass, lava rock, river stone, etc…)
Always contact a local licensed gas contractor when it comes time to run a new gas line or hook up your new fire pit. When picking out your burner, the size and shape of the burner are important things to consider. This will help determine the overall size along with the style of the fire pit you will be building. We’ve written a separate article on fire pit burners to help make sure you choose the right burner. Don’t forget a fire pit pan with the burner that you choose. Fire pit pans are required for pits that will be using propane, the pan is going to be used to separate the burner from the air mixer (unless using brass burners), also going to be used for ventilation and water drainage. Depending on your burner the pan is going to be installed 3-4 inches from the top of the pit. To make things easier for you make sure you get yourself an installation collar. An installation collar is designed to simplify the installation of the fire pit pan. It is a flexible collar that can bend and can be anchored down by screws.
There are a few different options when it comes to ignition systems. The most basic system will be the manual light ignition. Where you basically turn on the key valve and light the pit with a match and boom there goes your fire. Depending on how thick your pit wall is, you might want to see about getting an extended valve flange key. For more information on this subject read our article on ignition systems to help you make an informed decision on which type of ignition system is best for you.
No matter what burner or ignition system you choose your fire pit will need to be vented. The requirements for venting are usually listed in the manual of the burner itself. If not you will need to abide by your local building codes when doing this portion of the job.
Now that you’ve made all the hard decisions the media will be the last thing you have to decide on. With so much media to choose from it can be a handful. Keep in mind a few key things when buying media, the glass will be the most expensive while lava rock will be least expensive. There are options that you can choose from to keep in the cost low, such as filling with lava rock then topping off with fire glass, or maybe using a log set or ornament. For a full list of options read our article on fire pit media to get a full explanation of all the options you can choose from.
If you are building this yourself it may seem like a lot of work to start from scratch, maybe you want a bit of a head start, you can always check out our unfinished Patio Comfort Elements fire pits on our website, they offer DIY fire pit frames and concrete boxes to help take away some of the burden of building the actual pit. Just add the finish you’d like to have, choose your media, burner, and ignitor and you’re good to go.
Fire Pit Glass Guide
The next step in the fire pit process will be the one that will add the final touch to your pit. That’s going to be your media. Whether you built the pit or bought one, you don’t want to see an empty pit with your burners exposed. When deciding media to go with it is all going to up to you and your taste. From the companies we carry on The Outdoor Appliance Store, we have so many options for you to decide from. Every company has a different design and name for the same thing.
Let’s start with fire glass. What is it? Essentially it is tempered glass that has been heat treated to be placed in fire pits. This also helps distribute the heat as well since the fire glass is going to retain heat giving you that ambient heat going around. So if you are looking for fire glass, you are going to have the biggest range of options that can be aesthetically pleasing, there are different styles and colors to choose from. This fire glass is also going to be one of the more expensive routes of getting firepit media. Now let’s dig into what style of glass you are looking for. If you are looking for something.
If you are looking for something smooth and round for a clean look try some of these media, in which many come in a small or large sizes
American Fyre Designs- Diamond nuggets. Fire glass gems
The Outdoor Greatroom – Crystal fire designs
Warming Trends – lava rock, volcanic stone
Adjustable warming rack that can also be used as extra cooking space.
Hybrid direct heat and indirect ceramic grilling system.
Durable 304 stainless steel construction.
Every grill comes with 18 gauge stainless steel U-burners (now covered by a lifetime warranty!).
Maybe you are looking for “crushed class”, that broken glass look, or that reflective glass that make the fire look amazing
Choose The Perfect Fit
These options come in various color variations and size variations. When it comes to pricing these are going to be more expensive of all the media. For examples, let says you have a round fire pit that is 36’’ in diameter, and the depth will be 3 inches, which is average depth is 2-4 depending on your burner. According to the many media calculators found online, you would need 162 pounds of glass. Let’s say you used American Fyre Design Classic Black fire glass as your media the cost would be $69 for a 10lb bag. That total for your pit would come out too $1,117.80. That would be just for fire glass.
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An alternative to using fire glass would be Lava rock. What is lava rock? It is exactly how it sounds, it is a rock that forms from magma erupted from a volcano. It’s a popular alternative media that is used since it is cheaper than fire glass. It may not have a wow factor that the fire glass has, but it does provide a media that is needed. The option you can get vary from the size, color and type of rock you can get(i.e regular rock or “smooth stone”) The two color types are going to red and black. To the right are the brands that are carried on our website:
When it comes to the cost, it is definitely the cheaper alternative, for example, if we do the same amount of media, using the 36’’ in diameter and 3’’ inches depth to give us the 162 lbs of media, the average cost of the Warming Trends Black Lava Rock is $73 per 40lbs. That would bring the cost of filling the pit at $292. Which would be significantly lower than the fire glass.
There are a few things you can do to make your fire pit look beautiful without denting your wallet.
Tip #1 – Use a combination of both Lava Rock and Lava Glass. By doing this you can reduce your cost tremendously. All you would do is simply fill ¾ of the pit with the Lava rock, then put a screen on top the rock then continue to fill using your choice of glass.
Tip #2 – Maybe fire glass isn’t your choice of media but at the same time you want more than just the lava rocks, you can try out an Ornament by The Outdoor Plus. Or maybe you want that natural look so you can go with a faux log set.
If you have any questions about choosing the right media, feel free to contact us online or by phone 1(844) 305-0125
A Guide to Fire Pit Burners
Fire pit burners come in different sizes and shapes to accommodate different design ideas. They are usually constructed from stainless steel or brass and have metal tubes with holes in it that allow the gas to be released to produce a flame similar to that of a wood-burning fire.
The holes are separated at different intervals to create uniformity. These burners can be fueled by propane or natural gas depending on what is available to the homeowner.
They usually sit on a base plate to prevent the gas from leaking into the fire pit. They are available in a number of different sizes and shapes. This is a basic guide of things to consider before purchasing your burner.
Fire Pit Burner Material: Brass or Stainless Steel
Burners are available in two basic types of material: brass or stainless steel. Please see below the pros and cons of using either.
Designs by outdoor plus and warming trends use less gas
Built-in air mixers from outdoor plus and warming trends create a fuller flame
More expensive than stainless steel burners
Multiple shapes available
Tends to need replacing through time
Smaller flame compared to brass
Stainless Steel Burners
When looking for a burner one of the first things to consider is the shape of the firepit or table you are building. If you want a rectangle pit for example, do you want a full fire? A simple fire? A fire to go around the perimeter of the pit? Differently shaped burners display different fire effects when built into a unit. These burners can become available in different materials. See below for burners available in stainless steel:
Penta (Star Shaped) Burners
Penta burners are star-shaped burners constructed of stainless steel and are capable of providing tall, natural flames.
Since they are available in a number of different sizes (12 inches to 48 inches), these are great if you’re looking for a realistic campfire look.
If you have a round fire pit and wish to have a roaring flame and keep value in mind, this is the way to go.
Round burners offer a traditional gas burner shape. These components are built from durable, long-lasting materials so you can get years of enjoyment out of your fire feature.
Square burners provide a less common alternative to either a round or penta burner.
These burners are great for square fire pits or tables and are available in a number of different sizes.
Rectangular burners are made for small rectangle pits or fire tables
These burners are a smaller alternative to H-shaped. These, like the square burners, will give you an even, clean looking flame when burning.
These also come in a double rectangle burner as pictures below or a regular rectangle burner.
Warming Trends Crossfire Burners
These are heavy-duty brass burners from Warming Trends. With their unique Crossfire design, these units have been manufactured to produce a Venturi effect, which is the reduction of fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section of a pipe.
Essentially each of the nozzle on the burner provide a chokehold on the amount of gas being pushed out and by combining with oxygen to create a higher flame that is brighter and full to really resemble a natural wood burning fire.
The design pattern on these burners differ from each other burner so depending on your shape and size of the pit will determine your best crossfire burner to be used.
Outdoor Plus Bullet Burners
Patented Bullet burners by Outdoor plus provide the user with a taller fuller flame. The patented bullet orifice compresses gas flow and gives oxygen to create a cleaner flame.
These burners come in both Stainless steel and brass. Burners also vary in shapes and sizes.
Configurations available in both stainless steel or brass
Some burners are available in both types of materials, stainless steel or brass. Here are a couple of options that are available on the market.
For larger rectangular enclosures, an H-burner makes for an excellent choice. With their unique construction, these burners can fill a large fire pit while only using reasonable amounts of gas.
To fill a long and narrow enclosure, you’re going to need a long and narrow burner. Linear burner pans are only 8 inches wide, but burners are available in lengths ranging from 24 to 96 inches to give you plenty of versatility when trying to fill your enclosure space.
Warming trends and The outdoor plus* offer it in stainless steel or brass and also in each company’s respective specialty. You can also find the stainless steel by American fireglass.
Deciding on a quality fire pit burner and understanding what makes it best for your project can help save money over time and ensure that you are satisfied with your fire pit for years to come.
The key difference is between the brass and stainless will be that brass will not require the air mixer.Also, each company will provide the proper pan that accompanies the burner.
The purpose of the pan is to protect the lower compartments of the burner i.e the as hoses and such and also provides the way you hold your media. If you have any questions or concerns about choosing the right burners give us a call at 1-844-305-0125.
Gas Fire Pit Ignition Systems Overview
Gas Fire Pit Ignition Systems are going to affect the way that you use your gas fire pit. Do you prefer the reliability of match-lit ignition systems or do you prefer the ease of just pressing a button to light your fire pit?
There are ignition systems for every preference, those that are value conscious should probably look into match-lit systems. If ease of use what you’re going after then an electronic ignition system may be your best option, keep in mind it’s not without a significant price increase.
When it comes to choosing the right ignition system just keep in mind how often and who will be using it, If you have any questions concerning the gas fire pit ignition systems give us a call at 1-844-305-0125.
Let’s take a closer look at all the ignition systems that are currently available:
Match-Lit Gas Fire Ignition Systems:
Most basic of the ignition system. Open a gas valve and light the burner with a match. Turn off the gas valve to shut off gas flow. Easy and reliable.
Gas Fire Pit Spark Ignition Systems:
Uses a button to help start the fire. An ignitor probe is installed next to a gas outlet on the burner, it is connected to the push button. The user will open the gas valve and pushes the button causes the probe to spark.
No electrical supply is necessary/ Spark is created by a battery powered spark igniter or a piezo ignitor. *Piezo ignition uses the principle of piezoelectricity, which, in short, is the electric charge that accumulates in some materials in response to high pressure.*
Gas Fire Pit Manual Safety Pilot System:
Depending on who makes this depends on how they name A failsafe system which cuts off the gas in case of failure with the pilot flame. Can be either ignition or match lit.
Gas Fire Pit Electronic Ignition Systems:
The easiest system by far. The user simply uses a switch or remote to turn on the burner. For this system, you need an external battery supply such as a battery or main supply line of electricity.*
*There are many different versions of these systems available. Some have a pilot, some use a thermocouple or thermopile, others use another type of flame sensing instrument. There is a bunch of ways the burner is lit, for example, hot surface and hotwire ignition use an element/wire that heats up to a temperature sufficient to ignite the gas. Spark ignition uses an electrode to produce a spark to do the same.
Choosing Your New Fire Pit
The weather across the country is starting to get a little bit colder, and unless you’re in Florida like we are, you’re probably preparing for winter weather.
That can mean everything from dropping temperatures to blizzards, but if you live in a part of the country that has some mild evenings that are still good for sitting outside, then you might be thinking about adding a fire pit to your backyard.
At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we have a great selection of fire tables, pits, and more, and we would love to help you find the best option for your home. In this post, we’ll look at some things to consider when choosing your new outdoor heating solution.
What Size Does it Need to Be?
When looking at various fire pits and tables, it’s important to think about what size it needs to be. Do you have a large family and therefore you’ll need several seats around the pit?
If the fire is too small or not the right shape, people may have to crowd around it to feel the warmth and stay comfortable. You’ll also need to think about the size and shape of the chairs you’re going to use, since large, bulky chairs will take up quite a bit of space.
Where Will the Fire Pit Be Placed?
You might have the perfect spot for your new fire pit or table, and placing it will be as easy as unwrapping it and carrying it to its new home. However, if you don’t have a designated spot picked out, you may need to clear an area in your backyard to make room.
You’re probably not planning to re-do your landscaping this fall, but you can still make room on your deck or patio to accommodate the pit.
It’s important to choose a spot that’s safe to have an open flame in, and that is uncovered enough so that the smoke can escape. It’s never a good idea to pick an enclosed area like a sun room or screened porch for your fire pit.
Check Local Fire Codes
Before you set your new pit or table down and start it up, make sure to check your local fire code for any statutes or regulations regarding how far it needs to be from your house and what kind of fuel you can use.
Our catalog offers gas-burning, wood-burning, and other options, and they’re designed to provide the highest levels of comfort and safety. If you choose a wood-burning pit, it’s important to remember that you are only supposed to burn wood in it – not yard debris such as leaves or grass clippings.
If you’re unsure about local codes, take a few minutes and contact your local fire department. They should be able to answer all of your questions about open flames, fuel sources, the distance the pit must be from your house, and more.
If you’re thinking about adding a new fire pit to your yard for those winter evenings when the weather is calm and all you want to do is sit outside with friends and family, then The Outdoor Appliance Store is here to help.
We would love nothing more than to help you find the perfect product that you can enjoy for years to come, and if you ever have any questions about fire pits, fire tables, or outdoor patio heaters, we’ll be here to provide the answers.
Look through our catalog today, and if you think of a question while you’re browsing, feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to hearing from you!
You love spending time in your backyard, whether you’re grilling, playing with the dog, or hanging out with friends on the weekend. The yard is an extension of your home, but you can only really spend time out there during the warmer months of the year. When the cold weather sets in, you cover up or store your patio furniture and retreat inside until warmer temperatures return. However, with an outdoor fire pit, you can add comfort and class to your backyard and sit out there whenever your heart desires. At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we have a fantastic selection of fire pits, fire tables, and many other flame-related products.
Choosing Your Fire Pit
One of the primary factors when choosing a fire pit is how big your outdoor seating area is. If you’re going to place chairs around the pit, you’ll want to be sure everyone can sit close enough to the fire, but not be so close so as to overheat or have to worry about embers falling on them. They want to enjoy the warmth of the flames, but not risk being singed. We have options in all shapes and sizes, and can recommend the best choice based on your specific needs.
Style will also play an important role in the fireplace you choose. You want something that will match the other decor and furniture in your yard, or you may use the pit as the focal point of the entire space. Regardless of which approach you take, it’s important to choose one that matches your personal preferences and that you can see yourself using for years to come. You may only have it for gathering around in the evenings, or you may want a fire table you can cook on, but no matter which it is, the look and feel of your choice are very important.
Gas or Wood?
Another thing to consider when choosing a fire pit for your backyard is what type of fuel you want it to use. The two main choices are propane gas and wood, and both have their advantages and disadvantages. With gas, you’ll always be able to quickly start the fire and control the level of the flames, but you’ll also have to replace the empty propane tanks. You can run a dedicated gas line to the pit, but that can require removing landscape and perhaps even professional installation.
With wood, it can take longer to get the fire started, but the crackle and smell of burning wood can create the perfect atmosphere. You’ll also have to buy firewood, or cut and stack it yourself, but you can stockpile quite a bit for all those summer evenings when you’ll be using your pit.
If you’re thinking about how you can improve your backyard space, consider adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. The comfort and class they can add may be exactly what your yard needs, and we know you’ll love using your pit or table every chance you get.