Top Things to Know About Buying a Fire Pit for Your Backyard

If you’re considering purchasing a gas fire pit, there are a few things to consider. Obviously, you’ll have to know size, shape and color but there are other considerations to make as well. You’ll also need to consider natural gas or propane, if you want a wind guard, or if you want a cover.

The Look

  • Some of the materials you can typically find in our fire pits are metal, stucco, concrete, tile, wicker, and wood.
  • If you’re looking for a particular shape of firepit, we have linear, rectangle, round, or square. Depending on the size of your yard each of these can come in different sizes.
  • Picky about the color of your fire pit? We’ve got black, brown, grey, metallic or white. Want something custom? We can do that too.
  • We have many different styles of fire pits as well. If you like coastal, contemporary, farmhouse, modern, traditional, or anything in between we’ve got it or can make it for you custom.
  • We make it easy to search for the exact style, materials, price or size you are looking for on outdoorrooms.com.

Propane or Natural Gas

You’ve got to decide if you want to hard-pipe in natural gas with your fire pit or use LP. Here are a couple pros and cons of each:

  • There is no need to hire a certified gas installer for LP, which can save time and money. With LP, you just need a full tank hooked up to the table and you can start it up almost immediately.
  • You’ll have the freedom of moving your fire pit around your yard with LP because the tanks are portable.
  • An LP-run flame is brighter than natural gas, however, a natural gas flame burns cleaner with less chance for soot.
  • Natural gas is typically hard-piped to your house, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of gas.

Fire Media

Fire pit media comes in all different shapes and sizes. Check out the 101 on fire media here. Whether you call it fire pit pebbles, stones, or gems, the tempered glass gems provide a modern look to your fire table. Every fire pit table includes clear glass gems. Changing the color of the glass gems is an easy way to update the fire table look with minimal investment – even mix and match for a unique design. Lava rocks are also a popular look that provides a more traditional fire pit appearance, especially when paired with the faux log set.

Protective Cover

A fire pit protective cover preserves your outdoor space investment. It keeps outdoor elements – rain, snow, debris, etc. away from the fire pit table. The breathable cover also lets excess moisture out, protecting the fire table’s construction. With any gas fire pit table, we highly recommend a protective cover. While our fire pit tables are tested against the elements, the cover increases the longevity for even more years of enjoyment in your backyard.

Glass Wind Guard

Glass wind guards not only add a layer of protection between you and the flame but also look beautiful when reflecting the flame. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers both linear glass wind guards and folding glass wind guards depending on the style you like. Linear sits on top of your fire table and has rubber base stops to hold it in place. The folding wind guards fit into an extruded aluminum frame and serves as a burner cover when not in use.

Tips to Enjoy Your Fire Pit in the Winter

If you live in an area where you can still be outside with your fire pit, we’ve got a few tips to help you enjoy your space throughout the winter.

  1. Remove any debris (leaves, dirt, snow) from the burner. Your fire pit won’t light if debris is in the way, so cleaning it out and making sure everything is clear is very important.
  2. Move your fire pit to your deck or patio. A lot of The Outdoor GreatRoom Company fire pits are mobile and can be used all over your backyard, which is great in the summer. But during winter, you might be looking for a bit more protection from Mother Nature. However, do not use a fire pit in an area with a roof.
  3. Make sure your backyard area with your fire pit is equipped to keep people warm. Providing blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags will encourage people to sit around the fire longer. A couple of additional patio heaters are also a great way to add warmth.
  4. A bonus of a gas fire pit versus a wood-burning fire is the flame is warmer when using propane. You also don’t need to deal with constantly feeding a fire with wood or having to keep wood dry from the elements.
  5. Once you’ve got your fire pit ready, hosting a smores night is a great way to enjoy your fire pit in the winter. Setting up a smores or hot cocoa bar is a fun way to add a festive touch to your backyard.

And if you unfortunately live in a place where you can no longer use your fire pit, we’ve got tips on how you can put it away and store it for next spring.

Backyard Fire Pit Design Ideas

Are you decorating your patio or redesigning your backyard? With so many outdoor pieces to choose from, we’ve outlined a couple of options below. Bonus: our outdoor products are so stylish and versatile; they’re perfect for mixing and matching to fit a variety of patio themes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your patio design!

Rustic Mountain Lodge

Picture yourself in your favorite cozy flannel, all comfy around a beautiful fire, with peace and quiet surrounding you. Now that we’ve got you hooked, transform your backyard into that cozy mountain lodge with a few outdoor statement pieces.

You’ll first need a glowing fire that instantly starts and doesn’t require constant maintenance during use (because continuously feeding and shifting logs is not a part of your relaxing getaway vision). We’ve got the perfect solution: The Bronson. The Bronson comes in square or round versions and gives you that rustic, fire pit look with all the convenience of gas.

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Now that you have that picturesque fire, the comfy elements are a must for your patio. While we don’t provide your favorite flannel shirt, we do have super comfy Lyndale Highback Swivel Rocking Chairs that give you that relaxing rocking motion you’ll love. Plus, the deep seating design provides that “melt into your seat and forget any worries you have” feeling, which we all probably need more of in our lives.

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Industrial Accents

Are you more into an urban-inspired look? We’ve got the perfect combination for your industrial dream spot. Every modern space needs a focal point, so let’s start with the natural focus of this unique outdoor spot: the Edison Gas Fire Pit Table. The powder-coated steel base is paired with the Weathered Grey Barnwood Supercast™ top for optimal strength and style in your exterior room.

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Round not your thing? Another great option with industrial vibes is the Denali Brew Linear Gas Fire Pit Table. This completely unique fire pit has an Everblend™ concrete top with a corrugated galvanized metal base. Want to make entertaining easy? This one comes with a bottle opener as well.

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Already planning your backyard party or patio gathering? A matching burner cover is included with both options for using your fire pit table as a functional table for easy outdoor entertaining. Add a Glass Wind Guard to keep wind, little hands, pets, and debris away from the fire during your celebrations. Plus, the reflection of the gorgeous flames on the glass is a stunning statement.

Modern Flare

Is a more modern look what you’re trying to achieve? Welcome to the Cove collection. We’ve got every shape and size of concrete fire pits that could make all of your modern inspirational space dreams come true. Looking for a bowl-style fire pit? We’ve got two versions: one with a ledge and one without. We’ve also got several lengths of linear options and even a square option. They come in three color options as well, so you can pick the perfect look for your backyard.

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Craving more? We have many inspirational spaces ready for you to discover, recreate, and enjoy!

Fire Pit Maintenance Tips

A question we often get at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is whether or not gas fire tables need annual maintenance. We always recommend some maintenance to make sure your fire table is working at its most efficient level. Below are a few tips we recommend doing regularly throughout the summer and before or after you put it away for the winter.

A deep cleaning: A deep cleaning of your fire pit table will keep your table operating like it should. It will also help to identify any parts that need replacement. Refer to your OGC installation manual as a guide for maintenance.

Check the parts: Your fire table is made of a number of parts: the base (which may hide the LP tank), the table top, and the burner/gas train system. Look for any damage, rust, or debris. Remove the media if possible, to inspect the burner surface for any deterioration. Clean media prior to returning to the burner and remove dust, dirt, and debris. Check the burner and gas train for leaks and deterioration. The gas train starts at the source. Look for any damage to the supply gas line: dents, kinks, cuts, or abrasions that could lead to failure. Inspect the main control valve and the gas lines connecting it to the burner orifice. Check the orifice, air shutter, and burner manifold for rust damage, debris, and blockage. Clean and repair as needed. If uncertain contact an NFI-certified gas service person.

Spiders: Before any reassembly after cleaning, check for spider webs by inserting a pipe cleaner or similar-sized brush into the port holes of the burner and any openings to remove any webs. If you hear or smell gas and the burner isn’t lit, turn the gas off immediately and check the burner ports and openings for spider webs.

Shine and seal: Give the burner itself a good cleaning to make the stainless steel shine. Seal the surface of the table as required. For helpful information regarding maintaining your Supercast tops, refer to our Supercast FAQ.

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Clean out the base: Remove any leaves, dirt, or debris from inside the base. Use a vacuum, broom, or brush to remove. Large amounts of debris can create a fire hazard.

Check for any leaks: Re-assemble anything disassembled in cleaning and inspection and wipe down outside with stainless polish if you have a stainless finish or use mild soap and water to restore luster to the exterior. Before you fire up the unit check for leaks. This should be done by a qualified person using a soap and water solution. Any leaks must be fixed prior to the use of the table. Never operate if you can smell gas!

Light it up: Now it’s time to fire up the fire table. It is important to make sure the ignitor is working. You should know where the spark electrodes are on the burners and be able to see if there is a good spark to ignite the gas before you turn it on. Always make sure all control knobs are in the off position and any burner covers are removed and the burner is open before attempting to ignite the fire.

Gas Flow Issues: Fire pit lighting but the flame is small? One safety feature in propane tanks is that they allow very little gas to flow if it senses a leak or an open valve. If you are experiencing this, make sure all your burners are turned off and find the source of the leak. To reset this safety feature in the tank, turn off all the valves on the fire table, turn off the valve on the tank, unhook the grill hose and regulator from the tank, then re-hook the tank back up to the burner, open the tank valve slowly, then try lighting the fire pit one more time. This is one way to troubleshoot the small flame issue. Propane tanks should always be turned off when the fire table is not in use.

Keep it clean: Clean your fire table at least a couple of times a year to keep your investment in tip-top shape for years to come!

What’s Best for My Fire Pit Table: Natural Gas vs Liquid Propane?

When operating a gas fire pit table you have two options for fuel: natural gas or liquid propane (LP). How do you decide which is the best fit for you and your fire pit? We outline the benefits of both natural gas and liquid propane below so that you can make the most informed decision.

Natural Gas

Natural gas burns cleaner than LP does, meaning there is less potential for soot. However, because the flame is cleaner, it does not burn as bright of a yellow color. Financially, natural gas may be a better choice because it costs less to operate. Natural gas for fire pits is generally hard piped to your home, meaning you’ll never run into an issue with running out of LP and being unable to operate your table. If this is a concern, consider using natural gas. Natural gas is also lighter than air and can dissipate quickly which leaves less room for any accidental ignition.  

Liquid Propane

If you are looking for a brighter flame that can be seen even during daylight with the sun shining, LP is your best option. There is no set up or installation cost when using LP because there is no need to hire a certified gas installer, which is necessary when using natural gas. With an LP tank you have more freedom to move your fire pit around your backyard because most LP tanks are portable, instead of being connected to a pipe. If you forget to turn off an LP tank, it will eventually run out and shut off when the tank is empty instead of continuing to run until someone shuts it off.

Both natural gas and liquid propane are generally low cost to operate and safe when safety guidelines are followed. When the BTUs on a unit are rated similarly for each fuel, they will both give off the same amount of heat. Whether you are looking for an easier, more convenient set up or a more permanent fixture for your backyard, either natural gas or LP are a great choice.

Tips on Preparing Your Garden for Spring

For most of the United States, spring has sprung and gardening ideas are beginning to take shape. Getting your backyard ready for growing season, no matter what you’re trying to grow, can be a process. After a long winter of snow, rain, and ice your yard may be in a wide range of readiness for planting. We’ve got a few tips on how to make sure you are prepared for spring and summer.

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  1. Place your orders for summer bulbs and seeds. With the popularity of gardening growing, more people will be looking to buy these items early, so making sure you’re ahead of the crowds and ensure you’ll get the flowers you want.
  2. Clean up your greenhouse and tools. Sharpen any blades of tools, replace any tools that are broken or rusted and replenish any supplies you may be low on like fertilizer, plant supports or cages. If you have a greenhouse, sweep out plant debris, wash pots and seed trays and make sure to ventilate the greenhouse so it dries completely.
  3. Clean up flower beds. Spring cleaning of your garden beds is super important to get dead leaves, flowers and brush out of the way. Pull any weeds that may still be alive, cut back any old growth and expose the soil to air and sunlight. You can compost any dead organic matter to use later in the season as healthy soil (check out our bonus tip for more!).
  4. Early planting can begin. There are many plants you can keep indoors and grow until temperatures outside are appropriate for planting. Hardier vegetables tend to do better with this method, including some lettuces, artichokes, onions and potatoes. You can also begin planting bulbs, but make sure to plant properly and water thoroughly.
  5. Remove any garden pests. In some climates, slugs, aphids or snails can begin hibernating in flower beds to be protected from the weather. Make sure to find and destroy any larvae that may have taken up residence in your gardens.
  6. BONUS: Create a compost bin. You can create a small bin in which you deposit dead leaves, flowers and debris that accumulated over the winter. This will make for great soil come summertime. All of your organic waste including grass clippings can be made into great compost, but don’t forget to aerate it each month to keep it healthy.

Having trouble picking your garden “style”? We’ve got some helpful ideas on how to match your garden with your outdoor style here.

Can I Use My Fire Pit Table During the Winter?

If you’re lucky enough not to live in a place that is covered in feet of ice and snow for most of the winter, hanging out outside may still be an option for you if you’ve got a gas fire pit table. If you haven’t packed away your fire pit table for winter yet, you can absolutely still use it in January and February. Here are a few tips if you’re thinking about lighting it up this winter.

  • Make sure to clear away any debris that’s on or around the fire pit table. Sticks, leaves, snow and other outdoor foliage may have fallen into your fire pit table throughout the fall and you want to make sure to clean it off so you’ve got a cleared top to produce a flame. Along with that, if you’re spending a lot of time around your fire table, make sure you haven’t spilled food or drink onto it either.
  • A question we often get at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is do fire pit tables actually give off any heat? In all actuality, gas fire tables give off a lot more heat than a wood-burning fire pit as the flame is much hotter, so you will absolutely stay warm when you’re outside, standing around the table.
  • Fire pit tables don’t produce smoke or ash, so your clothing won’t have that smoky smell after standing around a fire pit table. Fire pit tables are also easy and quick to light and they stay lit, so you don’t need to constantly ‘feed’ the fire or keep a backup stack of wood waiting.
  • Make sure you’ve got plenty of seating and warm blankets. A great feature of a fire table is that they can be moved around, so your entertaining area can be somewhat mobile. Make sure to take advantage of this!

It doesn’t need to be summertime to enjoy your fire pit table. When you’re done enjoying the fire? Make sure to cover it up with one of our weather-resistant ripstop polyester covers.

Getting Your Gas Fire Pit Ready for Winter

Winter is coming or in some cases like in the Twin Cities, it has already arrived. In most places that means spending more time inside and leaving deck time behind. There are many things that go into preparing your outdoor space for winter, but today we are focusing on how to get your gas fire pit cleaned and ready for winter storage. Here is a list of 8 helpful steps to ensure your gas fire pit table will last for years to come.

  1. Remove any debris (leaves, dirt, etc.) from the burner
  2. Close gas valve on fire pit base or shut off gas line for natural gas
  3. Shut off and remove propane tank from base
  4. Remove glass wind guard or any other accessories and store inside
  5. Remove glass fire gems or fire media from burner – optional – can be done in winter or spring for cleaning
  6. Cover Crystal Fire Burner Plus burner with burner cover
  7. Wipe down fire pit top and burner
  8. Cover gas fire pit table with vinyl cover

For additional information on getting your entire outdoor space ready for winter, take a look at this past article.

Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for Fall

Back to school. Leaves falling. Pumpkin picking. Fall is here and getting your outside space ready for the changing season should be a priority. Whether you’re wrapping up the outdoor season or settling in for a long fall, these tips will help you prepare your deck, porch, patio, or backyard for fall.

Deck Décor

Cooler nights call for warm lighting, fires, and cozy furniture. Decking your furniture out with big, fluffy pillows and blankets can help set the cozy tone in your backyard. While in the summer months blankets likely aren’t needed, having a variety of indoor/outdoor blankets available for guests can be a great way to keep them warm and extend your evening. For an extra pop of fall color, use reds, oranges and yellows in your pillow and blanket choices. Also, adding fall wreaths, pumpkins, mums, fall foliage or gourds can amp up your décor game. 

Seasonal fall holiday decorating. Front door autumn decor.

An Element of Fire

Another great way to keep warm this fall is with a fire pit or table. The Outdoor Greatroom Company has several great options that will fit nearly any type of backyard setup. If you’ve got a small space, the Cove 29” Gas Fire Pit Bowl is a great option. Have a larger outdoor space? The Darien Gas Fire Pit Table might be more up your alley. We’ve also got tons of ready-to-finish or custom options as well. Stay cozy and warm with any of our options this fall. Have specific questions about how to take care of your fire table in the fall and winter? We share a few tips here.

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Light it Up

Lighting is an inexpensive addition you can make to your backyard to make it feel warm, cozy and inviting. String lights put off the perfect amount of lighting to give a warm ambiance to any setting. Candles are another great way to add warm lighting but try a flameless option to keep your yard and home safe.

Cover It Up

Buying a cover for your patio furniture, including your fire pit table, is a great way to protect it from wind, rain and the impending winter weather. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company makes durable, weather-resistant covers made with ripstop polyester. These will help protect your investment and keep snow, leaves and other elements out of your fire pit table.

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How to Customize Your Outdoor Kitchen

Custom outdoor kitchens are in high demand because they add value to the home, are great for entertaining, and expands your property’s living space. Let’s explore the most important factors to consider when customizing your own unique outdoor dream kitchen.

Define the Space

Just as homes come in many shapes and sizes, the same is true for outdoor kitchens. A few common kitchen shapes are L-shaped, linear, and even U-Shaped kitchens. Another popular option is a two-piece kitchen, where there’s a section for cooking, storage, and accessories. The other section usually features a bar and is used for dining and entertaining. Which layout sounds most suitable for your outdoor area?

It’s important to consider placement when you are incorporating a custom kitchen into your space. Here are a few things you’ll need to think about when turning your outdoor dream into a reality:

1. Proximity

One crucial aspect of where you decide to place your kitchen is how far away it is from your home. Since some of the food preparation will need to be done inside, you’ll want to place your kitchen in close distance with the entrance of your backyard. This will allow for hassle-free transportation between the two locations.

2. Backyard Size

The size of your backyard should factor in to how large you build your outdoor kitchen. Take some time to strategize how much square footage you’re willing to give up for your custom kitchen design. The size you want your kitchen to be is completely up to you.  

3. Zoning Laws

Be sure to check with local and national ordinances when determining the size and placement of your outdoor dining area. Zoning laws are in place to regulate how your property can be used. It’d be a shame to finalize a beautiful outdoor kitchen project that might not satisfy local codes and regulations.

Pro tip: Find a professional. There are many technical factors to consider when building an outdoor kitchen, such as heat clearances, electrical accessibility, and zoning laws, so finding the right person for the job will aid in creating a safe and fully optimized outdoor entertainment area.

Prioritize Your Accessories

When it comes to indoor cooking and dining, what’s most important to you? Perhaps it’s the shimmering, stainless-steel appliances or plentiful amount of pantry space. Some homeowners really value a kitchen island with a bar for entertaining guests and countertop space with added storage.

Since an outdoor kitchen brings all that you love about your indoor kitchen outdoors, we recommend reflecting on what’s most important to you as you customize this new area. Here’s a quick list of grills, storage units, and other accessories commonly used in outdoor kitchen designs:

  • Drawers and access doors for storage and trash
  • Charcoal, gas, and electric grills for cooking
  • Sink with faucet for cleaning
  • Refrigerator for beverages

Explore What’s Popular

Once you’ve built the framework for your outdoor kitchen, the next step is deciding the kind of look you want for the exterior finish. Homeowners commonly use the same materials on their home for the exterior of their outdoor kitchen for a clean, unifying look. Other popular materials used for the base are stucco, brick, or stone veneer, also known as stacked stone. Supercast™ concrete and granite are suitable options for the countertop section of outdoor kitchens.

Many backyards also incorporate some kind of shading, such as a gazebo, awning, pergola, or umbrella, to further define the outdoor kitchen area and fend off a bright and scorching sun. These sources of shade can be outfitted with outdoor lighting to make kitchens an all-day, one-stop-shop for relaxation and entertaining.

Our Process

We hope you feel more prepared to get your outdoor kitchen started. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ specializes in building custom outdoor kitchens and would love to be a part of your dream design. We work with you from start-to-finish to ensure your kitchen is exactly what you envisioned. Click here to learn more about our custom process.

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