Category Archives: Fire Pits

Recycle Christmas Tree

5 Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Tree

It’s the sad time of year again where using the holidays as an excuse to exempt yourself from reality has expired.  It’s time to answer the email from Janice in accounting, and get back on track with real life. The beautiful Christmas tree in the corner of your family room that majestically transformed your entire house in to a winter wanderlust? Yeah, that has to go. Sad face. So what do you do with the tree you and your family decorated so elegantly? Here’s some ideas!

  1. Rinse, Re-use, Recycle! – Plant that guy right back where he came from. Of course it has to be a living tree with the roots still intact, but channel your inner hippie and enjoy your tree for many more years to come.
  2. Give back to Mother Nature – She has provided you with a glorious tree, now it’s your turn to give back to Mother Nature, and her animal friends. A nice way to get rid of your Christmas tree is by turning it in to a bird feeder. You can put it in the ground, or stay lazy and keep it in its stand. Get the kids involved – make a cranberry and popcorn string, toss some stale bread in and around it and… BOOM! You’ll have chickadees, cardinals, song sparrows, and many other birds of kin taking shelter in your backyard.
  3. Garden galore – Cut off the branches, and use the trunk to edge the garden you’ve been planning for so long now. Hello 2016 garden goals!
  4. Cozy on up – Feeling self-sustaining? Chop the tree up and use it as fire wood, duh!
  5. Recycle the boring way – Many communities will have tree-recycling programs. This is a nice way to give back to your community, as the program will chop the tree up and probably use the wood for parks and public spaces.

Oriflamme Venetian Marble Gas Fire Pit Table

As we enter the shoulder season of the patio furniture market, we are building programs and systems for next year so we can improve our customers’ experience and satisfaction. One area that we are always improving on is our selection of Oriflamme fire tables and the imagery associated with these beautiful tables, including the Oriflamme Venetian Marble Gas Fire Pit Table

It’s not very often we get to photograph a 42″ round Venetian Marble fire table because whenever we do get them in stock, they are usually sold very quickly!  So I jumped at the chance to photograph this table because I had never seen one in person, let alone photograph one! I love this beautiful tiled table that mimics the look of Venetian marble, and will provide all the warmth you could want for your backyard.

Here are some photos of the Oriflamme Venetian Marble Gas Fire Pit Table from a recent photo shoot. If you want to pre-order one of these beautiful tables, please visit the link below. You can also give us a call at: 800-451-2550  –

Venetian Fire Table Venetian Fire Table-3 Venetian Fire Table-2 Venetian-Fire-Table

Style and Elegance for Small Spaces


Do you live in a small townhome or condo with limited outdoor space? Still want to glam up your outdoor space with the elegance of a fire table? Small places are now big problem with the 38” Round Savannah Stone Fire Table. This new table from Designing Fire is the perfect solution to a small space. Available in both the round style with a 38” Diameter and in a 35” Square, it is easy to transform your patio into a warm, enjoyable space to enjoy for years to come.  Visit All Backyard Fun for more inspiring ideas for your patio.


Wood Burning Ban Doesn’t Stop Backyard Fun

If you live in an area that prohibits burning wood, gathering around a backyard fire may seem like a thing of the past. But with Oriflamme fire tables, you can revive the fun of relaxing by the fire with friends and family. An Oriflamme fire pit table uses clean burning propane fuel to create a flame, not wood. Fire tables are not included in the burning ban, and you can continue to enjoy your backyard living space year-round without fear of contributing to rising pollution or poor air quality indexes.

Denver, Colorado is one community with burning ban regulations in place during November through March due to high pollution season peaks. A Residential Burning Advisory is issued on days when air quality is poor, and resident are also asked to limit driving on Action Days, as well. Colorado Air Quality Regulations prohibit burning wood during peak advisory days, limiting outdoor activities for many residents.

U.S. areas that have instituted wood burning bans include:

  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Bernalillo County near Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Lagrande, Oregon
  • Puget Sound, Washington
  • San Joaquin County, California
  • Santa Clarita County and Palo Alto, California
  • Yolo-Solana AQMD
  • Denver, Colorado

States that have wood burning restrictions in place include Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Vermont. For more details on burning bans, visit: The EPA’s Website.

Oriflamme Fire Pit Tables Spell F-U-N in Burning Ban Areas

With an Oriflamme fire pit table, you can enjoy the warmth and beauty of an outdoor flame even when wood burning is restricted in your area. A fire table brings the excitement back to your evenings at home and is a great conversation piece. You can design your own Oriflamme fire pit table or purchase a standard design from our collection.

Fire glass comes in a variety of colors and can be used to create a unique design for your outdoor fire table. Urban fire glass is used with a gas fire pit table to serve as a focal point for the source of the flame. Each Oriflamme gas fire table has an optional protective cover, a self-contained propane tank, and your choice of decorative urban fire glass colors. You can purchase an ice bucket insert and additional propane tanks directly from our Website. Fire pit tables come in a variety of shapes, designs, colors, and styles to suit any decorating preference. Choose from a square or circular table top, select your stone or granite color, your base color, burner pattern, and your fire glass color(s). You can even choose between a propane or natural gas fire table. Your backyard fire table is eco-friendly and will quickly become the gathering place your guests return to again and again.


Can I build my own gas fire pit?

Can I build my own gas fire pit?

Many homeowners love to customize their homes. Whether it’s indoor or outside, people love to feel like their houses are more than just a building someone else designed. So, whether you start from scratch or you inherit your design from the previous owner, decorating your backyard is a key part of creating a “home” feel. One great way to do that is to build a gas fire pit. Here’s three things to consider when you want to build your own gas fire pit.

Choose your “style”
Along with the growth of information sharing over the Internet, ideas of different fire pits travel further. Adding to this craze of pictures and blogs are sites like, which is the home designer’s dream website. So take a look around at different sites and ask lots of questions in the comments to get an idea of what you like and don’t like.

Add up the costs
One “must-do” of any project is to project the cost of the whole project before you start. Breaking budget happens on far too many home projects, and gas fire pits are no different. If you’re building it yourself, make sure to factor in costs like pounds of fire glass, running a gas line to the location, hoses and valves, and labor costs. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of running the gas fire pit over time too! Your gas bill will certainly go up some, and then any maintenance on the fire pit could add up quickly. Using high quality materials will help offset some of this cost too.

Consider long-term plans
If you’re planning to or have a chance to move in the next two to three years, you may want to reconsider building a permanent fire pit. After putting in all the time, effort and thought into a permanent fire pit, moving away makes it that much harder to leave. Look for other options (like a fire table)that are portable if you think there is a chance you could move.

So should I build my own gas fire pit?
All things considered, gas fire pits are an enjoyable investment into your lifestyle and home’s value. There’s no smoke, no wood to chop or store, they are simple and if made correctly, very safe (because of the controlled fuel source). Your neighbors won’t hate you for starting a wildfire or smoking out their evening, and your kids will love roasting marshmallow in the summer. Consider these three factors and see if a gas fire pit is something you can add to your home!

Improving a Backyard with a Hassle-free Fire Pit

Backyards are the best place to entertain a family or party of friends when the weather is nice. This is particularly true if the landscaping and decorations are inviting and well organized. A well, laid out and decorated backyard can seem bigger and more inviting than one that is relatively barren, although trees, grass and bushes can have their drawbacks.

By placing trees near the edges of property, you can disguise the fence lines, and make the yard appear as though it goes further than it does. Grass requires a significant amount of work, especially when compared to other ground covers. Bark chips and gravel are generally much easier to care for, and also are much cheaper to maintain. Lawns tend to use a lot of water, and are actually the most water-intensive need Americans have, on average. That is, more water is used for grass in the United States than anything else. Of course, this average is skewed a bit by golf courses and other large tracts of non-wild grass, but many homeowners wish to be water-conscious in their backyard designs.

One way to make grass drought-friendly is to keep it contained in strategic locations. Instead of a huge meadow that fills the entire yard, consider gravel or desert landscaping for most of the yard, and smaller patches of grass. A smaller patch of grass is not only easier to maintain but also will use far less water. If placed correctly, it will not seem much smaller than a fence-to-fence lawn.

Another way to spruce up a backyard and make it more inviting and enjoyable to relax in is to add a focal point such as a fire pit. Even a simple wood-burning pit can be a cozy place for party-goers to relax, but has a few drawbacks. One down side of a wood burning pit is the wood. Firewood must be purchased or harvested from a forest, and then split and stored before burning. It can be messy, and tending the fire can be annoying. Furthermore, wood fires can be smoky, especially if using wood harvested from a forest (which can be a little damp or dirty, both of which create smoke).

A cleaner, easier option for a fire pit is a gas burning fire table. Gas might sound sterile or uninviting at first, but a gas fire table, such as what is available at All Backyard Fun, will have fire proof glass beads that dissipate the gas between the burner and the open air. Because the gas emerges from the bowl of beads much more randomly than the controlled, steady flame from a propane burner, it creates that flickering effect so cherished by those who enjoy a wood burning fire. But, because the fire pit is gas powered, there is zero hassle and very little smoke. It’s the perfect addition to any backyard.

Natural Gas Fire Pit Tables

Gas fire tables are already a massive improvement in convenience compared to their wood-burning fire pit relatives, but did you know that you can convert an Oriflamme Gas Fire Table to natural gas? Natural gas has gained popularity in recent years due to the convenience and growing-availability of it. Grills, pools, hot tubs, spas and fireplaces can all be heated with natural gas, and now so can your favorite fire table. With a simple conversion piece, the Oriflamme is one of the easiest conversions to natural gas on the market.

Want to see how easy  it really is? Watch this video to see!

We here at All Backyard Fun always recommend using a local gas professional to install and hook up your natural gas fire pit table. A professional will have the knowledge and expertise to help you hook up you fire table to natural gas.

Memorial Day Weekend: The Real Beginning of Summer.

Memorial Day weekend: The real  beginning of summer.

The first official day of summer is the Summer Solstice (June 20th this year) according to scientists and calendars, but everyone else knows that summer begins Memorial Day weekend. Schools are getting out, it’s a long weekend and the weather is heating up. Parades, BBQ’s and parties all weekend long. Memorial Day weekend has come to symbolize that we are a summer-loving, fun time country. It’s a time to reflect on our freedoms given by troops, and to enjoy being with family and friends. One way I love to do this is by sitting around a fire pit in the backyard.

Backyards and summertime go together like warm days and ice cream, so to me having a backyard fire pit is like adding sprinkles on top to the summer days and nights. Summer can be the busiest time of the year, but also the most relaxing. The kids are out of school, vacations are underway and the days go by too fast. Relaxing in the backyard is a great way to slow the time down and enjoy it. We all have good memories of sitting around a fire pit roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, telling ghost stories and camping in the backyard in a tent. So this Memorial Day, kick off summer right by roasting a hot dog on the wood burning fire pit, enjoying the parades, and preparing for many more days just like it. After all, Memorial Day is the Official Unofficial beginning of summer.



Decorating My Wedding with Gas Fire Pits

When my fiance and I began to plan our wedding this Spring, I began to understand why little girls start dreaming up their weddings before elementary school; because of the massive amount of detail to the event. While I’m letting her handle all the finer points (like the difference between deep purple and plum color bridesmaid dresses) I have started to think of the other things people remember about weddings. Usually it’s not the color of the candles around the room or the table cloths, but things like the stories shared about the couple after the reception over a glass of wine. Since this is what I remember from weddings, I looked for something that could bring people together outside on the September night of our wedding.

I love being outside on a warm fall night with my fiancé, and that’s one of the reasons we picked a September date for our wedding. Having the reception at a place we could go outside was important to us, so we picked classic style club house overlooking the course. One thing I’m looking forward to having on the deck of the clubhouse is a gas fire table. The more I’ve looked into these particular fire tables, the more I’ve wanted one at our wedding reception. It looks classy but is a fun and interesting centerpiece for guests to mingle around after dinner. One idea we had for the fire pit is to set up some comfy chairs to sit around it in and then have a bag of marshmallows for the kids  (or adults!) to roast over the flame.

Since we have 3 different colors for our wedding, we could mix in those colors into the fire glass on the table to add a personal touch for the evening. Another fun idea to do with the fire glass would be to spell out the date or our names in glass in the gas burner. One  would be great to sit around with guests on a beautiful fall night. Since the deck on the clubhouse is larger, we could have a couple of different fire pits on the deck so more people could migrate outside. Since the fire pit would run on gas, no one will leave smelling like smoke or get dirty in the ashes. Anyone who has set up decorations at a wedding knows it could be a nightmare if it’s too complicated, but a fire table is so simple to set up  we won’t waste any time while we decorate.

I would love to look back on our wedding and see photos of people mingling, laughing and relaxing on a beautiful fall night. My fiancé and I both hope to have a classic wedding that people we will remember for a long time, and will have had a full night of enjoyment. Gas fire pits would be an awesome addition to a wedding reception, something people will remember sitting around for years to come!

Where To Place a Fire Pit In High Traffic Areas and More

Using a fire element as an accent piece can be a difficult task if not thought of in advance. It is important when you are planning your space to be aware of the flow of traffic. Sometimes making your new fire pit table or fire pit the center of attention can break up the flow of traffic in way that isn’t necessarily ideal. If there are already elements in your yard, such as a pool, children’s playground equipment or other non moveable structures make sure to allow proper walking areas for guests and their children alike. For busy or over crowded areas, the placement of a fire element or feature such as a fire pit table should probably be best situated into a corner with low level seating or even set into the ground if possible. This will give the space a more intimate feel without having to build walls or structures around the area. It is also important to make sure that the structure around the fire pit table is 4 feet or higher to avoid a potentially dangerous situation for a young child. If there is a pool in the center of your yard, think of also incorporating the fire feature into a non-usable waterfall that flows into your pool. Keep your mind open to possibilities for building an outdoor space that involves several different features and you will have a result that is not only multifunctional but also dynamic in design.