One common question that we often get when a customer first comes across a gas fire table or fire pit is, “what do fire tables run on?” It’s a great question to ask and there are a couple of different answers that we will break down the differences between.
The first, a perhaps most common, fire table fuel sources is propane. Also known as liquid propane (LP for short), propane is a refined fuel that is fairly common across most of North America. It’s popular as a fuel for gas grills, patio heaters and even pools in some areas. One advantage of having a propane fueled fire table is that it makes the fire table moveable around your deck or even to other locations. Some customers even enjoy taking their fire tables tailgating at a sporting event!
The other very common fuel source for fire pit tables is natural gas. Natural gas is common in many areas of North America, and it’s becoming more popular for fixed-features like gas fire pits, pools, and outdoor kitchen ranges. It’s a great option for those who are certain of the spot they want their fire table and would rather hook it up to a fuel line to avoid refilling tanks.
With either option, fire tables are becoming very popular in backyards everywhere. If you’re unsure which option is best for you, look for a fire table that is easily convertible to both fuel sources. One great example is the Oriflamme Fire Table, which offers a natural gas converter for a minimal cost and it’s easy to set up. Make sure to weigh the costs of either refilling propane tanks or running the natural gas line to the fire table location too. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be sure that it will help create a great backyard atmosphere when paired with a fire table!
Which fuel source do you use? Do you use one exclusively or does it vary based on what it’s fueling? Let us know!
All Backyard Fun will be featured on the Vanilla Ice Project!
Don’t miss the hottest fire table on the market on the coolest home renovation show on television! All Backyard Fun has partnered with the Vanilla Ice Project to showcase the Oriflamme Fire Table on an upcoming episode on the DIY Network February 10th at 10:00 PM (EST). Here’s what you need to know about the show..
Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle)
Best known for his ‘90s hit “Ice, Ice Baby”, musician Vanilla Ice has another passion: renovating homes. With over 15 years of direct experience, the DIY Network host has transformed a 7,000-square-foot Palm Beach home into a beautiful oasis along with numerous other projects. Now this season, he’s taking it to the next level with a home that will showcase the latest technology and coolest home renovations, including an Oriflamme Fire Table from All Backyard Fun!
The Oriflamme Fire Table
The Oriflamme Fire Table by Designing Fire is the “premier fire table” on the market. Each table features a patented burner design that produces 65,000 BTUs of heat from a 22” burner. With a sleek, classy granite table top and outdoor quality powder-coated base, the Oriflamme also comes with a great warranty. The Oriflamme Fire Table featured on this episode of the Vanilla Ice Project is the 42” Tropical Elegance Fire Pit Table.
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.
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!
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.
Sometimes when planning out an outdoor space, there are too many options and not enough ground rules. When getting inspired remember to think about what may work for your space and only your space. The outdoors can have a dramatic effect on how we use the space. If your backyard is a total blank canvas and has no preset design elements, think of how you would like to use the space and what you would do most in the space. For example, if you are thinking that you will use it as a retreat like setting set up areas for reading, listening to music or simply relaxing. If you think that you may entertain, make sure to incorporate seating through the use of a traditional table and chairs or around a fire pit table. This will ensure that your guest will have a comfortable spot to rest when they enjoy your yard. On the other hand, if you have children and need a play area for them as well, build a sand plot inside a planter like shape along the wall of your fencing. This will prove to be a very flexible spot for when they grow, you can focus on growing that garden you always wanted. Whichever direction your design goes, make sure to think about the use of space beforehand. This will ensure that you and your guests will enjoy your new outdoor space now and hereafter.
There are many places where you can make the purchase of a fire pit table or other outdoor fire feature. If you are looking to make a purchase, it is always a good idea to price match stores and retailers and never be too shy to ask about price matching. Some stores may not be able to allow this feature, but don’t check those retailers off the list for good. Shipping costs and other fees may also be bargaining factors and could dramatically influence your decision to purchase with them.
First and foremost, before making any kind of purchase- planned or not- make sure that you know your product and have done plenty of research. Many people aren’t sure as to which style will suit their yards décor and soon find themselves buying most anything off the rack. Avoid this at all costs! Planning and mapping out your yard and making decisions on design, color scheme and more could help save you hundreds in the end. Research styles, designs and types of fire pits and fire pit tables before going ahead with a purchase will set you in the right direction. This is especially important when hiring a professional to install your new fire feature. If you aren’t prepared for the look and feel that you are wanting from your outdoor space, you may end up with a yard that is far from enjoyable and may reflect someone elses tastes or style.
In all, the purchase of even the most basic of fire pit table or fire pit can be from a variety of stores or online retailers, but make sure you read their return policies, pay attention to shipping and handling costs and compare quality of product. Just because it’s cheap in cost, doesn’t make it the best choice. You may pay later on for a purchase that wasn’t thought out and planned for in advance. Good, quality retailers stand behind their product and will provide adequate information about their inventory. Ask as many questions as you feel necessary to make the right purchase and always remember that your investment in your outdoor space is just as important as making a renovation in your home. You are, in reality, expanding your homes square footage by creating this outdoor area. Make the purchases count, go with a reputable, quality retailer, plan ahead without making impulse decisions and you will be sure to add immeasurable value to your homes overall appeal.
After purchasing your new addition to your backyard, it is always a good idea to navigate the area to which you plan to place your new fire feature. Ideally, this planning is done ahead of time, however sometimes a purchase can be made without any kind of plan. This is when a creative eye and skillful eye can come in handy.
Things to watch out for can include size, shape and materials needed when bringing your new purchase home. Many times, if bought on a whim, the fire pit table may not look the same as it did in store. It may not be exactly what you need for the space and soon, the purchase may seem regrettable. In these instances, a quick fix or redesign could be the solution.
If the fire pit table is too big for the space, there is always the option of relocation. Many times people who have purchased a larger fire pit table want a good source of heat from the wood-burning feature, but in an effort to provide it- go a little over the top. Soon the plan of having small gatherings could manifest and can appear as a over the top bonfire taking over the outdoor space. Relocating the placement or even orientation of the fire pit table can dramatically change the direction of heat flow. Just make sure that no flammable trees or plants are too close when relocating.
When the fire pit table is too small for the desired area a good idea is to enclose the surrounding seating area or surrounding space to create a dense area of heat for you and your guests to enjoy. For example, building lightweight, structural walls out of greenery, rocks and bricks or other materials can not only add a warmth factor, but also create a more intimate outdoor space for entertaining.
In the end, if your new purchase is not what your looking for or just didn’t fit the bill make sure that you take the time to read over the store or retailers return information. If there is no store return policy, be creative with your new purchase. Plant it with seasonal flowers or drill a hole in the bottom to create a garden fountain- a fresh creative focus will make the best of your new purchase, even if it wasn’t right the first time around.
When shopping for fire pits or fire pit tables, there are several options that need to be considered. Through many methods and consistent research, you will find that there are several ranges price and style wise to consider when choosing the right table for your needs.
For example, the main two categories for fire pit tables are wood burning or gas powered. With a gas powered fire pit table, you need to think as to whether you have the resources for a gas line to be hooked up. This could possibly take some money and the help of a contractor or licensed professional in order to complete. The benefits of having a gas powered fire table is that they require little to no maintenance, have no spark or residual effects and are typically less likely to give off severe heat.
With a wood-burning table, you must think of the resources that are also needed in order to clean, maintain and ultimately enjoy your outdoor area. Wood burning fire pit tables typically need cleaning constantly in order to keep areas clean and free of residual wood chips, ash and more. They require wood, most importantly and if you are unsure as to how to store wood or don’t have a specific area that you can place the wood; this may not be the right table for your needs. To store wood, you need a cool, dry area that can be watched over and maintained as well. There are risks of rot, the dampening of the wood and more when it comes to keeping and storing wood on your property. If you are thinking of having fresh wood brought in every time you want to use the table, it may seem like a good idea at first, but also consider time and effort needed to start and refresh the fire.
All good fire pits are built with the intention of being used for a tranquil spot, a reliable heat and light source or for both purposes. Make sure that you thoroughly think about you options regarding your fire pit table choice and refer to your research if you have any questions about which kind is best for your outdoor space.