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Best Practices for Caring for a Gas Fire Pit

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Mar 22, 2018 11:06:26 AM

In a previous post, we covered cleaning and maintenance for a backyard fire pit—but much of the emphasis was on cleaning up the ash and residue left from wood fires.

If you have a fire pit that’s fueled by natural gas or propane, maintenance is already a lot easier since you don’t have to deal with the same amount of clean-up. There are still a few key things you can do to keep your fire pit (or fire table) in great working order for years to come.

Here are a few best practices to make into a habit:

Never burn anything besides gas

Don’t let children throw paper, leaves, or other foreign objects into the flames. These could quickly flare up and escape into your yard or toward your house. Also, don’t add anything to your fire pit (such as fire glass) unless it is recommended by your contractor or the manufacturer.

Cooking in your gas fire place is not likely a safe activity, unless the manufacturer specified that your unit is designed to do such.

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Can I Put a Fire Pit on My Deck?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Mar 2, 2018 8:03:23 AM

In a previous post, we answered the question Can I put an outdoor kitchen on my deck? The answer to that was basically maybe, depending on your deck!

This week we’ll be looking at whether you can safely install a fire pit on your deck.

We’re going to say at the outset that it’s much better to have your fire pit solidly situated on the ground or on a cement patio. But we understand that in especially small backyards, you may not have many options. So is it OK to place a fire pit on a deck if that’s your only choice?

Let’s take a look at the factors to consider before installing a fire pit on your deck:

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Treats to Roast Over an Open Fire (Upscale S’mores and Much More)

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jan 18, 2018 12:04:39 PM

If you plan to entertain around the warmth of your fire pit this winter, why not let it do double duty and provide food as well?

If you’re tired of the same old hot-dog-and-s’mores routine, try one of these other tasty treats that you can roast over an open flame:

Campfire meals

If you have a wood fire pit, take this page from the camping handbook and make a tin foil meal.

Toss veggies, cubed potatoes, and a protein with spices/herbs, olive oil or butter, wrap it all up in foil (carefully folding and sealing the “seam” at the top), and let it roast in the hot coals of the fire. You’ll end up with a steamy hot meal that’s perfect for a chilly night.

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces, Cooking Tips

Winterizing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Emily Park on Nov 24, 2017 8:17:00 AM

Cooler temperatures are on their way, and for some of us that means it’s time to close down the outdoor kitchen for the season.

Of course, there’s still plenty of fun you can have in your outdoor kitchen during fall and winter—especially if you have an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to cozy up around. But if you know you’re not likely to spend much time outside until spring, you’ll want to make sure everything is properly prepared for the dormant season.

Here’s a checklist of tasks to winterize your outdoor kitchen:

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces, Kitchens

Proactive Fire Pit Maintenance Tips

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 22, 2017 5:59:53 AM

Now that you have a beautiful new fire pit, you can look forward to many happy evenings relaxing with friends and family. And with a little proactive care, you can extend the life and looks of your fire pit for many years.

Here are a few easy maintenance tips that will keep your fire pit in top shape:

Clean up ash regularly

Clearing away old ashes is important for two reasons:

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

5 Types of Fire Pits and Their Benefits

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

An outdoor fireplace is great if you have only a few guests who fit comfortably in a semi-circle around the hearth, but fire pits offer a 360° experience that's perfect for larger groups. Fire pits are lower and more open meaning it's easier for you, your family, and your friends to gather around the fire and still be able to see everyone, chat, and laugh.

If you've considered a fire feature before but decided against a fire pit, writing it off as little more than a hole in the ground that might ruin your backyard aesthetic, we think we can convince you of their greatness.

There is a wide variety of fire pits on the market today and nearly all of them can be customized to your exact taste. Check out 5 different types of fire pits below and discover their many benefits!

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5 Things to Consider Before Building a Custom Fire Pit

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Nov 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A backyard fire pit is a lot more than initially meets the eye; it's a cooking station for gourmet bonfire foods, its a fun way to use your backyard in the fall & winter, and it's a warm, inviting place where people gather and connect with each other.

If you think your backyard can benefit from the extra magic only a fire pit can add, here are some things you need to think about before breaking ground on your new home addition:

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7 Outdoor Fireplace, Fire Pit, and Fire Table Safety Tips

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Nov 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There is something about fire that is just so inviting—maybe it's the warmth, maybe it's the beauty of the dancing flames, but no matter what it is, it brings people together. 

If you're interested in an outdoor fireplace, custom fire pit, or even a state-of-the-art fire table to transform your backyard into the ultimate gathering spot, you'll need to be aware of these basic fire safety tips to guarantee your family and friends stay safe, and that your fire stays contained. 

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4 Things to Consider When Designing an Outdoor Fireplace

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Oct 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As we charge head-first into autumn, it's time to start thinking about how you can continue to enjoy your backyard in the fall and winter. One great way to enjoy the great outdoors as the air starts to cool is gathered around a beautiful, custom fireplace.

Here are 4 things you need to consider when designing and planning a custom outdoor fireplace that will help the whole process go off without a hitch:

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces