One of the best parts of lazy summer nights and crisp fall evenings is hanging out on the back porch with your friends and family. But one thing nobody has ever said is, "I wish that we had floodlights" or, "I like hanging out in the pitch dark." Those classic nights are made for the warm glow of a crackling fire.
However, it’s not advisable to just start a fire in the middle of your deck. That’s where fire pits come in. They provide a contained area for you to capture the charm of an open fire without the hazard of burning down your house.
Outland Living Series
This fire table is a great choice for the suburbs because it uses propane. That means that it produces no smoke (unless you decide to cook over it), which means that there’s no chance of annoying the neighbors.
The broad table style and optional flat cover ensure that you can use this fire table not just as a fire pit, but also as a centerpiece for every gathering. This means that you can start a gathering in the afternoon, using this tabletop patio heater as a place to hold hors d'oeuvres. As the evening progresses, you can then light the fire and stave off the chill of the evening, while the glass surrounding the flames holds after-dinner drinks.
The construction of the fire table is sturdy and will hold up to the occasional bump and knock. Tempered glass ensures that the tabletop won’t crack or splinter under the heat stresses. The coloration and stainless steel accents mean that it will match a wide variety of porch furniture and décor.
Here are some of the specifics of the fire table as provided by the manufacturer.
● Dimensions: 44” length x 32” width x 23” height.
● Tabletop made of 8mm black tempered glass.
● Sides constructed of Ultraviolet Light High-Density Polyethylene.
● Single-tube stainless steel burner rated for 35,000 BTU/hr.
● Storage space below table for 20-lb/5-gallon propane tank.
● Comes with a 3-foot hose with industry-standard regulator.
● Chrome adjustment knob provides flame adjustment without the need to use a regulator.
● Decorative glass “ice” rocks provide accent and reflection, enhancing heat output.
When you are installing and using fire pits and tables, there are a few safety things that you should keep in mind. First and foremost, the table should be installed on a heatproof surface. Additionally, make sure that anything flammable is at least 10 feet from the flame. Nothing ruins a magical night with friends and s’mores quite like a hydrangea bush bursting into flames.
● If you have small children, investing in the wind barrier might be a good idea. This will help keep curious hands away from the sparkling glass cubes and prevent severe burn.
● Don’t add any other material in with the glass. Porous stone or non-sealed rocks can overheat and explode. Especially don’t put anything with adhesive or that’s been chemically treated. These can release fumes that can be toxic.
● Only use the table in a well-ventilated area. It is flame and the burning of propane produces a fair amount of carbon dioxide. In an unventilated enclosed space, this CO2 buildup can cause nausea, headaches, and even death.
● Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make sure you’re familiar with its operation.
● At the end of the night, make sure that the flame is completely extinguished before you retire.
● Once a month, do a thorough inspection of the burner, regulator assembly, and hose. Check for leaks, rust, or any loose fittings.
One of the great things about a gas fire pit is that you don’t have to worry about cleaning up and disposing of wood ash every time you have a fire. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do some maintenance and cleaning every once in a while.
One of the most important things, especially if the table hasn’t been used in a while, is to ensure that the burner assembly is clear. It might give you the heebie-jeebies, but spiders and other creepy crawlies do like to make their homes in those tubes. You might think that the fire will clear them out, but they can block the tube entirely, leading to a dangerous buildup of gas.
The best thing is to remove the tube assembly completely and inspect it. Because it is made of stainless steel, you can spray it out with your hose and let it air dry before putting it back in. Wipe the hose and regulator with a damp cloth. Remove any cobwebs from the propane tank area. A Swiffer or other microfiber cleaning cloth is excellent for this.
For cleaning the outside of the fire table, avoid any harsh chemicals. You don’t want to risk discoloring the polyethylene. Instead, use warm water and a soft cloth to wipe it down. If you have any stubborn dirt, gentle dish soap will help.
The glass top can be cleaned with Windex or any natural glass cleaner. Don’t use any chemicals to clean the glass cubes however, as you don’t want them to release any potentially toxic fumes when they get hot.
Pros and Cons of this Model
When it comes to deciding if this model of fire table is for you, it's best to look at a list of pros and cons. These come from what other buyers have said as well as what manufacturers have gleaned over decades of manufacturing and feedback.
When you look at the pros and cons, think about how you’re going to be using the fire table and how it will fit into your lifestyle.
● This fire pit is gas, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning out wood ash. Just replace the fuel bottle when the old one goes empty.
● S’mores any time you want them.
● The tempered glass tabletop provides a great centerpiece for lounging around on your patio.
● The subdued colors and smoky glass match nearly any décor.
● A 35,000 BTU burner system gives you smoke-free flame from an easily stored 20-lb propane tank.
● A fabulous accessory kit means that you can easily convert the fire pit into a solid top coffee table when it’s not in use.
● The natural gas means that the fire table is essentially ecologically clean with minimal pollutants.
● The glass cubes are easy to clean if they get dripped on.
● Did we mention the s’mores?
● This is still a fire pit with all of the dangers that are inherent in that. That means if you have small children, be cautious.
● Because this is a gas fire pit, you do have to do some maintenance on it. Ensuring that the burners, valves, and all of the lines are clean and undamaged is imperative.
● While you can toast marshmallows, a gas fire pit isn’t good for cooking.
● It’s a table, which means it’s technically moveable, but it isn’t really. Get a cover so you can protect your investment during the off-season.
Fire pits aren’t for everyone. They do require care and maintenance and don't fit in with everyone's lifestyle. But if you’re after the experience that one can give to you, your family and your friends, then this Outland Living Series Fire Table is a spectacular decision.