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  • How to Build a Gas Fire Pit Coffee Table

    Gas Fire Tables are Beautiful and Functional

    A gas fire pit table is the perfect centerpiece for an outdoor space. As the name implies, these unique products provide the beauty and warmth of a cozy fire as well as the added functionality of an outdoor table. Even when you’re not using the fire feature during the day, you’ll be able to use your table just as you would any other patio table.

    If you’re looking to build your own fire table, the process doesn’t have to be a challenging one. For the most part, the process will be very similar to building a traditional gas fire pit, which we’ve already covered in great detail. Building a fire table takes a bit more planning, though, so here are some extra steps to keep in mind.

    Fire Tables Provide Aesthetics and Heat

    Before you begin building, it’s important to consider how you’ll be using your fire table most often. Normally, you’ll want to give yourself at least 8”-10” inches of ledge space for drinks or small plates. If you’ll be adding a glass wind guard, this space will be reduced further. In this case, you’ll likely want to extend your ledges out to approximately 10”- 12” inches to maintain your 8”- 10” inch ledge spacing.

    With ledge spacing in mind, you should next consider how large you want your center opening to be. For more heat, you’ll want to have a larger center opening in order to accommodate a larger burner. In most cases, the larger the burner, the larger the BTU output. This, in turn, means more heat. Round and square shapes are best for this, but keep in mind your gas supply. If you go too large, you may come up short on fuel supply, resulting in an inadequate flame and poor performance.

    If aesthetics are your primary concern rather than heat, consider going with a more contemporary design. This can often be achieved by using a single linear burner with a center “line of fire.” This often looks best in a large rectangular fire pit. While you will sacrifice some of the heat output, you can give yourself more freedom to create an impressive appearance.

    Fire Table Cost

    A custom fire table can be as simple or as extravagant as your budget allows. A simple match-light fire pit could cost as little as a few hundred dollars if you already have gas lines and paver blocks available. If you need to run new gas lines or you plan on building a premium electronic ignition fire pit, you’ll be looking at increased costs. The size of your fire pit will be another major factor in determining your final cost.

    We’ve highlighted some of these considerations in our article, “How Much Does a Gas Fire Pit Cost?” Check out that helpful guide for more in-depth cost estimates and additional considerations.

    Fire Table Building Materials

    You can get creative building your fire table. Stone, paver blocks, and concrete are just a few of the popular options. We’ve also seen tile and metal fire tables before. All of these can look very impressive when done correctly.

    Above all else, just be sure to use only non-combustible materials for your fire table. Wood framing is not allowed due to the heat generated by the burner. Exposure to heat can lower the flash point of wood over time and could potentially turn your fire table into a fire hazard.

    Get Started Today

    If you’re not sure where to begin, we can help you plan your project. Contact us to speak with one of our project specialists. Our team can help you work through the design process based on your budget and how you plan to use your fire feature.

    We’re looking forward to working with you.

    Product Specialist Alex W. contributed to this article.

  • How to Start a Wood Fire in a Fire Pit

    Master this essential skill with ease

    Knowing how to easily start a fire is a great skill to have in your pocket when you have a wood fire pit at home. Fortunately, the process is relatively straightforward and simple. Read on to find out what it takes to start a cozy fire and be sure to check out our selection of wood-burning fire pits when you’re finished. Continue reading

  • What is a Fire and Water Feature?

    Get the best of both worlds

    Some people like to incorporate fire features into their landscaping project. Some like to incorporate water features like fountains. Not sure which you’d prefer? Consider getting the best of both with a fire and water feature.

    Fire and water features are one of the hottest trends in outdoor design. If you’re interested in creating a unique atmosphere for your outdoor space, read on to learn what makes these premium products such a hot commodity. Continue reading

  • How Much Does a Gas Fire Pit Cost?

     

    This is a common question for us, but the answer can vary greatly depending on factors like fire pit size, materials used, and installation costs. Fortunately, the extremely customizable nature of fire pits means there’s usually a way to adapt your project to your budget.

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  • What is Fire Glass? Fire Glass FAQs

    We have answers to your fire glass questions:

    Fire glass offers a unique product for any gas fire pit. With a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes of glass to choose from, this media option offers a great way to personalize your fire pit to match your style or outdoor décor. This premium product is more than just a decorative enhancement, however, which is why we’ve put together this guide to answer some of the most common questions we receive about fire glass. Continue reading

  • How to Install a Fire Pit on a Deck, Patio, or Porch

    Fire pit basics

    You’ve likely come across some impressive fire pit installations if you’ve been researching design ideas. While traditional backyard fire pits are fine for many, others want something a bit more unique. This is why we often get questions about installing fire pits on decks, under overhangs, or inside screened-in porches. Safety should always be one of your primary concerns when installing your fire pit, so we’ve put together this guide with some of the details you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re designing a project for one of these locations.

    Installing a Gas Fire Pit on a Deck

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  • How to Choose the Correct Components for Your Gas Fire Pit Project

    How to buy the right parts for your fire pit

    If you’re reading this article, you’ve likely already done quite a bit of pre-planning for your fire pit, and now you’re ready to select the components you need for installation. Great! We’re ready to help you find the best products for your DIY project.

    If you haven’t done any pre-planning, we recommend you check out the first part of this guide, where we’ve covered the basic steps you need to take before you make your first purchase.

    How to shop for fire pit parts

    Construct a suitable enclosure

    Typically, there aren’t too many restrictions for what you can use as a fire pit enclosure beyond the requirement it must be a non-combustible material. That said, you will need to abide by any local building codes specific to your area. As we mentioned in part one of the guide, it’s important to do your research ahead of time.

    Here are some common fire enclosure types we see: Continue reading

  • How to Plan Your Gas Fire Pit Project

    How to begin a gas fire pit project

    A little pre-planning goes a long way in ensuring your gas fire pit installation goes smoothly. After all, there’s more to installing a fire pit than buying parts, connecting a fuel source, and kicking back to relax. In fact, nearly all the fire pit issues we help troubleshoot on a daily basis could have been avoided had proper considerations been taken before installation began. Continue reading

  • HPC’s New App Makes Fire Pit Installation Easier

     

    HPC continues to lead the industry

    Think installing a fire feature must be difficult? Think again. Hearth Products Controls has just partnered with the BILT app to help take the guesswork out of fire pit installation. With the new app, using BILT Intelligent Instructions software, HPC is bringing detailed, easy-to-understand instructions to all iOS and Android devices.

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  • The Outdoor Plus Product Guide Part II: Complete Fire Features

    A continuation of our helpful guide

    In part one of our guide, we covered burners and components available from The Outdoor Plus. Those products are great options for those looking to build a complete DIY fire pit from scratch to fit a custom vision, but what if you’re looking for something more complete?

    In this article, we’ll be focusing on complete fire features available from The Outdoor Plus. These products, sold under the Top Fires name, include fire bowls, fire and water features, and complete fire pit tables. These products make great options if you’re looking to quickly integrate a fire feature into your outdoor space.

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