Dreading the season when the days are shorter and the temperature drops? Consider adding a fire table to your outdoor space. 

Since early spring, the outdoors has been a much-needed escape from the stresses of the pandemic. It’s also provided a space for friends and family to visit safely from a distance. 

But as fall winds down, many will retreat back to the warmth of the indoors. The home, once a sanctuary, is now a multi-purpose space for Zoom meetings, online learning, and keeping the family entertained on evenings and weekends. 

Gathering around the fire table is a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day, no matter the weather outside. The beauty and elegance of this popular fire feature creates a cozy space that invites conversation and togetherness. For families wanting to spend time away from their screens, a fire table is a welcome retreat. 

Here are five additional reasons fire tables make wonderful outdoor features to help you recharge at the end of your work or school day: 

Fire is available at your fingertips.

When you’re ready to relax, the last thing you want to do is struggle to start a fire. Fire table flames can be controlled with the simple push of a button or flip of a switch. Once it’s lit, your fire table will provide warmth and comfort until it’s time to call it a night. 

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers a wide selection of premium, industry-leading fire pit tables at an affordable price point. Available in round, square, and rectangle varieties, these tables feature the company’s own Crystal Fire gas fire pit burner, designed to replicate the effects of real burning wood. 

With multiple ignition options, relaxing outdoors is a (warm) breeze. Most fire table models are available with battery-powered spark ignition or 120V DSI electronic ignition. Spark ignition gives you simple, convenient control when lighting your fire table. For an additional charge, an automated DSI system allows you to control your table from a wall switch or remote control. 

They’re easy to use. 

Using your fire table requires two easy steps: remove the cover and light the table. That’s it. 

Fire tables are low maintenance and clean burning. There are no ashes to clean away from previous fires. When you’re ready to turn on your fire table, you can simply wipe the tabletop down with a damp cloth if needed. 

We recommend covering your fire table when not in use. This protects it from dirt, dust, and weather conditions so your fire table is ready to go for your next gathering. And that means more time to enjoy your favorite brew or sip a warm beverage around the fire with family and friends! 

An added fire table benefit: The space around the table is great for holding food, drinks, and books, or for kicking up your feet. 

You can spend more time outdoors. 

Many of us have been feeling cooped up this year. ‘Quarantine fatigue’ is a real condition that can cause irritability, sleeplessness, depression, and decreased productivity. However, spending more time outdoors can improve mood and make time spent close to home more enjoyable. 

When the day is done, a fire table gives you the perfect excuse to grab a beverage and a blanket and head outdoors. Want to mix up your family dinner routine? Dish up your meal and discuss your day around the fire. 

Even on windy days, you don’t have to worry about Mother Nature disturbing your flame. With a glass wind guard, your fire is protected from the wind and safe to gather around. 

They keep you toasty when the temps drop. 

It might seem small, but the fire table flame is mighty. For example, Prism Hardscapes, one of our favorite outdoor living brands, provides a strong, reliable flame. The burners on Prism fire tables range from 65,000 to 90,000 BTU. The higher the BTU (or ‘British Thermal Unit’), the more heat your fire table will produce.  

How many BTUs do you need to heat your space? When it comes to BTUs and square footage, outdoor spaces are more difficult to measure than indoor spaces given factors like wind chill and heat dissipation. But generally, 90,000 BTUs will heat up to 120 square feet. 

You can entertain from a safe distance. 

Warm weather has taken a lot of the stress out of getting together during a pandemic. Enjoying the company of family and friends can be done safely from a distance outdoors. But now that the weather is turning colder, many worry there’s no safe alternative for spending time with loved ones. 

When there’s a chill in the air, you can still host dinner or drinks and impress your guests with a custom fire pit. Your guests will stay warm without dodging hot embers or clouds of smoke. With a custom fire pit kit, you have the flexibility to choose the features of your fire pit—from the burner to the fire media. 

Best of all, you don’t have to wait until warmer weather returns to entertain. 

Let’s get started! 

Ready to create your all-season retreat and add a fire table or custom fire pit to your patio? 

We recently created a product guide featuring the best products for extending your outdoor season—check out the top three fire tables on our list. If you need additional ideas or support, get in touch with our fire pit experts!