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Tips On Converting To Gas Fire Pits

So you have your  fire pit and enjoy having the fire, but find it so much effort to make sure the wood is available and then lay the fire, keep it alight and clean up afterwards. It sounds like you are ready to consider an outdoor fireplace kit to convert you fire pit to an outdoor  gas  fire pit. There are kits available to do this, and you can employ a professional to do the job for you. Gas fire pits look exactly like traditional wooden fuelled ones. If you were to buy a new fire pit you may well have the option to choose gas or propane along with the choice of surround material and color!

First of all you need a burner to fit into your fire pit. Measure the size of your pit and allow some room around the edge for safety. Now depending on how big your pit is you may have to decide how many rings you need for your new gas powered pit. Most 12inch rings are single, whereas a 48″ ring will probably have 4 rings. What this means is that as the flames come off the rings so more rings gives a larger pit more flames and a more even fire effect. Square and rectangular  burners  can also be found, if you cannot find the appropriate size then find a manufacturer who will custom make one for you.

Burners can be black or stainless steel, stainless steel may well last longer, but be more likely to be visible. The choice is really dependent upon the style of your fire pit. Try to find a supplier who manufactures quality burners with pre drilled holes rather than punched holes.  Other quality issues can occur with welding and the placement and fitting of the gas hoses to the burner. The quality of your burner will affect the overall effect of the gas fire pit, so it is worth going for quality over price.

Manual or electronic ignition systems- Electronic ignition systems are by far the easiest way to get your fire pit going. Systems are available for using remotes to start your fire! Although if you prefer good old matches you can install manual systems too.

The burners should be placed between 4 and 8 “from the surface of the pit and always on a flat surface (this is especially critical for propane installations) – you can buy a burner pan to suit your pit for this purpose. You can also use concrete, earth, sand, metal, stones, rocks, bricks or any non combustible materials The holes through which the gas escapes can be placed facing up or down, although it is strongly suggested that if you are using a propane fire pit  you place the holes down to make it easier to light the burners and have an enclosed metal burner pan. The space around the burners should be filled with a non combustible material such as glass, lava rock, ceramic or stone, log effect sets or a combination covering the burners by about 1″ but more in the center. The material can be moved around over the burners to create the flame effect you prefer using a suitable fireplace poker.

The material you choose to use around your burner will change the overall effect of your gas fire pit. For a traditional look you can choose log effects or lava rock. For a modern effect you can opt for glass. The glass is available in a large selection of colors and as well as sizes of glass pieces. You can choose to mix a few colors together or you could be creative and arrange your glass colors in a pattern – maybe your house number of initials or even a character! The amount of glass you need will depend upon the size of your pit but as a guide to fill to a depth of 1″ a 24″ tray would need around 80lbs of glass. An option to save money would be to use glass on the very top, and use cheaper lava rock or stones around the burner. This has the added advantage of allowing more air to get to your burner and give you a better flame. Fire pit glass needs to be specially made for fireplaces as regular glass will just blacken. One of the advantages of glass is that it is easily cleaned- just take it out and wash it for a gleaming fireplace.

Having an outdoor fire pit without having to do any work sounds so appealing, just make sure that a qualified gas professional does the installation. You can decide what to have and have great fun arranging your glass or lava rock and look forward to many hours enjoying your gas fire pit without having to work up to it first!

Do You Have Outdoor Patio Bar Furniture

Well if not why not? No really- most of us consider patio furniture to mean the dining table or the conversation set, but outdoor bar furniture is another popular type of patio furniture. Bar furniture includes the bar table, seats and accessories. Bars can be portable or fixed and available in traditional and modern styles. Outdoor bar sets include the bar and a number of stools, typically 4. Other combinations may include a bar table and seats much like a pub garden setting. Patio bar furniture can be multipurpose it can be used for outdoor entertaining and drinks, and also for breakfasts.As people usually congregate firstly where there is drink and then food, an outdoor bar makes sense to help with getting the party going.  Having a patio bar set means that guests can sit down, chat whilst you get their drinks;  then comfortably stay and enjoy their drinks with you. It makes for good entertaining.

Outdoor patio bar furniture can be as formal or relaxed as you choose it to be. Teak outdoor patio furniture would be the ultimate bar furniture in terms of quality and longevity. But if you wanted a more modern look then consider having teak and wicker patio bar furniture – it looks so stylish. Teak will generally tend to give a more naturally feel to a bar area, whereas aluminum will be more chic and bamboo bar furniture will make a bar feel more exotic.

An outdoor bar on its own will encourage your guests to have their drinks and move on, patio bar sets with 2 or 4 bar stools will allow them to sit and pass the time. Outdoor bar stools come with or without backs, in fixed or swivel varieties, so there is plenty of choice to get a set up that appeals to you and complements the rest of your outdoor patio furniture. Using a portable patio bar gives you the choice of where to do your entertaining- pool, patio or garden. Another popular place to have the outdoor bar is around the pool, it can even be in the pool if you so desire! Pool furniture is very popular.

Outdoor Patio Bar Furniture

Whatever outdoor patio bar furniture you choose it will add character and charm to your outdoor entertaining area, as well as provide a great place for you and your guests to get the party going. Then the next day the outdoor bar can be used to serve breakfast at – truly multipurpose!

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Types Of Outdoor Patio Furniture Sets

Outdoor Patio Furniture comes in many different materials; there is a style to suit everyone and anyone. For the rustic appeal try wooden outdoor  sets, for modern try glass outdoor sets; it all depends upon what feel you want for your patio area. The basic types of outdoor sets include wooden, aluminum, plastic, wicker,wrought iron and cafe style. All have good and not so good points and it is mostly personal taste that determines which style you prefer.

Wooden Outdoor Patio Furniture

This can be any type of wood; hardwoods are usually preferred as they last longer and look better. Timber furniture can suit just about any style of yard. Timber is very forgiving; it does not damage easily and can withstand the weather well.  Wooden furniture is great for a natural setting.Annual maintenance checks can keep your wooden outside furniture looking good. The most popular in the wooden ranges is teak outdoor patio furniture, chosen for its hardness and the color as it ages.

Aluminum Outdoor Patio Furniture

Aluminum patio furniture has its place, as it is light, it can be easy to put out, and easy to store. Aluminum is treated to improve its ability to withstand the weather. Aluminum furniture is usually modern in design; so sleek lines, often comfortable cushions, generally tables are made with glass tops, giving a feeling of light and spaciousness to the patio area. Aluminum furniture is usually a lot cheaper than timber, but also doesn’t on average last as long.

Plastic Outside Patio Furniture

Probably the cheapest and most commonly available outside furniture sets. Plastic is great for having around children.Plastic or resin furniture is so easy to pack away and store over winter and very  easy to clean. Plastic doesn’t weather very well and will not last as long as timber, but can be very useful for camping and when you are just starting out and would like to enjoy your yard, but have little money to spend initially. You can always upgrade later.

Wicker Outdoor Patio Furniture

Wicker has a timeless feel about it. There is natural wicker which is expensive and not as commonly available and resin wicker, which looks like wicker, but weathers really well. Resin outdoor patio furniture sets come in variety of styles from traditional to modern, and in a range or colors although off white is probably one of the most popular as it looks best after some time outside!

Wrought Iron Outdoor Patio Furniture Sets

Wrought iron is another style that seems to have maintained it popularity through the years. Wrought iron is treated to make it weather resistant and requires regular checks to keep it looking its best. It is so stylish when accessorized with the correct patio furniture cushions. Wrought iron sets can include less common items of modern outdoor furniture such as lover seats which can make a statement in your outdoor area.

Cafe Style Sets

This can be wrought iron, but can also include mosaic designs which look great in cottage gardens, or just as a few pieces of outside furniture on the veranda or porch.

Buying furniture sets means that you purchase a complete seating or dining set up all together. This is good because everything matches and you have all need, just make sure you buy as many chairs to go around the table as you think you will need, it can be hard to get extra seats later. The term sets means the contents can vary, a dining set can include 6 or 8 chairs and a garden set may or may not include a table. Be sure you know what outdoor patio furniture you are buying in your set and enjoy using it.