Firepit or firetable?

Many of our clients love the idea of a firepit.

These great-looking features really do add value to your outside entertainment area.

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A square, rectangular or even circular firepit is really nice to sit around, warming you and your friends far into the night.

A firepit can be powered by gas – either propane or piped natural gas – or even convenient bioethanol fuel, which is easily stored and the burner topped up before each use.

Compared to burning wood, gas or bioethanol firepits are quickly becoming one of the most common options for outdoor fire pits. They are more environmentally friendly since they don’t release smoke into the atmosphere as is the case with traditional wood burning fire pits.

Not only is this beneficial to overall air quality, but it can also make the outdoor experience more enjoyable.

Gone is the unpleasantness of having smoke directly in your face when the wind suddenly shifts over your outside fireplace. Gas firepits are also easier to operate. Simply touch the control pad to ignite the gas and start enjoying your personal outdoor heater.

But, have you thought about a firetable as an alternative?

545911_10151625739442533_1036953437_n (1)A firetable offers the same great look of real flames and runs on either gas or bioethanol fuel, but also delivers the very real convenience of a table in your garden – so useful for parking your wine glass, beer bottle or plate of food, whilst chatting to your guests!

And you can do-it-yourself. If you or your local builder can build the masonry, we can supply the technology to create your very own gas or bioethanol firetable.

Our own firetables are made to measure from durable engineered stone in a range of finishes and colours. The stone tabletops are fabricated to a size to suit your garden furniture layout – and we make them to look as though they are 80mm thick!

The base can be simply made from lightweight concrete masonry blocks which are then rendered to provide a nice finish in the colour of your choice, or it can be clad in matching or contrasting stone – or even decking materials.

The weatherproof EF5000 gas burners can be finished off with Crystalight in a choice of four colours (see Black, above) or click here for the full range of options. The Crystalight can also be topped off with ceramic pebbles, if required.

Control and electronic ignition is by a weatherproof touchpad which can be mounted in a concealed position.

So, firepit or firetable? The choice is yours. There is a huge range of possibilities based around the materials that you choose. Then there is the contemporary look, or something more rustic. Has that got you thinking? What would you do for your garden?

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About Urban Fires

Tony Young is a product designer and has more than 30 years of experience in the fireplace industry, amongst them the creation of several significant and innovative new decorative gas fire genres - from the Wonderfire AirFlame ceramic burner of 1984 (which remains in production at Dimplex), the award-winning 1988 Vermont Castings Intrepid gas stove, another UK award-winner the Galaxy Roxy, the Next Design Neon and Brilliant Fires Storm designs, plus multiple award-winners, the current Acquisitions X-FIRES flueless fires range. He writes for industry magazines.
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