Improve your Fire Pit & Fireplace Ambiance!

Whether you are enjoying your Fire Pit outside or your Fireplace inside, why not enhance the ambiance that you so much love about your gathering spot?

Fire Glass can do that for You! An Ultra Clean and Vibrant Alternative!

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Fire Glass offers many color options that are sure to match to your existing décor and give your fire pit/ fireplace a more modern look. Choose one color or mix and match to create your own custom color combination to show off your personal style. You can also top off the fire glass with an accent or reflective fire pit glass to add an extra flash of bright color.

Fire Glass Features;

  • Types;

- ¼” Fire Glass
- ¼” Reflective Fire Glass
- ½” Fire Glass
- ½” Reflective Fire Glass
- Eco Fire Glass
- Fire Beads

  • Lustered for a brilliant sparkle
  • Instant Ambiance
  • Retains and generates more heat than ceramic logs
  • Tolerates extreme heat
  • Never burns, melts or discolor
  • Specially formulated glass
  • Easy set up
  • Environmentally safe
  • Lasts a lifetime
  • No popping cinders
  • No soot or dirt
  • No pollution [soot, ash or smoke]
  • Burns clean
  • No mess ever

Fire Glass’ extra heat retention quality makes the glass extremely energy-efficient and saves you money by using less gas than lava rock or ceramic logs.

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A quick History on Fire Pits

Per Wikipedia Fire pits have been in existence for a very long time and despite many technological advancements since the advent of man’s use of fire, they have remained a popular item because of their versatility. A fire pit can physically vary from a pit dug into the ground to an elaborate gas burning compilation of stone, brick, and metal. The common feature of fire pits is that they are designed to contain a fire and prevent it from spreading.

Safety:
Though a defining characteristic of fire pits is that they are designed to contain the components of the fire at all times, it is always most prudent to take safety measures in the event that very hot materials do escape from its confines. A safety measure that one can employ is placing a screen over the fire pit which not only contains sparks underneath it, but also reduces the wind’s impact on potentially enlarging the fire.

Contemporary types:
There are many methods of constructing fire pits, but basic options are described here:

Pre-made fire pits are the most common form of fire pits and can be purchased from a store.[check out Fire-Science.com] These are made mostly of metal and can be either wood or gas burning. Unlike traditional fire pits, these fire pits are portable.

Assembled fire pits are different from pre-made fire pits and because they are built according to an individual’s wishes, these encompass a wider variety of styles and functions [check out CustomFirePits.com]. Both stone and concrete fire pits are very heavy and are essentially locked in to wherever they are placed. Both gas and wood burning fire pits are seen as garden features these days.

Whether you choose to purchase a pre-constructed fire pit; employ someone to build one in your garden, or make one yourself – all options present themselves to someone who desires a fire pit in their garden.

Essentially, to make a fire pit, all you have to do is create a suitable hole in order to safely contain a fire. This can be as simple as digging a hole in the ground, or as complex as hollowing out a brick or rock pillar.

Fire pits in history:
With the discovery of fire, containing the fire is essential to prevent disaster. Historically, a fire-watcher would be appointed, to prevent the fire from going out, as well as to prevent the fire from theft or from spreading. Many cultures, particularly nomadic ones would cut the turf above the fire-pit in a turf cutting ceremony, replacing the turf afterwards to hide any evidence of the fire.

Archaeological significance
Fire pits (or rather their remains) preserve a great deal of information about past cultures. Carbon dating from charcoal found in old fire pits can estimate when region’s were first populated or when civilizations died out. Also, bones and seeds found in fire pits indicate the type of diet that civilizations ingested during the relevant time period.

In archaeological terms fire pits are referred to as features because they can be seen and recorded as part of the site but cannot be moved without being destroyed.

Fall and Fire Pit Maintenance

Fall is here. Cooler days and crisp nights, the leaves are coloring the landscape. As fall comes upon us and the warmth of the sun becomes more fleeting, what better way to enhance a families time together than at an outdoor fire pit. Everyone can gather around in the fall and still feel a certain exotic and outdoorsy quality. It’s also a great place to sit around and tell stories. Chilling out and relaxing outside by the fire pit is a great way to spend a lazy evening enjoying family and friends. Keeping people toasty warm (and in ready supply of smores) is key to keeping the gathering going.

Another Fall consideration – Care for your outdoor fire pit is important for long term enjoyment;

  • Make sure to check and clean the burners and valves regularly. Insect nests and dirt build up can block the flow of gas, thus causing fire. These can be cleaned easily by using a household detergent.
  • Although, cleaning a fire pit is easy, it’s always advised to have these inspected regularly by professionals. If you are using a gas fire pit, you can get this checked by a qualified service man. Your gas supplier could be contacted in this respect.
  • If you have used your fire pit for cooking, make sure, to clean it after use, because the juice from the food, drips on the fire and often causes it to stick to the surface of the fire pit.
  •  If you have a cast iron fire pit, or a fire pit that’s prone to rust, make sure to keep it rust free by oiling it regularly.
  •  If you live in climates with harsh winter conditions, you may want to store your fire pit in a dry, sheltered area in order to keep it in good shape longer.
  • If your fire pit is not portable, you may want to purchase a good cover.
  • That’s basically all that needs to be done. Common sense use of your fire pit will keep it in tiptop shape

Fire Pit Buyers Guide

This is another article I found on DoItYourself.com

Fire pits make a wonderful addition to any backyard, as they provide a warm retreat to gather around on chilly days and nights. When choosing a fire pit for your backyard, you’ll have a lot of options available to you. This fire pits buyer’s guide will help you understand your options so you can easily determine which fire pit is right for you.

Types of Fire Pits

There are two main types of fire pits, and the difference has to do with how the fire is fueled. You could purchase a wood fire pit or a gas powered fire pit. Both of them will provide you with a fire, but there are a few key differences between them. Some people prefer the smell of real wood burning in their fire pit, as it makes them feel like they are around a campfire. It also tends to provide a fuller type of fire that looks different than that of a gas fire pit.

With a gas fire pit, the process of getting things going will be a lot easier. You will not have to worry about collecting or buying wood; you can simply turn the gas on and light up your fire. Many people like this level of convenience and do not want to have to worry about handling firewood.

One of the potential drawbacks of using a gas fire pit is that it can be more expensive. The initial outlay of installing gas lines will be fairly costly. If you do this when you are building your house, it may not be as bad as if you try to go back and add it in later. If you live in a wooded area, it may be easier for you to simply go around and collect some firewood from time to time. This will provide you with a free way to enjoy a nice fire on your back porch.

You can purchase a propane fire pit that does not require gas lines to be installed, and you can simply hook it up to a propane tank just like you would with a barbecue grill. With this type of gas tank, you will have to buy more propane in order to keep enjoying your fire. You will also have to deal with the issue of where to place the propane tank so that it is concealed, if you don’t want it seen. Many propane fire pits allow you to hook up a long hose to the propane tank so that it does not have to sit right next to the fire pit. However, then you may worry about not tripping over the hose.

Frame

The frame of the fire pit will also provide you with a few different choices. For example, you could choose between copper or stainless steel. Stainless steel is going to be a little bit more expensive, but it may be worth it because you will not have to worry about how it performs. If it gets dirty, you can simply wipe it off and it will look like new again. It also will not rust if you allow the fire pit to get rained on. Stainless steel Fire Pits will give you a much more maintenance free type of fire pit to deal with.

Removable Screen

Another feature that you should look for in your fire pit is a removable screen. Many of the newer models out there have this feature, but some of them still lack it. A removable screen sits on top of the fire so that embers from the fire do not fly up and land on you while you are sitting there. This is also important for preventing fires outside of the pit. You do not want a few burning embers to fly up and land on your house. This is a simple feature to look for, but it is extremely important.

Log Grate

When you are shopping for a wood burning fire pit, you should make sure that it has a log grate. A log grate will keep the logs up off of the bottom of the fire pit, which will allow the fire to get air. The fire needs to have a steady flow of air in order to keep going for the long-term. Otherwise, it may be difficult to keep your fire going.

Hard Cover

When you are done using your fire pit, you should be able to cover it up with a hard cover. This will provide you with a way to keep the rain out of your fire pit. If you do not use a cover, it can fill up with rain. Without a hard cover, your fire pit can get very messy.

Decorative Border

Many of the fire pits out there have decorative borders around the outside. You will find many different materials that these borders can be made out of of, including slate or granite. This feature is not necessary in order to enjoy the fire, but it does add a little bit of elegance to the fire pit. If the style of your home focuses on sophistication and elegance, you may want to think about getting a fire pit with a decorative border. Some of these decorative borders are large enough that you can rest your feet on them or set a drink on them also. This provides a little bit of added functionality to the fire pit.

How to fix a Rusted Fire Pit

This is an article that I found from DoItYourself.com

Unfortunately a large number of outdoor fire pits are manufactured with metal and they eventually rust. Using some simple techniques you can remove the rust and help prevent the fire pit from rusting again.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Heavy grade sandpaper
  • Fine grade sandpaper
  • High temperature spray metal sealant
  • High temperature spray metal paint
  • Steel wool
  • Rust remover
  • Sanding block or electric rotary sander

Step 1 – Get the Supplies

You will need to obtain a high temperature metal sealant and a high temperate metal paint. You can use cans of sealant and paint but spray cans will work more effectively. Make sure that both of these products have maximum temperatures of at least 2000 degrees. Products which melt at lower temperatures will wear out rapidly when using the fire pit.

Step 2 – Remove the Rust

Spray a rust remover chemical on the areas of the fire pit which contain rust. Use steel wool to scrub these areas thoroughly until the rust is fully removed. It may take several times applying a rust remover and scrubbing before the rust will be fully removed.

Step 3 – Sand Off Paint

Use a rotary sander or a sanding block with a heavy grade sandpaper to sand the entire fire pit until you have fully removed the existing paint and exposed bare metal.

Step 4 – Smooth the Fire pit Out

Use a rotary sander or a sanding block and a fine grade sandpaper to sand the fire pit down a second time. Do this in smooth circular motions to prevent obvious scoring to the metal. Do this until the metal has a nice smooth feel to it and no noticeable pits or scratches.

Step 5 – Apply Sealant

Hold the can of high temperature metal sealant approximately 2 feet from the fire pit and apply a thin, even coat over the entire surface of metal. Avoid a thick build up of sealant because this can lead to bubbling and cracking.

Step 6 – Apply the Paint

Hold the spray can of high temperature metal paint approximately 1 to 2 feet away from the fire pit and coat the metal with the paint. Avoid making a thick layer of paint because this can lead to unattractive bubbles. You will probably have to apply a second coat of paint to ensure full coverage of the metal. Utilize the same method as you did for applying the first coat.

Step 7 – Apply an Outer Layer of Sealant

Apply a secondary layer of sealant over the top of the paint using the same method you used for applying the first layer of sealant. This secondary level of sealant will help to protect the paint from water damage and further protect the metal from water damage.

Smart Shopper: Fire pit a hot addition to your outdoor-living space

Saturday, September 17, 2011

North Jersey Homes

Providing a warm gathering place, the fireplace is often considered the heart of the home. When temperatures are comfortable, a fire pit allows you to create a similar gathering place outside, for a change of scenery. Some models are even fitted with side tables and grills.

You might also consider purchasing a chimenea. Some find that design more attractive and feel they emit heat more evenly and help control smoke fumes by pushing them through a tall stack.

BUYERS’ TIPS

A fire pit is a desirable option for those who enjoy being outside during all seasons. The following information will help you to choose the product that’s perfect for your outdoor space.

Wood-burning Versus Gas

Many enjoy the scent and beauty of wood-burning fire pits. There are a number of styles, makes and sizes available. You can find rustic, traditional and contemporary looks, so choose according to your preference and the style of your outdoor décor.

Gas fire pits run on propane or fuel gel. There is no need to gather wood and no cleanup after you’ve enjoyed your fire. In addition, gas pits can be used for tailgating parties, at the beach and in the woods (where permitted), so you can bring a fire with you easily. Gas pit models allow for a number of decorative options and display details.

Fire Pit Styles

Some outdoor fire pits stand on their own and can measure anywhere from two to more than four feet high. Wood placed inside this type of model can be seen through the fire pit’s doors. Some come with an ash catcher for easy cleanup and disposal.

Fire bowls have an open face that evokes a romantic, tranquil setting. They can be easily set near a garden, a patio or a pool. Most fire bowls offer a push-button igniter and flame levels can be controlled by a lever. Tabletop fire bowls are smaller and can be placed on top of tables, cement pillars or other outdoor sites. They have an electronic ignition with an adjustable valve and are smokeless; some come with lava rocks to add visual appeal.

If you can’t decide between a wood-burning pit and a gas fire pit, consider purchasing both. Each style generates more than enough heat, yet creates a separate viewing experience. You may find one option more desirable at times, depending on the season and the type of gathering.