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The Ultimate Guide to Firepits & Fire Tables

Does all of this extra time at home have you spending more time than ever in your backyard, despite the cool temperatures? It’s no surprise that after being cooped up in the house all day, most of us like to spend time in our outdoor space as much as we can.

If you’re looking for ways to make your time outdoors more enjoyable, you may want to consider a firepit or fire table – both are a great addition to any backyard. A perfect centrepiece, firepits and tales provide warmth and light, so your time outside can extend late into the evening while complying with local regulations.

It’s important to note one main difference between firepits and fire tables. While the modern firepits we’ll mention in this article are likely not the kind you had as a kid (an open fire with some bricks precariously leaning against one another to form a circle), they are an encased fireplace with no table attached. A fire table, on the other hand, is a patio table with a fireplace built into the center. These are particularly popular as the surrounding table can be used to place drinks and snacks to fully enjoy the patio season.

With so many options to choose from, you may be unsure of where to begin your search. Below, we’ve listed some of our favourite firepits and tables, and the benefits of each!

#1 Patioflame®, Napoleon

The Napoleon Patioflame®  has been a bestseller at The Fireplace Center for many years. The two style options make this a great option for everyone, as customers can choose between logs or crystals to suit their taste. One of the largest benefits of this product is that it enables you to experience the fun of an outdoor fire with the convenience of propane or natural gas. 

Our favourite feature?

The Patioflame® is a classic piece of furniture to have in your backyard. Suitable for patios of all styles, we love that this meets the needs of so many of our customers!’

#2 The Element, Dekko

The Element is a lightweight, concrete firepit that instantly elevates your space. An adjustable flame control key allows you to control the ambience, providing unlimited entertaining opportunities. 

Our favourite feature?

The eye-catching design! This firepit is gorgeous and sure to wow your guests (whenever we’re allowed to invite people over again that is!). 

#3 Monaco 50” Fire Pit, Cabana Coast

The Monaco 50” Fire Pit from Cabana Coast is an excellent choice for any home. This fire pit is customizable, with multiple fire glass options available. Additionally, it is compatible with both propane and natural gas.

Our favourite feature?

The multiple options available for the fire glass.

#4 Hamptons Rectangle Patioflame® Table, Napoleon

The Hamptons Patioflame® Table is extremely versatile, suitable for any Ottawa backyard, deck, or patio. The spacious perimeter of the flames allows for a great table for drinks and snacks. The beautifully constructed, durable, aluminum surround conveniently hides a gas tank (propane models), and it’s stylish design and colour match any decor.

Our favourite feature?

This table features a thermocouple valve that cuts the gas when the flame is interrupted, meaning that if a gust blows the flame out, or you forget to shut off the gas when you’re done, no gas will be wasted.

#5 The Bravo, Dekko

The Bravo from Dekko allows you to create a stunning focal point for your outdoor space. With six cement colour options and one decorative aggregate, its easy to customize this firepit to your liking.  A chrome on/off key with adjustable flame control allows you to be totally in charge of your space.

Our favourite feature?

The Bravo is handcrafted right here in Canada, with quality craftsmanship that will endure the elements for years to come.

At The Fireplace Center & Patio Shop, we get to know our customers and their vision to make the best recommendations possible. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process of choosing your new firepit or fire table. 

Despite our stores being closed at the moment amid COVID-19, we are available to assist you over the phone or by email. Curbside pickup and delivery are available.

If you are interested in a particular model, let us know and we will schedule a virtual showing to ensure the product is right for you, and answer any questions you may have!

Note: The City of Ottawa allows the use of outdoor fireplaces and specifically designed firepits fuelled by Ethanol, propane and natural gas, but has strict regulations on open-air wood fires. See regulations for details.

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