Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2018

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18 LC DBM >> Selecting the right burner style and size is important when you want to assemble a fire pit because the burner will determine the width, height and shape of a flame. There are several options for burners including linear inserts, rectangular h-burner inserts and round and square inserts. A linear insert can produce one line of flame for thinner designs and a rectangular burner can make a wider, dual linear flame. For a campfire effect, round and square burners may create a taller flame and use less fuel than a fire ring. There are many manufacturers of fire pit burners, some of which also provide accessories for fire pits, and those include fire media, remote controls and added features. The new Hearth Products Controls smart phone app allows you to turn the fire pit on or off, and set the flame level or timer, at the touch of the screen. The app also has the ability to control multiple fire pits depending on the size of the renovation. To ensure best performance, the smart fire pit has sensors. There are various types of burners than can be applied for fire features. For instance, the burners provided by RoundGrove Products, are combined with artificial logs of two different types of wood and in three different sizes. Solus Décor states that they use brass burners – not anodized pan metal burners so they can provide a longer warranty. Their brass "top side" burners mean that the fire is projected up and out and does not lose heat out of the bottom, so they promote that their products can be used on wood decks unlike other products that have heat being directed into the bottom. Burners and Accessories Above The Outdoor Greatroom Company's 56" Linear Black Wave Gas Burners are made of high quality stainless steel with onyx tempered fire glass gems. This custom-built fire pit has ignition controls and gas valves to adjust the flame height, and it runs on natural gas or house liquid propane. A glass wind guard protects the user from the flame. Above This custom fire pit table, provided by Cooke Fur- niture, has a forced air-heating feature that generates heat from an electric heating element. Hot air is distributed from a blower through four integrated directional air vents in order to warm the user's legs. Left When talking about media besides glass, there are glass beads, lava rocks, and manufactured stones. FireBoulder provides several sizes and over 60 colors for fires such as azuria, champagne, bronze and onyx. Fire at Home Elena created her first firebowl using a repurposed garbage can with a simple burner and propane gas, which then be - came a signature feature for her company. Colombo remarked that the firebowl is a great standard feature to have in the home, because it allows the homeowner to engage in a more "communal activity" with access to the house. When it comes to installing these fea - tures, all projects are shipped directly to the site with installation instructions and owner's manuals that are reviewed before purchase. The firebowls are ready to con - nect to a gas with a 3/4" connection to the control panel. A certified gas techni - cian must install the feature, as Colombo's firm does not install. Also, the gas needs to be connected by a plumber. A homeowner in Florida decided he wanted something unique featured outside his home, so he connected with Colombo. After exploring the possibilities, he and Colombo agreed to a project. In an inter - view with LC/DBM, Colombo explained the process. There are vines called Stran - gler Vines, which grow around a tree and with its larger foliage, cut out the tree's light. The tree starves of light and eventu - ally dies. For the project, Colombo and her team took the tree out from the vines so that inside was hollow. They then cast the vines in bronze and put a vertical burner in - side the hollow. These fire features stand in a koi pond filled with fish and lily pads. LC DBM

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