Fire Pits & Patio Heaters – Good Bye Cold Nights

Patio Heater With Table - Stainless SteelThe cold winter can be a cruel and intimidating foe. It can drive you from your outdoor spaces and trap you in your house. There it dooms you to peer through your windows at your deserted patio that longs for companionship. Out in the cold your furniture sits (hopefully protected with a furniture cover) reminiscing of the good days when you would gleefully swivel in the chairs, eagerly read countless books on the chaise lounge and happily entertain friends on your lovely bar height furniture set. It is safe to say that the winter and your patio are natural enemies. In this aged old battle, Today’s Patio has not remained neutral and has been an active advocate of your patio. We are here to tell you that the winter does not have to control your life and that you can enjoy your beautiful outdoor spaces year-round. Here’s how:

When combating the cold there are many tools at your disposal but they really boil down to two main categories, heaters and fire pits. Sure both give off heat but patio heaters can heat a much bigger space while a fire pit can be a centerpiece of a gathering area. So really you need to decide if you want to add heat to an already complete patio set or create an area that is focused around a fire pit.

Patio Heaters – Spreading The Warmth

As stated before, a patio heater is a great way to add heat to an already complete patio set. The big stand alone heaters give off over 40,000 BTU’s, which can heat about a 20’ diameter. Most come equipped with wheels making it easy to move the heater to different areas of your patio. They are available in several colors and finishes to best match your outdoor furniture. Most heaters are fueled with 20-pound propane tanks although the adjustable tall infrared heat lamp is electric, making it useable both outdoors and indoors. Portable table top patio heaters are an excellent solution for heating dining areas. They won’t clutter up your table, as the base is just a little over a foot wide in diameter. Although small, the units still put off around 14,000 BTU’s or can heat about a 5’ diameter.

Fire Pits – A Beautiful Solution For A Chilly Patio

54 Rd Chat Height Santorini Fire PitWhile a fire pit won’t heat an entire patio, it can keep a conversation with friends going through the night. We offer several different heights of fire pits ranging from chat table to coffee table to dining table even up to counter heights. Some fire pits are wood burning while some burn gas. The gas fire pits have many different fire media options such as ceramic logs, lava granules or tumbled glass. You also have many different variations of bases and tops. The OW Lee Santorini fire pit in particular has the option for a round, rectangular or square top that comes in 8 different porcelain tiled variations and 2 cast aluminum styles and also 6 different bases that vary in width and height. With so many different options we are sure to have a fire pit that is just right for your patio.

You’ve worked so hard to perfect your outdoor areas and it would be a shame if you couldn’t enjoy them all year long. Whether it is by the light of a customized fire pit or from the cozy warmth radiating from a patio heater, we hope that you laugh in the cold face of winter. Here’s a toast to you conqueror of frosty nights and overcast days, may your outdoor experiences be forever pristine regardless of the season.

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Forged In Fire – The Superiority of Wrought Iron Furniture

OW Lee Classico wrought iron furnitureWrought iron furniture has an unrivaled ability to harmonize with any decor; from rustic to avant-garde, opulent to minimalist, wrought iron pieces look as though they were designed with one purpose only, to fill the very space they presently occupy. Even slender, dainty pieces have a solid robustness about them that says I will not be ignored.

Discerning patio owners have long favored wrought iron for its endurance as well as its striking appearance. A well-built wrought iron piece is virtually indestructible, even with minimal maintenance. This is the kind of furniture that you’ll be passing on to your grandchildren.

Not all Alloys are Created Equal

Many people use the terms wrought iron and cast iron interchangeably, though these two metals have some significant differences. The distinction is actually hidden in their names.

Wrought iron is pounded and worked, or wrought, into shape:

  • Smelted slowly
  • More pure alloy
  • Heavy and solid
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Textured grain

Manufacturing wrought iron furnitureCast iron is poured, or cast, into a mold while the iron is liquified:

  • Heated quickly
  • Less pure alloy
  • Lighter weight
  • Brittle, especially if cold
  • More prone to corrosion
  • Can be intricately detailed

In short, wrought iron furniture is extraordinarily durable, while cast iron is relatively delicate, and to our knowledge, is never used in the design of outdoor furniture.

This is not to imply that cast iron is “bad.” Cast iron is a fine choice in some situations. But if you’re looking for outdoor patio furniture that’s both rugged and universally stylish, wrought iron offers numerous advantages that other materials just can’t match.

Pros and Cons of Wrought Iron

Wrought iron furniture ranges from simplistic and straightforward to ornate and complex. It’s an extremely malleable material while being worked, allowing for elaborate shapes and designs while remaining strong enough to support a great deal of weight even on slender, curving legs.

Regardless of its shape or size, the advantages of wrought iron are universal:

  • Durable – Wrought iron furniture can withstand the heaviest of use, even by commercial standards, for decades, or even generations.
  • Heavy – Won’t tip at the slightest bump or blow away in the wind.
  • Strong – Wrought iron furniture can handle any weight or size with ease.
  • Resistant – Won’t fade in sunlight, stain or discolor, dent or scratch, lose its shape or otherwise deteriorate, with the sole exception of rust.
  • Alluring – Looks great in any setting, fits in with any theme.
  • Customizable – Simply adding new cushions or a different color finish can completely transform a piece.

Like all things, wrought iron furniture has a few disadvantages as well:

  • Wrought iron absorbs the temperature around it; it may become uncomfortably hot or cold during extreme weather.
  • Its weight makes wrought iron furniture less-than-ideal if you need to rearrange frequently.
  • Though resistant to the elements, wrought iron furniture is not impervious to rust. The protective finish may need periodic touching up to prevent rusting.

Other than watching out for rust, wrought iron furniture requires very little regular maintenance. It’s easily cleaned with plain soap and water.

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Iron might not sound like the most luxuriously comfortable seating surface, but a high-quality piece with a sculpted back and seat is easily comparable to wood, vinyl, wicker or leather, even without cushions. Some designs, such as sling chairs, have only an iron frame, with a fabric seat. Of course, lush cushions are always an option too.

A more subtle comfort factor is iron’s sturdiness, which is felt intuitively the moment you sit down. It will not bend, break, buckle, wobble, tip over or collapse. There’s no need to sit precariously on the edge of wrought iron furniture!

If you’re still concerned about the comfort quality of iron, you can always visit a local retailer and try a few out. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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