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Freestanding Fire Features

Author: Terri Feder
Issue: April, 2014, Page 50
Tommy Bahama’s Kingston Sedona Fire Pit features a marble top and an all-weather aluminum base that conceals a propane tank. It measures 25"H by 54"W, is lit with a trigger lighter and is available at Carefree Outdoor Living.

Freestanding fire features offer warmth, beauty and ambience

No matter where one lives or the season, the alluring glow of a fire pit always draws us near, providing warmth, light and ambience. In the past, they were mostly in-ground, primarily used in the winter, pricey and relegated to the yard’s nether regions due to safety concerns. Today, however, a new breed of freestanding fire furnishings is enjoying prime real estate in courtyards, on patios and even near pools. Thanks to their multi-functionality, ease of use, and increased safety, portable fire features are among the hottest and most practical ideas around.

Offered in a spectrum of prices, sizes, finishes and shapes, including dining and coffee tables, bars, bowls, pots and pedestals—there is truly one to fit every style and space. Many are convertible. In fact, one table model transforms from fire feature to grill to ice bucket. Whether fueled by propane, natural gas or wood, all have the potential to become a focal point and favorite destination in your yard.  –TF

Fueled by wood (it also can be converted to gas), this horse-themed fire pit, named “Wildfire,” measures 40"H by 37" in diameter. Find it at The Fire Pit Gallery.
Thanks to its circle-shaped cutouts, the Contemporary Solfire throws off an array of patterns when lit. It comes in seven vibrant colors and is available from Modfire.
Sleek and Modern, the Anasazi Coffee Fire Table by Perry Design & Mfg., is crafted from hand-cut, hand-formed steel, and is available in 15 hand-applied finishes. This one measures 48" in diameter and features a natural black finish. The flame-throwing table is available to the trade at Dean-Warren.

Hand-carved black and blue-gray granite lends sculptural presence to the Saturn Fire Vessel. It is 15"H by 36"W and can be purchased from Stone Forest.

Photos - Clock-wise from top left: Brown Jordan’s Cloud Fire Pit floats up and out from its base. An ideal centerpiece for outdoor seating arrangements, the concrete basin can be filled with tumbled rocks or smooth stones. It measures 47" in diameter and is fueled by smoke-, soot- and ash-free e-NRG Bioethanol. Find it at Today’s Patio. • From California Outdoor Concepts’ Signature Series, the gas-fueled Del Mar fire pit table comes in chat (pictured), dining or bar heights and boasts a streamlined base and granite top. Ultra-functional, it changes easily to a grill or a cooler for drinks. • Sporting a rectangular “fire well” that is built into its porcelain tile top, and an elevated height (38"H), the Balmoral Propane Fire Pit makes for cozy bar-side chats. It is available at Paddy O’ Furniture. • The Cirrus Fire Pit from Agio bears a masterful gold-and-brown stained-glass top with a scrolled design and measures 21"H by 52" in diameter. Check out this propane-fueled beauty at Paddy O’ Furniture.

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