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Gas fire tables - any recommendations? Any deals? Thanks! :)

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Jan 3, 2008
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Victoria

Gas fire tables - any recommendations? Any deals? Thanks! :)

Hi there,

If anyone has any info on gas fire tables I'd appreciate it. Looking for something that puts out a decent amount of heat, looks half decent, and has a cover.
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Deal Expert
Feb 7, 2017
20830 posts
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Eastern Ontario
Wrong time of year

New models arrive early Spring
Look for sales that will progressively get better throughout the summer
But …
The longer you wait, the less stock there will be Instore
(Sales just online … say Amazon etc … are not typically as good as Instore … cuz the stores objective is to eventually clear out this Seasonal Merchandise to make room for Fall - Winter - Christmas )

You’ll find Gas Fire Tables are like everything else
Prices all over the map
From a few hundred dollars … up to several thousand

I say … best bet is middle range for the average home owner

We bought our first unit 10+ years ago @ Rona
Think we paid $ 699 on sale … down from $ 899 or so
Still pretty early in the season … think it was May or June
Store we went to by then … only had 2 or 3 of this model left

It’s a thick granite top
On an all metal base
60,000 BTUs (IIRC )
Tank goes underneath … A MUST HAVE
Came with mirrored fire glass (not beads or lava rock )
As well as a safety glass wind blocker / shield
Also a round aluminum dome cover

Very happy with it
It’s been about 10 years now
Looks & works as good as the day we bought it

It lives outside year round … without issue
In the winter, it’s in our screened gazebo

TIPS … buy the best you can afford
Get one where the propane tank stores underneath (or go for a hardwired natural gas set up )
Propane or Natural gas … don’t get any of the other fuels … lots of issues / explosions etc … GOOGLE for more info
Heavy metal base
Don’t go with the fake brick / stone / rock bases … they chip / break = look bad sooner than later
Lava rocks are the cheapest
Then glass beads (but they can break / explode … esp in wet or cold weather like we see in Canada )
Mirrored fire glass is the most expensive
If you want to add more, or change to this later on … it’s pricey
We changed our fire glass colour around year five … it was cheaper to source glass via the USA than Canada
[OP]
Member
Jan 3, 2008
373 posts
52 upvotes
Victoria
PointsHubby wrote: Wrong time of year

New models arrive early Spring
Look for sales that will progressively get better throughout the summer
But …
The longer you wait, the less stock there will be Instore
(Sales just online … say Amazon etc … are not typically as good as Instore … cuz the stores objective is to eventually clear out this Seasonal Merchandise to make room for Fall - Winter - Christmas )

You’ll find Gas Fire Tables are like everything else
Prices all over the map
From a few hundred dollars … up to several thousand

I say … best bet is middle range for the average home owner

We bought our first unit 10+ years ago @ Rona
Think we paid $ 699 on sale … down from $ 899 or so
Still pretty early in the season … think it was May or June
Store we went to by then … only had 2 or 3 of this model left

It’s a thick granite top
On an all metal base
60,000 BTUs (IIRC )
Tank goes underneath … A MUST HAVE
Came with mirrored fire glass (not beads or lava rock )
As well as a safety glass wind blocker / shield
Also a round aluminum dome cover

Very happy with it
It’s been about 10 years now
Looks & works as good as the day we bought it

It lives outside year round … without issue
In the winter, it’s in our screened gazebo

TIPS … buy the best you can afford
Get one where the propane tank stores underneath (or go for a hardwired natural gas set up )
Propane or Natural gas … don’t get any of the other fuels … lots of issues / explosions etc … GOOGLE for more info
Heavy metal base
Don’t go with the fake brick / stone / rock bases … they chip / break = look bad sooner than later
Lava rocks are the cheapest
Then glass beads (but they can break / explode … esp in wet or cold weather like we see in Canada )
Mirrored fire glass is the most expensive
If you want to add more, or change to this later on … it’s pricey
We changed our fire glass colour around year five … it was cheaper to source glass via the USA than Canada
Thanks for all this info! It's written like a poem or song lyrics or something haha - I love it. I'm hoping to capitalize on an older model on clearance or something... with a little luck hopefully I'll be able to find something that we can start using soon. Might have to just bite the bullet and pay full price though. And yeah we are looking for a natural gas unit for sure. Thanks for all the input on materials/designs, super helpful stuff. Sounds like you have a nice setup!
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Jan 5, 2003
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Toronto
Keep in mind that in many municipalities, having a fire for anything other than cooking is against local bylaws. If this is your case and you have nosy neighbours, they may complain.

Yes, you can have a hotdog ready to throw on your fire pit if necessary...
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Feb 7, 2017
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Eastern Ontario
jm1 wrote: Keep in mind that in many municipalities, having a fire for anything other than cooking is against local bylaws. If this is your case and you have nosy neighbours, they may complain.

Yes, you can have a hotdog ready to throw on your fire pit if necessary...
True … there are some places that are sticklers for THE RULES
But most municipalities / Fire Codes only apply these rules now to OPEN FLAME ACTUAL WOOD FIRES *
Cuz those type cannot just be simply “turned off” … vs appliances that utilize propane or natural gas
Such as … BBQ Grills, Fire Tables, or Patio Heaters
Wood fires Burning embers do statistically account for a lot of fires that get out of control quickly (like forest fires) and can spark a lot of damage.

* Anyone thinking about an outdoor fire pit, fireplace, or chimenea
Of any type (wood, natural gas, propane, other fuel sources )
Therefore should check THE RULES where they live
[OP]
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Jan 3, 2008
373 posts
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Victoria
Yeah I already contacted local officials to ask about it. All good on that end.
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dealsvic wrote: Thanks for all this info! It's written like a poem or song lyrics or something haha - I love it. I'm hoping to capitalize on an older model on clearance or something... with a little luck hopefully I'll be able to find something that we can start using soon. Might have to just bite the bullet and pay full price though. And yeah we are looking for a natural gas unit for sure. Thanks for all the input on materials/designs, super helpful stuff. Sounds like you have a nice setup!
Pointshubby writes in a format one lucky generation. In the future will attribute to a poetry style akin to haiku.

Good advice @PointsHubby as usual
Autocorrect sucks
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Jan 15, 2004
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We have a natural gas fire table. Be realistic about the heat generated. The heat rises up and if you sit besides the table, you're not getting very warm from the table. It's good for the mood and some heat to the side, but it won't be enough to warm you up like a patio heater, particularly if you have the glass wind shield around the fire. If you don't use the glass wind shield, it's a bit dangerous in windy situation.

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