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With the weather warming, there is nothing more relaxing in the morning than drinking your coffee outside on the patio. Selecting the perfect coffee table with a fire pit doesn’t seem overly complicated, but there are a variety of factors that will make one table superior to the next. Even more than a regular piece of furniture, your coffee table fire pit table needs to be designed for form and functionality as well as safety.
So, how do you choose the perfect outdoor coffee table to sit within your backyard landscaping? This guide will outline key considerations so that you can start enjoying your summer outside on the porch.
What is a Fire Pit Coffee Table?
A fire pit coffee table is a sturdy table with a fire feature installed in the center. The fire pit is not removable, but some tables, like OUTLAND LIVING’s range of fire pit coffee tables, come with a matching lid so that you can use the table either with or without the fire feature.
This means that not only can you enjoy your coffee with a warm fire in the morning, but you can also convert the fire table into a dining space for multiple people to eat on.
What Factors Are Important for an Outdoor Coffee Table Fire Pit?
Deciding the shape of your coffee table will depend on how many people are going to be using your table on a regular basis and what the shape of your space looks like. For smaller patios where fewer people will be using the table at one time, a square table like OUTLAND LIVING’s Robson is preferable. A square fire pit table also fits perfectly within an L-shaped sectional sofa for an intimate setup.
Robson Fire Table
If you have a larger wooden deck or patio and more people using the table at one time, then a rectangular table is ideal. Regular-sized sofas and armchairs work nicely to create a relaxed seating area around a rectangular table. Alternatively, you can look into an oval or circular coffee table, which is best for smaller spaces. If you are considering a fire bowl without the table, take a look at OUTLAND LIVING's collection of high-quality portable fire pits.
2. Make & Materials
The materials of your outdoor coffee table fire pit are a crucial part of their functionality. Inexpensive materials and poor construction will result in a table that will rust, look cheap, and not last long in an outdoor setting. The best gas fire tables are made with high-quality aluminum frames and solid stainless steel burners. Aluminum is lighter than steel, which is also popular. It is also rust-resistant, which means it can get rained on without ruining your table. OUTLAND LIVING fire pit coffee tables are made with an aluminum frame and finished with a powder coating for protection. The exterior material is made of resin wicker that is stylish and durable to further withstand the elements.
3. Flame Quality
The primary feature of a gas fire pit table is the fire, so make sure that your table produces a warm, natural glow that you'll enjoy sitting around on a cool evening. Many people neglect to look into the fire feature itself before purchasing a fire table and it is one of the most important things to consider.
Primarily, it is the gas components and fuel type that are responsible for the look of the fire. Poorly constructed gas components may produce weak flames, excessive noise, and wear and tear on the table over time. Check the reviews of the coffee table you are considering to see if anyone has had problems with the gas components. A high-quality propane fire pit coffee table will have a controllable fire height so that you can decide how high you want the fire to be.
In addition to the gas components, the materials of the table will make a difference in the appearance of the flames. OUTLAND LIVING coffee tables feature a reflective 8mm tempered glass surface that is reflective of the flames, creating a visually stunning effect. All OUTLAND LIVING fire tables also come with clear glass rocks, but you have the option to upgrade with colored glass rocks to create more excitement within the table.
4. Safety Features
While all fire tables certified by the CSA have passed safety tests including temperature testing, wind testing, and rain testing, there are certain features that will make a table easier to use with less risk of injury. When you are shopping for your fire table, look underneath the table to see if there is a sturdy heat shield composed of at least two sheets of thin metal separating the burn tray and propane tank. If there isn’t this heat shield or it appears flimsy, then the fire pit can burn you. When you are loading the table onto your patio, you should also check to make sure there are no sharp edges or pieces that feel flimsy.
Best Natural Gas Coffee Table Fire Pit
While an outdoor gas fire pit fueled by a propane tank is easier and less messy than wood burning firepits, it is also great to have the ability to use a natural gas converter with your fire pit. This makes it easy to connect your table to your house for fuel instead of always relying on a propane tank. If you are looking for a natural gas coffee table with fire pit, then consider any of OUTLAND LIVING’s fire tables along with the Natural Gas Kit converter. For example, you can connect OUTLAND LIVING's Rectangular Grey Fire Table to your home gas supply with the 12 foot long hose that comes in the Natural Gas Kit 789 for Series 403.
Best Outdoor Coffee Table Fire Pit for a Small Patio
When you don't have much space on your patio, but want the warmth of a fire pit coffee table, then consider OUTLAND LIVING’s square tables. The square shape makes it easier to fit these tables in smaller areas. One of OUTLAND LIVING's newest arrivals, Yaletown is an even smaller coffee table with a fire pit, which features a powder-coated steel base with a glass top. It is designed to be the perfect coffee table for your compact balcony or patio.
Best Multi-Use Coffee Table Fire Pit for a Cafe
If you are looking for a great multi-use coffee table that can also function as a dining table at an outdoor cafe, then consider OUTLAND LIVING’s rectangular table. This table can accommodate four to six guests, either for a cup of coffee in the morning or for lunch with the glass table lid closed. It looks beautiful with other patio furniture, particularly wicker chairs and sofas. However, don't try to grill or cook anything on your fire pit -- it's not intended for roasting marshmallows!
Imagine being able to enjoy sitting around a fire pit coffee table all summer long. No matter what your requirements are, you truly can't go wrong with OUTLAND LIVING's fire tables as they are the perfect combination of function and aesthetics. The high-quality materials outshine competitors and make this table well worth the investment.