We visited with some friends out at a camp site and they lit a similar, but smaller type flame. We thought...hmmm...we need something like this in our screened-in deck to help create mood and potentially for warmth as it gets a little cooler at night. (Our deck area has more than ample ventilation). This unit fits the bill PERFECTLY. Sits on a glass top coffee table. Lights easily. (just slightly awkward to install tanks). This unit has a nice wide flame, unlike the one we saw at our friends place. Theirs was only about a 4" wide flame...sort of looked like a burner on a stove. This unit has some very attractive black glass rocks which spread the flame nicely. We love it.
I certainly wasn't sold on this product before receiving it, but it is perfect for what we wanted. This was purchased really just to provide a bit of ambiance to a limited size front patio area - sitting on a stone on the ground, not elevated on a table. The area we had for it to go was 2ftx2ft. From the dimensions I thought it would be too small (11x11) or too underpowered (10,000 BTU). Instead it produces a beautiful flame, and is the perfect size for our area. The unit is also very solidly made, the glass rock is a nice upgraded touch, and the operation and look/size of the flame is extremely nice. The install/removal of a 1lb tank every night seemed a bit inconvenient (of course, there's no other way to include the tank in the design so it's not a design flaw) so we decided to modify it by using a conversion hose and running it to a 20lb propane tank located 12 ft away. That way we can shut the propane off at the source after each use, and replace the tank easily if/when needed - and save $ on the propane cost ($XX for a 20# refill vs $XX for 20-1# tanks). Works beautifully.
If you are looking for a fire feature to add to your evening patio experience then look no further (and if you want decent heat - keep looking). We put this on top of a cast iron side table and it was perfect. Light weight enough to move around until we decided where it would look best. It takes the same little propane tank that a camping stove takes. I wouldn't recommend leaving it outside in the rain etc. Light weight and small enough to easily store in the garage though.
Perfect for a small patio group. Not easy to insert the propane tank as it needs to be upright, there is no door, and someone else has to hold the pit upright while another person reaches up inside to insert the tank and attach it. Whew. Tanks last 3-4 hours, so can get expensive to keep propane going. OK for limited use.
Bought this for my son and his wife for their motor home. Neither of them like smokey fires, but still like to sit around a fire. This is not only a classy fire pit, but it is warm enough to sit around. And the convenience -- can't beat it. No gathering of wood (or buying it at high prices), no waiting for the fire to ignite and then have the smoke blow in your face, or worrying about making sure the fire is out when you're done with it. Just a flip of the switch and a match. They absolutely LOVE it.
I read the reviews and they were all correct. This is a great little flame pit. Doesn't really give off heat, it just adds ambience to the evening. you need to buy a little camping gas container, it was $3.99 at sporting goods store, so no problem. Easy to put in, Good value.
Cheap feeling metal and rocks.. don't try to use if there is even a bit of breeze because it seems to blow right out.. last thing you want is propane gas running into the air. I will try and use it under my canopy on the deck and see how that works.
Very attractive. Not much heat output. Definitely would suggest multiple units. Awkward changing tanks as you have to reach under unit. A tad skimpy on the amount of glass rocks included. Would like to order more, but unfortunately, has been out of stock for a couple of weeks.