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Tips and Tricks for a Halloween Mantel

October 20th, 2016

Before you know it Halloween will be here, make sure you’re prepared with these spooky and spectacular decorating ideas!

Celebrate the fall season and holidays by decorating your fireplace, the focal piece of your home. The mantel is the perfect place to display your holiday spirit. Use these autumn essentials to create the perfect Halloween masterpiece on your mantel!

Holiday Banner: Grab the attention of your guest with a Halloween banner draped from your mantel. ‘Happy Halloween’ and ‘Trick or Treat’ are great options! These banners can be store bought, or DIY! Simple to make and easy to hang, all while making a statement.

Pumpkins: Pumpkins come in all sizes so no matter how big or how small your mantle is, you can find the perfect fit! Dress up your pumpkins by painting them in colors and patterns to match either your interior design or your Halloween theme. Tired of the same old black and orange? Add in splashes of greens and purples to add more color and draw attention to your fireplace.

Ribbon and Webbing: Find some seasonal ribbon and webbing to drape behind your pumpkins and banner. Sparkly ribbon can hang from the sides of the mantle and wrap around your pumpkin stems. Get in the spooky spirit by adding a fake spider into the mix, perfecting the webbing.

Halloween Wreath: To complete your holiday mantel add a Halloween themed wreath above your fireplace. To DIY your wreath, spray paint it to match your theme (silver, black, green all look great!) and add some spooky figurines such as ghosts, skeletons and bats. Add a fun and short message such as ‘BOO!” to finish off the look!

At the end of the night when the trick or treating has slowed down and the party has ended, gather around the fireplace with your family and friends to enjoy the last few minutes of Halloween while admiring your perfectly haunting and fun mantel.

Happy Halloween from OGC!

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For more fun fall decorating tips and tricks check out our Pinterest Boards: Fall Favorites and Mantel Decor Ideas

Natural Gas v. Liquid Propane for your Fire Pit

October 13th, 2016

When operating a gas fire pit you have two options for fuel, natural gas or liquid propane (LP). So, how do you decide which is the best fit for you and your fire pit? We have created a list informing you of the benefits of both natural gas and LP, making the decision easier for you!

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Natural Gas

Natural gas burns cleaner than LP does, meaning there is less potential for soot. However, because the flame is cleaner, it does not burn as bright of a yellow color. Financially, natural gas may be a better choice because it costs less to operate. Natural gas for fire pits are generally hard piped to your home, meaning you won’t be in a pickle when you want to operate your fire table and do not have an LP tank handy! If this is a concern, consider using natural gas. Natural gas is also lighter than air and can dissipate quickly which leaves less room for any accidental ignition.

Liquid Propane

If you are looking for a brighter flame that can be seen even during daylight with the sun shining, LP is your best option. There is no set up or installation costs when using LP because there is no need to hire a certified gas installer, which is necessary when using natural gas. With an LP tank you have more freedom to move your fire pit around your backyard because most LP tanks are portable, instead of being connected to pipes. If you forget to turn off an LP tank, it will eventually run out and shut off when the tank is empty instead of continuing to run until someone turns it off.

Both natural gas and liquid propane are generally low cost to operate and safe when safety guideline are followed. When the BTUs on a unit are rated similarly for each fuel, they will both give off the same amount of heat. So, whether you are looking for an easier, more convenient set up or a more permanent fixture for your backyard, either natural gas and LP are a great choice and will work for you!

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October 6th, 2016

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As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) has announced a brand refresh and new logo. “As we continue to evolve and innovate, our brand must grow with us,” comments Hilary Mays, Marketing Content Specialist.

For the last year the company has worked to refresh the brand and this new logo is the final step in that process. The new visual identity reflects how OGC wants to be perceived in the marketplace- modern, innovative, and fun.

“The logo itself is a redesign using elements from our first logo- respecting the past, while preparing for the future,” says Mays. “The new logo continues to focus on the fire as the heart of the outdoor room under a pergola and now also represents the fire as the heart of a home as we expand into indoor accessories.”

Modernizing the brand and making it more versatile reflects where OGC is as a company and their commitment to giving the customers what they want and how they want it.

The new logo will roll out throughout the rest of 2016 and officially be launched January 1, 2017 with the publication of the 2017 Product Catalog.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial products. Visit for more information.

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Top 3 Tailgating Essentials

September 29th, 2016

Football season is officially here and we have the top three tailgating essentials to make sure your pre-game party is a hit!

Electric Grill

Electric Grill

 No tailgate is complete without some great food! Whip up some delicious hamburgers, hotdogs, and brats for game day with the OGC Electric Grill. Portable, made of stainless steel and easy to use makes it the perfect grill for when you’re on the go. Don’t forget the football themed side dishes and desserts! For some great tailgating recipes and ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

Stonefire Fire Pit

stonefire fire pit

Extending your tailgating season into autumn and winter will be easy this year with a fire pit to keep you warm! The Stonefire Fire Pit is the perfect accessory for your tailgate when the weather gets cold. It’s easy to move and comes with a matching burner cover meaning it can double as a table for your family and friends to sit around. This fire pit will help make your tailgate the place to be before any big game!

Harmony Table Top Fire Pit

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If your limited on space but still want to have a great fire at your tailgate, the Harmony Table Top Fire Pit is a great option! This gel fueled table top fire pit offers a beautiful and elegant flame while still creating warmth. Save space with this fire pit by simply placing it on top of your table and let the flame work it’s magic. The Harmony Table Top Fire Pit is the perfect focal piece for any tailgate or football party.

Go to to find more outdoor accessories perfect for this tailgating season. Happy game day!

Extending Your Outdoor Season

September 22nd, 2016

Summer may have come to an end, but your time outside doesn’t have to! Autumn is the perfect season to put your outdoor room to use and enjoy the cooler weather. Take a look at the ways you can extend your outdoor season later into the fall with these outdoor accessories. Not only will your outdoor room look beautiful next to your home, but will give you more time this fall to spend outside, gathered around the fire, with your family and friends.



Pergolas are a great option to add to your outdoor room to protect you against the elements such as wind, rain, and even snow! A roof or lattice can usually be added to the pergola and some even have the ability to add walls, shielding you from above and side to side. By adding a pergola to your layout you can stay outside longer this year, relaxing under the comfort and shelter your pergola can provide.


Fire Pits and Fireplaces

Fire pits and fireplaces are an obvious choice when looking for a way to keep your outdoor room nice and heated. As the weather gets cooler a fire pit or fireplace will radiate heat in your room making it much easier to enjoy the autumn nights. Both provide a beautiful focal piece for your space as well as an area to gather around with family and friends! Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes, so regardless of how small or how large your outdoor room is you can find one that’s perfect for you.

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Outdoor Furniture

No outdoor room is complete without some great furniture to place around the fire! Comfortable gliders and rockers are a great addition to your space and make it that much more enjoyable to sit back, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery that autumn brings. Throw pillows and blankets are also an easy and quick way to add another layer of warmth to your room while adding a decorative element to the space.


Outdoor Lighting

When summer ends and fall begins the days are shorter and the nights are longer. Extend the use of your outdoor room by adding lights to your space. Add some twinkling string lights to your pergola or some outdoor lamps to brighten up the room allowing you to stay out later into the night. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the evening outside even after the sun goes down.

As the cooler weather draws near make adjustments to your outdoor room to ensure it is ready to be used for three seasons this year!  More time outside means more quality time spent with your loved ones, and what’s better than that?

Contact the Outdoor GreatRoom Company to get started on creating your outdoor room today.


Outdoor Design Trends

September 15th, 2016

Some trends in home décor are fleeting while others stick around, evolving and expanding into different areas of the home. This year, outdoor furniture and accessory designs were reminiscent of popular interior styles such as industrial mixed metals or the rustic, shabby-chic farmhouse look. Take a glance at how you can take these trends outside, transforming your outdoor room and creating a new style and feel for your deck and patio décor.

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Industrial Mixed Metals

Industrial-style design includes mixing and matching metals and materials as well as matte and glossy finishes. In interior designing this can look like anything from steely tones in wall color and furniture to a mix of metals in side tables, lamps, and wall décor. When this style is taken to the outdoors, fire pits, outdoor furniture, throw pillows and string bulb lights can be used to create that industrial feel. When creating an industrial-looking outdoor room, think raw and unfinished materials that create a sleek look. If your home is brick, consider mixing textiles by adding a granite and stucco fire pit for contrast and add steel or metal outdoor furniture. Throw in some decorative pillows in neutral colors, like shades of grey, and simple materials to add some detail. This style has been an interior designing hit specifically in lofts and unfinished apartments, so take the trend outside into your outdoor room and make it your own.


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Rustic Shabby-Chic

If distressed woods with a rustic and homey feeling are more your style, look into shabby-chic farmhouse designs to complete your outdoor room. This trend has been popular in both living room and kitchen designs and has even made its way onto the wedding décor scene! White-washed barn doors, wooden accessories in light, pastel colors and small flowers can be used to perfect this look. Create this style outdoors with wooden fire pits and pergolas. Outdoor lighting is key to making this design work, so add a few twinkling lights around your pergola to create a warm, glowing space. Don’t forget to include some lace and burlap accessories! To find a few unique, vintage pieces, check out your local antique store or consignment shop. Gliders and rockers are the perfect outdoor furniture pieces for comfort and for this farmhouse design. To finish off the look, add some cozy throw blankets and pillows in light colors to give your outdoor room that ‘home, sweet, home’ feeling.

Whether your taste is more modern like the industrial look, or simple and sweet like the farmhouse design, you can transform your outdoor room to match this year’s most popular trends. Great home design doesn’t have to stop inside so start designing your outdoor room now with the help of the Outdoor GreatRoom Company.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Hosts Second Annual Conference

September 12th, 2016


The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC) hosted its second-annual Outdoor GreatRoom Conference, September 7-8, at their new corporate headquarters in Burnsville, Minnesota. The event included staff, sales representatives, and a number of customers from across the U.S. and Canada for a two-day event. This educational event themed “Place Your Bets on OGC” featured showroom, factory, and engineering tours, hands on product training, and round table discussions.

Evening festivities included dinner and hospitality, go-karting, and a hosted evening at Canterbury Park for some horse racing. Eric Cannon, Territory Representative for the Rocky Mountain States commented it was a “fun and informative team building experience. As usual it was well planned and well executed by [OGC.] The new facility is awesome. Wow!”


This event brought the company closer to its customers and provided a lot of feedback into how OGC can help its customers and sales representatives succeed in the market. Steve Shimek, VP of Sales got the feedback that “OGC listens, [they are] fun to do business with, very innovative, great customer service, and good people.”

OGC is looking forward to growing this event in the future.


The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) manufactures unique, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire pit tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, grills, outdoor patio furniture, accessories, along with custom and commercial products. Visit for more information.



Add Value to your Home with an Outdoor Room

September 8th, 2016

Creating an outdoor room for your home will not only make your backyard stand out among the rest, but will add to, and increase, the value of your home. The ‘outdoor greatroom’ came from the idea that homeowners should enjoy their outdoor space as much as their indoor living space. An outdoor room is an extension of your home, without being limited to just four walls. Your space can include everything from an outdoor kitchen island to a pergola over a fire pit, surrounded by cozy outdoor furniture. No matter how large or how small your home is, maximize the use of your yard by adding some or all of the elements that make up an outdoor room.

Custom Kitchen Island

Outdoor Kitchen Island

Adding an outdoor kitchen to your home can help to double the amount of space available for food preparation and dining. Whether or not your outdoor kitchen is more food based and equipped with amenities such as a grill, sink and refrigerator, or is more entertainment focused with a fire table, extra dining space, and a bar, the second kitchen can help to boost the value of your home by working as another room, extending from your home. Outdoor kitchen Islands are completely customizable meaning you can create the perfect outdoor space that matches the architecture of your home, and that meets all of your needs for your outdoor room.

Outdoor Living Room

Take your patio or backyard to the next level by creating an outdoor living room, perfect for gathering with family and friends. Add a pergola with a roof for protection against weather like rain or sun. The added roof will help to extend your outdoor season earlier in the spring and later into autumn by protecting you against the elements, further increasing the value of your home with an outdoor room that can be used for almost three full seasons! Make the room your own version of an outdoor living room by adding outdoor furniture and a fire pit for gathering and entertaining. Furniture such as gliders and love seats will give your outdoor room a homey and comfortable feeling that everyone will love.


Outdoor Solutions for Small Spaces

If you have limited space around your home or in your yard, but would still like to create an outdoor room, consider smaller versions of a fire pit such as a fire bowl or a table top fire pit. Putting a nice rug underneath your table and some decorative pillows and throw blankets on your outdoor furniture will give your small outdoor space a cozy look and feel, making anyone who uses it feel more at home. The little details make a big difference when assessing the value of your home, and an outdoor space is a great way to increase that value.

Mix and match the different elements of an outdoor room to create your perfect space. Whether you need an outdoor kitchen with a fire feature or a simple table top fire pit for your deck, make your dream a reality with a custom outdoor room from Outdoor GreatRoom Company.


New Product Release: Intrigue Table Top Fire Feature

September 1st, 2016

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce the newly designed Intrigue Table Top Fire Feature. The Intrigue features a stunning, spinning flame that can fit in almost any outdoor table umbrella hole. The unit is UL listed for safety and has a versatile design that will match any style.

The Intrigue runs on a 1 lb. LP tank that is housed in a small base hidden under the table. Installation is quick and easy making it simple to switch from installing an umbrella for sunny days and the Intrigue for a beautiful, glowing centerpiece. The Intrigue is great for both residential and commercial properties.

This product will be on display at the upcoming Chicago Casual Market, September 20-23.

Intrigue Table top fire pit


• Patent pending Venturi™ Technology
• Installs in minutes, spring loaded connection lock
• 3000 BTU’s – operates on 1 lb. LP tank up to 6 hours
• 1 lb. LP tank fits securely in box with access door
• UL Listed for safety
• Fits umbrella holes 1.75-4”

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) manufactures unique, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial products. Visit for more information.

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Brighten Up your Pool with Fire Features

August 25th, 2016

When the weather is warm and the sun is setting, brighten up your pool area with a fire feature. Not only will a fire feature extend the use of your pool into the cooler months, but will also create a glowing place to gather around with family and friends. Fire features can range from an outdoor fireplace to a simpler, smaller fire pit that can be placed alongside the water. Light up your backyard with a fire feature and create an elegant atmosphere of warmth and beauty surrounding your pool.

There is nothing cozier than sitting by your Stone Arch Fireplace.

Outdoor Fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace is a great way to enhance your backyard experience. Simply place some comfortable furniture, cushions, and blankets around the fireplace to create a cozy gathering area that everyone can enjoy. When placed next to a pool, the fireplace can keep you warm after taking a swim, create light around your backyard and pool area, or can be a beautiful spot to sit and look out at the water on a warm evening.


Fire Pits

Fire pits are another wonderful option when looking for a fire feature to put near water. Fire pits can be moved to fit your outdoor décor needs and can be used during any season. They come in many styles and designs so you are sure to find one to compliment your outdoor architecture, or to match your existing outdoor furniture. Fire pits can be put to great use when hosting and entertaining guests as a source of warmth and light, and as a place for guests to mingle around.


Fire Bowls

Fire bowls are the perfect fire feature if you are looking for a way to add light and warmth immediately alongside the edge of your pool. Some fire bowls can even be customized to serve as both a fire feature and a water feature, in the form of a fountain. Fire bowls are a smaller version of fire pits that can be placed on the ground, on a patio, and depending on their size, on a column or another architectural form. Though they are smaller than a traditional fire pit or outdoor fireplace, the fire bowls still create a flame large enough to give off heat and light.

If you have a specific vision of what you would like to see in your backyard, next to the water, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company can create a custom fire pit to make your dream a reality! Take a look at the website for inspiration and click here to start the process of creating your perfect fire pit.