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Three Outdoor Spaces to Recreate

February 11th, 2016

Get ready for spring and plan to spend your time outdoors! Whether you have already started planning your outdoor room or you are starting from scratch here are three outdoor rooms to recreate and make your own.

Traditional and Relaxing

This outdoor room is a classic customer favorite that is easy to recreate in any backyard!

Sonoma Pergola outdoor room

[Sonoma Pergola] [Balsam Wicker Furniture] [Montego Fire Pit Table]

Tuscan Elegance

Host a dinner party any time in this beautiful and sophisticated outdoor room!

Tuscany Pergola

[Tuscany Pergola] [Colonial Dining Fire Pit Table] [Empire Dining Chairs]

Rustic Comfort

Relax in your own outdoor room like you would in a mountain retreat!

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[Lodge II Pergola] [Sierra Fire Pit Table] [Balsam Wicker Furniture]

Now just add some plants, some twinkle lights, and great company to begin making memories in your very own outdoor room!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast

February 4th, 2016

Valentines Day Electric Wall Mount Modern Linear Fireplace

It’s that time of year when hearts and boxes of chocolates take over grocery and department stores. Still have no idea what to get your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Do they love spending time outdoors? Then look no further- our Valentine’s Day gift guide is here to help! Scroll through the gallery and follow the link on the image. Happy shopping love bird!

 

 

Custom and Commercial Products

January 28th, 2016

Did you know The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers custom and commercially rated products? Any products sold by OGC can be commercially rated and fire pits, outdoor gas fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and UL listed burners are customizable. We have successfully helped many of our customers create the outdoor room of their dreams including many homeowners, businesses, apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants, and more.

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The process starts with a simple discussion on what your vision for the space is. What purpose will the space have- entertaining, relaxing, dining, etc.? Is there any landscaping to include? If it is an outdoor kitchen, will there be a grill or any special appliances? Once the finishes and materials are decided our engineering team will work with the customer to get a finished sketch done.

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It is also important to consider who will be using the space, especially if it is in a commercial or public area. Safety features that OGC offers with our commercially-rated products include a key valve, glass wind guard, protective vinyl cover, emergency shut off, and more.

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Some of the custom features that OGC can add include custom fire pit burner sizes and lengths up to 10 feet long, fiber optic lighting, LED backlighting, sound systems, appliances, special finishes, adding a name or logo to the fire pit or kitchen, and much more! If you can dream it, we can do it.

New Fire Table Products for 2016

January 21st, 2016

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce three newly designed fire tables for 2016. The three fire tables all cover a wide range of styles and sizes. All will be on display at the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, NV, January 19-21.

vintage gas fire pit table

The Vintage Fire Table is a mix of real wood and faux-wood distressed tile. This shabby-chic square gas fire table adds a pop of color with its tile top and 24×24” Honey-Glow Brown Crystal Fire™ burner.

stacked stone gas fire pit table

The Sierra Linear Fire Table is a new twist on an Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ favorite product. The faux stacked stone base and durable Mocha Supercast top with 12×24” burner are a customer favorite and are both featured in the new linear base and top design.

cove concrete fire bowl gas fire pit

The Cove Firebowl features a stunning 30” burner in a modern concrete base. This Firebowl is made of Natural Grey finish Supercast Concrete and is compatible with a natural gas line or house LP tank.

FEATURES:

  • All three are available to order now
  • Stainless steel UL Listed Crystal Fire Burners™
  • Sierra Linear and Vintage fit 20 lb. LP tank in base
  • Sierra Linear and Cove made from durable Supercast Concrete
  • Made in USA

New Product: Tavern Supercast Wood Mantel

January 12th, 2016

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The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce the newly designed Tavern Supercast Wood Mantel. This mantel is made of durable fiberglass reinforced Supercast concrete. Because of the non-combustible nature of this material it can be used where many real-wood mantels cannot.

The Tavern Supercast Wood Mantel comes in a Tavern Brown finish and is perfect for use with traditional wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces, and electric fireplaces because of the reduced clearance to combustibles. The mantel is modeled after a real wood beam and can fit any style space. This product will be on display at the upcoming International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, NV, January 19-21.

FEATURES:

  • Available now
  • Reduced clearances
  • Non-combustible
  • Real wood-look appearance
  • Standard lengths of 60” or 72”
  • Custom lengths available
  • Easy installation and easy to clean
  • Made in USA

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
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 and accessories.

Office Closed for New Year’s

December 30th, 2015

OGC will be closed Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 to celebrate the New Year. We will resume regular business hours Monday, January 4, 2016. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Office Closed December 24-25

December 23rd, 2015

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company will be closed December 24-25 to celebrate the holiday weekend. Merry Christmas!

Come Together Around a Fireplace for the Holidays

December 17th, 2015

The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. What better way to do that than gathering around a warm fire and swapping stories and memories. Not only is it proven that sitting around a fire can be good for your mental health, it is also a great way to put away the distractions of daily life and pay attention to loved ones.

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Decorating for the holidays can be one of the most exciting times of the year. One staple of holiday decorating (besides the tree) is a cozy fireplace. Whether it is to display stockings, garland, or other holiday treasures, the fireplace is the focal point of the room. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company can help you get ready for the holidays if you don’t have a fireplace or would like to upgrade your existing unit. Modern, traditional, or somewhere in between we’ve got you covered with our wall mount linear electric fireplacesbuilt in electric fireplaces,  electric fireplace inserts, and built in linear fireplaces. All are very simple to use, quick, and easy-to-install and are safe to use year round. They are cool to the touch and perfect for use with small pets and children.

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays it is good to take time to slow down and spend quality time with family and friends. Why not do that around a cozy (and cost effective) electric fireplace!

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The Art of Electric Fireplaces

December 10th, 2015

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When shopping for an electric fireplace there are several things that you must consider. First, how does it look? Are you going to want this in your home or office for years to come? Flame first– if it does not catch your eye right away it probably never will. Style– does the style fit your home? Next is noise, if you can hear it running in the showroom from one foot away it will be irritating in your home. The showroom has a high level of background noise, your living room will not. The last thing to consider: quality of construction. Is it well built, with nice fitting parts and LED bulbs? You do not want to buy anything with less than LED bulbs in it, the cost and service will be troublesome. Heat is another item that is always asked for. Electric heaters can be a great way to warm a room and take a chill off of a cool evening.

Electric fires have advanced many times over since the old days of real wood logs cutout with a transparent sheet of plastic on them so a light bulb could be used to light up the center of the log set. Back then the illusion of fire was made by having the heat of the light bulb cause a pinwheel to rotate and the light on the translucent film to fluctuate looking like light from flames. Today we use a motor to create a rotation of reflective materials to create an upward moving flame reflection on a background panel. The lights have advanced from the old incandescent bulb to hundreds of small LEDs of different colors to create a more realistic reflection of flame. The blue LED gives an even more realistic flame appearance.

Another feature that has been added to help create that feeling of a real wood fire is the introduction of a heater. The extra heat makes for a more compelling feeling that the flame is real and generating the heat. Many people have asked if it is a real flame and when told it is not they ask where does the heat come from. The electric heater typically comes with different output settings with a fan to help the heat move around a larger area of the room.

In the past electric fires were either log sets or they were made to look like a masonry fire place. The construction was not built to last for many years and were never much of an added value when it came time to sell a home. Today’s electrics are well constructed and designed to last.  They have an electronic operating board that drives the motors and LEDs in the system to get quiet, efficient, and long lasting use. The LEDs in an electric fireplace today consume next to nothing in the way of power. As little as 2 cents to run the fire for 24 hours in most places. The LEDs will also last what will seem like forever. LED bulbs can last 100,000 hours for a good quality bulb. Even then if one or two of hundreds do stop working you will not notice it in the flame.

Installations of today’s electrics is also very simple. On a wall hung unit the installation is as simple as hanging a mirror or a picture. Simply locate the area, determine the stud locations. With a screw gun simple screw a minimum of 4 screws in the mounting frame to the studs. Then hang the body on the frame and snap the glass front in place. Only 10 minutes from start to finish. Inserts can take even less time. Simply assemble the surround attach it to the insert and slide the insert in place. No screws, drills, clamps etc. then just plug the unit into an existing outlet and it is ready to enjoy!

Post by Eric Hawkinson, VP Operations and Engineering

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

December 3rd, 2015

It’s that time of year. Still have no idea what to get your loved one this holiday season? Do they love spending time outdoors? Then look no further- our holiday gift guide is here to help! Scroll through the gallery and follow the link on the image. Happy shopping!