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Office Closed for Memorial Day

May 25th, 2017

OGC will be closed Monday, May 29, to celebrate Memorial Day. We will resume regular business hours Tuesday, May 30. Enjoy this weekend with family and friends!

Fire Tables fit for a modern farmhouse!

May 18th, 2017

Some of us here at OGC love the modern farmhouse trend so much we decided to bring it from the indoors out! This trend not only includes vintage style but also some industrial and rustic designs.

Some key design trends from modern farmhouse styles include painted, stained, or raw wood that is distressed or in contrast with another material or accessory. Wood is an important feature of this trend that brings warmth and an organic quality to the design. We drew inspiration from the modern farmhouse trend when designing our fire pit tables such as our Vintage 2424 Fire Pit Table or our Westport Pub Fire Pit Table. Both have that vintage charm with a distressed wood base and durable faux-wood tile top. The Vintage Fire Pit Table even features a colorful tile top to give warm pops of color.

Our Pine Ridge 2424 Square Fire Pit Table and Cedar Ridge 1242 Linear Fire Pit Table also fit the modern farmhouse trend. The Pine Ridge showcases structural elements and neutral tones with its refined, clean edge. This fire pit table takes on qualities of both farmhouse and rustic trends and brings together sleek with the feeling of family and warmth in a sophisticated and casual way. The Cedar Ridge merges industrial and polished tones by combining two contrasting surfaces: a dark grey slatted base with a gray-washed cedar Supercast top. These simple contrasting tones and materials are combined with a soft, dancing flame to create a wonderful, simple balance that is similarly achieved in many of our favorite modern farmhouse designs.

Fire Pit Table Spring Maintenance

May 4th, 2017

Do you have a gas fire pit table? Make sure it is ready to go this summer with some helpful tips and maintenance!

As Spring arrives and we find the days are longer we have more time to enjoy our back yard havens. To do it safely this year and every year as part of an annual cleaning and preparations your gas appliances in the back yard need attention.

Follow this list to make sure you are ready for fire pit season!

A deep cleaning: A deep cleaning of your fire pit table will keep your table operating like it should. It will also help to identify any parts that are in need of replacement. Refer to your OGC installation manual as a guide for maintenance.

Check the parts: Your fire table is made of a number of parts, the base (may hide the LP tank), the table top and the burner/gas train system. Look for any damage, rust, debris. Remove the media if possible to inspect burner surface for any deterioration. Clean media prior to returning to the burner, remove dust dirt, debris. Check the  burner and gas train for leaks and deterioration. The gas train starts at the source. Look for any damage to the supply gas line- dents, kinks, cuts, abrasions that could lead to failure. Inspect the main control valve and the gas lines connecting it to the burner orifice. Check the orifice, air shutter and burner manifold for rust damage, debris and blockage. Clean and repair as needed. If uncertain contact a NFI certified gas service person.

Spiders: Before any reassembly after cleaning check for spider webs by inserting a pipe cleaner or similar sized brush into the port holes of the burner and any openings to remove any webs if any are present. If you hear or smell gas and the burner isn’t lit, turn the gas off immediately and check the burner ports and openings for spider webs.

Shine and seal: Give the burner itself a good cleaning to make the stainless steel shine. Seal surface of the table as required. For helpful information regarding maintaining your Supercast tops, refer to our Supercast FAQ.

Clean out the base: remove any leaves, dirt or debris from inside the base. Use a vacuum, broom or brush, large amounts of debris may create a fire hazard.

Check for any leaks: Re-assemble anything disassembled in cleaning and inspection and wipe down outside with stainless polish if you have a stainless finish or use a mild soap and water to restore luster to exterior. Before you fire up the unit check for leaks this should be done by a qualified person using a soap and water solution. Any leaks must be fixed prior to use of the table. Never operate if you can smell gas!

Light it up: Now it’s time to fire up the fire table. It is important to make sure the ignitor is working. You should know where the spark electrodes are on the burners and be able to see if there is a good spark to ignite the gas before you turn it on. Always make sure all control knobs are in the off position and any burner covers are removed and the burner is open before attempting to ignite your fire.

Gas Flow Issues: We get a lot of calls from customers who say the fire pit lights but has a small flame. One safety feature in propane tanks, is that they allow very little gas to flow if it senses a leak or an open valve. If you are experiencing this make sure all your burners are turned off and find the source of the leak. To reset this safety feature in the tank, turn off all the valves on the fire table, turn off the valve on the tank, unhook the grill hose and regulator from the tank, then re-hook the tank back up to the burner, open tank valve slowly, then try lighting the fire pit one more time. This is one way to trouble shoot the small flame issue. Propane tanks should always be turned off when the fire table is not in use.

Keep it clean: Clean your fire table at least a couple times a year to keep your investment in tip-top shape for years to come!

If you need parts, always know the model of the fire table you have. If you do not have model name or number, pictures will help us identify your fire table and which parts you will need. If you already know which parts you need, you can order select service parts here. You can also consult this list for spring maintenance for OGC’s lines of pergolas, furniture, and outdoor kitchens.

Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your time by the fire!

Spring Fever — It’s Time to Enjoy the Outdoors

April 27th, 2017

It was a long, cold winter for most of us, and spring couldn’t be more welcome! Now’s the time to spruce up your outdoor living space and get it ready for sunny days and warmer weather to come.

You may have spent a stretch of months without giving your backyard much thought, and right about now it might be looking a bit neglected and not very welcoming for entertaining friends and family or just kicking back and relaxing. The good news is that you can get it into great shape without too much effort at all.

Here’s how to do it:

Clean up the Flower Beds

Grab a hand rake, roll up your sleeves, and clear out winter’s debris of leaves and whatever else has blown into the flower beds these past months. Then pull out any weeds that have managed their way up already, making sure to dig out roots rather than snapping the weeds off above the ground. There. Doesn’t everything look so much better already?

Plant Fresh Color

Your local nursery should be bursting with colorful annuals ready for planting. Swoop up a cart-full in a mix of hues and add instant life to your landscape. The more patient among you can plant seeds as well, of course, and be rewarded within a few weeks to a few months when they begin to flower.

Now’s also the time to divide clumping perennials like agapanthus and geraniums so their roots have time to establish themselves before the weather heats up.

Sprinkle Mulch

The finishing touch for flower beds is a good sprinkle of mulch. It suppresses weeds, prevents soil erosion, and makes everything look neat and cared for.

Hang Plant Baskets, Too

Plants like fuchsias, petunias, impatiens, pansies, and any of the other colorful blooming plants that have a trailing habit rather than grow upright are perfect for hanging baskets that will draw the eye up to add extra interest. If you don’t have an eave or patio cover from which to hang them, you can find wall brackets made for the purpose as well as shepherd’s hooks in a variety of heights that you can simply stick in the ground wherever you like.

Trim the Lawn

Mowing is important, of course, but when’s the last time you used an edger to trim up the borders of your lawn where it meets the flower beds, the driveway, patio, or other paved areas? Use garden shears to trim it neatly around trees.

Welcome the Birds

Not only are birds fun to watch and listen to, but they eat harmful insects and help pollinate fruit and flowers. Make them welcome in your yard by hanging a bird house or feeder. Keep it filled regularly with seed packaged for the wild birds in your area, and all your feathered friends will thank you.

Create Magic With Lighting

Strings of lights or lanterns add an incomparable glow to any evening. You can find plug-in and solar varieties in a wide range of styles for stringing along eaves or patio covers, crisscrossing across your yard, or decking out your trees. Standing lanterns and hurricane lamps can fill in darker areas with battery-operated LED candles that look like the real thing and pose no fire hazard. If you’re using traditional wax candles, make sure they’re in a solid base and that they’re enclosed in containers that extend above their flames.

Add Comfortable Seating

Good outdoor furniture can cost a fortune, but you don’t have to create a whole pricey outdoor living room to make a comfortable place for entertaining and hanging out. If your lounge chairs have seen better days, kick them up a notch with spray paint and some fresh new cushions. For extra seating think about putting cushions on low ledges, too, or just piling a welcoming nest of them in a cozy spot on the patio.

Include a Warming Element

Nothing is better on a summer night than a fireplace or gas fire pit table to take the chill off the breeze when the sun goes down. Gathering around a fire to toast marshmallows, tell stories, or just chill with a glass of wine is the perfect ending to a day, whether you’ve spent it in the sun or in the office.

 

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Custom & Commercial Capabilities

April 20th, 2017

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company has and continues to make products that make great additions to any home, but in addition we also offer products that are custom and commercially-rated. Our products such as fire pits, outdoor gas fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and UL listed burners are all customizable. You can create the dream, determine the space you need, and define your vision, and we can turn that into a reality. In addition to our custom products, we also offer commercially rated products for all types of public and commercial spaces. OGC’s commercially rated outdoor products include gas burners, fire pits, fire tables, and outdoor kitchens. We have helped many homeowners, businesses, and companies turn their dream into reality.

Custom Products

The process starts with your dream. You decide what you are looking for in your space by defining the vision and the purpose. Will it serve as entertaining, relaxing, dinning, etc.? Then, think about the layout and if there is landscaping to include. It is also important to think about desired appliances or accessories. If you are designing an outdoor kitchen, think about which appliances you may want to include such as a grill or refrigerator. If you’re looking for a relaxing spot to hang out with family and friends maybe a fire table is more your style. Then you get to chose your custom finishes. Once the desired product, features, and materials are selected, our engineering team will work with you to create a finished sketch. After that, we put this idea to work and turn it into a finished product customized to your dream!

Some of the custom features that OGC can add include 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.

Commercial Products

OGC strives to create the best product for any type of commercial setting. If you have a vision for your business or company, we can help you create it with both standard and custom products. If you like one of our current products, we can offer it as commercially rated with added safety features. If you have your own idea or a twist to one of our standard products, we can also make a custom commercial product tailored to your specific needs. Our commercially rated products are perfect for apartments, hotels, restaurants, sports stadiums, and more.

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. Also, all fire products use our UL listed crystal fire burner.

 

 

Pergola Rebate Ending Soon

April 13th, 2017

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company pergola rebate is ending soon! If you’re looking to make an addition to your outdoor space, a Pergola can be the perfect addition that will tie in all your entire outdoor space. We are currently offering a $250 rebate on any pergola purchase through April 30th.

A stunning pergola can complete any outdoor space, and now would be the perfect time to make the upgrade with our current rebate and with summer around the corner. Adding a pergola to your deck or patio will create an attractive focal point and be center for gathering families and friends together all summer long.

 

Now offering a $250 rebate on any pergola purchase!

For more information, check out our sale here or download the $250 rebate form.

Shop Now for Pergolas  or  Find a dealer near you!

 

Accessorize your Fire Table

April 6th, 2017

Adding accessories to anything can give it that extra wow factor. At OGC, we enjoy adding accessories to our outdoor spaces especially our fire pits. The great part about adding accessories to outdoor fire pits and fire tables is that they are functional just as much as they are beautiful. Adding accessories, will surely make your fire pit look even nicer, but they also serve to make your outdoor living easier. Take a look at the benefits of some our different types of accessories.

Glass Wind Guards

Adding a Glass Guard to any outdoor fire pit or fire table is extremely beneficial because it protects the flame from the wind and allows for a larger and uniform flame. Additionally, the glass wind guard will create a more beautiful and mesmerizing ambiance as the flame reflects off the glass.

Glass Fire Media

Fire media is what goes in the burner of your fire pit. Having fire media is necessary to the fire pit, but each one has its own look that changes the atmosphere of each fire pit to better suit your home. Our glass Crystal Fire Gems provide a modern and sophisticated look as each glass gem reflects the flame.

Lava Fire Media

In addition to glass gems, we offer Lava Rock and Tumbled Lava Rock. Our Lava Rock has a more realistic look for a rustic or traditional style living space. And, our brand new Tumbled Lava Rock has a natural stone appearance that can complement both a modern and traditional style outdoor space.

Log Set

Adding a Log Set to your fire pit will provide a realistic, rustic look. On top of the traditional Lava Rock, having a Log Set will create a classic bonfire appearance that will be a center for family and friend gatherings.

Ice Bowl

When it’s a really hot day and you don’t need the fire pit burning, swap out the CF20 round burner for our Stainless Steel Ice Bowl. If you have a round fire pit, using it as an ice cooler for drinks on a hot summer day makes your fire pit or table universal and useful for any kind of occasion.

LED Light Kit

Adding LED strip lighting underneath your table top will give it that extra wow factor. Our LED Light Kit can be added to fire pits, fire tables, and outdoor kitchens to create an attractive, ambient glow that makes your outdoor space unique.

Glass Burner Covers

When your fire pit isn’t in use, having a Glass Burner Cover can be very useful as it covers the unused burner and becomes a table top. Covering your fire burner can extend your table top when you need more space for food and drinks.

Vinyl Covers

Having a Vinyl Cover is more functional than beautiful, but can be quite essential in weather ambiguous places. When your fire table is not in use, cover it up to protect your investment from potentially harmful elements. Using a Vinyl Cover to protect your fire table will give it a longer life and keep it looking brand new for years.

These accessories are not just for looks, but increase the functionality of your fire pit or table and make them more universal for any occasion. In addition to these accessories, we also offer replacement service parts.

 

Outdoor Room Design Trends

March 30th, 2017

There is a multitude of ways to style different outdoor spaces, patios, decks, or outdoor kitchens that fit many lifestyles, but when it comes to designing any space, it’s always good to know the current trends. This year, outdoor and landscape trends reflect the desire to bring the indoors outside. The latest outdoor room trends are using interior design features and amenities to create comfortable outdoor living spaces that are functional and beautiful. Some of the most popular outdoor styles are mirroring the minimal modern, industrial, and farmhouse interior design trends. Take a look at how some of our fire pit tables reflect these newfound outdoor design trends.

Minimal Modern

Minimal modern interior designs are spacious but with minimal furniture, accessories, and detail. This is very contemporary style that focuses on elements such as shape and texture. The most popular materials are chrome metal, concrete, and walnut or white oak wood, and designs often use repetition and as few materials as possible. Minimal modern is simplified, rectified, and often uses square shapes, refined lines, and clean edges. Our Cove fire pit table uses a minimal modern design as it is simple and clean design, has honest detail, and uses a natural gray supercast concrete material. Adopting a minimal modern design in an outdoor space through furniture or fire tables like the Cove will give it the calm, simple, and beautiful atmosphere that is desired so much today.

Industrial

Industrial interior designs are a growing trend that gives a raw and unfinished look to thoughtfully designed spaces. This design showcases structural elements, neutral tones, and exposed metal and wood surfaces. It creates a balance by combining clean lines, raw materials, and soft features. In an outdoor space, an industrial design can bring the edgy and contemporary look by merging earthy and polished tones. Our Cedar Ridge fire pit table achieves this look by combining two contrasting surfaces: a dark mocha base with a gray washed cedar supercast top. The two refined, contrasting tones with the earthy flame create a wonderful balance that brings the industrial design to the outdoors.

Farmhouse

The farmhouse interior design brings family gathering and rustic functional vibes together and reflects, warmth, simplicity, and savviness. One of the biggest design elements is wood and contrast. A farmhouse design’s signature look is painted, raw, or oak wood that is distressed or in contrast with another material or accessory. Our Vintage 2424 square fire pit table uses a farmhouse design as it combines a colorful faux-wood tile top with a distressed wood slatted base. The Vintage fire table brings the feeling of family and warmth in simple, sophisticated, and casual way.

 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

March 23rd, 2017

It is OGC’s favorite time of year again –Spring! While we do enjoy cozying up by a fireplace in the winter, we tend to look forward to warmer months and spending our time in the great outdoors. Now that spring is here, we are starting to check off our spring cleaning list! In order to enjoy our fire pit tables and outdoor kitchens, spring maintenance is a must. Whether your outdoor room has gas fire pit table, outdoor furniture, pergola, or an outdoor kitchen island, our spring cleaning check list will get you right on your way to enjoying your outdoor space.

Gas Fire Pit Table Maintenance

We love our gas fire tables as it is the heart of every out door space that provides a warm place to gather with family and friends. The glowing fire is a place of comfort and relaxation that we love to spend time by. Here is our maintenance check list:

  • Clean all loose debris from glass beads and burner
  • Clean all port holes in the burner, making sure no obstructions, i.e. twigs or cobwebs
  • Check all fittings and make sure re-tightened
  • Check all gas lines for any obstructions, i.e. spider cobwebs
  • Make sure any rubber gas lines have not cracked 0r been chewed by animals
  • Check and replace batteries if needed
  • Make sure valve turns freely
  • Remove any loose debris from base of gas fire pit table
  • Confirm gas tank has fuel or if it uses natural gas, the main line is turned on

Outdoor Furniture Maintenance

Every backyard needs furniture! It is the most functional and necessary element to every outdoor living space. We cannot wait to relax on our comfy furniture in the coming warm weather. Here are our tips on how to prepare:

  • Brush off any loose dirt from frame & outdoor furniture cushions
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of warm water (for spot cleaning of cushions, put into spray bottle)
  • Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean frame & outdoor furniture cushions
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric
  • Rinse thoroughly & let furniture air dry

 

Pergola Maintenance

Our Pergolas are of course one of our favorites! In every space a pergola lives, it creates a wonderful ambiance and atmosphere that we love to be a part of. It is a cozy space that we can’t wait to live in! Our maintenance checklist includes:

  • Clear all loose debris from pergola and surrounding area
  • Clean with water (use low pressure power washer if necessary)
  • Wood pergolas may need to be re-stained or resealed every 1-3 years depending on climate

Outdoor Kitchen Island Maintenance

An outdoor kitchen island is a great way to spend time outdoors with family and friends in a space that is completely customizable to any lifestyle. To prepare for your outdoor kitchen for this spring/summer season, here are some necessities:

  • Clean all loose debris from in and around outdoor kitchen island
  • If there is a fire pit burner built-in, follow Gas Fire Pit Maintenance directions above
  • If refrigerator or other accessories were removed for winter, clean and place back into island
  • If grill is installed, clean as usual and make sure it is working properly
  • Check all fittings and make sure re-tightened
  • Make sure any gas or electrical lines have not been damaged
  • Clean with water and mild soap cleaning solution

 

Pergola Rebate

March 16th, 2017

 

When deciding how to design your outdoor space, a pergola is an important piece to think about because it can redefine your deck or patio and change the overall atmosphere. They are an attractive focal point and can bring everything in your backyard together. Pergolas can be the foundation of your outdoor living room and create the look you dream of.

Currently, we have a pergola rebate of $250 off your purchase. A pergola can take any space to the next level, and now would be the perfect time to make the upgrade with our current rebate and with spring around the corner. You can refine your outdoor space with one of our timeless pergolas. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers both wood and fiberglass pergolas that are very durable and weather and age resistant. Check out our Tuscany, Lodge, and Sonoma collection pergolas that would look amazing in your space and create the ambiance that allows all your time spent outside to be time well spent.

 

Now offering a $250 rebate on any pergola purchase!

For more information, check out our sale here or download the $250 rebate form.