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Igniting Elegance: Solus Decor’s Pioneering Influence in Bringing Fire Features to Europe 

Solus Decor Introduces modern fire pits and fire features to Europe

Introducing Contemporary Fire Pits to Europe:

The allure of fire features in outdoor spaces has been steadily sweeping across Europe, transforming traditional landscapes into enchanting havens of warmth and sophistication. Outdoor furniture manufacturers from France, Spain, Italy and Denmark have dominated the outdoor furniture market but for whatever reason have not attempted to enter the fire pit world.  Solus Decor, a Canadian-based company has taken up that challenge by first establishing a UK operation in 2015 and a dedicated EU operation in Valencia Spain in 2022.  Integrating fire features into European outdoor design advancing the culture of outdoor living with its exceptional fire pits and fireplaces.

Solus Decor EU, Valencia, Spain

Europe is known for its alfresco lifestyle:

Solus Decor’s fire features are renowned for their contemporary and innovative designs, which seamlessly blend with Europe’s diverse architectural styles. Due to their sleek and minimalist nature and range of elegant colours, Solus Decor’s fire pits blend seamlessly into a range of settings. Adding a contemporary fire pit elevates the aesthetic appeal of gardens, patios, and terraces across the continent.

Quality Craftsmanship Meets European Standards:

European consumers demand a high standard of craftsmanship and durability. Solus fire pits are certified to CE Standards. An extensive process that was years in the making. Commitment to quality ensures that each fire pit and fireplace meets or exceeds these CE standards. Crafted with precision and using durable materials such as ultra-high-performance concrete, Solus Decor’s fire features are built to withstand the elements, providing longevity and resilience.

Versatility Tailored to European Lifestyles:

Recognising the diversity of European lifestyles, Solus Decor offers a versatile range of fire features suitable for various settings. Whether it’s the intimate charm of a private courtyard or the grandeur of a sprawling estate, Solus EU provides fire pits and fireplaces that seamlessly integrate into the European outdoor living experience. For instance, our most popular fire pit, the Hemi comes in 3 sizes, 26”, 36” and 48”, to either provide an understated flare or stately flame. 

Integration of Gas and Ethanol Technologies:

Solus Decor’s commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected in its incorporation of gas and ethanol technologies. The clean-burning fuel options not only contribute to eco-conscious living but also align with the environmental awareness prevalent in European countries. These fire features offer an eco-friendly alternative without compromising on the captivating flames and warmth.

Creating Social Hubs:

Solus understand the importance of social connection in European culture. Fire features are designed to foster gatherings, whether it’s a casual evening with friends, a family celebration, or a romantic rendezvous. The warmth emanating from the fire features creates inviting spaces that beckon people to come together, enhancing the social fabric of European outdoor living.

Collaborations with European Designers:

Furthermore, we are actively collaborating with European designers and architects to infuse local influences into our creations. By understanding regional preferences and incorporating them into their designs, Solus Decor ensures that each fire feature resonates with the unique tastes and sensibilities of European consumers.

Solus Decor at the Hevea expo 2024, collaboration with European designers

As fire features continue to gain prominence in European outdoor spaces, Solus Decor stands out as a trailblazer, reshaping the landscape of outdoor living. With their commitment to quality, innovative designs, and environmental consciousness, Solus Decor is setting the standard for luxury fire features across Europe. As homeowners embrace the warmth and elegance of these outdoor additions, Solus Decor remains at the forefront, igniting a new era of sophistication in European outdoor design.

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The Top 5 Considerations for Incorporating a Modern Gas Fire Pit Into Commercial Venues

Fire pits for commercial venues/locations

Outdoor spaces in commercial establishments are in high demand, prompting businesses such as hotels and restaurants to seek modern solutions for customer attraction,  warmth and aesthetics. Solus Decor, a leading provider of ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) fire pits, offers an exquisite combination of durability and safety. This article explores the safety considerations and unique features our products can provide. For instance, glass wind guards, remote shut-off valves and ignition lock boxes or timers are important when incorporating Solus’ UHPC modern gas fire pits in commercial settings.

Resilient Construction with Ultra-High-Performance Concrete:

Solus Decor is renowned for its commitment to quality and durability, evident in our use of UHPC. This material not only provides exceptional strength but also ensures longevity in diverse weather conditions, making Solus fire pits a reliable choice for commercial venues seeking a long-lasting fire pit.

Glass Wind Guards for Enhanced Safety:

One of the standout features of Solus gas fire pits is the incorporation of glass wind guards. These shields serve as an aesthetically pleasing but protective barrier against gusts of wind, preventing flames from being extinguished unexpectedly. This additional safety measure is crucial in maintaining a consistent and secure flame, when an area is prone to open and exposed wind gusts like rooftop gardens or seaside outdoor patios.

Certifications and Compliance:

Solus Decor understands the importance of adhering to safety standards and local regulations. Our modern gas fire pits are designed with compliance in mind, ensuring that installations meet industry standards. Obtaining necessary certifications is a critical step to guarantee the safety of patrons and staff in commercial settings.

 

Fire pits for commercial venues/locations

 

Automatic Ignition Systems and Flame Control Technology:

Solus gas fire pits feature advanced automatic ignition systems that enhance safety by shutting off the gas supply in case of unforeseen circumstances. Coupled with flame control technology, these systems allow precise adjustment of flame height, offering businesses the flexibility to create their desired ambiance, while maintaining control and safety. Personally, we recommend utilizing either a lock box or timer integrated as the ignition system. This level of control allows the commercial venue to direct the activities surrounding the fire pit. 

Incorporating Stylish Glass Wind Guards:

The addition of glass wind guards not only serves a functional purpose but also contributes to the aesthetic appeal of Solus fire pits. The transparent shields allow patrons to enjoy the mesmerizing flames with an unobstructed view. This combination of style and safety adds a unique touch to the outdoor ambiance.

Regular Maintenance for Optimal Performance:

Scheduled maintenance checks are paramount to identify and address potential issues promptly. Regular inspections help businesses uphold the safety and functionality of Solus’ gas fire pits ensuring a consistent and secure outdoor experience for patrons. Solus is the original manufacturer of it’s burners and therefore parts and accessories are readily available should the need arise. 

 

Fire pits for commercial venues/locations

 

Conclusion:

Solus Decor’s gas fire pits are crafted with ultra-high-performance concrete and complemented by stylish glass windshields, offering a sophisticated solution for commercial outdoor spaces. The incorporation of these safety features, along with a commitment to quality and compliance, allows businesses to create a warm and secure atmosphere. By embracing the durability of UHPC and the protective benefits of glass windshields, Solus elevates safety and style in outdoor settings. Consequently ensuring a memorable experience for patrons in hotels and restaurants.

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Comparing Solus Fire Bowls and DIY Fire Bowls

Solus fire pits vs DIY fire pits

When comparing modern concrete fire bowls or fire tables purchased from a manufacturer (such as Solus Decor) with do-it-yourself (DIY) concrete fire bowls, there are several factors to consider. Both options have their own advantages and drawbacks, and the choice between them depends on a variety of factors. For example, personal preferences, skill level, and your desired outcome. Let’s explore the differences between Solus modern concrete fire bowls and DIY concrete fire bowls or fire tables.

 

Comparing manufactured fire pits and DIY fire pits

 

The advantages of Solus Decor’s Contemporary Concrete Fire Bowls and Fire tables

 

  1. Professional Craftsmanship:

Purchasing a modern concrete fire bowl or fire table from a reputable manufacturer ensures a high level of craftsmanship, durability and a proven track record.  However most importantly, it guarantees a fire pit that is certified and safe  (CSA, ANSI, CE or UKCA).  Solus bowls are professionally designed, cast, certified and assembled, providing a polished and aesthetically beautiful finish.

  1. Multiple sizes, shapes and burner configurations:

 Solus offers a range of customisation options, allowing customers to choose from various sizes, shapes, colours and finishes. This provides flexibility to match the fire bowl or fire table with the overall design of the outdoor space and in some circumstances allows the fire bowl to be converted into a table top which adds additional functionality to the space.

  1. Quality Assurance:

Established manufacturers adhere to quality standards and use concrete suitable for outdoor weather.  For instance, our products are backed up by thousands of installations around the world over the past 25 years.  At Solus, we use UHPC (Ultra High Performance Concrete) which is made to withstand climate – Canadian climate – arguably one of the toughest climates on the planet.  This results in a long-lasting fire bowl that withstands outdoor conditions whilst retaining its aesthetic appeal over time.

  1. Ease of Installation:

Concrete fire bowls from reputable manufacturers are designed for easy installation with guides and videos that are easily accessible.

  1.   Consistency in Design:

Choosing a manufactured concrete fire bowl ensures a consistent design and finish. This is crucial for those who want a cohesive look in their outdoor space.

 

Solus fire pits vs DIY fire pits

The advantages of DIY Concrete Fire Bowls:

  1. Cost Savings:

DIY concrete fire bowls can be more cost-effective compared to purchasing a pre-made one. This is  true if you already have the necessary skills,  tools, molds and materials.

  1. Customization Freedom:

DIY projects allow for creative freedom. You can design the bowl to your specifications, experimenting with shapes, sizes, and finishes without limitations imposed by pre-made options.

  1. Personal Satisfaction:

There’s a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction that comes with creating something with your own hands. 

  1. Learning Experience:

 DIY projects provide an opportunity to learn new skills. Working with concrete can be a valuable experience for those interested in hands-on craftsmanship.

Important Considerations for DIY Concrete Fire Bowls:

DIY concrete fire pit

  1. Skill Level:

DIY concrete projects require some level of skill and knowledge. Individuals without experience may need to invest time in learning the basics. It is not as easy as throwing sand, gravel and powder into a mixing barrel despite the you tube videos out there. 

  1. Time and Effort:

 Creating a DIY concrete fire bowl can be time-consuming. It requires careful planning, execution, and curing time for the concrete. All concrete is not created the same and more often than not home made or DIY concrete doesn’t last and often cracks.

  1. Materials and Tools:

Ensure that you have access to the necessary materials, tools, and safety equipment. This includes concrete mix, molds, reinforcing materials, and personal protective gear.

  1. Design Precision:

 Achieving a precise and polished design requires a lot of skills not to mentioned a vibration platform to achieve a polished look.  Individuals should be prepared for some experimentation to get the desired result.

  1. Longevity:

The longevity of a DIY concrete fire bowl is circumstantial, and requires a deep understanding of concrete, as well as the level of craftsmanship. Attention to detail during the construction phase is crucial for durability.

Conclusion:

The choice between a pre-made Solus Decor modern concrete fire bowl or modern gas fire table and a DIY project depends on individual preferences, budget constraints, and the willingness to invest time and effort in the creation process. While manufactured options offer convenience, quality assurance, and customization within certain parameters, DIY projects provide the freedom to create a personalized piece. Ultimately, the decision comes down to the balance between convenience, customization, and the satisfaction derived from crafting your own outdoor feature.

With do-it-yourself (DIY) concrete fire bowls created at home, there are several factors to consider. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages and the choice between them depends on factors such as personal preferences, skill level, and the desired outcome.

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Exploring 4 Common Fire Pit Toppings or Fillers

Fire pit toppings and fillers, lava rock, fire stone and fire glass

Exploring 4 Common Fire Pit Fillers/Toppings: Comparing Lava Rock, Fire Stones, Glass, and the Hazards of Real Stone

Creating the perfect ambiance in your outdoor space with a modern gas fire pit often involves choosing the right materials that are both safe and aesthetically pleasing. Solus Decor, a company renowned for its contemporary fire pits and concrete products, offers a couple of options to elevate your outdoor experience. In this exploration, we’ll compare popular fire pit toppings, including lava rock, fire stones made to mimic real stone and fire glass, while also shedding light on the potential hazards associated with using real stone.

Lava Rock:

Appearance: Lava rock, a natural and porous stone, adds a rustic charm to fire pits with its diverse shapes and sizes. Solus lava rock is black as although some others use red lava stone, this isn’t as natural or attractive to our eye. What our clients see arguably matters most to them, and therefore is of utmost importance to us.

Functionality: Widely used as a filler material in gas fire pits to cover the burner and plate, lava rock possesses the unique ability to absorb and radiate heat, ensuring a lasting warmth even after the flames have subsided. 

Solus Decor’s modern fire pits come integrated with lava rock, enhancing both the aesthetic appeal and functional warmth of your outdoor space.

 

Lava rock fire pit topping/filler

 

Solus Fire Stones:  Refractory stone made to look like real stone

Appearance: For a modern and stylish look, Solus Decor’s fire stones are available in various colors and shapes, serving as decorative elements.  The purpose of the Solus stone is two fold: To keep the lava in the fire pit when they are wet as they will want to “pop” out when wet with the addition of instant heat.  For safety – the Solus fire stone is actually refractory concrete kiln dried at hundreds of degrees to allow for them to inset into a fire pit safely.  Real stone should never be put into a fire pit as it is extremely dangerous and yet all sorts of companies utilize it for fire pits and it is sold widely on the internet.  Specifically, natural stones are unsafe to use as they will split under heat and become projectiles. We have been in the fire pit business for 19 years and are still befuddled by the “river stone” that is sold by fire pit manufacturers or online retailers. 

Functionality: Primarily chosen for their decorative qualities, fire stones are often placed on top of burners or layered over other filler materials.  All Solus Decor’s fire pits have a centering of fire stone around the burner jets to reduce lava from “popping”.  We do have the option of selling additional stone to fill the entire fire bowl or fire table.

Solus Decor’s range of fire pit, fire bowl and fire tables beautifully complement the use of fire stones and add a contemporary touch to your outdoor setting.

 

Refractory fire stones for fire pit toppings/fillers

 

Fire Glass:

Appearance: Tempered glass, known as fire glass, comes in an array of colors, providing a vibrant and sparkling aesthetic to a fire pit.  Fire glass is a beautiful addition to a sleek concrete fire pit, and if installed correctly, completely safe.  However, a cautionary note, if you are using a propane fire pit be careful that the layer of glass is not too thick.  In the event of a leak, the glass may trap the propane in the bowl (as propane is heavier than air) causing it to sink to the bottom of the vessel.  Nonetheless, unlike lava rock fire glass doesn’t absorb heat but rather reflects flames. This creates a mesmerizing visual display, making it a popular choice amongst our customers. 

 

Comparing fire pit fillers and toppings

 

Weighing up safety concerns and aesthetics:

While natural stone can lend a timeless and earthy feel to fire pits, it’s crucial to be aware of potential hazards. It is a ridiculous item to put in a fire pit and yet it is actively sold and readily available online. Real stone, when subjected to intense heat, may crack or explode due to its porous nature. Therefore posing a safety risk and potentially leading to structural damage. Refractory fire stone on the other hand is made to mimic real stone and is the only safe alternative with the same aesthetic.

When selecting fire pit fillers or toppings striking a balance between aesthetics and safety is paramount. Solus Decor’s offerings showcase a blend of contemporary design and quality materials, providing diverse options to create a captivating outdoor space while prioritizing safety.

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Solus at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Launch New Modern Accessory for the Outdoor Gas Firepit.

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 exhibiting fire pits, fire bowls, water features and accessories in London, England

We are looking forward to once again showcasing our fantastic garden terrace fire pits as we preview what else is in store for visitors at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London.

This year Solus Decor are excited to launch a new accessory for the Hemi fire bowl. The metal table top  can convert into a drinks ring for the 36 and 48 Hemi fire pit and hence adds a new dimension to the use of this contemporary and sculptural firepit. A simple disk table top is also available for the 26 Hemi. They are constructed out of noncorrosive aluminum and stainless steel. Therefore they are perfect for social gatherings in residential or commercial settings.

Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. The metal table top turns this firepit into a modern table when not lit.
Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. The metal table top turns this firepit into a modern table when not lit.

Chelsea is at the forefront of the shows for the garden industry. This year is no exception and we are excited to see the CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen. Naomi is working with HIV partnership CHERUB to help raise awareness about young people living with HIV in the UK and beyond. Featuring a Solus Water Dome, Naomi has designed a space that could be recreated within a home garden context. The garden uses specialist planting and design to take visitors on a powerful symbolic journey helping to promote acceptance and understanding about the condition.

Chelsea 2018: The CHERUB HIV Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and featuring a Solus Decor Water Dome.
Chelsea 2018: The CHERUB HIV Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and featuring a Solus Decor Water Dome.

Another must-see garden will be The Myeloma UK Garden, designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell. It will highlight the work of Myeloma UK. A bold 7 tonne, 12 feet high sculpture will rise from the garden as its centrepiece and as a result, promises to be unique and contemporary.

Chelsea 2018: The Myeloma UK Garden Designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.
Chelsea 2018: The Myeloma UK Garden Designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.

On the Solus Decor stand on Pavilion Way PW/608, we will of course be displaying and demonstrating a selection of our best-selling fire pits and water features.

Next to us will be Chilstone on stand PW/607. This year Chilstone are proudly celebrating 65 years of handmaking cast stone in Britain and always have a fabulous display.

If you are visiting this year, please come and see both stands. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact us for more information on Solus products. Or visit our website: www.solusdecor.com.es. Made in Vancouver, Canada. Shipped worldwide.

For more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show visit: www.rhs.org.uk

 

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Feature Project: A residential redevelopment in San Francisco

San Francisco fire pit

Our feature project is a look back at a fantastic redevelopment in the Noe Valley area of San Fancisco as featured in Dwell.

 

A tech industry couple made the decision to make the move from Palo Alto to seek out a new life in San Francisco.  They were keen to create a contemporary property that could take on their style and smart technology that encompasses their day to day lives.  After much searching they eventually found the right property in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco but it needed considerable work to make their dream a reality.  In order to make their dream a reality they called on architect Christi Azevedo. Christi is a San Fancisco based architect with an impressive portfolio with an eclectic mix of property styles who is well know in the San Francisco area for her expertise in giving worn out houses a new lease of life.  The property in Noa Valley was a compartmentalized 1970s style property and Christi Azevedo transformed the property into an open plan living space with an emphasis on indoor outdoor living, by careful focus on the materials used both indoors and outdoors.

 

San Francisco Azevedo Design
San Francisco Project by Christi Azevedo

 

San Francisco project Azevedo Design
Rear Terrace of San Francisco Project by Christi Azevedo

 

The external facade of the building was transformed by the use cedar boards that were charred using the ancient Japanese art of shou sugi ban. The couple researched the technique extensively, and even considered doing it themselves, before Azevedo convinced them to outsource the job to a Texas studio, Delta Millworks.  The couple were thrilled with the results and love the contemporary back drop this creates for the outdoor living space that is opened up fully thanks to the installation of bifold doors.  To complete the renovation of the exterior the rear patio was raised to bring in line with the level of the kitchen and the original redwood decking was reused and supplemented with recycled pieces from other projects.  The couple added a Solus Hemi fire pit to complete this well designed outdoor living space. The couple selected the cinder finish to compliment the overall color scheme to the external facade.

 

Solus Hemi Fire Bowl San Francisco
Exterior as featured in Dwell featuring Solus Hemi Fire Bowl

 

The Hemi fire bowl creates a contemporary focal point to an outdoor seating area, and ideal spot to relax in the evening as the sun goes down and perfect for the weather in San Francisco, ensuring that the indoor outdoor living space can be used all year round even in the cooler months of the year. Available in three sizes to suit any space these round, concrete fire pits add heat, atmosphere and simple beauty. Our ‘cross-jet’ and ethanol burners provide ample flames and are built to last. As with all of our fire pits, Hemi 26, 36 and 48 are fully certified and come with warranties on parts and performance.

 

Hemi Fire Pit Cinder
Solus Hemi Fire Bowl in Cinder

 

 

We are thrilled to see our fire pit featured in such a sensational design, to find out more about the project read the full article on Dwell.  To find out more about the Hemi fire bowl or any of our other project get in touch.

 

 

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FAQs when specifying a fire pit

Solus Fire pit

Why is your product expensive relative to others?

Expensive is a relative term but as they say “you get what you pay for”. What do we do and is it any different than anyone else?  You be the judge. Here is what happens behind the scenes.

 

  1. Certification is painful, expensive, time consuming, laborious and requires deep technical expertise.  The Solus plant undergoes regular unannounced audits by the certification lab to verify what we are doing and our testing procedures and paper trails are in order.  Each and every fire pit we make must be burn tested and checked for ignition, leaks and performance.
  2. We use brass burners – not anodized  pan metal burners so we can give you a 25 year warranty (with the purchase of an all weather cover) on the burners. Best in the business
  3. Our brass “top side” burners means that our fire is projected up and out (therefore efficient) and does not lose heat out of the bottom. It is why you can use our fire pits on wood decks – many burners and metal fire pits cannot be used on a wooden deck due to heat being directed into the bottom.  The amount of KW is only relevant if it burns at close to 100 % efficiency. We design our own burners to maximize heat to provide maximum customer experience.
  4. We design, fabricate and continuously improve our designs based on constant direct customer feedback.  As we handle our own customer and technical service calls, direct feedback is the most important thing we do.
  5. We offer ten different colors with no difference in price
  6. Depending on stock levels and customer urgency we can ship within 1-6 weeks depending on project necessity.
  7. We offer hardwood table tops for our Hemi 26″ and 36″ bowls and our Firebox 30″. We design for both form and function.
  8. We offer bio fuel ( ethanol ) and a propane tank table for unusual plumbing situations.
  9. Electronic versions offer adjustable flame height regulation– a unique Solus feature
  10. Options including hardwood table tops, drinks rings, covers that fit, adjustable electronics all designed and made by Solus – we know our products.
  11. Solus has incorporated a recycled fly ash into its mix designs and has an active recycling and sustainability program with 75% of our byproducts recycled.
  12. Firestone – made to mimic riverstone – specifically made for Solus and is included in your purchase – Safety plays a large part in our philosophy. As an option we can sell additional firestone for that rock effect.
  13. Our Solus pits are finished by hand which creates the inimitable Solus fire pit each and every time – they are not mass produced by robots or overseas low cost labour factories.
  14. We build our products for tough Canadian climates and have thousands of fire pits in the field – Built tough with elegant designs for people who appreciate quality and durability.
  15.  Solus products leaving Vancouver are packed in museum quality crates and our ship rate has a 99.3% success rate. Our products are so well packed we have many testimonials raving about not just the product but the manner in which they are shipped.
  16. We represent ourselves – if you do have an issue in the field you call us – not a foreign call centre or clueless retailer who has no idea what they have sold you.
  17. Our testimonials speak for themselves – we have reviews on Houzztrust pilot and many reference our price being worth it.  Take a look!013-1024x683

As a designer I frequently get asked for fire bowls/pits within landscapes. I find the Solus products to be beautiful, functional and of superb quality.”

“The solid brass burners will last unlike the cheaper thin stainless burners found on other fire pits”

“Of all the fire pits I looked at, this is the best designed, sleekest and most beautiful. I love it!”

Is the fire pit Certified as an Appliance and why should you care ?

It means that the burner inserted into the vessels or enclosure is also certified to CE standards and tested as such (and CSA/ANSI in North America) .

 

Most fire pit companies buy an off the shelf burner simply insert a “certified CE” burner into their vessel which means the two have not been tested in relation to each other.  This is changing due to regulatory and insurance changes in the field.  In North America many states and provinces are introducing new code for fully certified fire pits as appliances.  The proliferation of fire pits in big box retailers and on line has spawned a wave of regulatory and insurance changes and therefore the code and compliance of fire and fire pits in residential and commercial settings.

 

What is happening the world of fire pits that matters to you ? 

In many jurisdictions in North America the gas fitter or inspector has rejected burners that have been set into uncertified vessels or enclosures built on site. States and provinces in North America where we know this to be on the radar as of 2015 based on Solus fire pit inspections include:  New York, Massachusetts, California, Minnesota, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. It is our anticipation that many other jurisdictions across North America will follow suit and reject non certified fire pits in the coming year.  It is very likely that this will start to infiltrate the UK market as gas fire pits become more common in the UK and the rest of Europe. Fire pits in the UK and Europe in general have traditionally been thought of as wood burning only but this has its limitations due to the smoke, burning embers, wet wood and smell, which consequently limits the usage and the locations on where these can be installed given the additional work required to set up a wood burning fire on each occasion.  People in Europe are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of a gas fire pit given their “plug and play” nature and the flexible nature of their installation catering to both town and country.

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Fire Pits & Outdoor Rooms Can Increase Real Estate Value!

Fire Pits & Outdoor Rooms Can Increase Real Estate Value!

We all know, or can at least imagine, the comfort and relaxation that comes from being able to relax outdoors in our own patio, deck or outdoor oasis setting.

Being able to prepare a meal outdoors, dine “al fresco” or entertain around a fire pit is one of life’s many pleasures.

Now it seems that adding an outdoor room can also be a boon to our bottom line.

Hemi 26″ Firebowl in deck and stone setting by With Impact Landscaping

New home builders, realtors and renovators are taking note and starting to write about the positive return on investment that outdoor living spaces are offering home owners.

Here is a link an article published recently in Professional Builder on-line magazine.  Well over half of the respondents said that outdoor living was more important today than two years ago.  And fire pits ranked number two, with only decks surpassing them as a best selling outdoor feature.

Real Estate companies through out North America are recognizing the added value a beautiful outdoor space offers.  Here’s an example of the kind of articles we are seeing pop up.  This article is from a company in Illinois – Optimizing Outdoor Spaces for Enjoyment and Value”.

Halo 36 Fire Pit with water, rock and “zen” landscaping by Beneath Your Feet Landscaping

This article on Bob Vila’s site suggests that “Landscaping in general is a good investment and can add 20% to the value of your property…with Outdoor rooms, terraces, and decks being also high-yield structural or hardscaping investments.”

If you are thinking of investing in an outdoor living space and need some more great ideas, take a look through our site’s fire pit images.  There is a lot of information on line and you can also plan to visit some of the many Home and Garden shows that are run through out North America.

Solus Fraser Surround in Outdoor “See-Through” Fireplace by Houston Landscaping

The pictures shown here are of the beautiful Outdoor rooms that Friends of Solus displayed at a recent Home & Garden Show.  We hope you will have fun and enjoy planning your Solus fire pit investment!

Solus Block Surround in Outdoor Living Room “See-Through” Fireplace by Houston Landscaping

 

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The Drake Hotel FirePit

The Drake Hotel in Toronto has been a multi faceted hotel/entertainment/art and top rated coffee house for Toronto culturists since its revitalization in 2004. 

We love the way they use the Solus, Hemi 36 Firebowl in their open air Sky Yard! http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining/venues/sky-yard/.   

The fire pit creates a great setting for those who need to light up and stay warm, as well as for gathering around and talking away into the wee hours.

We know of a few creative collaborations that have ignited over this firepit.  Cheers to many more!