Master The Outdoors With Our Knowledge-Base Q&A!
Fireside Expressions is all about the outdoors. When conditions are right, we know that our customers cook, play, and sometimes even sleep outside! It only makes sense to transform your backyard into an extension of the indoors. Our entire staff can totally relate to this appeal, and we understand how important your outside living space is to you. In fact, it is important to us, too! We’re always excited to offer new products to our customers, and we provide a wide selection of accessories for your fire features, as well.
Fireside Expressions wants to help you turn your landscape design into an entertainment haven! Find more information about our products below, or browse our categories at the top of the page. Let us show you how we can make the outdoors absolutely stunning!
What type of outdoor features does Fireside Expressions offer?
We know that you will enjoy browsing through our categories to find the perfect headliner for your outdoor decorating wishes! Fireside Expressions is proud to offer an ample variety of products, made right here in the USA:
- Several custom Outdoor Fireplaces to choose from:
- Wood-burning fireplaces, inserts, or firebox in a variety of sizes and styles.
- Gas-burning fireplaces (natural gas or propane).
- Electric fireplaces with LED light technology!
- Fire Bowls (gas burning): concrete, copper, glass, granite, and sandstone options available in plenty of sizes and shapes.
- Pool Fire Bowls (gas burning): a glamorous rendition of our concrete and copper fire bowls, accompanied by a water element. Add an element of surprise to your design!
- Scupper Bowls: copper or concrete sizes for your DIY outdoor water design.
Should I choose an electric, gas or wood burning option for my outdoor fireplace?
Outdoor fireplaces are a source of warmth and charm. Choosing the model that best suits your individual needs is up to you. However, let’s see if Fireside Expressions can shed a brighter light on the question…
Selecting the right heat source for your outdoor fireplace is essential. First, consider your lifestyle and free time. If you are a busy person who may not always have the luxury of preparing a fire with wood and kindling, perhaps you may want to consider one of our electric outdoor fireplaces. Our top-rated Panorama style is elegant and classy, offering a substantial view of the glowing hearth, powered by state-of-the-art LED light technology. Simply plug in your fireplace and use the remote to control the flame!
Gas-burning fireplaces are also terrific time savers. They give the benefit of quickly lighting your fire and then waning it at your leisure when it is time to retire for the evening. Choose from natural gas or propane for a consistent flame. Our charming, contemporary fireplaces are modeled to match any style preference.
Perhaps you are a bit more on the rustic side and prefer the essence of fragrant logs burning in the hearth? The crackling of the fire conversing with the ambiance of the night air just cannot be replicated. Fireside Expressions has many attractive, majestic wood-burning fireplace choices for your outdoor living space.
What’s the difference between fire bowls and pool fire bowls?
Our fire bowls are eye-catching pieces for your outdoor landscape. Fireside Expressions recommends that you seek out a local certified gas contractor to connect your natural gas or propane line to a burner system within the fire bowl. Gas produces a magnificent dancing flame for you and your guests to gather around and keep warm amidst good conversation. We have plenty of concrete, copper, and glass sizes available, and we recommend adding media (fire glass or lava rock) for a charming look.
Our pool fire bowls are truly amazing! We kept with the gas-burning concept of our fire bowls and simply “tweaked” the design a bit by adding a circulating water system to it. By utilizing a scupper-style bowl, we can direct water into the bowl and away from the burner system by routing the flow through a “lip” on the rim. This keeps the burner system completely safe and dry! Choose from concrete or copper varieties and display them by your pool, or simply place them on a pedestal near your garden. Remember your fire media!
Are fire glass and lava rock safe to use in my fire bowl?
When exposed to extremely high temperatures, regular glass and stone are not safe to use in a fire bowl. However, our extraordinary fire media is tempered to resist breaking and shattering during the performance of the fire. That being said, our fire glass and lava rock are 100% safe, as long as you pair the appropriate media with your fuel choice. Let us explain...
Because propane is heavier than natural gas, it will sink to the bottom of your fire bowl. Small pieces of fire glass will not allow propane to circulate, and this could can lead to explosion of this particular media. Even with larger fire glass pieces, there is still not enough room for the gas to dissipate from wind and other factors. Lava rock allows propane to disperse and is the safest choice for your gas feature. (When enjoying a natural gas burning feature, we recommend using lava rock in the bottom of your bowl and then topping it off with 1-2” of colored fire glass. This helps to better disperse the gas in your fire bowl and cuts down on the expense of filling up your feature with media.)
Our collections of outdoor approved lava rock and tempered fire glass are specially designed to be heat resistant and non-toxic, making them the perfect choice for a beautiful visual effect. They will not melt, burn, discolor, smoke, or leave ash and soot – guaranteed!
I see your fire bowl kits are made from glass and stone materials. Is this safe?
Yes, the materials we use to create this line of beautiful fire bowls is 100% safe! While regular glass and stone are not safe when heated to such high temperatures, the substances the we use are tempered to resist breaking and shattering during the performance of a gas burning fire.
Fireside Expressions' fire bowl kits can easily be configured for natural gas or propane connections. We recommend employing the help of a certified gas contractor to drill a hole near the bottom of the bowl to accommodate the appropriate fuel lines.
Our line of hand-crafted fire bowls are individual from one product to the next, and each bowl will spotlight its own unique characteristics and intricate details! Remember to embellish your bowl with the appropriate fire media!
What type of burner system should I choose for my gas fire feature?
All of our burner systems have been tested for quality and durability.They can withstand inclement weather, providing you with the safest, quickest starts for your fire feature.
- Choose from electronic, manual spark, or match lit burner systems.
- Our electronic options are all weather-rated and easy to install, making them a popular choice among our customers.
- Available in disc or pan styles.
- Square, round, or linear burner systems to match the size and shape of your fire feature.
What is so unique about a concrete fire bowl/pool fire bowl?
We are so glad you asked! Our concrete fire bowls and concrete pool fire bowls are a great choice for your outdoor decorating ideas. They are durable and built to last for years to come, even through inclement weather (although we always recommend covering your bowl during the “off season” for added longevity).
All of Fireside Expressions’ concrete bowls are hand crafted right here in the USA. Expert artisans pour the concrete into casts and then skillfully incorporate the color additive of your choice (you can choose from 9 warm, natural shades). This ensures that the color of the bowl is consistent throughout. Finally, once the concrete has completely hardened, our craftsmen gently sandblast the surface, adding definitive texture.
You can consider your concrete bowl a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Choose from round or square options, and select from a variety of sizes. We even offer a unique alternative for our round bowls: elegant, old world designs in Genoa, Milano or Napoli style fire bowls. You’re going to love these features!
If I choose a copper fire bowl/pool fire bowl, will it withstand the outdoor elements?
You can count on it! Copper has been used for centuries by designer geniuses who recognized its resilience and durability. It has been used in architecture and plumbing! Another attribute that makes copper so sought after is its ability to withstand weather conditions by developing a protective coating called a patina. This blue-green marvel appears on the surface over several years. Depending on where you live, the composition of the atmosphere will determine how long it takes for the patina to form, and the hue of the aqua coating. It is truly a remarkable work of art!
Outdoor copper accents are very complimentary to all areas of your landscape. They gleam in the sunlight (or firelight!) and reflect an unparalleled beauty that your guests will be drawn to. Of course, just like our concrete versions, we recommend that you keep your copper bowls covered when not in operation.
Choose from round or square variations in smooth or hammered copper for your fire bowl or pool fire bowl preference. They make a stunning addition to your backyard lagoon, fountain, or landscape design!
Can I create my own fire-on-water feature?
Absolutely! Fireside Expressions makes creating this awesome display super easy with our assortment of top selling Submersible and Automated Fire on Water (AFOW) Ignition Systems!
Our Submersible and AFOW systems are designed to route gas through the manifold and into the water. Once the gas reaches the surface, it forms bubbles which are ignited by the pilot light, creating the theatrical presentation of fire dancing on water! The fire is contained to the waterline, so the manifold and inner electronic components are protected.
Add this amazing product to the edge of an infinity pool, the top of a fountain, or your DIY garden pond or waterfall. This “wow factor” is sure to be marveled at!
What if I prefer not to incorporate fire with my outdoor feature? Can I use a Fireside Expressions’ fire bowl as a planter?
You sure can! Planters are delightful additions to patios and walkways. They make very pleasing centerpieces when you place them on top of pedestals. The only thing you need is a hole in the bottom of your bowl to allow for soil drainage, and we’ve already done that part for you!
What are scupper bowls, and how can I incorporate them into my landscape?
A scupper bowl is a unique water feature that adds charm and whimsy to your outdoor landscape! Simply put, it is a nautical style bowl that allows water to cascade from a lip (or multiple lips) situated around its rim. They are very popular accents with an endless amount of creative uses.
Fireside Expressions’ professional experts can help you with design specs for your scupper bowls! Commonly referred to as spillway bowls, they can be placed around a fish pond or poolside, mimicking the concept of trickling waterfalls. Some of our customers prefer to place them on top of pedestals throughout their flower garden, while others have even combined them in tiers for their DIY fountain projects. Other clever ideas include utilizing scupper bowls for bird baths or adding a spout for cooling off in the summer heat!
Choose from a variety of styles in concrete or copper to compliment your outdoor area!
If I have a wood-burning fire pit, how can I convert it to gas burning?
This is a simple fix with the help of our DIY Fire Pit Parts category! As always, seeking additional help from your local certified gas contractor is always a great idea, but we can supply you with all of the necessary components to make this transition.
- Choose from our round, square, or linear style fire pit inserts in various sizes.
- Available in manual spark, match lit, or all weather electric ignition.
- Weather-resistant, stainless steel construction.
- Whistle-free flex lines.
- Safety features, including our flame sensing system.
How can I make my outdoor feature more visually appealing?
We have a substantial quantity of fire glass and lava rock for your outdoor features. Whether you have an outdoor fireplace, fire bowl, or a scupper bowl, we have a medley of colors and styles available!
Fire glass offers a unique way to decorate your outdoor accents. When using this reflective glass with fire features, it has a fascinating appearance. Think of northern lights shimmering off glacial pools...need we say more? It is simply gorgeous.
Lava rock boasts a more natural, earthy appeal. Warm colors accentuate any tone of concrete, glass, copper, masonry, or brick. They are a popular choice because they are lightweight and porous, allowing gas to be dispersed evenly.
What other fire feature accessories does Fireside Expressions provide?
Fireside Expressions has plenty of dependable, mesh safety fire pit screens to protect you and your loved ones while enjoying your wood-burning fire feature.
For the times when you are giving your fire feature a break, make sure you remember to shield it from the elements with one of our weather-resistant, heavy-duty vinyl fire pit covers. While all of our outdoor products are built to last in all types of weather, extra protection is always a good idea to help sustain the life of your fire feature.
Fire pit grates are an ideal supplement to your fire feature! We offer a variety of styles to either keep your logs off the ground and promote better air flow, or to put your cooking talents to work!
Our fire pit log sets are an assortment of faux driftwood, split wood, and “tepee” arranged branches meant to give your fire pit a natural look without the cutting and stacking! This is a delightful alternative to seasoned logs that we know you will love!
Fireside Expressions is proud to be an American, family owned business. Our founder and local professional staff members are committed to customer satisfaction. We know firsthand the meaning of “high quality,” which is why we offer products made in the USA! Let us show you that you are a valued patron who deserves only first-class service. We thank you for choosing Fireside Expressions to help enhance your outdoor living décor!