The information below pertains to copper scupper bowls, copper fire bowls, and copper pool fire bowls.
Can my copper bowl be left outside year round?
Yes. Our copper bowls are resilient and able to withstand all weather conditions. However, we highly recommend draining all of the water from your pool bowls. Any standing water that is exposed to freezing and thawing conditions could cause the material to undergo the stress of expansion and contraction, and this could potentially damage your bowl permanently. We also recommend purchasing a cover for your copper bowl to keep out unwanted water, snow, and debris out. This extra special care will allow you to enjoy the beauty of your copper bowl for years to come!
Can my copper bowl be used indoors?
NO. These types of bowls are only meant to be used outdoors. Keep in mind you should have a minimum 36" clearance from the sides of your fire or pool fire bowl to any combustible structures. Never place fire features in an enclosed structure.
Can fire glass be used in my copper bowl?
It is not necessary to add fire glass to a scupper bowl, as this feature was designed to circulate water only. You could potentially lose/scatter fire glass into your pool or fountain due to the water flow in this bowl.
Fire and pool fire bowls can, however, accommodate this media. Fire glass can be used with natural gas burning features ONLY. Fireside Expressions is adamant about this for the safety of our valued customers. Because propane is heavier than natural gas, it will sink to the bottom of your feature. 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 dissipate and is the safest choice for propane features.(In addition, it is always a good idea to incorporate lava rock into the bottom portion of natural gas burning features.)
Can wood be burned in my copper fire or pool fire bowl?
No. Wood burns at a higher temperature than gas, which puts your copper fire or pool fire bowl at the potential risk of warping and becoming damaged from the heat. We recommend never using wood in your copper feature.
What size burner insert do I need for my copper fire or pool fire bowl?
We have taken care of this part for you! Our copper fire or fire and water features includes this component, so you are guaranteed the appropriate ignition and/or burner system!
Can propane be used in my copper fire or fire and water feature?
Yes, just make sure you remember to select the this option on your copper bowl when customizing it. When using propane, we recommend:
Use lava rock as your bowl media. Since propane is heavier than air, it has a tendency to sink to the bottom of the feature. Lava rock creates more air pockets that allow the propane to seep through and dissipate. Glass will not allow propane to circulate and will explode!!!
Drill an extra hole in the bottom of your bowl to help with more effecient gas dissipation. Remember to utilize extra caution when using propane! If you smell gas - DO NOT LIGHT IT!
Can natural gas be used with my fire or pool fire bowll?
Yes, but you will need to run a gas line to the outdoor location of your copper bowl. We recommend that a certified gas contractor connects the gas line to ensure it is installed correctly.
How can I light the fire in my copper fire feature?
There are a couple ways to light the fire in your copper fire or pool fire bowl (not all of the following are available for all copper bowls - the ignition styles that apply are listed on each individual product):
Manual Spark: This system is ideal for an instant fire at the push of a button! It is by far the easiest to install, with little time and effort involved to get your fire feature up and running. Reliable, durable stainless steel construction is maintenance-free. All the necessary components are included!
Match Lit: Fast and simple to use with no electricity required! Light a long-stem match next to the burner, insert the flange key (included in the installation kit) into the value on the flex line, and slowly turn the gas on. When lighting your bowl, please remember to use caution and face away from the wind.
Remote Electronic: This ignition system does a safety check before turning the gas on. When the hot surface igniter begins to glow, it is safe to light up your feature. We recommend using a ground or pedestal mount for certain bowls.
How much fire glass I will need?
Though we do advise you of the amount needed when purchasing your fire feature, you may choose to purchase more fire glass at a later time. In that case, we have a great tool for you - the fire glass calculator! Just type in the dimensions of your bowl and let the calculator do the work.IMPORTANT: We recommend using lava rock or pea gravel in the bottom of your bowl and then topping it off with 1-2" of fire glass. This will help to better disperse the natural gas in your fire bowl.
Does the fire glass need to be cleaned?
There is no maintenance required. Your fire glass will be free of soot and odors. It will not leave any residue in the bottom of your fire bowl.
Can I get cut on sharp pieces of fire glass?
There is always the possibility of getting cut but we do round off the edges of the fire glass for your safety. We do recommend using work gloves when handling the fire glass. REMEMBER: do not touch the fire glass while it is still hot!
How is my fire bowl installed?
It is first wise to make sure you have what you need to accommodate the size and weight of your copper scupper, fire, or pool fire bowl. You may need assistance from a partner and/or a pallet jack. Please see the description on the product page for the weight of your feature.
Measure your doorways or gateways to the outdoors to ensure the size of your copper bowl will clear these openings. You don’t want to receive it and think you are ready to set it up, just to find out you can't even maneuver this bowl to your backyard. It is important to look at the measurements of the products in the description and then measure your openings. A paved walkway is ideal for pulling a pallet jack to where you will be installing your copper bowl. If you do not have a paved walkway, you can lay down plywood to act as a secure platform for transporting. Due to the heavy weight of the bowl, the pallet jack may not be easily moved on uneven ground, and will even sink into soft ground.
Finally, many areas require that you have a certified gas contractor install the gas lines for fire features. Please check with your local code enforcement agency. Even if your location does not require the help of a contractor for installation purposes, we highly recommend - for your safety - that you employ one.
How can I protect my copper bowl from the elements?
A great option for protecting your bowl is to get a cover to keep your product looking like brand new!
I have heard that copper often discolors over time. How do I keep this from happening?
Copper does not discolor over time. It is truly a unique material. For many centuries, architects and artisans alike have chosen to use copper in their creations because of its durability and longevity. It does "transform" its appearance over the years due to its exposure to environmental elements of certain areas (pollution, salt water, acid rain, etc.). This oxidation process causes copper to form a bluish-green coating in order to maintain and protect its resilient luster. The naturally occuring phenomenon is called a patina, and is not considered a flaw, a defect, or an actual discoloration. Many people find this sheen quite attractive, as it gives their copper feature an "old-world" look. In fact, there are many techniques that have been shared with patina lovers worldwide to enhance or speed up the oxidation process in order to achieve this look.
For those that prefer the amber dazzle of pure copper, the patina can be very easily polished away using a combination of 1/2 cup lemon juice or vinegar with 1 tablespoon of salt or baking soda. Simply dip a soft bristled brush into the solution and gently scrub the affected areas until the patina is removed. Rinse with clean water and then buff to dry and polish.
How do I get my copper bowl clean?
We recommend using a solution of 1-part vinegar (or lemon juice) to 4-parts water and just wipe it down.
If there are areas with excessive dirt or tarnish, combine 1/2 cup lemon juice or vinegar with 1 tablespoon of salt or baking soda. Dip a soft bristled toothbrush into the solution and gently scrub the affected areas until the tarnish or soil is removed. Rinse with clean water and then buff to dry and polish.
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