Check out this video of the entire process of our Concrete Panel installation, from initial sketch to beautiful fireplace!
Initial sketch & colour selection
Framing and installing gas unit
Installing stunning concrete panels
Enjoy your beautiful new fireplace!
We have all been fascinated by fire from the time it was first discovered to this age of memes and technology. Watching the perpetual motion of the flames as it give us warmth and comfort is like being in an oasis of serenity.
Fortunately, DreamCast firepits can bring this experience right into your backyard. Our collection of fire pits from our minimalist Zen Bowl to our 72” Linear fire tables give a campfire feel to your personal outdoor space. These fire pits are designed to accommodate all types of patios, layouts and of course, your style.
Common type of gas fuel types are either Natural Gas or Propane. Ethanol is also an option, but not a topic of this article. Some areas have certain restrictions when it comes to gas connections - to which gas do you have access? That is why it is very important to know in your area the type of gas burner required for your fire pit.
Firstly, What’s The Difference Between Propane and Natural Gas?
Natural gas consists of mostly methane. It also contains propane, butane, and a few other gases too. Natural gas comes from underground shale deposits. You may have heard of the controversial method called fracking to release the gas from the underground. So, propane is actually refined natural gas. It burns cleaner and hotter than natural gas, so it is considered a much more efficient gas fuel. Propane is also much more available than natural gas because after it is liquified, it’s easy to store in tanks and transport. For example, propane can be delivered by truck to a remote home that doesn’t have natural gas lines available.
Natural Gas vs. Propane
Natural gas is cheaper than propane, but propane burns hotter, cleaner, and is way more available than natural gas. Propane actually produces twice as much heat as an equal amount of natural gas. For homeowners with natural gas lines available it is cheaper to heat your home with natural gas so in that case, natural gas is the better alternative.
How long does a propane tank last? You will get about 95 hours per gallon if burned at a rate of 1000 BTU per hour. As an example if you have a heater with a BTU rating of 30,000, then a gallon of propane will last you 3.17 hrs.
How Many Gallons of Propane in a 20 Pound Tank?
A 20-pound propane tank is the most common size tank. A 20 lb tank is the typical size tank for barbecue grills and the ones you can get in the easy refill programs at Home Depot and gas stations. A 20 lb propane tank holds 4.5 gallons of propane.
If you have the privilege to choose between natural gas or propane but are torn between the two, our list of advantages and disadvantages of each gas type may help you feel more comfortable in making that decision.
See the list below.
Advantages of Propane Gas:
- Setting up is easy
- No need for new landscaping work, if you are not plumbing directly to an onsite tank
- Instant backyard upgrade
- Emits warmer heat than natural gas
- Easy refill (bottle switch programs)
- Mobile - you can change up your patio layout
- The connection hose is visible
- Emits warmer heat, but it comes in lower BTU options so you can get more fuel time out of a standard 20lb propane tank.
- Higher BTU fire pits need bigger onsite tank
- Propane tank is visible (a side table or tank cover may be needed to hide it)
- Need to refill tanks
Natural Gas Advantages:
- Less expensive than propane (depending on where you live)
- No need to refill fuel
- Can be hard plumbed- meaning no hose! (unless it’s a quick connect)
- Provided there is enough pressure in the house, you can go CRAZY with the BTUs on the firepits
- A maximum of 20' hose is required for a quick connect option
- It can be expensive to run a line and/ or add a quick connect box
- Once hard plumbed, the unit cannot easily be relocated
- Outdoor lay out cannot be reorganized once plumbed in the ground
Whatever type of gas you decide to use for your firepit, you will need a certified gas fitter to install it.
Fire is fire, let’s enjoy it with care.
As the weather gets warmer, we are now getting ready to enjoy the fresh smell of the outdoors and start working on our gardens and patios. One of the highlights of the spring and summer season is to enjoy our outdoor space, to gather around our concrete firepit, cozying up, sharing some food, some robust Malbec and telling stories.
But before this could all even be possible, Spring time is cleaning time and the beginning of what you would want your outdoor space to look in summer. Prepping includes weeding, planting flowers in your garden, patio washing and getting ready to use your concrete firepit.
Although our concrete firepits are not high maintenance, we recommend the following steps on how to keep your DreamCast firepits look good after a heavy winter.
Below are some tips to get your firepit going…
Storing Your Firepit For Winter:
Have a wonderful Spring!
We are loving how these custom concrete panels turned out for interior designer Jenna Josephson. The offset design gives plenty of room for a feature fireplace and to have the TV at an ergonomic low height. We always recommend to have the TV installed as low as possible to keep the neck from straining. Also, installing the TV separate leaves room for a size upgrade down the line! Result - stunning look and everyone in the family is happy.
"Josephson mixed light woods with a black and white colour palette for a minimalist base. Grey-stained kitchen cabinetry adds a subtle warmth, while pops of colour come from plants. It's against this neutral backdrop that dramatic tile moments really sing—in the master ensuite, the powder room, and for the backsplash. The result is a modern family home that mixes Scandi cool with farmhouse chic...and no sign of the building's oh-so-'90s past." Read the whole article here
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