If you feel a bit chilly these evenings and not getting enough time outdoors, you may want to consider a fire table. Fire tables are an outdoor piece of furniture that provides a bit of heat and makes your outdoor area feel luxurious with its illumination.

Fire tables are hot right now (please excuse the pun!) There are many models on the market - the most popular being the coffee table. Other options include dining tables or games tables (cards and board games). Regardless of how you plan to use a fire table, it is essential to know about them before purchasing one. I am a firm believer in buying right the first time. It saves you money, stress and hassle. With this goal in mind, let's take a closer look at this piece of furniture growing in popularity.

The first thing to determine is whether you want to use a fire table primarily for heat or ambiance? All options come with a BTU/HR (British Thermal Unit) measurement, which shows how much heat the fire table will emit. The higher the BTU, the more heat the device gives off. As a rule of thumb, up to 20,000 BTUs will keep guests comfortable around your fire table in our warmer climate. Higher altitudes require more BTUs (generally 50,000 to 70,000).

The height and controllability of the flame are critical when it comes to your fire table. It can be unsafe to use, especially on small patios and balconies. A high-quality fire table will offer a controlled flame through its advanced gas delivery system. This is one of the main reasons why you should not purchase low-priced fire tables. The cheap ones do not have this controlled flame feature, so it means you are putting yourself and others at risk.

The fuel for your fire table is also necessary to consider. You can connect some fire tables to a natural gas line. Do not worry if you find the perfect fire table, but it does not come with a conversion kit. You can purchase one separately. A natural gas solution is cheaper in the long run than using other fuel options, especially if you plan to use it frequently.

If you do not have a gas line nearby, many fire tables are fueled by propane. Most tables have a compartment built into the table to conceal the tank. Propane is the most common fuel used for outdoor grills and heaters. Propane is relatively convenient and provides a clean-burning flame. The downside is that it can be expensive and a hassle because you need to keep replenishing it.

The most environmentally friendly fuel source for fire tables is bio-ethanol. This solution emits no smoke, embers or ash. It is a clean-burning fuel that is efficient, safe and therefore ideal for families. Another option that does not emit smoke or odors is gel. Both options are more costly than propane or natural gas.

When it comes to the look of the table, this is all about personal choice. Fire tables are available in woven wicker, aluminum, wood, fiberglass, faux concrete and even antique copper finishes. They can be rustic in design, contemporary styled or modern. What is most important to keep in mind when looking at the options is that low-cost fire tables use thin sheet metal and a quick powder coating. They tend to be poorly waterproofed and often have improperly finished edges. Poor construction and materials mean your fire table is not going to last very long. You will be out buying a replacement before you have had a chance to get much use from it. More important, however, is that any fire table that uses subpar materials is a health and safety hazard. Always look for the CSA Certification or approval to ensure your product is safe.

Look for a fire pit built with materials that last, such as stainless steel and aluminum. Look for a fire table made with Stainless 304. Stainless 304 is what is used in industrial settings. It offers a high heat-resistant grade and is much more resistant to corrosion.

To keep your fire table looking new, do not forget to purchase a cover and a wind guard. The cover will protect your fire table from the wear and tear of rain, humidity and sun. A wind guard is essential in windy locations, like on higher balconies. I prefer the fire tables with see-through glass wind guards, not only because of their safety but also for how beautiful they look.

Fire tables are an investment. A high-quality yet basic fire table STARTS AT about 12,000 MXN / 600 USD. Any option below that price is not worth buying since it will not last and is made with materials that cause health and safety hazards. As with any product, the more features you add, the higher the price.

If you are looking for outdoor (or indoor) furniture for your home in Mexico, we can help you buy right the first time! Stop by our store at 363A Constitucion just off Basilio Badillo (where the buses are). Visit us online at www.solutionsmexico.com or Whatsapp us at (52) 322 136 5156.