Paul Hammel one of our clients from San Fransico had a very particular design idea for a portable outdoor fire table. Made of Corten Metal and fueled by natural gas this modern custom feature is both industrial and stylish.
The fire pit below was built by Mark Showalter in Washington state.
The fire pit below has V Blue, V Blue Reflective
and topped with Cobalt blue Topper
The fire pit below was built to the customers specs. It was 48" round, 10" tall with 8" legs and constructed from 1/4" aluminum. Then powder coated to match the customers request. We will fill in the details as we go.
Above you can see the cross grid to support the false bottom.
Above you can see the false bottom making it possible to fill it with a 2" fill over the ring.
A custom 42" stainless steel burner had to be built.
Hopefully we will get pictures of the fire pit installed on top of the water fall in New York.
The fire pit below is located in San Diego, Gable Point Loma. There were 2 electronic ignitions installed and a false bottom was installed. We filled the base with Clear base glass and 1/2" Clear base glass.The lines were installed from the back.
Below are the electronic ignitions.
Framing/ metal studs were installed and two layers of durock was then installed to support the glass.
The fire pit below is in San Diego California. First we built 2 new half oval stainless
steel rings. To replace a futile attempt of burner rings by the contractor. If you don't want your rings to rust, cover them or purchase stainless steel. We will explain as we move on.
We converted the mishap of rings with two valves, one for each ring. The first issue was the contractor installed a1/2" gas line, oops. Way too small for the distance. The home owner had to have the pressure turned up by the gas company. Sometimes this is not possible. We spit one line into two. This enabled us to equalize flames in each burner half.
Here are the two half oval rings.
Below are the two key valves.
Cover the rings with the amount of filler (crushed lava
) to make the shape you would like the pit to be.
Here we have it. The customer did get the pressure turned up but we did not get any further pictures.
The fire pit below was installed in Sydney, Australia by Ian Sutherland. He did a great job on his new patio and fire pit. We inspired him to build this really nice back yard project and we were glad to help. The glass that was used was Azurlite
and Starfire base glass.
The fire pit pictures below are of a simple overflow water feature with Fire Stones
The fire ring that was used was a 30" round side feed. We make custom rings for any application. Either for propane or natural gas fire pits or fireplaces.
The fire pit pictures below were taken by and for the Sweat Equity weekly HGTV Do It Yourself TV Show.
We used a 18" stainless steel fire pit ring burner with out the center to accommodate the water feature. All of the fire glass was placed around the pile of fire rocks in the center.
The FireGlass that was installed was: Starfire base, Blue Diamonds, and Ford Blue base glass.
The top of the table is removable if you ever needed to service the water pump or any other reason. Always build and design it with replacement or repair in mind.
Aquatic Glassel was used in this and every application.
There was an aluminum sub frame built with durock attached. Then the stone was applied to the surface. All of the components are under the removable top.
This episode will air on or around May of 2010 on HGTV and the DIY Network.
The picture of the fire pit below was taken in Newport Beach California. The glass that was installed was Starfire base glass. One very nice backyard and fire pit!
The fire pit table below is one of our newer table designs. The customer used a Starfire base glass and Topped it with Copper Blue Topper, Lime Green Topper with a few Black Luster Topper accents.We built the aluminum framed table and used their granite.
The next few pictures are from New York by Jai Crandall for Tom Morgan. We can hep transform an eye soar to a place of enjoyment. Just watch!
November 10, 2009
Hello Ed, my name is Jai Crandall and I live in central NY. I have a good friend (Tom Morgan) that has a patio that he generally uses wood to throw some heat for his quests when he entertains. Unfortunately, as I'm sure you know, the smoke can really get to you after a while. This is a very high end home and he entertains for some very important people. He would like to eliminate the wood a replace them with some propane inserts. It doesn't have to look like a fireplace, but most importantly, it needs to throw some intense heat.
Pictures 1,2 and 3 are the front views of the fire pits and as you will notice they are not square ( each picture is labeled with the dimensions), they don't need to stay like they are, so if you want to make them square you can. Just go by the front measurement. Hopefully you can design something that will fit there needs.
I am sure that they are going to want electric ignition, and you can try to place the control valves in the front. Also, with the good New York weather, you want want to have covers for each unit.
Thank You so much for your time and I look forward to working with you to complete this project.
July 3, 2010
Now here are the finished pictures on the property. Very nice!
Hey Ed, Here are some pictures of the burners that I installed. They look great and they are very happy with their performance. Also, I believe that I may have a few more people interested in something similar to what I did for Tom Morgan. Have a great forth weekend and I will talk to you soon.
That's what I said when I first saw the project, YUK!!!! I tried to figure out what to do????
Jai came up with the Stainless Steel hollow base design and we went to work.
This is a happy ending!
Our propane burners were set to 100,000 btu's each for maximum heat. The glass that we used was Bronze Rust Copper.
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"Todd Gilbert Table!"
The next fire pit is from Sandee Visintin and the glass that was used was:
In a stainless steel octagonal fire pit at the beach.
If you take note a 1/2" piece of glass was placed on top of the fire pit for day time use.
Below is where it all started.
If you look closely you can see the reflection of the glass top cover. Not a bad idea!
Here is what Sandee and Frank had to say:
We love our fire pit, and so does everyone else who sees it. Your rock is gorgeous…
We keep a glass octagonal table top on it when not in use; the rock is always visible, even when used as simply a coffee table.
Thanks for your beautiful product and great service!!
Sandee and Frank Visintin
The next fire pit was build/ constructed by Rose Harms in Wyoming. Long story behind this one with what the plumbers were telling her and what actually happened. We will explain as we go.
Above and below you can see we had her install a gas line with a quick disconnect hose.
Here is what Rose had to say:
Hi Ed and Claudia,
Wanted to be sure I got the photos to you of our completed fire pit.
Here are the steps we went through:
Bought the brick/blocks (no lip on the stones) from Lowe's, put in circle, 3 rows high.
Bought the iron fire pit at Lowe's and placed on and inside fire pit. -note -it is iron, so I sprayed it with HIGH HEAT paint, in Copper. Wow!
got plumber to run natural gas from deck above (outlet for BBQ) and under the deck, ran down the deck post and he put in a Shut Off valve there.
He ran a precise hole through the bottom off the fire pit to hold pipe for gas to the double ring burner (from Moderustic of course) and it is stainless
steel (no rust). At the bottom of the deck post is a flexible hose which goes over to the fire pit. It CAN be disconnected or even roll up and
shove inside fire pit (after it is cooled).
Note: you do need to chop off a piece of the block, or else just pull one out when you are using the
fire pit. (Kind of like Jenga -just pull out the stone, the others support the fire pit) Unless you can successfully saw off a piece of the stone.
Lit the burner to be sure it works well. It did.
We put in the 1" lava rock in the bottom of copper fire pit and then filled in the spaces with 1/4" lava rock. Should have used More! When we went to
cover the burner we were short on the fireglass. So we ordered more. Still looks beautiful.
Got rest of glass and made circles with the glass and it is beautiful. There are photos of it burning last night!! Lots of warmth on a typical
cool Wyoming evening.
Brick: $200, Fire Pit $79 on sale, double ring SS burner $126, glass -about $250, gas line -don't know yet but guessing $200. Maybe $750-800 total.
And -the way it is made, we could actually dismantle and move it. No mortar in stones. We are very happy with our fire pit and thanks to Ed and the gals
at Moderustic, we were able to make the right choice for glass and burner. Thanks Ed, Rebecca and Claudia. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Could not have managed
this without your guidance. We love being DYI-ers but directions are needed!! We appreciate all your help.
Rose and Doug Harms, Cheyenne Wyoming
Mind that the customers stacked their own bricks!
The glass that was used:
and the rest is history!
This was originally going to be propane but if you have natural gas, then use it if you can. It will cost less in the long run.
The fire feature was commissioned by Mark and Jair in Long Beach California. The very top bowl was filled with Ford Blue Fire Glass and the bowl below has 300 fibers installed. The fiber optics changes colors of can be stationary or change colors at will. The water in the fiber optics bowl spins and spills over onto the rock base.
We will explain as we move forward. Evening pictures with the fiber optics in motion and the under lighting will be shown as soon as we can visit the site in Long Beach in the evening.
First the utilities were ran underground (18") and this is generally permit required work.
Second, the pond liner is installed and then we drop in our feature. This feature was powder coated at the request of the customer.
Below is the NEMA enclosure to house the electronics and fiber optics.
We installed 3 = 2,700 GPH (gallon per hour) pumps to power the flow of water. We turned each pump down to accommodate the proper water flow.
Level the top fountain.
Above you see the NEMA box exposed, it will be covered with stone as soon as the electrician finishes his switch installations. There will be one switch for each of the 3 pumps, fiber optics, fiber optics color wheel and under the top bowl we installed lighting to illuminate the rock below in the the evening.
Above and below the electrical panel will be completely covered.
We can build these fountains for you to install yourself or we can aid you in building your own. We can help you design and or build your fire and water feature. Finished and evening pictures still to come!
Steve Hinojos (S.B. County Sheriff) built two fire pits using propane. One of which was a Wine Barrel Fire Pit and the other a traditional (oopsies on this one!). We will explain as we move on.
We supplied the know how and all of the parts to make his Wine Barrel Fire Pit a success! great job Steve!
We also supplied Steve with the all of the propane parts to make his fire table work properly as well. It's when we got his pictures that we noticed the ROCKS! You can't burn ROCKS, they EXPLODE! This you can see in the Famous "How Not To Do It" page. Initially he had no problems but once they took on moisture, sure enough he was back for some safe and sound glass!
All in all, great job Steve!
The fire pit below is a propane fire pit. Notice that there is no soot! If you do it right, then it is done right! We are very proud of this fact. The base glass is a Starfire base glass topped with a Copper Blue Topper.
On the picture below you can see the Propane pilot cover/ blow out box at the bottom of the picture. When I received these pictures I didn't understand the dark chunks???? The customer was being creative and dropped in a few chunks of lava.
This particular Topper is a Copper Blue Topper, meaning we use copper and chrome to manufacture the glass. What this means is that when the glass gets hot, it turns green (because of the copper) and when it cools it returns to blue (because of the chrome). We actually have almost 30 colors which change colors. We hope to introduce these chameleons in the near future. But for now they are just hiding amongst the other colors.
The next several pictures show you a flip top box design for a fire pit control panel. It is constructed from stainless steel or could be made from aluminum. The trimming valves are for adjusting the flame are inside along with an electronic key to activate the electronic ignition. These were made for an apartment complex and only the management had control of the electronic ignition. Here are the pictures.
These two separate boxes were made to fit each specific fire pit.
The fire pit below was designed and built by Tamara Lyons and her wonderful family! Junior help most. The glass that was used is:
Bronze Rust Copper base glass,
E.D. Diamonds, Red and Orange,
Orange R140 Topper, this particular color is one of our chameleons. It turns a bright cherry red when heated and cools back to orange when cooled!
The fire pit had three sets of burners. One in the center and one on each outer edge. This way you can control how large, how much and where you can have fire when you want it.
This is how it started
Pea gravel base
Measure once, cut twice.
Ohhh, what color?? There are sooo many. What to do????
So we sent a make up of what colors they liked. We can do this for you as well. Just tell us what colors you want and we will mix a batch and send you the pictures!
You should of seen the rest of the back yard! Who needs a house! I would live in the back.
The next Water Over Fire Feature
can be made in any configuration, size or shape. We can install it in a table or leave it as a stand alone feature. What ever you like. This particular bowl is a spun aluminum 30" bowl with a 26" water ring and about 100 lbs of Multi Mix base glass
. We added a few of our Terra Cotta Fire Balls
in the center.
The next 27 pictures are of the Dominic Fire Water Feature finished and ready for crating/ shipping.
Here we go: The pictures explain themselves.
Texas Long Horn Fire Pit LOGO!
Ed, Rebecca, Morgan and crew at Moderustic:
Finally completed my project for the Texas Longhorn Alum in my RV Park. Actual time was only approx 80 hours but did not work on it full time.
Had my local welding fabricator build the base out of ¼” square tube for the circles and 1” square tube for the legs and attached some decorative feet on it. Also attached some L brackets at the top to install the granite top with.
Fabricator also built a 28” diameter by 4” deep pan out of 16ga steel. Later we decided to add a ¾” lip around the top edge.
We drilled holes in it to install some retractable handles for easier installation / maintenance. Drilled holes for the pilot assemble to pass through the pan and for the burner assembly to attach.
We had another 28.5” diameter 16ga steel circle cut out to create a lid for the pan to prevent rain/debris from disturbing the Glassel bed.
Used the longhorn cookie cutter cut out to make a 16ga steel flat longhorn cutout to affix atop of the lid
Had the pan and lid sandblasted and powder coated black to match the base. Had the longhorn powder coated candy copper along with a handle to match.
Cutout a ¾” plywood base to use to attach the granite to. Installed Tee Nuts into the plywood so that we could screw the plywood base onto the base of the table later.
Purchased and installed some 110v LED low profile puck lights and affixed to the underside of the plywood to create indirect lighting of the table, routed channels for the cabling to follow and used silicone to keep in place
Had my local granite company cut a ¾” thick 52” diameter circle with a 28” opening in the center to accommodate the pan.
Attached the granite to the plywood base using silicone.
Installed Cement Board onto the inside of the table base as a bed for the stone tiles.
Installed the Lowes Special Order Solistone 12” x 12” Stone Tiles around the table.
Created a bracket inside the table base to hang the AFVK-SP-MH/L and extended the wiring on the battery box to allow for installation underneath the granite top outside the table base to be able to change batteries later.
All the parts are complete so time for the final install
1. Place base in location, propane line already in place as well as 110v electric with X10 remote socket for LED lights.
2. Install plywood / granite / LED lights onto table base and screw into Tee Nuts
3. Install Pan on top of granite leaving access into the table to complete connections.
a. Disconnect Pilot assembly from AF-4000 MOD and run gas line, ignitor and sensor through hole in pan inside the table
b. Reconnect Pilot assembly back to AF-4000 MOD ( Be sure to use the correct connections or things will not work J )
c. Attach the battery pack to the underside of the granite base in the routed channel to allow the wiring to move in / out for ease of use.
d. Attach the pilot tube to the AFVK-SP-MH/L module.
e. Install the burner inside the pan and attach the Gas Outlet connection to the burner.
f. Attach the Gas Inlet connection to the gas supply line which has a cutoff on it.
g. Test the remote lighting and check all fittings with soapy water for leaks.
4. Once everything checked out, install the pan inside the opening.
5. Install a layer of lava rock under the double burner to lift if from the bottom about 1”
6. Install ¼” Starfire Glassel on top of lava and covering the burner while leaving the pilot assembly exposed to be able to function.
7. Tested the remote again to verify operation
8. Install the Longhorn cookie cutter and fill with Pimento Red Glassel.
9. Install cover
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and now for the construction and pictures...
The next fire pit was built for Chuck Krallman in the Bahamas. The challenge was 15 knots per hour trade winds and propane. Not a problem. We mock up all of our projects to insure that they work properly. I will explain as we move on.
We first start testing the venting and use cardboard or plywood only later to be replaces with 1/2" glass panels.
Proper venting and maintaining an upward draft is very important.
Hopefully Chuck will send us the finished and installed pictures of the feature installed in his table.
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