Chelsea is at the forefront of the shows for the garden industry. This year is no exception and we are excited to see the CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen. Naomi is working with HIV partnership CHERUB to help raise awareness about young people living with HIV in the UK and beyond. Featuring a Solus Water Dome, Naomi has designed a space that could be recreated within a home garden context. The garden uses specialist planting and design to take visitors on a powerful symbolic journey helping to promote acceptance and understanding about the condition.
Fire pits have evolved from caves and campsites to become a central part of outdoor living. In a survey of 166 landscape architects, fire pits ranked as one of the most requested residential outdoor features of 2013, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. The pits are increasingly designed to use gas instead of kindling for environmental reasons and safety, while still bringing heat and art to the outdoors.
Hand-cast concrete décor company Solus built its first fire bowl six years ago for a client wanting flames to rise from within her cascading swimming pool in coastal Victoria, British Columbia. Fire pits have since become the Vancouver-based company’s best-selling product, said company president Brad Carpenter. Solus pit designs include this Hemi fire bowl. The Hemi pictured is 36-inches in diameter, 16.5 inches tall and can be built to use a propane burner or, more commonly, a natural-gas line that runs beneath the surface of the product.
Are fire pits legal? Are they safe to use? Do they require permits in Vancouver? These are some common question we get asked so we’d like to take a moment to clarify.
First and foremost, fire pits are absolutely legal in Canada and United States. We also ship worldwide. If you live outside of North America and would like to order a fire pit, first check with your municipality/city but we would be surprised if it wasn’t.
As for whether or not Solus fire pits require permits in Vancouver, unlike wood-burning fire pits which are banned by most municipalities, Solus fire pits adhere to municipal bylaws because they are generally fueled by natural gas or propane. Also, because no materials or substances are burned in the fire pit (i.e. waste, paper, plant material, wood or vegetation) you do not require a permit in Vancouver. And if that’s not great news, some burners fueled by ethanol can even be used inside landscape structures such as gazebos. Think of the décor possibilities!
Social benefits of having a fire pit:
Fire has always been a natural draw for those spending time outside. Today’s fire features are more than just focal points; they’re also social magnets. People are just naturally attracted to fire. Most people tell us after they’ve installed a fire bowl, that it becomes a gathering place, a natural conversation pit.
How to choose a fire pit:
Once you have chosen the fuel type (natural gas, propane or ethanol), deciding between a fire pit, fire table or fire bowl comes down to personal preference, functionality and style. The fire table is quite popular because it allows you to place a small plate or a glass on the surface, although we now also offer this ability on our 48″ Hemi firebowl thanks to the new Orbital ring we just launched. Fire bowls on the other hand tend to kick out more warmth and inspire more conversation. Of the Solus product line, the Hemi 36″ firebowl is a big seller.
If you’d like to see for yourself which model you’d prefer, feel free to drop by our showroom or give us a call 1(877) 255 3146 so we can answer any questions or concerns you might have.
There’s a growing trend toward outdoor rooms designed to feel like home spas or staycation delights. As leaders in fire features, we have a keen eye for how to use fire to accommodate every space.
THE FIRE CUBE
For cozy spaces, we are excited to introduce the Fire Cube. A petite and polite box, it measures just 16” x 16” x 17”(H) and is ideal for small spaces. Gang them up and create a spectacular multi-visual fire point.
Available in natural gas, propane or ethanol (manual lit only).
This beautiful and elegant conical fire pit flares from the bottom to the top and measures 24”h x 16” (at the base) x 20” (diameter at the top). It’s an accent fire piece that holds its own alone or in a series and is available in 12 colors to wow.
Available in natural gas or propane (manual or electronic ignition ).
THANK YOU FACEBOOK FANS
When it came time to name our newest innovations in fire – the Fire Cube and the Spire, we turned to our most loyal fan base: our Facebook friends. More than 250 names were submitted. The two winners received a Solus fire pit for their creativity. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas! We had a lot of fun reviewing and naming these products.
We play with fire – a lot – so we can continue to evolve and innovate products that provide the best options for our commercial clients and their customers.
Here are a few of our most recent innovations:
If your space isn’t plumbed for gas or propane, great news: we’ve expanded our existing line of manual lit fire pits to include bio fuel, more commonly known as ethanol. We have also added electronic ignition to our Elevated Halo series. Our fire tables, firebowls, and boxes are already electronic ignition capable.
If code or client comfort requires a little more protection, we now offer stylish glass shields for safety without compromising aesthetics.
This band of concrete on our Hemi 48” firebowl is a perfect example of form meets function. Now, there’s room to add plates and glasses while gathering around our largest fire pit and enjoying the flame.
If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can make it. Our master mould maker just designed and completed 9- and 10-feet recta linear ribbons of fire for three distinct locations in New York, Toronto, and Whistler. If you have the imagination and the budget, we can build it.
Although we’re not braggarts, we are proud. Lately, Solus fire pits have been popping up all over the world – from trendy well-known North American and European metropolises to remote, rarely heard of resort countries like Azerberjain on the Caspian Sea.
You can find us in:
– The Swiss Hotel in Moscow
– OMG Burger Restaurant in Montreal
– The Google Office in New York
– The Continental in Dallas
– The St. Regis in Los Angeles
Take a look at our latest work and see what all the fuss is about.