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How to make a family garden

Family Garden moodboard

Looking for ideas to brighten up the garden and make it a space for the whole family to enjoy. Take a look at look below to help you spruce up the garden so you can all enjoy the extra space as a family.

Top Tips to create a Family Garden

  • Bold splashes of colour to brighten up the garden and make the greenery pop, that will bring a smile to your face even on the gloomy days. Why not paint the shed, upcycle some furniture or paint the front door?
  • A teepee for the kids, a spot to read a book, offer a bit of shade or a place for you to hide !
  • Why not try your hand at growing some veg
  • Kinetic sand, there’s no mess it’s easy to mould and guaranteed to entertain the little ones and it’s a great stress buster for adults too!
  • Comfy seating to curl up in and a Solus Decor fire pit to keep you warm on a chilly day and as the sun sets at the end of the day.

Shop The Look

 

  1. Kinetic Sand, Argos  2. Play Tent, Hema  3. Veg Trug, VegTrug
  1. Carbon Copy Paint, Benjamin Moore  2. Belrue garden chair, Wayfair  3. Yellow Marigold Paint, Benjamin Moore

 

Hemi Fire Pit Cinder
Solus Hemi Fire Bowl in Cinder

 

If you’re feeling inspired and would like help to update your garden, get in touch with us to find out more about our fire pits and water features and make the most of your outdoor space this summer.

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Solus at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Launch New Modern Accessory for the Outdoor Gas Firepit.

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 exhibiting fire pits, fire bowls, water features and accessories in London, England

We are looking forward to once again showcasing our fantastic garden terrace fire pits as we preview what else is in store for visitors at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London.

This year Solus Decor are excited to launch a new accessory for the Hemi fire bowl. The metal table top  can convert into a drinks ring for the 36 and 48 Hemi fire pit and hence adds a new dimension to the use of this contemporary and sculptural firepit. A simple disk table top is also available for the 26 Hemi. They are constructed out of noncorrosive aluminum and stainless steel. Therefore they are perfect for social gatherings in residential or commercial settings.

Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. The metal table top turns this firepit into a modern table when not lit.
Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. The metal table top turns this firepit into a modern table when not lit.

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.

Chelsea 2018: The CHERUB HIV Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and featuring a Solus Decor Water Dome.
Chelsea 2018: The CHERUB HIV Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen and featuring a Solus Decor Water Dome.

Another must-see garden will be The Myeloma UK Garden, designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell. It will highlight the work of Myeloma UK. A bold 7 tonne, 12 feet high sculpture will rise from the garden as its centrepiece and as a result, promises to be unique and contemporary.

Chelsea 2018: The Myeloma UK Garden Designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.
Chelsea 2018: The Myeloma UK Garden Designed by John Everiss and Francesca Murrell.

On the Solus Decor stand on Pavilion Way PW/608, we will of course be displaying and demonstrating a selection of our best-selling fire pits and water features.

Next to us will be Chilstone on stand PW/607. This year Chilstone are proudly celebrating 65 years of handmaking cast stone in Britain and always have a fabulous display.

If you are visiting this year, please come and see both stands. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact us for more information on Solus products. Or visit our website: www.solusdecor.co.uk. Made in Vancouver, Canada. Shipped worldwide.

For more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show visit: www.rhs.org.uk

 

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FAQ’s about Fire Pit Certification and Warranty

Questions you should ask when selecting your fire pit about certification and warranty:

 

Is your fire pit Certified as an Appliance?

Fire bowl

What does this mean?

New requirements are that both the burner and the vessel or enclosure must be certified to CSA/ANSI or CE standards and tested as such.

Most fire pit companies buy a “certified CE burner off the shelf and simply insert it into their vessel or brickwork.  This means that the burner and vessel have not been tested in relation to each other. This is changing in the field due to regulatory and insurance demands in the field. Many European countries are introducing new regulations for fire pits to be fully certified as appliances. The rapid availability of fire pits in big box retailers and online has spawned a wave of regulatory and insurance changes.  Therefore the code and compliance of fire and fire pits in residential and commercial settings is becoming more stringent.

Why does this matter?

Simply inserting certified burners into bricks, concrete, metal, or other materials (as was done commonly in the past) is on the way out. This is because the burners and vessels are not tested and/or certified in relation to each other. The heat of the burner can react differently with different materials and the quality of the vessel. Improper ventilation or improper shut offs can also be dangerous and are also considered in the CE certification process.

What has happened to instigate this change?

In many jurisdictions the gas fitter or inspector has rejected burners that have been set into non-certified vessels or enclosures built on site. The gas fitter or inspector must sign off on the installation and will be looking for the “tags” for the whole appliance – not just the burner.

Solus fire pits encountered this challenge in North America and it is becoming apparent that the same things is happening in Europe as the popularity of fire pits increases.

Why don’t more fire pits companies certify?

Certification is painful, expensive, time consuming, laborious and requires deep technical expertise. Furthermore it has to be done in relation to each product that you manufacture, therefore if you have metal and concrete vessels you have to certify for each material – not just the burner.

Ask about Warranties and ask for details:

When shopping for your fire pit, ask specifically: What are the details and length of time for the warranties? Who handles the burner warranty? Who handles the warranty on the vessel?

Having undergone the entire certification process we introduced the best warranty in the fire pit world. As of 2016 Solus manual lit burners carry a 5 year warranty, 25 years when purchased with a cover.  They are made of brass, don’t rust and we are the manufacturer.  Solus concrete carries a 5 year warranty when purchased with a cover.   Our electronic systems carry a 3 year warranty when purchased with a cover.  This is an extension of the 6 months or 1 year cover normally given by electronic fire pits.  Solus warranty – the best in the business.

 

 

 

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Valentines Day in Massachusetts – Romance at the Hemi Fire Pit

Solus hemi gas fire pit

When we set out to create the world’s most beautiful fire pits we didn’t quite anticipate how much fire adds to the conversation, ambiance and of course romance. Sitting around a fire is primal – it is part of the human soul and has taken place for thousands of years. Solus has very simply put a new contemporary twist on it.  Fire invites conversation and it brings people together. One of our favourite stories took place two hours outside of Boston Massachusetts just two short years ago.

Our Solus Hemi 48″ Firepit was chosen as the romantic spot where Keith proposed to Jamie at the Briarcliff Motel, located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

Briarcliff Motel. Photo by Graham Fortgang
Hemi 48″ firebowl at Briarcliff Motel. Photo: Graham Fortgang

It turns out that the groom, Keith, had seen the above picture of our Hemi 48″ firepit on the Briarcliff Motel’s Facebook page and made a special request for them to set up this area in preparation for his marriage proposal. He got down on one knee and voilà, popped the question at the most romantic spot possible. In case you’re wondering, Jamie absolutely said yes. That’s the happy couple right below – you can see Jamie showing off her beautiful diamond solitaire.

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The lovely couple just moments after they got engaged around our Hemi 48″ firebowl at the Briarcliff Motel in Massachusetts.

It gives us much pleasure to learn that the Hemi firebowl has become a significant part of the attraction for people choosing the Briarcliff Motel. It creates a lovely atmosphere for patrons to hang out and converse while watching a beautiful sunset and staying toasty warm. As Valentines day descends upon us it is time to find that romantic spot and if it happens to include a fire – send us a photo.