ASSDA Member and Accredited Fabricator Southern Stainless have taken outdoor entertaining to a new level with their custom-designed and Australian made stainless steel gas fire pit.
Alfresco living is a strong part of Australian culture, and Gold Coast based Southern Stainless saw an opportunity to bring warmth and elegance to the outdoor space with the use of stainless steel. Starting the design process in 2015 and with over 18 months of research and development, a stainless steel gas fire pit was born, meeting both Australian Standards and gas regulations.
Elegant and simplistic in its design, Australia’s harsh coastal conditions inspired the firepit’s construction. Grade 316 stainless steel sheet with a 2B finish is used to construct the sleek body, door and burner tray, and 1.5mm 316 stainless steel tube is used to assemble the burner and legs. The fire pit has a stainless steel burner mounted into an enclosure to accommodate toughened glass pebbles surrounded by safety glass. Gas filters through the pebbles and ignites fire, giving the appearance of a floating flame.
Southern Stainless’ fire pits are available in square and round models, and measure 1m x 1m or 1m diameter. Both are fitted with two flame failure devices that automatically shuts off the gas if the primary pilot blows out. The flame failure devices provide additional safety while also making the fire pit extremely effective in windy conditions.
The fire pits have an LPG bottle compartment or can be designed to be plumbed into gas. In both instances, the fire pit comes with the gas controls and burner fully assembled. Only the glass safety sides need to be installed along with the toughened glass pebbles. If configured to be plumbed into natural or LPG gas, the appliance can easily be connected by any qualified gas plumber, or if ordered with an LPG bottle compartment, no installation is required.
Stainless steel is the clear material of choice when considering the great Australian outdoors. Grade 316 stainless steel has excellent corrosion resistance properties with an increased ability to resist pitting and crevice corrosion in warm chloride environments when compared with grade 304. It resists rusting in virtually all architectural applications, and is a durable, heat resistant and aesthetically appealing material option.
Stainless steel fire pits are built-to-last and combine physical warmth with visual luxury, offering year-round ambience to cater for the way of Australian outdoor living.
This article is featured in Australian Stainless Magazine issue 72, 2021.