It started out that you saw them on the patios of upscale restaurants. Then you saw them on the patios of most restaurants. Now you are seeing them on many residential patios.
They have become so popular that furniture stores are selling them adding competition for the fireplace stores. I think they have become so popular because they are an added extension to your outdoor living space. For a lot of us our outdoor summer season is short and we want to be outside as much as possible. With the gas fireplace table, your outside season just got longer!
The wood burning fire pits are nice don't get me wrong. They smell SO good! But they can be a pain. You need to have them on a surface that won't burn or scorch, you have to buy or cut the firewood and then you need to make sure the fire is completely out before you walk away and leave it.
A gas fireplace is a quick turn of a switch and you have instant beautiful flames and when you are ready for bed you turn the switch off.
They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and price ranges.
I have to admit I got one a couple months ago. I really wasn't sure if I would use it that much, especially in the heat of the summer, but I can honestly say it is my favorite area on my patio. Even on sunny warm summer evenings I have it on low for ambiance. When the cool nights move in this fall I will crank it up and I may even bundle up and sit around it on a nice winter day.
If you are drawn to the fire tables at restaurants and are thinking you have a spot to enjoy one, I wouldn't hesitate if I were you!
Sit back and enjoy. I am....I am sitting on that chair right in front of you typing this blog post!