The Outland Firebowl 863 Cypress Portable Propane Fire Pit will create a glowing ambiance that gives you that campfire experience.
Bringing feelings of warmth and comfort to you and your family, with it’s clean smokeless flame you can enjoy anywhere you choose, at home or on the road.
Lightweight And Easy To Carry
The Outland 863 Fire pit is a popular choice in the portable bonfire market and it’s easy to see why.
It boasts a 21-inch diameter cylinder and its powerhouse with 58,000 BTUs per hour.
It also ships complete with a cover and carry kit, making it a useful accessory for camping trips, backyard parties, neighbour visits, and trips to the cottage.
There’s no shortage of opportunities with this type of portable fire pit it can be a centerpiece for your backyard and a conversation starter wherever you choose to set it up.
This fire pit is lightweight and easy to transport anywhere. Since it burns propane, you get a clean and smokeless flame as you enjoy its cozy warmth reminiscent of a evening around the wood-burning campfire.
Actual overall dimensions are 21 inches in diameter and 9.5 inches high. And this Outland Firebowl weighs in at 25.5 pounds.
What’s In The Box?
Included with the fire pit itself is a cover with carry kit, 10 foot hose that’s pre-attached to the fire bowl, fully adjustable regulator complete with chrome valve knob to adjust the flame as you desire.
You also get 4.4 pounds of natural lava rock designed to enhance the appearance and glow of the flame.
Outland Firebowl 863 Cypress Accessories
Other accessories available for the Outland 863 are available through their individual links and include:
Cypress Carry Bag: for easily transporting and storing your Firebowl.
Propane Tank Cover: Hides the tank from view and has a functional tabletop.
Natural Gas Conversion Kit: Want to convert this to natural gas instead? No problem. The manufacturer provides a conversion kit so you can make the change safely.
RV Quick Connect: Unfortunately, it does not come with a quick connect for an RV. You can however purchase a quick connect and install it yourself.
Isn’t It Just Another Fire Pit?
Let’s look closely at the bowl itself.
It’s well-constructed, made from high-quality steel and it’s coated in a protective, powder-coated enamel finish that should stand the test of time.
Another key component, the burner, is made of quality grade stainless steel (not all stainless is the same) so too are the fasteners and its decorative belt.
You should easily get a number of years use out of the Outland Firebowl, without any problem at all.
Ownership should far surpass the one year warranty provided by the manufacturer.
Since all Outland Firepits are distributed from Canada, they have been thoroughly tested and CSA approved to meet the Canadian standard for safety.
Outland is known for its quality and this fire pit is no exception.
Can You Cook On It?
This item has been CSA tested as a decorative outdoor appliance. It is not CSA approved for cooking purposes. That’s not its intended purpose.
Most people roast marshmallows, make S’mores, pop jiffy popcorn, and cook hot dogs over the fire.
Though the manufacturer doesn’t endorse it, there’s no reason why you cannot cook on it over your fire pit, provided you have a stable grill in place.
Keep in mind that you don’t want anything that’s wobbly, or you’re asking for trouble.
Imagine boiling a pot of water on a flimsy grate. That wouldn’t be very safe. But if it’s secure and strong, you should be good to go.
If you’re planning to cook burgers, sausages, chicken, etc. be prepared for the greasy mess and the smells that can be absorbed to a degree by the Lava Rocks.
If you’re travelling and your Firebowl is stowed in the cabin, those smells can become annoying quite quickly.
Like all fire pits there’s a slight hissing sound of the propane going through the system.
It shouldn’t be any cause for alarm and most people quickly adapt to the sound and are no longer bothered.
If it’s louder than it should be, it could signal a problem that needs to be checked out but in our experience, that would be quite a rare occasion.
Where Can I Use It?
These propane fire pits are designed to sit on the ground, patio, or cement porch. many buyers use them on composite decks without an issue and others place them on wood decks, though that’s not recommended.
Still others prefer to set it on a stable non-combustible table, and that works fine too.
You definitely don’t want to place it on top of some flimsy patio table as it may get knocked over and cause a fire.
Uses The Same Tank As Your Outdoor Grill
As with most propane fire pits, this one is designed for a standard 20 pound (5 gallon) propane tank the type you would have on your barbecue grill.
Of course you can swap tanks and switch between your grill and fire pit if you only have one tank. That’s no problem at all.
Once you get used to using your fire pit regularly, you’ll probably want to pick up an extra propane tank simply because of the convenience.
It also means that you won’t have to end the party early because your one propane tank ran dry.
It goes without saying that if you’re planning to modify any element of a propane fire pit in any way, you should have a professional do it for you.
Don’t risk doing it yourself. It’s just not worth saving a few dollars and putting yourself and everyone else at risk.
Don’t even consider using this INSIDE a building or tent in any way.
Burning propane in an open fire pit can be very dangerous. Always read the directions.
Keep your propane tank as far from the fire pit as possible. And always feed just a little propane to the burner to safely ignite the fire.
When you first fire up your Outland Firebowl, don’t be surprised if the rocks have a somewhat odd smell.
This will will disappear fairly quickly. Once they’re exposed to the flame for ten minutes or so, any odour will be gone forever.
Keep Dust Out
Before using your Firebowl, it’s a good idea to open the bag of lava rocks, take out two at a time and bang them together. This helps get rid of any accumulated dust.
This is a more preferable method than simply opening the bag and dumping it in to your fire pit.
If you do that, there can be a pile of dust that can clog the small holes where the propane should flow through,making it difficult to start and maintain a flame.
You Won’t Need Any Help To Set It Up
Installation is quick and easy and it’s something that the vast majority of buyers can easily do on their own.
No need to call Joe, the local handyman.
Just connect your fire pit to the propane tank using the hose supplied.
Load your fire pit with lava rock and you’re ready to roll.
Start it up and enjoy the ambience of a bonfire with the convenience of a propane fire pit.
You won’t smell like smoke and you won’t have to douse the fire to put it out before going to bed.
Just turn it off and you’re done with it.
Does It Give Off much Heat?
There’s no question this thing is capable of putting out significant heat.
At 58,000 BTUs on its highest setting you’re going to feel the warmth, but it also depends on the outside elements.
Wind, rain and the temperature definitely impact the amount of heat you feel as does your closeness to the fire pit itself.
What’s great about these propane fire pits is, you simply turn on the gas, light the fire with a barbecue lighter and you’re in business.
Get it going on high for the first ten to fifteen minutes. If you run it consistently on high, you’ll tend to go through propane rather quickly.
On a nice evening, you can get almost the same effect by turning it down.
A well-made product like this gives you peace of mind. You can see the quality of construction from the materials used.
You don’t have to panic if you leave it out in the snow or rain you can simply let it dry off and fire it up again.
Chances are, your Outland fire pit will work just as well as it did when it was new.
That’s not to say you should intentionally leave it out in all kinds of weather however.
For maximum value over time, you’ll want to protect your fire pit as much as possible. But you don’t have to worry about it constantly.
It burns clean and spark-free which is why there is no spark screen supplied with it.
This is an excellent fire pit for camping or RVing due to its portability and performance.
Simply turn it on and ignite the fire. When you’re done you shut it off and let it cool down.
Once cooled, pack it up and away you go. It’s perfect for tailgating too.
These firebowls produce virtually zero heat on the bottom, so you won’t feel warmth on the ground or on the patio stones underneath.
The ultimate in convenience, giving you a quality campfire experience without the hassle of building the fire, putting up with the blowing smoke and buying all that firewood.
It’s ideal for those people who want the campfire experience without the work involved or the mess to deal with afterwards.
Easy on and easy off. There’s no simpler way to control your fire.
Expect To Get Several Season’s Use
Many buyers report having used it extensively, while it continues to perform as it always has.
This means you’re likely going to get much more than one year’s use out of it as long as you maintain it properly.
What makes this fire pit an excellent choice is that it tends to generate more outward heat that you can actually feel, since it sits lower on the ground.
The end result is a warmer fire and a happier gathering in most cases.
Some buyers prefer to replace the lava rocks with fake logs to make it look more like a fire pit.
Some prefer the look of fire glass or ceramic logs, those elements don’t seem to retain heat nearly as effective as the lava rocks provided do.
So once again, only modify this product if you must. And be fully aware of the after-effects such modifications can bring.
Consistency You Can Rely On
With the Outland you get a consistent and predictable flame and that’s a hidden benefit. It’s the result of quality design and manufacturing.
It means there’s no messing about trying to get away from the smoke.
Put your chairs in position and then enjoy the comfort and beautiful flame.
You don’t have to worry about moving your chairs to avoid ashes or smoke.
There’s no problem using this fire pit below an awning, as long as there is sufficient height clearance.
Don’t be surprised if your neighbours drop by for an occasional visit.
Setup In Minutes
When you want to have a campfire quickly. It’s easy to set up in just a matter of minutes and it generates a lot of heat creating warmth for all.
In today’s business world profit comes before value so it a real bonus to see an extra bag of Lava rocks included in the package.
What Buyers Like
Easy to use. There’s nothing to it. Start it up, let it run. When finished just close it off.
Puts out good amount of heat. Wonderful to have on a chilly night.
Cover provided. With the cover on it’s easier to store or travel with.
Good quality construction. There’s no replacement for quality.
Looks good. Produces an attractive flame creating a campfire like experience.
Saves space. Packs up a little tighter than other competing models.
Cover keeps everything in place
Longer propane hose. Can set it outside your circle of chairs so nobody trips on it.
What Some Buyers Didn’t Like
Tight fit. Cover handle straps are a little too snug.
It’s not real. Nothing can perfectly replace the experience of a roaring fire.
Cover isn’t as good. The lid has a lower quality feel to it than the fire pit itself.
Shut off gets triggered. Safety feature on the gas line may be a little too sensitive.
A bit to small. Compare this to the larger model if you feel its too small.
All in all, this is an excellent portable fire pit for camping, RVing, and picnicking.
It’s equally effective for enjoying relaxing evenings on the patio or backyard area.
With a higher build quality, the Outland Firebowl 863 should outlast a lot of the competing models.
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