Last Updated on November 18, 2020 by Maggie
The Outland Firebowl 863 Cypress Portable Propane Fire Pit creating a glowing ambiance that gives you that campfire experience
It has a clean smokeless flame you can enjoy anywhere you choose, at home, or on the road.
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Lightweight And Easy To Carry
The Outland 863 Fire Pit is a popular choice in the portable gas fire pit market and it’s easy to see why.
It boasts a 21-inch diameter cylinder and its a powerhouse with 58,000 BTUs per hour.
Ships complete with a cover and carry kit, making it a useful accessory as a campground fire pit,
and is one of the best portable propane fire bowls for backyard parties, neighbor visits, and trips to the cottage even the beach.
There’s no shortage of opportunities with this type of portable gas 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 fire pit flame as you enjoy its cozy warmth reminiscent of an evening around the wood-burning campfire.
What Are The Exact Dimensions Of The 863?
The actual overall dimensions are 21 inches in diameter and 9.5 inches high. The burner ring is 11.5 inches. And this Outland Firebowl weighs in at 25.5 pounds.
Does The 863 Cypress Fire Pit Have Auto Ignition?
No, you’ll need some kind of ignition lighter like a long-handled bbq lighter or matches. If that’s important to you the Outland 870 Premium Fire Bowl does have auto-ignition.
Will The Hose Included Work With a 30-Pound Propane Tank?
The hose has been tested by the manufacturer to work with a 20-pound tank, but other buyers claim they have used a 30-pound tank with no problems. Please use your own discretion.
Can I Connect My Home Natural Gas To The Fire Bowl 863?
Outland Living, manufactures a Natural Gas Conversion Kit 781NGCK that is compatible with the 863 Cypress fire pit.
It goes without saying that if you’re planning to modify any element of a propane fire pit in any way, the manufacturer recommends:
you should have a professional Gas Fitter 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.
What’s In The Box?
Included with the gas fire pit itself is a cover with a carrying kit, a 10-foot hose that’s pre-attached to the Outland fire bowl.
A fully adjustable regulator complete with chrome valve knob to adjust the flame as you desire.
You also get 4.4 pounds of natural lava fire pit rocks designed to enhance the appearance and glow of the flame.
Can I Cook On It?
As with all Outland firepits, this fire bowl 863 has been CSA tested as a decorative outdoor appliance.
It is not CSA approved for cooking food as that’s not its intended purpose.
If you really want to cook food outdoors, then you may want to invest in an outdoor grill to enjoy the full benefits of a la carte dining.
How Noisy is the 863 Cypress Fire Pit?
Like all gas 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 should I Place the 863 Fire Bowl for safety?
This propane fire pit is designed to sit on the ground, patio, or cement porch. Many buyers use them on composite decks without an issue.
You don’t want to place it on top of some flimsy patio table as it may get knocked over and cause a fire.
It’s recommended that for your safety the fire pit be placed on stable non-combustible surfaces only.
Can I Use The Same Tank As My Outdoor Grill?
As with most propane fire pits, this one is designed for a standard 20 pound (5 gallons) 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.
We recommend two different makes, via our link below. A standard 20-pound tank from the USA (as shown) that’s excellent value for money and a slightly more expensive tank from a well-known Canadian manufacturer.
It also means that you won’t have to end the party early because your one propane tank ran dry.
Isn’t It Just Another Gas Fire Pit?
Let’s look closely at the Outland firebowl 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 many years of 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 fire pits 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.
Don’t even consider using this INSIDE a building or tent.
Burning propane in an open fire pit can be very dangerous. Always read the instructions.
The manufacturer states that you can use this fire bowl under a covered patio providing you adhere to their safety recommendations for minimum clearance.
- Bottom: must be non-combustible material
- Top: Clearance 80-inch
- Side Clearance: 36 inches
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.
Always read the manufacturer’s safety and user manual.
A Little Tip To Keep Dust Out
Before using your Outland 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 into 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.
Outland Firebowl 863; How Easy Is It To Set 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 gas fire pit to the propane tank using the hose supplied.
Load your fire pit with lava rock and you’re ready to roll.
When you first fire up your Outland firebowl, don’t be surprised if the rocks have a somewhat odd smell.
This will disappear fairly quickly. Once they’re exposed to the flame for ten minutes or so, any odor will be gone forever.
Start it up and enjoy the ambiance 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, say night, night and you’re done with it.
Does The Outland Firebowl 863 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 impact the amount of heat you feel as does your closeness to the fire pit itself.
What’s great about this propane fire pit 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.
A User Tip On How To Save Propane Fuel:
Run the fire bowl two thirds open, this can save a huge amount of propane and you still get as much heat and light as when fully on.
The Outland Firebowl 863 Is Made From Top Quality Materials.
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 Firebowl 863 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 without having to worry about it constantly.
There is no spark screen supplied because it burns clean and spark-free.
This is an excellent fire pit for camping or RVing (using the RV Quick connect hose) due to its portability and performance.
Simply turn it on and ignite the fire. Shut it off and let it cool down (approx 30 minutes) it will be cool to the touch, but I would suggest leaving it a further 15 to 20 minutes to make sure,
before you put on the lid and straps, as the carry straps are not heat-proof and the lava rocks retain a lot of heat.
Once cooled, pack it up and away you go. It’s perfect for tailgating too.
These fire bowls produce virtually zero heat on the bottom, so you won’t feel much warmth on the ground or the patio stones underneath.
The Outland Firebowl 863 Is The Ultimate In Simplicity And Convenience,
giving you a quality campfire experience without the hassle of building the fire, putting up with smoke blowing everywhere (annoying your neighbors), 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 afterward.
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 gas fire pit an excellent choice is that it tends to generate more outward heat that you can feel since it sits lower on the ground.
The 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.
Can You Use Ceramic Logs With The 863 Fire Bowl?
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.
The Natural Non-toxic lava rocks included have been designed and approved by the CSA for use with the 863.
The Outland fire pit has not been tested using fake logs. Ceramic logs tend to be flame-resistant and can suffocate the flame.
So once again, only modify this product if you must and be fully aware of the after-effects such modifications can bring.
Outland Firebowl 863 Gives Consistency You Can Rely On
With the Outland Firebowl 863, 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, relax, and then enjoy the comfort and beautiful flame. (I love watching the dancing flames, very hypnotic).
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.
People are fascinated by fire it seems to draw them in so don’t be surprised if your neighbors drop by for an occasional visit.
Setup The Outland Firebowl 863 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 often comes before value so it’s a real bonus to see an extra bag of Lava rocks included in the package. Thank you, Outland.
What Buyers Like
- Easy to use, start it up – let it run – switch off when finished.
- A good amount of heat, great on a chilly evening.
- Cover provided makes it easier to store and travel with.
- Quality construction like all Outland products.
- Produces an attractive flame giving a real campfire experience.
- Packs up tighter than other competing models.
- Longer Propane hose than most other makes.
What Some Buyers Didn’t Like
- Tight fit – cover handle straps a little too snug.
- Not Real – cannot perfectly replace real fire.
- The cover seems a lower quality material than the fire
- Shut off, triggers too easy, maybe safety valve too sensitive.
- A bit too small for some – compare it with the Outland 883 if you feel it’s not big enough.
All in all, the Outland Firebowl 863 is an excellent portable gas fire pit for camping, RVing, and picnicking.
In fact you can take this little beauty with you wherever you roam.
It’s equally effective for enjoying cozy, relaxing evenings on the patio or backyard area.
Made from top quality material that makes it both lightweight and durable and should outlast a lot of the competing models.
No need for a spark screen as it burns spark-free, making it safer for children and the environment.
The 863 has a Helios stainless steel burner, which has a noticeable effect on the flame creating a realistic-looking fire.
The Outland 863 Cypress Fire Bowl is only 9.5 inches high which means you can feel the heat more around your feet as its closer to the ground than some other models.
All in all a top-quality option for campers or anyone, anywhere, wanting the look and feel of a real fire at the flick of a switch.
Warmth, ambiance, convenience, and environmentally friendly.
Thank you for reading my review, hope it has helped. Stay safe and enjoy your time together.