Outdoor Living Reviews and Comparisons

Best Fire Pits of 2019 | Fire Bowls & More | Review

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Hoodie season is quickly approaching - but it’s not time to bundle up inside and look out the window in despair…just yet! Fall is just around the corner; warm up and spend quality time with family and friends right in your backyard.

It’s a no brainer that fire pits have become a staple in outdoor living, they are the most sought after-design feature in hardscapes, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. Fire gatherings have been around for thousands of generations.

More recently, though - fire pits have been innovated into more affordable designer brand options than before. Here in this article, we’re going to review some of the best fire pits of 2019 from different brands, offered right in our stores at 9 Brothers Building Supply.

What you need to know before purchasing:

Fuel Source: fire pits are offered in propane/gas, natural wood, or charcoal (for grilling) as a fuel source. Traditional wood/charcoal/pellet fire pits are easier to set up, and have a natural feel to them; however require cleaning and maintenance.

Propane/gas fire pits are much nicer, burn cleaner, and ignite instantly; making them especially desirable in commercial and residential applications alike. However, they require some planning to install, and a professional hook-up. Normally these gas powered fire pits have a hose that travels under the soil or your patio - to a hard-piped fuel delivery service line. Plan carefully! If you had to take up 30 feet of patio to repair a fire pit, it wouldn’t be feasible, would it? 

Design: Are you renovating your backyard and adding a fire pit to it? Many of our stone manufacturers carry matching fire pit stone kits to go with the color profile of your project. If you are just adding it to your outdoor living, check out the color profiles of each for something that can blend in to your existing design.

Then again, stop in our Brentwood or Riverhead Location with some pictures and we would be glad to guide you in choosing your next fire pit or fire bowl!

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Propane/Gas Fire Pits & Fire Bowls

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1. Eldorado Stone – Infinite Fire Bowl

As the name implies the Infinite is limitless in its design applications. The simple yet elegant shape will naturally draw attention for its style and inviting warmth. Perfect for both residential and commercial applications, Infinite can change appearance from modern to traditional by simply selecting the weathered & textured Travertine finish.

Features

  • Dimensions: 36.25″ Diameter x 18.5″High
  • Approximate Weight: 325 lbs.
  • Infinite Fire Bowl Profile Shown In Aged Teak Travertine

Industry Leading Burner: Patent-pending burner system comes complete with powerful 65,000 BTU burner, all brass fittings, heavy duty stainless steel platform and 10-year limited warranty. Innovative brass burner system uses half the fuel of conventional fire rings, yet produces higher flames and brighter appearance.

Everything's Included: black lava rock, carry straps, match lit components complying with CSA standards for natural gas or liquid propane. Natural gas bowls are ready for installation to fixed piping, liquid propane bowls ship with 10 ft. hose extension plus 1/2" quick connect fitting.

Colors & Finishes: Eldorado Fire Bowls are available in four colors designed to represent various types of natural limestone. Choose from Honed, a smooth surface or Travertine, a more textured surface. Both include color and texture variations, providing the authentic character and attributes of natural stone.

Click here for the Infinite Installation Guide.

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2. Eldorado Stone – Marbella Fire Bowl

The Marbella Fire Bowl captures the essence of the Romanesque period. The gently rounded bull nose and elegant foundation are perfect for a variety of traditional landscape settings.

Features

  • Dimensions: 38.25″ Diameter x 20.375″H
  • Approximate Weight: 425 lbs.
  • Marbella Fire Bowl Profile Shown In Oak Barrel Travertine.
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3. Eldorado Stone – Bloc Fire Bowl

Bloc delivers the perfect balance of simplicity and scale. At only 20″x 20″ Bloc provides a surprising amount of warmth. Anchor small seating areas or highlight outdoor elements with this handsome fire feature.

Features

  • Dimensions: 20″L x 20″W x 15″H
  • Approximate Weight: 182 lbs.
  • Bloc Fire Bowl Profile Shown In Aged Teak Honed
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4. Techo-Bloc – Brandon Fire Pit

With the popularity of the Brandon stone profile, this Techo-Bloc fire pit fits right into many existing backyard designs and compliments a new backyard renovation if using the same stone profile. The Brandon fire pit is a pre-packaged, ready-to-assemble fire pit which is available in both a square and rectangle shaped option. It uses the Brandon 90mm block to achieve a dry-stack stone appearance. It comes packaged Piedimonte wall caps as well as a steel heat-shield insert to surround the fire.

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5. Cambridge – Pre-Packaged Olde English Round Gas Fire Pit Kit

Made With Cambridge Olde English Radius Wallstones, this gas fire pit is a second runner up to fitting in any backyard effortlessly, along with the olde english line. It's classic look combined with the top-shelf quality of Cambridge paver stacked stones, only the best burners with great engineered radial heat, and premium gas fittings, make this a choice over and over for many homeowners. It's price and quality make it a popular selection that does not dissapoint.

Features

  • 32″Inside Diameter, 48″ Outside Diameter, 16″ High
  • Natural Gas (Liquid Propane Conversion Kit Available)
  • 150K BTU, 24″ Penta Burner Produces Even Flame In Flower-Like Pattern
  • Shown In Toffee/Onyx & Sahara/Chestnut
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6. Nicolock – Clifrock Round Fire Pit

If you're more of a stone veneer person and like the small stacked stone - "low-profile" look of your fire pit, this is the choice for you. This hollow, but stone veneer finished fire pit sports Nicolock's actual quality stone veneer and burner system,

Features

  • 2 – 18″ High Half Circle High Strength ClifRock Panel2 – 18″ High Structural Connection Units, Wood Grain
  • 1 – 44″Round Stone-face Top with Cut out
  • LP Conversion Kit
  • 1 – 19″Round Pan Match Throw w/ Lip (Natural Gas)
  • Lava Rocks

Classic Wood Fire Pits & Bowls

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7. Nicolock – Verona Fire Pit

If the wood fire pit is your choice the Nicolock Verona fire pit is best for you, it will light up your environment and create the warm environment you desire.

Feature

Includes wall blocks and steel insert

Coping sold separately • Inside Dimension: 27”,

Outside Dimension: 49”, Height: 16”

49″” outside diameter 16″”

Verona Fire Pit shown in Granite City Blend with Bluestone coping

SKU: N/A
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8. Nicolock – Belvedere Fire Pit

What better way to enjoy your outdoor living area than to be gathered around a beautiful Fire Pit with friends and family. The natural textures and colors of this product, blend seamlessly with the entire collection of attractive Rosetta Hardscapes.

Features

58″” outside diameter 14-1/2″”

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9. Techo-Bloc – Brandon Fire Pit

The Brandon fire pit is a pre-packaged, ready-to-assemble fire pit which is available in both a square and rectangle shaped option. It uses the Brandon 90mm block to achieve a dry-stack stone appearance. It comes packaged Piedimonte wall caps as well as a steel heat-shield insert to surround the fire.

FOR MORE TEXTURES AND COLORS CONTACT US OR VISIT OUR LOCATIONS IN BRENTWOOD AND RIVERHEAD

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10. Techo-Bloc – Valencia Fire Pit

Warm those early spring evenings and fall afternoons with the Valencia Fire Pit kit. Gather around this circular fire pit while it warms your heart and roasts the marshmallows. Available in a plethora of colors to fit any landscape environment.

FOR MORE TEXTURES AND COLORS CONTACT US OR VISIT OUR LOCATIONS IN BRENTWOOD AND RIVERHEAD

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Best Outdoor Kitchens of 2019 – Reviews and Comparison

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If you have been up to date with our reviews and comparison at 9 brothers building supply, you will know what we do best is to research the best building supplies and create an extensive review to help our readers figure out the best outdoor kitchen that suit their taste. In this post, we will review the best outdoor kitchens of 2019.

We all know that home is where the heart is, and you would agree with me that our hearts travel through the kitchen. Designing your house with an incredible outdoor kitchen will create endless joy in your heart. We have compared the 6 best outdoor kitchens of 2019, and below we list some criteria for comparison before we dive into the reviews in full. The criteria are to help our readers to streamline the bulky information they get from the manufacturer’s site.Stonework – it is an overwhelming task for buyers to filter information through the manufacturer’s website, but with the reviews at 9brothers building supply, it will be easy for our readers to figure out what to look out for in an outdoor kitchen in term of stonework.Deck and Patio combinations – An outdoor kitchen should at least have a deck or a patio, but it will be disheartening not to have any in an outdoor kitchen you decided to buy. Some new designs incorporate the two combinations, which gives an outdoor kitchen a stunning look you would desire.Stainless and Steel Cabinets – These criteria are one of the paramount things to look out for in an outdoor kitchen because they serve as a protection for your outdoor kitchen during climatic disasters. You will not like to lose your luxurious outdoor kitchen to a climatic catastrophe. Although, it is essential to go for a clean and functional stainless steel cabinet, which have perfect resistant to damp and insect infection.Open Space with Wood and Glass – our outdoor kitchens of 2019 are reviewed in term of blended space with wood and glass, which gives a mesmerizing look to your outdoor kitchen.Accessible Kitchen Sinks – sinks are what makes your cooking space clean and easy to use. Deciding on how the sink is positioned in an outdoor kitchen set is vital to ease your cooking process.

Enough of the talk, let’s dive into the review in full.

Cambridge – Fully-Assembled Stone Veneer Grill Island

veneer-grill outdoor kitchenCambridge is a household name in the outdoor kitchen industry. They produce fascinating outdoor kitchens with an aesthetic finishing. The fully assembled veneer grill is all you need to make your adventure worthwhile on the island. However, the kitchen is one of the best with good stonewall and functional stainless steel to protect the kitchen. It is also important to note that the grill and the wall kit can be bought separately. This offer is only applicable to Cambridge.        Kits includes:
  • Made With Olde English Wall
  • 6' 3 1/4" Long, 3" Deep, 3' 2" High
  • Genuine Granite Tiles On 4 Sides Shown In Venetian Gold
  • Shown In Sahara/Chestnut With Granite Countertop Venetian Gold
       Dimensions (With Base And Grill Units Put Together):
  • 75 1/4" long, 36" deep and 38" high. Weight: 3,985 lbs.
        Includes.
  •      Banded Granite Tiles Under Granite Countertop On 4 Sides
       Stainless Steel Appliance Package
  • Large 38" Wide x 20" Deep Grill
  • 5 Burners With 75,000 BTU Auto Ignition
  • 2 Lights Under The Hood For Nighttime Cooking
  • Rotisserie And Warming Tray
  • Built-in Thermometer
  • Slide Out Grease Tray

Cambridge – Pre-Packaged MaytRx Wall Kitchen Kit

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Complete with 4 pallets of MaytRx Wallstones, 2 concrete lintels, and a top of the line stainless steel appliance package, all set in a polished granite countertop. Ready to install… absolutely NO cutting necessary. Step by step instructions in English and Spanish included. Shown left in Split Face Sahara/Chestnut with Venetian Gold granite.L-Shaped Kitchen Dimensions:
  • Short Side 76″”L, Long Side 144″” L, both 36″” Wide
Sink
  • Stainless steel hot and cold faucet with long neck bar spout
Grill
  • Cooking area: 38″”W x 20″”D 5 stainless steel (15,000 BTU) burners with auto ignition, rotisserie, built-in thermometer, warming rack, and slide out grease tray.
Stainless Steel Appliance Package Includes
  • Grill (38″” wide x 20″” deep)
  • 5 Burners with 75,000 BTU Auto Ignition
  • 2 Lights for Nighttime Cooking
  • Sink
  • Refrigerator
  • Cabinet Access Door

Cambridge – Pre-Packaged Olde English Wall Kitchen Kit

pre-cut maytrx olde wall outdoor kitchenThis is the same as the pre-packaged mayrtx wall the little difference is the type of stone used to construct them. Pre-packaged Olde English Wall Kitchen Kit is an outdoor kitchen with All Stainless Steel Appliance Package Complete with 4 pallets of Olde English Wallstones, 2 concrete lintels, and a top of the line stainless steel appliance package, which includes: 38″” grill with 2 lights for nighttime cooking, refrigerator, sink, and cabinets/access doors, all set in a polished granite countertop. Granite countertop comes in 2 color choices: Black Uba Tuba or Venetian Gold. Ready to Install… absolutely NO cutting necessary. Step by step instructions in English and Spanish included. Kitchen is designed as a left side “”L”” shape. A right side “”L”” shape is also available.L-Shaped Kitchen Dimensions:
  • Short Side 76″”L, Long Side 144″” L, both 36″” Wide
Sink
  • Stainless steel hot and cold faucet with long neck bar spout
Grill
  • Cooking area: 38″”W x 20″”D 5 stainless steel (15,000 BTU) burners with auto ignition, rotisserie, built-in thermometer, warming rack, and slide out grease tray.
Stainless Steel Appliance Package Includes
  • Grill (38″” wide x 20″” deep)
  • 5 Burners with 75,000 BTU Auto Ignition
  • 2 Lights for Nighttime Cooking
  • Sink
  • Refrigerator
  • Cabinet Access Door

Eldorado Stone – Coastal Ranch Signature Kitchen

eldorado coastal ranch signature kitchenEldorado Outdoor Signature Kitchens are an easy solution to creating the timeless look and feel of a stone masonry kitchen. Each Signature Kitchen ships complete with all the necessary cabinets, bolts and end-caps. You may choose from eight of the most popular Eldorado Stone  profiles directly online or visit an Eldorado Stone distributor to choose from over 150 color options. Finalize your outdoor design by selecting the appliances and countertop of your choice.Coastal Ranch includes:
  • Eldorado Stone Selection (unless Unclad specificed)
  • 2 Qty. 24" Straight Cabinets
  • 1 Qty. 48" Straight Cabinet
  • 1 Qty. Bar-Height 90° Corner Cabinet with 10" Cantilever
  • 2 Qty. Bar-Height Cabinet with 10" Cantilevers
  • 2 Qty. Cabinet End Caps
  • 5 Qty. Fastener Sets
  • 2 Qty. Vents

Eldorado Stone – Metropolitan Signature Kitchen

eldorado metropolitan signature kitchenThe Metropolitan Signature Kitchen is an 12’ linear kitchen, designed to save space compared to traditional L-shaped kitchens, yet provides ample counter space for preparation of an elegant night dining alfresco.Metropolitan Kitchen includes:
  • Eldorado Stone Selection (unless Unclad specificed)
  • 1 Qty. 36" Straight Cabinet
  • 1 Qty. 48" Straight Cabinet
  • 1 Qty. 60" Straight Cabinet
  • 2 Qty. Cabinet End Caps
  • 2 Qty. Fastener Sets
  • 2 Qty. Vents

Nicolock – Verona Outdoor Kitchen

nicoock verona outdoor kitchenNicolock Verona Grill Island is crafted for perfection! Make summer memories even more fun and delicious! Fire up that steak year-round with these hard-wearing units.Includes
  • 32″” 56,000 BTU or 40″” 70,000 BTU
  • Stainless steel grill
  • Sink
  • Refrigerator
  • Single and double doors
  • Cast stone counter tops (polished granite with the 40″” grill)
  • Concrete lintels and Verona wall
  • Available with a 32″” grill or 40″” grill
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Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens of 2019 – Reviews & Comparisons

Here are six of the best outdoor pizza ovens for 2019 - for wood fired enthusiasts!

 

Here at 9 Brothers Building Supply, we simply cannot resist a juicy and crispy homemade pizza cooked in an outdoor pizza oven. There is nothing like a pizza cooked to perfection how it should be, your way - right in your backyard! We’ll share with you 6 of the best outdoor pizza ovens of 2019 - classic wood fired which we believe is the only way to attain a perfect pizza. We weighed the pros and cons of each; and we’ll get you on track with solid information to choose the one that fits you best. 

 

Design - It can be tough weighing your options from the manufacturer website as many are confusing from their designs, sizes, and colors offered. We make it easy by laying out all the information you need in this article for a wood fired pizza oven.

 

Wood Fired - Traditional pizza ovens were built based on wood log fire - for its hot temperatures - reaching temperatures as hot as 800 degrees fahrenheit! We’ve chosen 6 of the best outdoor pizza ovens that give rich traditional flavor, classic aroma, and add an elegant look to your outdoor living spaces.

 

Masonry Design - our best outdoor pizza ovens of 2019 are reviewed with masonry stone kits, which gives them function and value. 9 Brothers Building Supply is strongly committed to offering only top quality outdoor pizza ovens with masonry design in mind.

 

Colors - Your pizza oven area should match your future or existing patio and/or outdoor living space to compliment it. Each of these products reviewed have a variety of colors available to accent.


Nicolock Verona Outdoor Pizza Oven Kit

This Verona pizza oven kit includes everything you need - including the cast stone counter top (bluestone pier cap), 2 pallets of Verona wall stone in a choice of 10 colors, and all five parts to the oven with a 2 draw, 1 door combo. This oven is spacious and simple to choose from as a kit, versus others requiring more involved planning; but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with Nicolock’s other stones!

Kit Includes:
A. 2 Pallet Verona Wall
B. 1-30” Combo (2 drawer/1 door) enclosure
C. Wet Cast top
D. Pizza Oven

Oven:
Inside Oven: 29.5″ x 32.5″
Outside Oven: 33.5″ x 38.25″
Base:
Top: 49″ x 49″
Base: 44″ x 44″
Height: 40″ without top, 44″ with top
*Optional Wood Boxes Available

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Techo-Bloc Forno

Techo-Bloc does things a bit differently, however their stones have a modern and clean look. Complimenting their Forno pizza oven, are 3 stone designs available, with varying colors in each. This allows you to shape your backyard around a stone collection and have the pizza oven blend in perfectly.

 

Made with the highest quality stainless steel, the Forno oven rapidly achieves high temperatures in an incredible 10-15 minutes but do not fail to impart an authentic Old World Italian flavor. Techo-Bloc’s Forno allows you to bake directly on the cooking stone to achieve impeccably crispy brick oven crust. If you are looking for a modern look, choose the Techo-Bloc forno with one of 3 designs available: Raffinato Stone Kit (shown), Brandon Stone Kit, or Manchester Stone Kit.

Cambridge Pre-Cut and Pre Packaged Outdoor Pizza Oven Kits

These pizza oven kits are Cambridge Pavers’ classic pizza ovens, requiring masonry assembly; however no cutting is required! If authentic old world flavor is what you are looking for in combination of beautiful precisely cut stones from top to bottom, these pre packaged kits are exactly what you are looking for. The wood burns behind the pizza creating a genuine classic taste, and the wood storage cabinet is tucked beneath.

 

Blend this into your existing cambridge projects matching these two stone collections, or accent it in your backyard project as a complementary color if other stones are used:

 

Olde English - 4 pallets of stone, completed assembly 8 ft. 2 in. tall / 6 ft.  ¾ in. deep / 5 ft. 4 ¼ in. wide. 

MaytRx - 5 pallets of stone, completed assembly 7 ft. 6 in. tall / 6 ft.  9 in. deep / 5 ft. 8 in. wide.

 

The primary stone structure are available in 2 colors, and the trim stones are available in 2 colors.

Primary stone colors: Toffee Onyx, Sahara Chestnut

Trim Colors: Bluestone, Chestnut

 

These two ovens come with a pro accessory kit, including a 13” pizza peel for inserting your pizza, 8” rotation pizza peel, wire brush, oven rake, ash shovel, and a hanging rack for the peels.

 

View this product on our website for more details and color samples!

 

FULLY ASSEMBLED KITS:

If you are looking for something that is fully assembled, requiring little to no masonry assembly, these kits are perfect for you!

Cambridge Fully Assembled Outdoor Pizza Oven

If you are looking for simplicity and convenience, combined with Cambridge’s top quality brand stones, choose this fully assembled outdoor pizza oven. It comes in two pieces and can be assembled in under an hour on a fully finished concrete slab. This pizza oven comes with it’s own wood burning chamber under the oven, complete with a special cooking stone that eliminates the need for turning your pizzas from a direct fire next to it. A truly convenient pizza oven with rich luxury accents that are sure to make you think, “wow!” every time you look back at it.

 

The primary stone structure is available in 3 colors, the trim stones are available in 2 colors, and the bottom border are granite tiles, available in two colors. 

Choose from: 

Primary stone: Toffee Onyx, Sahara Chestnut, Limestone Quarry

Trim stone colors: Chestnut Bullnose, Bluestone Bullnose

Granite tile colors: Black Uba Tuba, Venetian Gold

 

Completed assembly measurements: 7 ft. 8 in. tall / 3 ft. 7 ¾ in. deep / 4 ft. 11 ½ in. wide. 

 

This oven also comes with a pro accessory kit, including a 13” pizza peel for inserting your pizza, 8” pizza peel, wire brush, oven rake, ash shovel, and a hanging rack for the peels.

 

View this product on our website for more details and color samples!

 

Cambridge Fully Assembled Stone Veneer Pizza Oven

Yet another beautiful full assembly; for simplicity and convenience, harboring quality brand stone veneer. If you like the profile and look of small stacked stones versus block stones, but don’t want to have the tedious work of installing stone panels, choose this fully assembled stone veneer oven! It comes in two pieces and can be assembled in under an hour on a fully finished concrete slab.

The primary stone structure is available in 3 colors, the trim stones are available in 2 colors, and the bottom border are granite tiles, available in two colors. 

Choose from: 

Stone Veneer: Santa Fe Canyon, Midnight Slate

Trim stone colors: Chestnut Bullnose, Bluestone Bullnose

Block Stone: Sahara Chestnut, Toffee Onyx

 

Completed assembly measurements: 7 ft. 8 in. tall / 3 ft. 7 ¾ in. deep / 4 ft. 11 ½ in. wide. 

 

This oven also comes with a pro accessory kit, including a 13” pizza peel for inserting your pizza, 8” pizza peel, wire brush, oven rake, ash shovel, and a hanging rack for the peels.

 

View this product on our website for more details and color samples!

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