Blue Rhino LP Gas Outdoor Firebowl with Slate/Marble Mantel Review

| November 16, 2011 | 5 Comments


LP Gas Outdoor Firebowl with Slate Marble Mantel by Blue Rhino Blue Rhino (GAD860SP)

Blue Rhino GAD860SP LP Gas Outdoor Firebowl with Slate Marble Mantel

Convenience in the backyard does not mean you need to sacrifice style. With the Blue Rhino LP gas outdoor firebowl with slate/marble mantel you can boast about having a gorgeous patio accessory that is simple to use and a breeze to maintain.

Features of the Blue Rhino LP Fire Pit Table

This unit (model GAD860SP) has an impressive appearance, but is matched by the latest design and technological advancements. Check out these features and decide for yourself whether this unit is worth the (reasonable) investment:

  • outdoor-rated fire bowl made from porcelain steel and mounted in a slate top with marble edging
  • doubles as a beautiful table for drinks and snacks while you’re enjoying the flames
  • gas-powered fire pit displays realistic flames without the smoke and mess of wood burning fire pits
  • cast iron burner provides 40,000 BTUs of heat
  • electric ignition in hidden control panel provides ultra simple start ups
  • 41.26” wide by 41.26” deep by 21.7” high
  • requires a 20-lb propane tank for operation (not included)
  • comes with cover

Built To Last

This patio table fire pit is made for years of dependable use. From the handcrafted mantel made from strong natural stone to the cast iron burner and the sturdy frame, this model from a well-known outdoor appliance manufacturer is an excellent value.

You can count on the one-year warranty to back the product up, but this fire pit chat table will last much longer than that. Use the included protective cover to keep bad weather and moisture off of the stone mantel and it will keep providing an enjoyable place to gather on the patio.

Ultra Convenient and Ready For Daily Use

For virtually the same price as a good quality patio table you also get the convenience of an outdoor fireplace. This is a clean burning appliance fueled by propane – no messier than your backyard BBQ. And with simple electric ignition you will have the flames up and roaring before your family has even sat down.

Filling up the propane tank is as easy as driving down to the local gas station. Filling stations are found in a variety of places and propane lasts for a decent amount of time, giving you hours and hours of warm and attractive flames.

Big Enough For the Family

At just over 41” square, the table on this model is actually useable. You will be able to gather four or five around the space quite comfortably and those even further away will see the flames without a problem. Place this unit in the center of your patio for a cozy spot to get together for cocktails or set it off to the side for a larger backyard party.

It’s fairly heavy (about 150 pounds) once you have the unit together, but two people could likely move the fire bowl without a problem. Many consumers have suggested assembling the unit near where you would like it set up. And be sure that spot is level and well supported to hold the weight of this fire pit coffee table.


The manufacturer states that no special tools are needed – the M5 Allen key is included and your favorite Philips head screwdriver will be necessary. The bowl is attached first, followed by the gas shields and then the sides of the base (lattice-look). Legs go on next with the tank guard afterward, followed by support bars and finally the base doors. Once you have assembled the lava rocks and set up the logs, you are ready to attach the propane tank and get a flame started.

Some buyers have complained that this unit is difficult to assemble. Instructions are mainly given in picture format, but virtually everything you need is included. Plan on having a friend on hand to help if you are hesitant. Assembly should take you between one and two hours, depending on your pace of work and whether or not you have help.

Warranty Information

Blue Rhino offers a one-year warranty on this unit. The gas outdoor firebowl is also sold under the brand UniFlame. This LPG gas unit cannot be converted to natural gas. A Note from the Manufacturer: “This outdoor fireplace has been designed for use with liquid propane (LP) gas only. The conversion to or attempted use of natural gas in this outdoor fireplace is dangerous and will void your warranty and may cause serious bodily injury or death, or property damage”.

What Other Reviewers Had To Say About the GAD860SP Model Gas Fire Pit Table

We’re giving this model a thumbs up for its attractive appearance, solid construction and convenient design. And we aren’t the only ones who liked this fire pit coffee table. With over 66 reviews, this bestselling product is very popular indeed. Here is a sampling of the comments made by other reviewers of this product:


  • “…fire pit is gorgeous… threw a high flame and had a good amount of heat.”
  • “Makes for a perfect evening to sit by the fire. Cozy, nice to look at, easy to use.”
  • “…looks so much more expensive than it is.”
  • “Receive many compliments from neighbors and friends.”
  • “Perfect size to get chairs around and not feel crowded. Puts out a good amount of heat once the stones heat up with a beautiful flame.”
  • “Great ambiance.”
  • “It looks beautiful and my husband loves it!”
  • “Perfect size for alfresco dining or just sipping wine and appetizers.”


  • More difficult to assemble than anticipated. Allow 2 hours and a handy helper if you are not mechanically inclined.
  • Black vinyl cover is included but take care not to tear it as it is a bit on the thin side. However it will suffice to protect it from the elements.

Where To Buy the GAD860SP Gas Outdoor Table Fire Pit by Blue Rhino

The price of this unit makes it a great investment for your backyard. Because it’s both a piece of furniture and a wonderful source of warmth, this unit delivers exceptional value. It may be offered at your local patio furniture retailer, but you’re best to shop online at major web retailers like The Blue Rhino LP Gas Outdoor Firebowl with Slate/Marble mantel will be delivered directly from the manufacturer. Fast shipping and decent discounts are waiting for you there. And with the simple click of your mouse this attractive and durable backyard accessory will be yours to enjoy.