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In a normal October, the Radisson BLU Saga Hotel in Reykjavik would be buzzing with tourists hoping for a glimpse of the Northern Lights, business travelers in town for trade fairs, honeymooners gearing up for a tour of Iceland’s waterfalls and geothermal spas. This year, of course, things are very different.

“It’s surreal,” said Ingibjorg Olafsdottir, the hotel’s general manager. “It’s completely quiet.”

Since March, even with government support, Ms. Olafsdottir’s staff has shrunk from 140 to just 16. The hotel, which has more than 200 rooms, normally has an occupancy rate of above 75 percent, but it fell to 11 percent in September.

“It’s been emotional,” Ms. Olafsdottir said, adding that, even after cutting down to bare-bones operations, the hotel continues to rack up debt. “But the thing is, I think everybody is in the same boat here.”

Tourism is undergoing an unprecedented downturn all over the world, but several factors make Iceland particularly vulnerable to the industry’s crash: geographic isolation, a small domestic population, strict border measures and an economy that — after an extraordinary, decade-long tourism boom — had come to depend heavily on foreign tourists. A recent surge in coronavirus cases has added to Iceland’s challenges.

But while visitor numbers are low, Iceland is positioning itself for a major tourism rebound after the pandemic. The government is investing more than $12 million in tourism infrastructure, while improving roads and harbors across the country. To keep the tourism industry afloat in the short term, the government is also investing more than $9 million in a program that distributes free travel vouchers to Icelandic citizens and residents. A marketing campaign targeting domestic tourists was rolled out in the late spring; an international version will be unveiled as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.

The government hopes that when people go to book their first post-pandemic flights overseas, Iceland will be at the top of their list.

A lack of tourists was the last thing that Icelanders were worrying about in 2018, when the country welcomed a record-breaking 2.3 million visitors — more than six times Iceland’s population.

It was the height of a tourism boom that most observers trace to 2008, when a steep drop in the value of the Icelandic krona — which was linked to the economic crisis that hit the country that year — suddenly made Iceland much more affordable to outsiders. Then in April 2010, the cloud of ash from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano forced the temporary closure of a large swath of European airspace — and put Iceland into headlines around the world. The government had rolled out the “Inspired by Iceland” marketing campaign just a few weeks after the eruption hit the news, and what started as a travel nuisance turned into a giant publicity boon.

Tourism took off. Visitor numbers rose from 459,000 in 2010 to more than 2.3 million in 2018. Economically, tourism came to account for 8.6 percent of gross domestic product and 39 percent of the country’s total export revenue. Roughly 30,000 people — nearly 16 percent of Iceland’s work force — were employed in the tourism industry in 2018.

Signs of tourism’s impact began cropping up in Reykjavik: Dunkin’ Donuts appeared in 2015 (all locations have since closed); a Hard Rock Cafe opened the following year; H&M arrived in 2017. In the countryside, sites that had once welcomed a handful of visitors were full of tour groups. Many tourists were seen parking their camper vans illegally, while others were caught defecating wherever they pleased.

“In a typical summer, you would see camper vans parked just about anywhere,” said Jenna Gottlieb, the author of the Moon Iceland travel guide and an American who has lived in Iceland since 2012. “That gets a lot of backlash from people because there aren’t toilets in a parking lot or wherever people are parking. It’s seen as so disrespectful.”

In 2015, a Justin Bieber music video transformed an obscure corner of the Icelandic countryside into a must-see spot for the Instagram crowd. The site — Fjadrargljufur canyon, which had little infrastructure in place when the video was filmed — was soon inundated with tourists. Iceland’s environmental agency later closed the site to visitors in the springtime, when the thawing earth is especially vulnerable to damage.

A survey of tourists in the summer of 2016 found that at all but two destinations — the popular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir Geothermal Area — a majority of visitors weren’t bothered by the size of the crowds. Most Icelanders also remained positive about tourism. Indeed, the industry’s rise brought locals many benefits: a broader range of jobs and restaurants, more affordable flights to other parts of the world. Plus, many of them actually enjoyed having visitors. Unlike other European tourist hot spots like Venice and Barcelona, Iceland has no active anti-tourism movement.

Icelanders “are just warmhearted people who like to have visitors,” said Anna Dora Saethorsdottir, a professor of tourism at the University of Iceland. “We are proud of our culture, we are proud of our nature. When you’re proud of something, you also love showing it. Most Icelanders are very positive toward tourism.”

But still, concerns started to mount. Foreign experts and many Icelanders worried about the pressure that all of those tourists were putting on the country’s fragile natural landscape. “Overtourism” appeared in a travel story about Iceland in 2016, and use of the term began to spread.

Of course, it wasn’t to last. In 2017, the Icelandic krona strengthened, making the country more expensive. In March 2019, WOW Air, an Icelandic low-cost airline, collapsed. Tourist numbers that year declined by about 14 percent, to just under 2 million. And then came 2020.

The summer started off fairly well. Coronavirus numbers in Iceland were low and travel within Europe’s Schengen Area, of which Iceland is a member, began opening up. Travelers to Iceland could choose either to undergo a virus test on arrival or self-quarantine for 14 days. At the same time, the government rolled out a campaign to promote tourism among the island’s roughly 366,000 inhabitants, offering tourism vouchers worth 5,000 krona (about $36) to every Icelandic resident over the age of 18.

The summer was “pretty good, considering everything,” said Bjarnheidur Hallsdottir, the chair of the board of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association and the chief executive of two tourism companies. “And then suddenly out of nowhere, the government decided to change the rules at the borders. Since then, everyone is crying.”

Under the new rules, which took effect on Aug. 19 and are still in place, arriving passengers may choose either to submit to two screening tests for the virus, separated by five days’ self-quarantine, or to skip border screening and self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

“Given the uptick in infections worldwide and the widespread effect that a small infection can have on the functioning of our society, the Government has decided to strengthen our border-screening measures to further limit the number of infections entering the country,” Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said when the rules were announced.

When the new measures took effect, Ms. Hallsdottir said, tourist numbers plunged. And while virus cases remained low for most of the summer, the country has registered a wave of new infections since the middle of September, even with the new measures in force. Many of the recent cases have been linked to a pair of French tourists who tested positive for the virus when they arrived in the country, but then failed to isolate, Iceland’s Visir.is news outlet reported. On Oct. 5, the government ordered bars, nightclubs and gyms to close, and banned most gatherings of more than 20 people.

As in most parts of the world, the tumult of the last several months has triggered a surge in unemployment in Iceland. Between March and August of this year, about 8,000 people — roughly 4 percent of the country’s labor force — were laid off, according to Iceland’s Directorate of Labour; most of those layoffs were in the tourism industry. Iceland’s unemployment rate reached 8.5 percent in August, compared to just 2.5 percent two years earlier. The agency predicted a rise in job losses in September and October.

Ms. Hallsdottir says that tourism operators are now looking to the government to help them cover running costs, or to pay the wages of a few personnel who can keep the companies afloat.

“If no one answers the phone or answers the emails, there will be no tourism next year,” she said.

After the 2008 banking crisis, Iceland’s tourism boom helped to propel the country into an impressive economic rebound. But while the rapid growth in foreign arrivals created jobs and revenue, it also outpaced the government’s ability to build the infrastructure that was needed to manage so many new visitors. Now, with tourist numbers low, the government has a chance to catch up.

This year, the Icelandic government is investing roughly 1.7 billion Icelandic krona (about $12.3 million) in infrastructure at both public and private tourist spots across the country, said Skarphedinn Berg Steinarsson, director general of the Icelandic Tourist Board. Roughly 1 billion krona has been set aside for infrastructure at national parks, protected areas and large public tourist sites, while 700 million krona is going into the country’s Tourist Site Protection Fund. The investments were already being planned last year, but the government increased the funding after the pandemic hit. Further investments will support harbor and road improvements throughout the country.

The improvements at tourist sites have two goals, Mr. Steinarsson said in an interview, “allowing them to receive bigger numbers — creating parking spaces, walking paths, etc. — but also preserving the nature to make sure that the sites will not be worn down when we get the visitors back.”

The largest grants from the Tourist Site Protection Fund are supporting the construction of a viewing platform on Bolafjall Mountain in the Westfjords, he said, as well as infrastructure at Studlagil Canyon, where a viewing platform is being installed as well as new walkways, toilets and information signs. These improvements are meant to keep tourists safe (the Bolafjall site features a steep cliff), while also protecting the landscape from environmental damage and improving the overall visitor experience.

The Studlagil Canyon is an example of a phenomenon that is not uncommon in Iceland: a site that was created not by the hosts, but by the visitors. The canyon — which features dramatic basalt-column cliffs lining the banks of a glacial-fed river — was “discovered” as an attractive destination only recently, Mr. Steinarsson said, after the river’s flow was made much calmer following the construction of a nearby hydroelectric plant.

“This is one of those sites that are created on social media,” Mr. Steinarsson said. “But there’s no infrastructure there, no parking sites, no toilets. What happens when you start allowing 100,000 or 500,000 visitors? Everything gets torn down because nothing is designed to accommodate that.”

Now the government is working with the owners of the land to build pathways, parking spaces and toilets. The goal, Mr. Steinarsson said, is to ensure that visitors can enjoy the site “without spoiling anything.”

The kind of infrastructure being installed at Studlagil is already in place at most of Iceland’s more established destinations, particularly in the Golden Circle — an area not far from Reykjavik that includes some of the country’s most famous tourist destinations: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Area and Thingvellir National Park, among other spots. While the infrastructure in those areas is already fairly good, Mr. Steinarsson said, any areas that are particularly fragile will need continual upkeep — and funding — to protect against damage from visitors.

Plenty of Icelanders would have seen these places over the last several months, and enjoyed them with smaller crowds than usual. A marketing campaign encouraging Icelanders to explore their country was rolled out in the late spring (“Island — komdu med!” or “Iceland — come join us!”), while the government’s travel voucher campaign helped to jump-start demand for hotels, restaurants and attractions. So far, Icelanders have used more than $1.2 million worth of their free travel vouchers, which are valid through the end of the year. The most popular spots have been FlyOver Iceland, an attraction in Reykjavik; Islandshotel, a hotel chain; and Blue Lagoon, the geothermal spa near the country’s biggest airport.

“It was a success,” said Mr. Steinarsson of the efforts to encourage domestic tourism. “Icelanders really enjoyed their country during the summertime. And that’s what counts.”

What will Icelandic tourism look like after travel restrictions are finally lifted? Several people interviewed expressed the hope that future tourists would make longer visits and take the time to explore less popular corners of the country.

“If you get off the beaten path a little bit — and you don’t even have to go that far — you can get more of a remote feeling, a more private version of Iceland,” said Ms. Gottlieb, the travel guide author.

It’s a kind of travel that seems in line with how consumer attitudes have shifted during the pandemic, said Peter Jordan, head of strategy and research at Toposophy, a destination marketing and management agency. People are looking for “open spaces, fresh air, nature, walking routes, cycling trails, outdoor activities, and perhaps a much slower form of travel,” he said in an interview. By those measures, Iceland — which has the lowest population density in Europe — scores very well indeed.

Even Ms. Olafsdottir, the hotel manager, was optimistic about the country’s prospects for post-pandemic tourism.

“The population is so small and the country is so big,” she said. “For Iceland, that’s a huge opportunity.”



By: Paige McClanahan
Title: Iceland Tourism Prepares for a Comeback
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/travel/iceland-tourism-pandemic.html
Published Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:00:25 +0000

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Operating a hotel, restaurant, lodge, resort, or any other hospitality business can be a challenging juggling act. In a service-oriented industry such as hotels and restaurants, it is crucial to create an atmosphere where the profitability is maximized by social marketing, booking revenues, and enhancing the guest experience.

Currently, the hospitality business has a lot to manage, which means that streamlining business operations should be your top consideration. After all, streamline processes plays a considerable role in the request being fulfilled more efficiently, enhance business culture, and ensure the full customer experience.

Here are a few ways you can apply to streamline your business’s daily operations, drive revenues, and create an exceptional hospitality experience that keeps your guests coming back.

Hire the perfect staff

You already have the mission that is ingrained in your heart, but is your staff as passionate about the business? Be careful when hiring your staff to ensure that your staff team is dedicated to making your business successful.

Utilize a web-based technology

Gone are those days where businesses relied on pen and paper or excel sheet to track employee performance, record guest sentiment, or review guest feedback. These older methods are not sustainable in the long term, making things run slower than they should. For instance, let’s say you are operating a vast hotel, and you have a paper survey that you give your guests at the end of their stay.

This paper survey asks the guests about room cleanliness, satisfaction, and other subjects regarding the quality of services offered and operations. With a paper survey, it may take months for your management to receive and review. This detracts from operational efficiency and addresses clients’ concerns too late to have positive impacts on service.

You can run your hospitality business from anywhere using web-based solutions that help groups accelerate reservations, manage the guest experience, utilize marketing channels, and set the room rates. You can get a reliable web-based software – ContactSafe from contactsafe.com, which can give you the freedom to operate your hotel or restaurant from anywhere. The software allows collaborative review, contract management becomes more comfortable and more efficient.

Focus on efficiency

Time is money. Therefore, being as efficient as possible is vital. From the onset, ensure that you keep looking for the right tools and strategies that make your daily operations easier without compromising the service quality. It can be easy as rearranging the kitchen workspace to make prepping dishes more efficient to adopt a high tech software that keeps your inventory better so that you will never run out of essential ingredients in the middle of the dinner rush.

Encourage employee engagement

As many hotel owners know, the effective way to streamline the daily operations is to monitor the staff performance and offer the feedback accordingly to ensure improved customer service.

To stay on encourage workers’ engagement, it would be best if you hold weekly or monthly meetings to share the ongoing goals besides letting the staff have their voices heard. Keeping regular addition to your usual weekly routine that will assist in streamlining the ongoing operations for the business.

Create a roadmap

The roadmap is an essential tool for any business to help visualize goals and set a strategic plan of action in motion. This tool helps streamline operations by ensuring that your staff is working towards the same purpose, and they are efficient in every step on their way.

When building your road map, it is advisable that you have an overall understanding of your businesses’ current performance metrics. Some aspects, such as inventory, service quality, online reviews are great places to begin. With that said, ensure that you record any underperforming qualities or improvements to help you gauge where you need work, where you are already excelling in, and what you will prioritize in terms of goals.

Create the recipe costing cards

Wasting your cash to purchase extra supplies you don’t require or losing your money because you are not charging enough for the dishes to balance out ingredients can get your business in a difficult financial situation. To avoid this, ensure that you create recipe costing cards that provide the layout of the cost of every item in the menu and the cost of food you are supposed to order. Also, you need to include what the ideal pricing would be for each dish.

Streamline the business maintenance process

The cleanliness, functionality, ambiance, and the amenities at your business can impact your ability to offer the world-class experiences to your guests. Using housekeeping and hotel maintenance checklist is significant to ensure that cleanliness is up to standards, rooms are set up with every essential thing your guests require, and the building elevators, lights, and pools are correctly working. 

Empower your employee staff to deliver efficiently by adding photos, guidelines, or instructions to the checklist. By offering a reference to your standards, you will allow your team’s knowledge and improve execution across locations.

Customers are always right!

You may have probably heard this, but it is true. To develop long-lasting relationships with your clients to keep them coming back again, you should make them feel like their feelings matter. Do whatever you can to make things right with your clients.

Manage your social media and website channels

 A significant part of daily hospitality business operations is sales and marketing, connecting and compelling travelers through each avenue. Ensure that you spend time every day to ensure that your website is up, the navigation tools are running smoothly, and the reservation tools are working accurately. Ensure that you make that you have social media presence, write interesting blogs that get you prospective customers, talk about your business, and address the clients’ feedback to boom and make friends and fans.

For hospitality businesses, it is a complex undertaking to run various while ensuring exceptional customer experience. It is essential to understand how to streamline the operations to provide optimal service with different moving parts. By following the above ways and tips, you are well on your way to simplifying every aspect of your business operations to deliver immaculate customer service.

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Only a skeleton staff at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden witnessed the blizzard of cherry blossoms scattered by spring breezes during the pandemic shutdown. Delicate blooms of wisteria tumbled over pergolas and plump roses unfurled with no appreciative fans to say “Oooh.”

The garden reopened in August for a limited daily number of socially distanced visitors. Now, as fall’s vibrant, showy display begins, meadow and woodland gardens completed at last winter’s onset are finally coming into their own. They are the culmination of a yearslong evolution, as the garden turns over a new leaf with the selection in September of Adrian Benepe, a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, as the new president and chief executive.

Botanical gardens have long represented an ideal of nature civilized, clipped and classified. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hasn’t discarded taxonomic collecting or spectacular floral displays but has steadily brought more of an ecological ethos to its intimate 52 acres. The new plant groupings are comparatively disorderly, host insects and birds, and change constantly with flowers, seed pods, and leaf colors constantly popping and fading.

A long neglected 1.25-acre slope has become the Robert W. Wilson Overlook. It now hosts a sinuous path lined by white concrete retaining walls. It zigzags up amid a maturing meadow in what look like calligraphic brush strokes.

The slope was produced from excavations for the adjacent Brooklyn Museum early in the 20th century. The two glass pavilions that form the Washington Avenue entrance and visitor center had been wedged into the slope in 2012, designed by the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. In designing the overlook, the architects echoed the waving grass roofs of the pavilions across the garden. The overlook unites upper-level attractions that wrap the museum with the core of the garden that stretches southward.

The path also eases the slope’s three-story drop for disabled visitors with a ramp so gentle that no confining railings are needed. The serpentine 680-foot-long walkway urges close contemplation as it rises a gentle 26 feet. “The garden slows you down,” Ms. Weiss said.

Textures and color are subtly enhanced in this meadow. “Grasses are prominent,” explained Tobias Wolf, the overlook’s landscape architect. Tiny intertwined flowers, leaves and stems hug the soil, including wild strawberries flopping over the top of retaining walls. Mr. Wolf likened the planting idea to “very fine threads woven together,” creating, in effect, small ecological habitats. “Even in winter there is an architecture of interlocking plants stems and seedpods,” he said.

Crape myrtles soar like totems out of the layers of low plantings, their summer firecracker blooms finished and their leaves turning rust red. The overlook adds 12 new varieties to its small collection. They have gained in popularity as climate change has extended their range northward.

The Botanic Garden opened in 1911 as a plant collection assembled for appreciation and scientific study, and the new myrtle varieties continue that mission. At the same time, they frame vistas from resting places along the path to such iconic destinations as the Cherry Esplanade and the Cranston Rose Garden: formal set pieces spread out below that echo the Brooklyn Museum’s Beaux-Arts splendor, now hemmed in by wilder, shaggy clouds of vegetation in contrasting textures and hues.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden, which rescues an ignored corner of the Botanic Garden and remakes it as an intensified version of a Northeastern forest edge.

Using the swirling paths found in Brooklyn Bridge Park and his other prominent works, the landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh created a richly varied understory of shade-loving plants. The feeling is familiar yet foreign, since the plantings, as at the overlook, mix the native with the cultivated. Elegant Asian conifers spread their lushly needled branches alongside youthful American hardwoods. Plantings are dense and the spaces intimate, opening to short vistas, including the dome of the museum.

Historically, botanical gardens were set up to “move you from one tableau to the next,” Mr. Van Valkenburgh said. “What we’re doing is like rehanging a museum collection,” in the process enriching the specimen displays and blurring the borders between them. “We find the notion of the botanic garden pretty forgiving,” he added. “You can find what speaks to you.”

What at first appears to be a roofless ruin seen through a scrim of lindens is a walled patio designed by Mr. Van Valkenburgh’s team. “It’s a romantic idea,” he said. “We wanted to surprise you.” Paths weave around the delicate branches of a magnolia variety called Green Shadow. His hand is seen all the way to the southern gate at Flatbush Avenue. Using more coiling pathways he draws the visitor around the majestic trees of the Native Flora Garden, and into a new display of maples from Japan and China that rise out of mounds of low herbaceous plantings. Younger trees turning pale yellow stand out against the still-green backdrop of mature trees.

In an earlier project, Mr. Van Valkenburgh improved Belle’s Brook, a stream that drains the pond of the Japanese garden and runs along the western edge of a parklike lawn. The riot of leaf shapes and hues of its water-loving plants contrast with the sober procession of specimen tree collections along the eastern edge — a contrast of traditional botanical magnificence and invented but authentic nature. “Though the stream looks natural and native there are plants from all over the world,” he said. “They may be French, North American or Japanese but they can play together.”

The stream culminates in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden, a naturalized focal point for the Discovery Garden and Children’s Garden near the southern entrance. The water-garden project includes a filtration system that returns the stream’s water to the Japanese garden pond, saving millions of gallons of fresh water annually.

The Woodland Garden completes a $124-million master plan conceived in 2000 by the former Botanic Garden president, Judith Zuk, and the chairman, Earl Weiner, and largely executed by Scot Medbury, who left in January. He has been succeeded by Mr. Benepe, who most recently came from the Trust for Public Land.

“My first obligation is to be true to what’s been done here,” Mr. Benepe said while walking through the garden. He’s looking at how the institution can lead when the coronavirus has made gardens and parks “more essential than ever for physical and mental health.” Across the country, he said, parks face funding crises.

The Botanic Garden’s extensive education programs continue via video; it sends plants to children to raise on their own. Mr. Benepe now would welcome schoolchildren to the garden in small groups. “The science tells us that outdoors are safer than indoors,” he said. Schools and the state government have yet to get on board with the plan, so it is up to parents to bring them here to see and touch the magic.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden

990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-623-7200, bbg.org. Advance timed-entry tickets are required to enter.

By: James S. Russell
Title: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns Over a New Leaf
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/arts/design/brooklyn-botanic-garden-reopen.html
Published Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:21:13 +0000

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Wood is combustible, and it catches fire quickly. Therefore, to install a fire pit on the wood deck needs more precautions. When it comes to shopping for the Best and Safe fire pits for wood decks for you, you must give importance to buy the one that promises to be the safest alternative.

Before you install and use any fire pits, you must read out the manufacturer’s specifications carefully. Not only there’s a need to ensure that your deck has ample clearance, but you must also make sure that it doesn’t exceed the weight limit. Several manufacturers ask to install a non-combustible pad as a barrier between the wood deck and fire pit. Even if the manufacturer doesn’t recommend this, it will be worthier that you install the one that ensures safety.

Don’t forget to check out the local and state regulations to ensure you can safely and lawfully install a fire pit on wood decks. Not to forget, make sure to leave the fire pit installation to a professional one. However, several risks are involved, so you should take precautions before starting with the installation process. You can know more about it here at www.livingtheoutdoorlife.com. 

You should know about several alternatives, which you may consider buying one based upon your exact needs.

Solo stove bonfire fire pit-

This fire pit is a one sleek fire pit. The thing that has made it an eye-catching alternative is a stainless steel body that promises durability and makes it look better.

The best thing is that it is designed in such a way that it enhances the air circulation from inside.

It claims that it features 19” double-wall design, and it, therefore, permits freer circulation of the air into the fire pit that, in turn, makes the wood burn better and produces smoke in a less proportion.

The most significant thing is that this option is safe for patio decks, ensured by a bonfire stand that keeps the heat away from the deck’s surface.

Features-

  • Safety-stand for a patio wooden deck
  • Stainless steel body
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Vents for an enhanced air circulation

Advantages-

  • Sleek design
  • Durable product
  • Produces less amount of smoke
  • Safe for the wooden decks

Jasmine outdoor 33” square fire pit-

To have a smoke free experience, you may then choose this alternative. Of course, this one will not bring out an authentic wood fire vibe, but it is going to be a safer alternative as it is not going to make ember or sparks that can end up onto the wooden deck.

Firing this is effortless, just because of its mechanical push button that sparks ignition. It takes several seconds firing the pit. The valve knob permits fast flaming and heat adjustment to 40,000 BTUs.

Beautiful design is what you can notice, the concentrated brown finish and the rust-resistant coating makes it an appealing piece and durable.

It’s a space-efficient option and doesn’t occupy much space. As it has a storage compartment, and you can place a propane tank.

Features-

  • Designed with iron
  • Interior storage space for the propane tank
  • Automatic ignition
  • Rated 40,000 BTU per hour
  • Concrete finishes

Advantages-

  • Emits no smoke, sparks, and embers
  • Space efficient
  • Easy to startup
  • Weather-resistant

Jaxon outdoor fire table-

Another attractive option to buy, Jaxon has created this fire pit from a smoothened lightweight concrete, and bright tone imparts a sleek look.

This looks stunning, and concrete makes it weather resistant and durable piece.

Functioning on propane, this fire pit is an ideal option to use on the wooden decks. To maintain its look, it is outfitted with a tank compartment to put away the propane tank.

Features-

  • Separate tank holder
  • Smooth concrete build
  • Lava rocks for enhanced flame visuals

Advantages-

  • Spark, smoke, and ember free functionality
  • Simple and gorgeous look

Outland living cypress fire bowl propane fire pit-

The simpler and rustic look of this fire pit is making it to be an appealing alternative. However, simplicity doesn’t mean ugliness. This fire pit is featuring steel build along with smooth finishes that impart sleekness.

The steel body is featured with powder coating, and enamel finish allows well-enhanced durability and the most essential, corrosion resistance.

This propane fire pit doesn’t deliver authentic experience; it comes with 5.5 pounds of lava rock. This, therefore, enhances the fire flickering effects.

The most significant plus point of using it is its lightness, weighing 26 pounds. It’s 3-4 times lighter in comparison to the fire pits that are reviewed so far. In addition to that, the same is having small footprints.

That being said, this fire pit doesn’t have tank compartments, and you may need to improvise to hide the propane tank.

Features-

  • 5 pounds of lava rocks are included
  • Rated 58,000 BTU per hour
  • 26 pounds of weight
  • Enamel finish and powdered coated build

Advantages-

  • High-quality product
  • Affordable
  • Mess-free functionality
  • Compact and light-weighted product

Stonecrest propane fire pit-

The dimensions and shape of it make it a space-efficient and compact option.

It is built identical to the Jaxon fire pit. It features a lightweight concrete outer across a metal frame. It has a rustic and rough vibe. People like this option due to its sleek look.

This fire pit comes with the lava rocks to improvise the fire effects. Lastly, being a propane fire pit, it promises to deliver the mess-free functionality and is safe compared to any other alternative.

Features-

  • Lava rocks included
  • Lightweight concrete constructed
  • Rated 40,000 BTU per hour

Advantages-

  • Space efficient
  • Mess and smoke-free functionality
  • Durable and rustic design

Last points-

Finally, you have come across the best to choose fire pits for wood decks. When using it, make sure that you take precautions; otherwise, the jumping sparks and hot coals may cause a fire. Remember not to leave the same open whenever using to avoid any hazard to occur. To become educated and know about the fire pits.

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