Steve
  • Review count
    343
  • Helpfulness votes
    1,295
  • Average rating
    4.4
    4.4 out of 5
  • First Review:
    September 6, 2011
  • Last Review:
    January 8, 2020
 
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      Activity Summary
       
      • Review count
        343
      • Helpfulness votes
        1,295
      • Average rating
        4.4
        4.4 out of 5
      • First Review:
        September 6, 2011
      • Last Review:
        January 8, 2020
       
      • Question count
        1
         
        • Answer count
          114
           
           
           
           
          Steve's Reviews
           
          Add elegance to your driveway or walkway with the XEPA TECHNOLIGIES SPX212 energy saving stay on wall-mountable outdoor solar lamp. With LEDs, you never have to worry about replacing a bulb. Use the SPX212 as a replacement for an existing electrical lamp or find new areas around your home and avoid costly electrician fees. Simply assemble the light and place the solar panel in an area where it will receive direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. It then automatically turns on at night, providing you with 300 Lumens of illumination almost anywhere at no cost. This lamp is easy to set up, with no electrical wiring required.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Disappointing
          PostedFebruary 4, 2013
          Overall rating 
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          Quality 
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          Value 
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          Ease of installation 
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          We have a relatively large backyard, and it is WAY too dark. It really doesn't make sense to run wires on the outside walls, and install lamps, because we don't want to waste electricity at night when we're out there. So when i saw this product, a solar lamp that looks like a REAL lamp, i thought it would be the PERFECT solution to our problem. Unfortunately, it really wasn't.
          Installation
          Installation went relatively well, and quickly. There is a template included for the mounting holes, and it made the drilling of the mounting holes breeze. Unfortunately, to get the lamp part onto the mounting arm, you have to essentially dis-assemble the entire lamp. And when you re-assemble the lamp,
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          We have a relatively large backyard, and it is WAY too dark. It really doesn't make sense to run wires on the outside walls, and install lamps, because we don't want to waste electricity at night when we're out there. So when i saw this product, a solar lamp that looks like a REAL lamp, i thought it would be the PERFECT solution to our problem. Unfortunately, it really wasn't.
          Installation
          Installation went relatively well, and quickly. There is a template included for the mounting holes, and it made the drilling of the mounting holes breeze. Unfortunately, to get the lamp part onto the mounting arm, you have to essentially dis-assemble the entire lamp. And when you re-assemble the lamp, there are four small black screws that hold the lamp to the housing that you will have to install upside-down. This is not easy, and i kept dropping the screws. There should be a better way to do this.
          Application
          The lamp preforms like it's supposed to. The charge lasts pretty much the entire night (in motion-sensing conservation mode), which is fantastic. The motion sensor switches the lamp to a brighter setting when nearby, however, it is not the advertised 10 feet. It's more like 5 feet, which makes this feature almost irrelevant.
          The last few days have been cloudy, and the light did not come on, AT ALL. This means that the solar panel is not efficient on overcast days, and really needs direct sunlight.
          When it did turn on, the light output in the low conservation setting is really quite low. In my opinion, TOO low. Sure, i won't trip over anything when walking around, but that's where it ends. Its really just not enough light.
          Design & Look
          This is where the lamp really falls short. The lamp looks beautiful when off. At night, when it turns on, it is, i'm sad to say, atrocious. Why? The glass housing is made of this strange bubble design, where there are bubbles literally embedded throughout the glass. This looks fine during the day, and actually adds to the aesthetic. At night, however, it casts these horrible oval shadows all over the ground that look light big stains everywhere, almost like a reverse disco light. I really don't know anyone who would actually like this all over their yard and on the wall. The glass is this lamps Achilles heel.
          Secondly, the design of the actual light source is not thought out well either. There is 1 (one!) LED in the very middle top of the lamp that creates all of the light. This is essentially a point light source. When you walk near the lamp and actually look at it the LED, it almost blinds you like a laser. And the bigger issue is that due to this, the base of the lamp casts a horrible 3-foot diameter circle on the ground where there is no light. It is absolutely noticeable, and the higher up the lamp is installed, the larger this circle appears. The circle appears to have sharp, crisp edges, which does not blend well with anything. If the lamp was a bit brighter, and the glass was a opaque to diffuse the light, this lamp would be much better.
          Summary
          The lamp stays light, albeit dimly, all night, but only when it gets direct sunlight during the day. The solar panel design is sound, and the lamp is water tight. However, the patterns cast on the ground & adjacent walls are absolutely atrocious, and ruin this lamp completely.
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          Cons: Appearance
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          4out of 5found this review helpful.
           
          The Lifetime Driveway 3-Sport Set is perfect for Pickleball, QuickStart Tennis, Badminton and other fun family games. The all-weather net and poles have an easy telescoping adjustment that creates three different height settings (36 in., 49 in. and 61 in.) to accommodate a variety of games. The portable bases are filled with sand or water and can be moved to any desired location. This portable design makes the set perfect for driveway, beach, pool, or backyard play. The set-up is quick and easy and the all-weather materials will last for years of family fun. The Lifetime Driveway Tennis Set comes with 4 wooden paddles, 2 Pickleballs, 2 QuickStart Tennis balls and 2 Paddle Shuttlecocks. It also includes 2 carry bags for the poles and accessories.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Very cool and very portable
          PostedJanuary 28, 2013
          Overall rating 
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          Quality 
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          The Lifetime Driveway 3-sport set is a lot of fun. It is truly mobile, and quite easy to set up and take down. The pieces are made of durable materials, and i am pleased to find that a lot of attention to detail was placed into this product and it's application.
          Design/Materials
          The design of this set is quite nice. The poles are made of hollow metal and very sturdy. There is really NO way they are ever going to bend. They are painted a light grey that looks very nice and seems relatively durable. The bases are a thick black plastic, and they seem very solid as well. There are bungees at the tops in addition to the support strings to give the net some bounce. My 5 year old ran into the net
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          The Lifetime Driveway 3-sport set is a lot of fun. It is truly mobile, and quite easy to set up and take down. The pieces are made of durable materials, and i am pleased to find that a lot of attention to detail was placed into this product and it's application.
          Design/Materials
          The design of this set is quite nice. The poles are made of hollow metal and very sturdy. There is really NO way they are ever going to bend. They are painted a light grey that looks very nice and seems relatively durable. The bases are a thick black plastic, and they seem very solid as well. There are bungees at the tops in addition to the support strings to give the net some bounce. My 5 year old ran into the net dozens of times, and the poles never fell over even once.
          The paddles are solid and surprisingly comfortable for their simple wood laminate & plastic handle design. I've dropped them plenty of times, and they are still in great condition.
          Setup
          The poles easily expand and snap together to form the frame for the net. Just fill the bases with some water and throw on the net. That's all there is to it!
          The poles slide up and down to provide quite a wide range for the net height. The top goes from below my waist at the low setting and can adjust to shoulder height in order to accommodate different games and play levels.
          One thing to keep in mind is that this is BIG. It's advertised as a driveway set, but most driveways that i know of are too narrow for this. This also won't work on a slanted driveway. You really need a large flat area to play the tennis game, or a large grassy area for badminton.
          Portability
          This set includes two nice bags. One is for the paddles and balls, and the other holds the net and all of the poles. They have straps so you can thrown them over your shoulder take this gaming set wherever you want. Most likely somewhere you can use it OTHER than your driveway. Be warned, though. Due to the poles' sturdy construction, they are a bit heavy. Not TOO heavy, just heavy. I just wouldn't plan on walking a mile carrying these things.
          Game-play
          When i originally saw this set, the paddles reminded me of playing paddle-ball on the beach when i was a kid. However, this is not what this set is for. It is really made only for Pickle ball, Badminton, and an offshoot of Tennis. I have honestly never played any of these games before. They are definitely some of the less common games out there, but none the less are quite fun. Just don't expect to get this set and be able to play real tennis or volleyball with it. It's simply not what it's for.
          Summary
          This is a very well designed set. Two things to note, however. First, make sure these are the games you want to play. This is not for volleyball or tennis! Secondly, make sure you have a nice large, flat area (either hard surface or grass) to play this on. It's big!
          Overall, excellent quality and lots of fun.
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          Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight
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          The 6 ft. Lifetime Wave Kayak is specifically designed for kids ages 5 and up, or up to 130 lbs. The wide stance provides a stable paddling platform to keep your child safely in the kayak. Its sloped back end and swim-up step allows the rider to easily re-enter the kayak from the water. With scupper holes, multiple footrest positions, and great stability, the Wave is perfect for kids recreational kayaking.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Pink & works well
          PostedJanuary 22, 2013
          Overall rating 
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          Quality 
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          Value 
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          Lifetime does make this kayak in many different colors, however this is the one that we got. So to start off, the Kayak is pink. VERY pink. This makes it ideally suited for girls, and not at all suited for boys. I think that this combination might actually encourage girls to try this sport, as opposed to kayaks of another color. That is a good thing!
          Build an design
          The design is solid and sturdy. The kayak is quite wide, and that helps keep it upright. It has a comes with a pull handle up front, and two small eyelets on either side, presumably for mooring or some type of seat belt (not included). There are two slanted drainage holes near where the feet go, and that keeps the inside of the
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          Lifetime does make this kayak in many different colors, however this is the one that we got. So to start off, the Kayak is pink. VERY pink. This makes it ideally suited for girls, and not at all suited for boys. I think that this combination might actually encourage girls to try this sport, as opposed to kayaks of another color. That is a good thing!
          Build an design
          The design is solid and sturdy. The kayak is quite wide, and that helps keep it upright. It has a comes with a pull handle up front, and two small eyelets on either side, presumably for mooring or some type of seat belt (not included). There are two slanted drainage holes near where the feet go, and that keeps the inside of the kayak free of water. The paddle is sturdy when assembled (which can be done with a very simple click) and easy to use.
          Application
          One of the first things that my niece tried to do with this thing is to stand on it as if it was a paddle board. Unfortunately, it does not lend itself well to this. A wide stance was impossible to achieve, as the seating area was curved near the edges. In addition, when she did stand on the edges, it was difficult for her to keep her balance. Add to this that when standing, the only way actually paddle would be to hold one of the heads of the dual-headed paddle in your hands, which is incredibly awkward. So to summarize, this is NOT a paddle board, and it really cannot be used as one. It is a sit down kayak only.
          Implementation
          When used as designed (sitting), the kayak works quite well. It is is smooth and cuts through the water very nicely. With proper paddling form, you can actually get this sucker going at a pretty good clip.
          However, there seems to be an issue with the marketing for this kayak. It is described as a "youth" kayak for kids age 5 and up to 130 lbs. The seating, however, seems to be made for an adult - it's wide enough for an adult. So when my 7 year old niece is sitting in the kayak, paddling, her butt slides from one side to the other with every stroke. In addition, her legs are almost straight when seated, meaning she can't use them for balance and control. Perhaps when she's 10, she'll either have more strength in her (longer) legs to stay centered, or her body will be big enough for the seat. Either way, even though she is average for her age, a 7 year old is TOO SMALL for this kayak. And as the child gets older, they get heavier. I am guessing that a girl will pass the 130lb mark at some point in high school, giving her really only about 6 years to use this. (10 years to 16 years). That's not really a problem, i just think that the kayak should specify that this is for teenagers, and not for kids "5 and older".
          Transport
          The last piece of the review is actual transport. I'm 5'11, and 190lbs. The kayak is about 6 feet long, and despite the fact that it weighs a mere 19 bls, this thing is really difficult to carry. It's large and awkward, and the diameter of the midsection of the kayak prevents me from being able to carry it with one (or even two) hands. You can forget a "youth" taking this thing into the water herself! The only way that i've found to carry it is upside down over the top of your head, which is still incredibly cumbersome. Two people also cannot carry this kayak, as there is only one handle - in front. The person in the back has nothing to grab hold of, and it constantly slips and lands on the ground. What i see happening, is this thing will be dragged everywhere (over sand, concrete, etc) using the front handle, and eventually causing a hole to form on the back bottom - a bad thing for a water vessel. A very simple solution would have been to include another handle on the back for two-person carrying, or even some sort of handle on the side. This is a total oversight.
          Summary
          Aside from the problem of transport, this sit-down kayak is a great performer on the water, for 10 to 16 year old girls.
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          Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight
          Cons: difficult to carry
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          2out of 3found this review helpful.
           
          GorillaLadders Gorilla Ladders 1-Step Plastic Stool with 300 lb. Load Capacity
          GorillaLadders Gorilla Ladders 1-Step Plastic Stool with 300 lb. Load Capacity
          This one-step folding step stool is ideal for all ages. The solid one-piece top provides a large, sturdy and stable standing area and holds up to 300 pounds. This step stool's unique folding design allows for easy use and the thin profile when folded makes it easy to store in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or anywhere else in the home or office. Weighing just 2.5 lb., this 1-step is lightweight yet extremely durable, making it perfect for all uses.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Purchase frequency:Yearly
          great value, good construction
          PostedJanuary 2, 2013
          Overall rating 
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          The idea behind this is great. We've got some tall cabinets, and it's tough to get to the stuff in the back. I usually drag a chair over from the dining room and use that, but the prospect of this was tantalizing. Would it deliver??
          In short, YES! When assembled, the stool is quite sturdy. I put all of my weight on each edge of the stool to make sure that it did not tip over. Due to the slight angle of the legs, it was solid as a rock.
          Assembly & disassembly (if you can call it that) is super simple that my four year old can do it. Actually, that's probably a bad thing, because he can now get to the cookie jar!
          When folded, the stool is probably an inch thick, which makes it perfect for a
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          The idea behind this is great. We've got some tall cabinets, and it's tough to get to the stuff in the back. I usually drag a chair over from the dining room and use that, but the prospect of this was tantalizing. Would it deliver??
          In short, YES! When assembled, the stool is quite sturdy. I put all of my weight on each edge of the stool to make sure that it did not tip over. Due to the slight angle of the legs, it was solid as a rock.
          Assembly & disassembly (if you can call it that) is super simple that my four year old can do it. Actually, that's probably a bad thing, because he can now get to the cookie jar!
          When folded, the stool is probably an inch thick, which makes it perfect for a nice snug home between the fridge and the wall (every kitchen has this). It's out of sight, and takes up NO space.
          Convenient, light weight and sturdy, this stool is a perfect addition to our kitchen. Read Less
          Pros: Sturdy, Nice Design, Light Weight
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          1out of 1found this review helpful.
           
          Customize your bathing experience with the MOEN Halo 3-Spray Rainshower Showerhead. It offers exceptional force, and the outer ring of the showerhead pivots to provide more coverage. Choose from three different settings: a full rainshower with customizable coverage; a deep, targeted massage; or a luxurious, relaxing massage. You can install the Halo showerhead in minutes on most standard shower arms. Color: Chrome.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Heavenly
          PostedDecember 7, 2012
          Overall rating 
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          This shower head is BIG. 9 inches big. It's actually bigger that my head. Which, is the whole point, i would guess. It's quite clever how it's made, with the outside ring able to swivel to cover your body, while the inside is used primarily for washing or the massage function.
          Installation:
          The installation took about 1 minute, and the results were well worth it. It looks fancy, and it really makes the shower experience absolutely glorious.
          Design:
          A shower head with holes too small can cause the water to jet out, and actually hurts sometimes. If the holes are too large, you feel like you're taking a shower with a hose. On this shower head, the hole size is perfect.
          Finish:
          A nice chrome
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          This shower head is BIG. 9 inches big. It's actually bigger that my head. Which, is the whole point, i would guess. It's quite clever how it's made, with the outside ring able to swivel to cover your body, while the inside is used primarily for washing or the massage function.
          Installation:
          The installation took about 1 minute, and the results were well worth it. It looks fancy, and it really makes the shower experience absolutely glorious.
          Design:
          A shower head with holes too small can cause the water to jet out, and actually hurts sometimes. If the holes are too large, you feel like you're taking a shower with a hose. On this shower head, the hole size is perfect.
          Finish:
          A nice chrome finish will fit right in with most bathrooms.
          Feel:
          There are no stronger or lighter streams; all of the water holes have the same flow rate, which is really pretty incredible, considering the surface area the water has to spread out.
          The massage feature is quite pleasant as well. Honestly, this is the best water massage i've ever felt in a shower head.
          Water usage:
          This is probably the only category where the shower head suffers. But seriously. Lets face it. You're buying a rain shower head in order to take a nice, lovely rain shower.
          Yes it uses a LOT of water. Of course it does. But that's like buying a massive Suburban or a Chevy Tahoe and compalining that it doesn't get good gas mileage. If you want to conserve water, you're looking in the wrong place. This shower head is meant for comfort - and it delivers.
          Final Though:
          One thing that would have been nice if there was a lever to turn off the outer ring of water. This way, you could turn on the larger "rain" function only when you wanted it, and use the middle part as a standard shower only.
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          Pros: Lots of Features, Easy to Install, Looks Great
          +3points
          4out of 5found this review helpful.
           
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          Steve's Questions
           
          Century 90 Amp Inverter Arc 120 Stick Welder, Single Phase, 120V
          Century 90 Amp Inverter Arc 120 Stick Welder, Single Phase, 120V
          Designed for portability with a convenient shoulder strap, the Century Inverter Arc 120 Stick Welder outputs 10 - 90-Amp for versatility in a range of applications. This DC stick welder can weld materials up to 1/8 in. thick and includes a 10 ft. work cable, electrode holder and work clamp for added value.
           

          Does this product have the striker and ground lead with it

          Asked by
          Steve
          Lucasville. Ohio
          May 19, 2015
          I was interested in buying one but I seen they are not pictured with it. Did not now if I needed to order them seperate. Also can you order the sticker and ground lead by it self even if it does come with it?
           
          Steve's Answers
           
          The Samsung 1.9 cu. ft. large capacity Over-the-Range Microwave has sensor cooking technology and a ceramic enamel interior that is durable and easy to clean. This Samsung Over-the-Range Microwave makes preparing multiple dishes effortless with the large 1.9 cu. ft. capacity, accommodating even your biggest dishes. Sensor Cook technology automatically adjusts your cooking time for optimal results. Additionally, the Fingerprint Resistant finish helps reduce smudges and minimizes cleaning. Color: Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel.
           

          How do you set the clock with o’clock button?

          Asked by
          George
          October 31, 2019
          Asked by
          Steve
          Los Angeles, CA
          November 8, 2019
          Answer: 
          Hold it. You hold the button. Seriously. It's got a clock picture on it. You just hold it until the display clears. Once done and you've entered the time, press the same button again. Then press OK, and you're done.
           
          The Samsung 1.9 cu. ft. large capacity Over-the-Range Microwave has sensor cooking technology and a ceramic enamel interior that is durable and easy to clean. This Samsung Over-the-Range Microwave makes preparing multiple dishes effortless with the large 1.9 cu. ft. capacity, accommodating even your biggest dishes. Sensor Cook technology automatically adjusts your cooking time for optimal results. Additionally, the Fingerprint Resistant finish helps reduce smudges and minimizes cleaning. Color: Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel.
           

          Can I set this in a built in shelf not over a stove top?

          Asked by
          Baker
          November 6, 2019
          Asked by
          Steve
          Lucasville. Ohio
          November 8, 2019
          Answer: 
          No. This is specifically an under-the-counter unit.
           
          The HOMZ forward facing over-the-door ironing board is the ultimate in convenience. The steel mesh top is designed for improved steam flow measuring at 49 in. x 14.25 in., slightly smaller than the typical floor standing ironing board, but large enough for most garments. The included metal hooks allow quick installation on a standard 1-3/8 in. door (no tools required). The board easily glides into position and locks into place. Compared to other over-the-door ironing boards which fold up for storage exposing the backside of the board, this one slides back into position showing the cover. Folds away to just a 2 in. depth so it won't interfere with the door operation. Color: White.
           

          We have a solid wood closet door. Is there an option where this product can be screwed onto door...

          Asked by
          GG
          August 29, 2019
          We have a solid wood closet door. Is there an option where this product can be screwed onto door surface without looping over the top of the door?
          Asked by
          Steve
          Lucasville. Ohio
          October 9, 2019
          Answer: 
          The top clamps have holes in them, presumably for screws. I'd imagine that you could break the hooks in half, before they go over the top of the door, and just screw in the holes on the board side.
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          This electric fireplace is sure to create a warm and welcoming environment in your home. Double doors with beautiful decorative mullions open 270° to reveal the 19 in. infrared quartz electric fireplace with Spectrafire flame effect technology. Infrared heating technology keeps your home comfortable by maintaining natural humidity in the air, all while providing you with supplemental zone heating for up to 1,000 sq. ft. Brilliant Spectrafire flames showcase 3 blue and 3 amber effect options to create your ideal fire, displayed on a realistic log set and ember bed. Since you can enjoy your electric fireplace with or without heat, it can be used all year long for beautiful ambiance and optional warmth. Change the settings easily using the control panel on the unit or with the included remote control.
           

          Can the drawer be installed at the bottom to raise the fireplace box to a more visual level? Also...

          Asked by
          Nezzie
          August 29, 2019
          Can the drawer be installed at the bottom to raise the fireplace box to a more visual level?

          Also, strange colour... any others?
          Asked by
          Steve
          Los Angeles, CA
          September 27, 2019
          Answer: 
          No. The holes for the shelf, along with the drawer rails, are all on the top.
           
          Turn you backyard into the great outdoors and safely recreate the experience of sitting around the campfire with this natural stone fire pit. Perfect for telling ghost stories, enjoying a summer night, or just warming yourself as the sun goes down. Easy to maintain, and made from strong materials, this fire pit will allow you and your family to safely enjoy the wonders of open flame in your own backyard.
           

          Can this fire pit work with natural gas instead of a propane tank?

          Asked by
          Jen
          June 12, 2018
          Can this fire pit work with natural gas instead of a propane tank?
          Asked by
          Steve
          Los Angeles, California
          November 6, 2018
          Answer: 
          This would require a conversion kit. No ability to do this with the included parts.
           
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