Tropitone introducing new fire tables at Preview Show
David Perry -- Casual Living, June 25, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - Tropitone Furniture Company, Inc. is introducing 24 new fire tables in time for International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market Preview Show, to be held July 16-18 at the Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Tropitone is introducing 24 new fire tables at Casual Market Preview Show, including gas, charcoal and gel fuel models.
"The sales results of last year's introduction of fire pits and tabletop cooking and entertaining into our table program exceeded our own aggressive expectations," said Tom Keddy, director of product management. "We are building on that success by following the same ‘Uniquely Tropitone' best-in-class, total-performance approach. The new fire tables will include eight new gas models, eight new charcoal models and eight new gel fuel models. The new fire table models were designed with interactive tabletop cooking and entertaining in mind."
The gas, charcoal and gel fuel fire tables include four of the Tropitone brand's most popular table top designs: 55" Round Spectrum Cast Aluminum, 55" Round Garden Terrace Cast Aluminum, 54" Round Banchetto Aluminum and 48" Square Banchetto Aluminum. Each table top design is available in both dining and counter heights for a total of 24 models.
The eight gas fire table models incorporate a unique four-tank manifold for connecting liquid propane tanks. The burner system is also easily converted to use natural gas with the kit provided with each model.
"The unique four-tank manifold is concealed within the gracefully designed table top skirt upon which the burner system controls are attached," Keddy said. "The versatile manifold will accommodate any combination of four 1-pound propane tanks. The tanks are not visible below the skirt creating the clean, elegant look of a regular table. The manifold and burner system can be easily accessed through a built-in door in the skirt."
Additionally, a 20-pound tank can be connected through the manifold via a connection hose included with each model. An optional 20-pound propane tank cover is also available. An optional patented round or square hard anodized aluminum table top grill pan can be placed on top of the burner pan for interactive table top cooking and entertaining.
The eight charcoal fire table models are specifically designed for interactive table top cooking and entertaining. The grill grate was designed to sit inside the charcoal pan at an angle facing each cook for an easy-to-use grilling surface. The double layer charcoal pan can be easily removed and replaced with an optional ice bucket designed to fit in the fire table center opening.
The eight gel fuel fire tables feature a three-can gel fuel holder that attaches to the center of the burner pan to secure the gel fuel cans. Glass or other decorative media can be used in the burner pan to enhance the visual appeal. Gel fuel fire tables can also be used indoors and in other confined spaces. Gel Fuel is readily available in the marketplace and burns cleanly and attractively with bright colors. The burner pan and gel fuel holder can be removed and replaced with an optional ice bucket.
Product safety was a top priority for Tropitone in designing the new fire tables, said Richard Rivera, VP of engineering. "From day one our gas fire pit and fire table models included appropriate safety features and our schedules included the time required for proper certification by an independent agency," Rivera said. "All gas products include a blow out box that houses a pilot flame that heats a thermocouple and lights the main burner. In the event the pilot flame blows out for any reason, the thermocouple automatically shuts off the flow of gas to the main burner. To re-light the gas fire pit or fire table, you simply go through the original lighting procedure. Gas will not flow again to the main burner until the pilot flame is re-lighted and the thermocouple re-heated.
"Although we are a casual furnishings company, several of us at Tropitone have had extensive professional experience with fire and heat products. We understand the protocols required to ensure that fire products marketed under the Tropitone brand must be designed to be as safe as reasonably possible and listed by an independent agency when appropriate."