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UniFlame Endless Summer GAD860SP Review

By: Carl Laron on September 13, 2016

Bottom Line

The UniFlame GAD860SP Endless Summer Slate and Marble Tile Gas Fire Pit (also sold as the Blue Rhino GAD860SP) is propane fueled, making it much easier to use than a wood-burning fire pit. Rather than chopping wood and building a fire, users just insert a propane tank and press the igniter. Its attractive styling is a good fit for most patios. While not permanently installed, the GAD860SP is too heavy to move about with ease. The Btu rating is as high, or higher, than many patio heaters, though most will want this fire pit first and foremost for its ambience, not for heating outdoor spaces. Assembly can be a challenge, reports say.

Pros

  • Sturdy construction
  • Slide-out tray for propane tank
  • Easy to light
  • High heat output

Cons

  • Assembly can be tricky
  • A handful of complaints about smoke and soot
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Breaking it down

Performance

Propane only. Users agree that the UniFlame/Blue Rhino GAD860SP Endless Summer Slate and Marble Tile Gas Fire Pit is beautiful to watch, especially since the flames come on instantly and remain constant, unlike a wood fire that takes time to get going. However, they disagree about how much heat this fireplace actually produces. Some owners report it puts out "plenty of heat," while others complain they only feel warmth when right next to the fire.

Ease of use

A couple of quirks. Assembling the Endless Summer GAD860SP can be tricky and that's the source of the majority of negative reviews we spotted. Although some users were able to put it together on their own with no problems, others report that it's definitely a two-person job that will take at least a couple of hours, and maybe a little (or a lot) of wrangling to get everything to line up. Once assembled, the fireplace is quite easy to light and comes with handy features like a waterproof cover and a slide-out tray for the propane tank. However, we saw a handful of reports that complain the fire produces too much smoke and soot during use, as if it were burning wood rather than gas. Also, the fire pit is very heavy (140 pounds), making it hard to move once assembled.

Ownership

Sturdy construction. Most users describe the Blue Rhino/UniFlame GAD860SP as very sturdy. In hundreds of owner-written reviews spread over sites like Amazon.com, Walmart.com and HomeDepot.com, we saw only a few reports of mechanical problems. The fireplace is backed by a one-year warranty, but we did not find any reports describing Blue Rhino's customer service quality. The fireplace requires a 20-pound propane tank, so regular refueling will add to the cost of ownership.

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