Category - Guides

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All of the Parts of a Patio Umbrella
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OutsideModern Holiday Gift Guide 2017!
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Rodent Proof Composter Reviews and Information
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Vented Patio Umbrella Guide: Keep Your Umbrella From Sailing Away!
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Best Patio Umbrella Fabric For a Long Lasting Umbrella
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The Acapulco Chair. Replica or Original?
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The Chimneyless Fireplace. Guide and Information
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Natural Wicker vs Plastic Wicker Patio Furniture Information
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Best Teak Sealer. Outdoor Furniture Care Guide and Information
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Types of Outdoor Fabric: Oatdura vs Sunbrella, Olefin Fabrics, Oh My!

All of the Parts of a Patio Umbrella

All the Parts of a Patio Umbrella

In this article, we will look at all the parts of a patio umbrella, and cover the major aspects of each part. For those who already have a patio umbrella that may have a damaged piece, or need a replacement, this guide will hopefully help identify what needs to be replaced, and give you some idea where to look next. For those shopping for a patio umbrella, this guide will cover all the basics of the anatomy of a patio umbrella, and what to look for in a quality umbrella.

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OutsideModern Holiday Gift Guide 2017!

OutsideModern Holiday Gift Guide

OutsideModern Holiday Gift Guide. Img Source: Pixabay

Happy holidays! For most people who will be reading this, when the holidays come ’round, the weather outside will be frightful. It may be a bit odd to think about patio furniture, garden accessories, and the like for holiday gifts for your loved ones, but the winter can be an excellent time to purchase outdoor goods, patio accessories, and garden essentials.

Often these types of products are on sale compared to the hot season, and there are great bargains to be found on patio furniture and other items. We have collected several great ideas for different outdoor enthusiasts, broken down into several price points and category types.

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Rodent Proof Composter Reviews and Information

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Compost bins are a great way to sustainably reduce waste as well as provide nutrient rich material for your garden. Without the right compost bin though, your efforts could go to waste as rodents and pests find their way in, eating your food scraps, making a mess, and leaving your bin ineffective. There are several rodent proof composter units available on the market that provide a solution. The best rodent proof compost bin is the Jora JK270 compost bin. It is a dual-chamber tumbling compost bin with a large 106 gallon capacity, and is entirely sealed against rodent and bug intrusion. The Jora is extremely well built, and works great. It is, however, quite pricey, so you may want to consider a few other options if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg.

For a more information on the Jora JK270’s, see below. For our review of the Jora JK270 compost tumbler for a complete picture.

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Vented Patio Umbrella Guide: Keep Your Umbrella From Sailing Away!

Patio umbrellas are essentially large fabric sails attached to a base weight and maybe to a table. Strong wind gusts can do great damage to a patio umbrella (and to those sitting near by, if the umbrella lofts at the wrong time!) Due to this issue, most market umbrellas sold are vented in some way. A vented patio umbrella is designed to allow air to flow through the umbrella, and exit out through the vent. This helps keep the umbrella stable during gusty conditions, and also encourages fresh air to flow around the umbrella, keeping the air cool and comfortable.

Example of a Double Vented Patio Umbrella

Example of a Double Vented Patio Umbrella

In this article, we will look at a few different umbrella venting options, and discuss the pros and cons of each.

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Best Patio Umbrella Fabric For a Long Lasting Umbrella

Portofino Cantilever Umbrella with Sunbrella Fabric: The Best Patio Umbrella Fabric Available

Portofino Cantilever Umbrella with Sunbrella Fabric: The Best Patio Umbrella Fabric Available

A high quality patio umbrella or cantilever umbrella can be a wonderful accent in a patio or garden space, and can bring a great deal of color and style to a backyard area. However, many patio umbrellas are made of inferior fabrics, and are not properly treated against harsh UV rays, water, salt, and the elements. They quickly break down, or fade to the point of being an eyesore. What is the best patio umbrella fabric to purchase?

In this article we will look at several common patio umbrella fabrics, and consider which ones are appropriate for your needs and budget.

 

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The Acapulco Chair. Replica or Original?

Acapulco Chair Pin Up. Source: Kitsch Kitchen

Acapulco Chair Pin Up. Source: Kitsch Kitchen

Acapulco chairs are classic modern indoor/outdoor lounge chairs with a great fun, elegant style. These chairs are one of the iconic outdoor furniture pieces of the last 100 years, and a pinnacle of mid Century design. Along with the Adirondack chair, the Acapulco chair is one of the few “named” styles of outdoor chair available. Like many classic chairs, it is possible to purchase an Acapulco chair replica, or to find an original. But which the better choice? In this article we will look at the Acapulco chair and consider whether it makes sense to search for an original or purchase a replica.

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The Chimneyless Fireplace. Guide and Information

Chimneyless fireplaces, or vent-free fireplaces, come in many forms. These units can be used both indoor and outdoor, and offer many intriguing design possibilities. Vent free fireplaces burn a wide variety of fuels, such as bio ethanol liquid fuel, gel fuel, natural gas, etc., so no matter your circumstances, you’ll be able to find a chimneyless fireplace that will supply you with ambiance, heat, and soothing beauty.

A Vent Free Fireplace

A Vent Free Fireplace

In this article we will touch on several varieties of ventless fireplaces, and hopefully give you some context as to how these units work.

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Natural Wicker vs Plastic Wicker Patio Furniture Information

Natural rattan wicker and Polyethylene (PE) wicker are two different materials, with important distinctions. It would be natural to assume that organic wicker is the “authentic” material, while synthetic PE resin wicker is the knock-off material. That would be wrong, or at least simplistic. In this article, we will contrast rattan wicker vs. plastic wicker patio furniture materials, discuss the differences between them, and examine when it is appropriate to use each material.

An HDPE Plastic Wicker Patio Furniture Sectional Set

An HDPE Plastic Wicker Patio Furniture Sectional Set

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Best Teak Sealer. Outdoor Furniture Care Guide and Information

After a great deal of research, and a bit of elbow grease getting our hands dirty cleaning and refinishing outdoor teak, we have determined that the Star Brite teak sealer system is the best teak sealer for outdoor furniture. You’ll need to use the Star Brite Cleaner, and probably the Brightener as well, so read our full overview in the Product Reviews section below for a complete explanation of the process.

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Types of Outdoor Fabric: Oatdura vs Sunbrella, Olefin Fabrics, Oh My!

Sunbrella Fabric, one of the best Types of Outdoor Fabric available

Sunbrella Fabric, one of the best types of outdoor fabric available

Finding the right outdoor fabric can be difficult. There are so many styles, brands, and designs, and virtually every manufacturer claims their materials are UV resistant, water resistant, and fade resistant. But which types of outdoor fabric are best?

In this article we touch on the major types and brands of outdoor fabric, and the common fabric parameters to consider when shopping for outdoor fabrics.

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