Comments about Product: My handy husband assembled both benches but complained some predrilled holes didn't match up and sometimes wood split. I purchased 2 benches and both looked nice around fire pit but when first lifted one end to reposition, it split and fell apart in center. The center supports just aren't braced strong enough.
Comments about Product: We purchased two of these benches to put around our fire pit. One arrived broken, but the exchange process seems to be fairly easy. I noticed reviews that stated that there were splits in the wood on the legs. This is true, but my husband thinks that it is expected to happen. For the price, we can deal with it. He put a clear sealant on the wood and sanded it. The bench looks even better now!
Comments about Product: I really like this product. It was very well constructed and went together extremely easy. Appears to be very solidly made. My only complaint is that it is not prefinished, which I knew. I would recommend that if you are going to finish this item, that you would do so before it is assembled because it is more difficult to fully finish when assembled.
Comments about Product: Bought as a gift for a family member to use around the campfire. They love it. Have bought them 2 more since then.
The bench is great...all the other families at the lake now want them too.
The last bench i bought was packaged more compactly than the 1st two therefore had less trouble putting it in the car
Comments about Product: We have a large fire ring in our back yard that these work wonderfully around. Lets our friends enjoy the view of the Mares with their fouls and the view of the mountains in a camp style way which adds to their charm. We live in a log home in a rural area with lots of open spaces and wildlife. The log benches add to the scenery in a natural way.
Comments about Product: These are well built, sturdy benches. They assembled very easily and after assembly, I stained them to match my log cabin, for whose fire pit I bought them to sit around. They look great and I expect many happy years out of them.
Comments about Product: We use these benches down by our firepit which sits on a circular stone patio so the curve of the benches goes great with the shape of the patio. My husband stained them. We really enjoy sitting on them by the fire.
Comments about Product: I waited for warmer weather to assemble the bench because I want to stain it. [...] The instructions emphasize hitting the pieces with a mallat so they're tight. The tenons are too long to fit the holes after they are tight. One fastener missed the wood completely. The fasteners are not 'high quality'. I would recommend using hand tools. I like the design and the rustic look, but I don't expect this bench to last long.
Comments about Product: In the Summer, we use our benches around our campfire enclosure. In the Winter we set them up around the fire pit on our deck overlooking the skating rink. It makes a perfect place to gather, sing and snack. Good job!
Comments about Product: We have owned 3 for 2 years and have them around the firepit at our cabin. I was coming back for 2 more and saw the comments and couldn't believe them. The only thing I would like more is something with a back.
As for as Plow and Hearth is concerned, I usually order for our cabin and everything we have ordered has been great.
Comments about Product: Ordered two of these benches. Both arrived broken in half at the same place. Also, screws were not usable as the phillips head impressions were too shallow to insert a screwdriver on. Nice concept, poor follow-through on quality.
Comments about Product: We put these on a new "paver" sidewalk and sitting area going up to our front door. They look so welcoming - even had a few neighbors stop by to comment, one asked where we got them so I gave her your catalog. A few of the legs were split slightly, not all the way through. I think it's the nature of the wood and cut. They are cedar so I expect they will be fine. We're deciding now if we should stain them or let them weather to silver gray.
Comments about Product: The cedar bench was very difficult to assemble. The pre-drilled holes were not deep enough and the tops of the legs were not alligned properly with the holes in the bench. It is standing outside, but the legs are not parallel. I should have purchased a local assembled bench.
Comments about Product: I thought these curved benches would be perfect for our firepit area. But when they arrived and all but two out of more than 20 braces were split I knew this product was way below stardard. Do not buy this product.
Comments about Product: We put this bench on our porch for guests to sit on when taking off or putting on their shoes and boots.Everyone loves the way it sets and we get many good comments about it being so sturdy. We will be buying another one soon.
Comments about Product: These benches are definitely cedar. I could smell the cedar when I opened the boxes (ordered two). The assembly in not too difficult if you follow the instructions. You'll want a power driver with all the screws that need to be driven. I am still debating whether to stain or seal them or just leave as is. Right now they are out by our fire pit waiting for my decision regarding any finish. They seem to be sturdy and solid.
Comments about Product: I bought 2 last summer for around my firepit. I recently purchased 2 more to encircle the firepit. The first 2 weathered to a lovely silver and when the second 2 catch up we may clear coast them. They have be subjected to heat and rain and snow and freezing temperatures and stood up well. Which is why I bought the second set.
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The Olla: A Brief History
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!