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What Material of Sugar Kettle Is Right For You?

by briansfurniture |December 22, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, Sugar Kettles

It’s no question that sugar kettles are a staple in Louisiana decor. Although the ways we use sugar kettles have changed over the years, the iconic southern symbol has remained. Sugars kettles have been a part of Louisiana history for a long time, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Today, the historic sugar kettle is not used in the production of sugar. However, it can be used in many other ways. They can also be made out of a variety of materials. The most common types of sugar kettles you see today are made from cast iron or fiberglass.

So if you’re looking for sugar kettles in Port Allen, how do you know what material is right for you? The experts at Brian’s Furniture are here with a short “sugar kettle” guide to help you out. So, let’s take a look at the difference between cast iron and fiberglass sugar kettles.

Fiberglass Sugar Kettles

Fiberglass sugar kettles are a light-weight alternative to cast-iron. These sugar kettles have the benefits of being light-weight and versatile. We see fiberglass sugar kettles being used for ponds, fountains, plant potters, and gardens. The light-weight material makes transportation easy and effective. Fiberglass sugar kettles can be used in conjunction with a water pump to turn your garden into a vibrant oasis. You can add fish and other aquatic plants to your sugar kettle pond to bring your landscape to life. The possibilities are endless. 

We recommend you stick with fiberglass if you’re using a sugar kettle for a pond, fountain, or garden planter. Although the cast-iron option can be used for all of these projects—the light-weight and softness of fiberglass makes it easy to cut, shape, or form your sugar kettle to meet your needs. 

Cast Iron Sugar Kettles

Cast iron sugar kettles are more sturdy and durable than their fiberglass counterparts. Cast iron is harder to cut, form, or shape, so you have to have special tools to manipulate the materials. That’s why we see the “DIY” crowd choose fiberglass when their project requires material manipulation. One of the benefits of cast iron sugar kettles is their temperature resistance. Cast iron can withstand high temperatures making it a perfect fire pit or grill.  Throwing in wood and fitting a grill over the top turns your sugar kettle into the perfect outdoor grill. 

Our Selection of Sugar Kettles in Port Allen

With hundreds of Louisiana-style cast-iron and fiberglass sugar kettles in stock, Brian’s Furniture offers the largest selection of sugar kettles in Port Allen. Additionally, our team can even ship them to you if you’re too far away to visit. Our unique Louisiana-style sugar kettles are available from 2′ to 7′ in both cast-iron and fiberglass. From outdoor products to home furnishings, Brian’s has something for everyone! 

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to call us at 225-346-0896 or fill out a form online. We look forward to providing the right sugar kettle for you.

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3 Ways To Use Your Sugar Kettles

by briansfurniture |November 30, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, Sugar Kettles

Sugar kettles are, without a doubt, an iconic relic of Louisiana’s history. Now found commonplace in Southern decor, sugar kettles are being used for a variety of purposes. The Sugar Kettle experts at Brian’s Furniture wanted to share some outdoor ideas to help make your landscape pop. Let’s take a look at just how versatile decorating your outdoor area with sugar kettles can be!

A Beautiful Fountain 

A water feature adds a certain “je ne sais quoi” to any landscape or garden. And sugar kettle fountains are a beautiful and easy way to transform your outdoor area. The most simple way to install a fountain is just by using a sugar kettle and water pump. We offer many different style fountains, ranging from simple sprinkler fountains to beautiful bronze bird fountains. Whatever look you’re trying to achieve for your sugar kettle fountain, Brian’s Furniture has many options for you.

A Stylish Fire Pit

A cast iron sugar kettle fire pit is a stylish addition to any outside area. And luckily, transforming your sugar kettle into a firepit is a breeze. The heavy cast iron bowl works perfectly as an instant and beautiful fire pit. Although, you might want to add some small holes at the bottom of the sugar kettle to allow for rainwater drainage. This also helps with ash disposal when washing your sugar kettle fire pit out. We have a large selection of sizes that’ll fit your every need. Creating your own outdoor fire pit area is as simple as setting up some chairs around your brand new sugar kettle fire pit. Grab your blankets and enjoy the crisp nights around a warm fire with your friends and family. 

A Louisiana-style Planter

Possibly the most simple use for a sugar kettle is converting it into a planter. Whether you opt for the fiberglass or cast iron sugar kettle, simply drill a drain hole in the bottom and you’re ready to plant! The beautiful pop of color from flowers or greenery paired with the uniqueness of the sugar kettle adds a perfect Louisiana touch to any outdoor space.

Our Selection Of Sugar Kettles in Port Allen

With hundreds of Louisiana-style cast-iron and fiberglass sugar kettles in stock, we have the largest selection in the South. Additionally, our team can even ship them to you if you’re too far away to visit. Our unique Louisiana-style sugar kettles are available from 2′ to 7′ in both cast-iron and fiberglass. From outdoor products to home furnishings, Brian’s has something for everyone! 

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to call us at 225-346-0896 or fill out a form online. We look forward to providing the right sugar kettle for you.

Do you have the sugar kettles you need? Turn to Brian's Furniture.

The Sweet History Of Sugar Kettles

by briansfurniture |November 2, 2020 |42 Comments | Outdoor, Sugar Kettles

Jesuit priests brought sugarcane into south Louisiana in 1751. After some experimenting with growing sugarcane, a thriving sugar industry was made in Louisiana that continues today. The sugar kettle was born out of necessity and found on the Louisiana sugar plantations. Sugarcane was cooked down in these sugar kettles to produce sugar in a fast and efficient way. If you live in Louisiana, you’ve undoubtedly seen sugar kettles used in our local landscaping and architecture. Sugar kettles are especially evident in the southern cities of Louisiana, like New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Cast Iron

Sugar kettles were used in 19th-century plantations where sugar cane was cooked down to produce sugar in these large iron pots. But this wasn’t a one-hit-wonder, these giant kettles had other uses as well. 

Because they’re typically made out of cast iron, they could withstand the heat. That meant cast iron sugar kettles could produce large amounts of food for the plantation. Eventually, using the sugar kettle to make sugar and food was phased out by other more efficient methods, so other uses were found.

Fiberglass 

Even though we don’t use sugar kettles to produce, this iconic symbol of Louisiana history has remained prevalent to this day. While the uses for sugar kettles changed, so did the materials used to make them. As sugar kettles transitioned into a more decorative role, fiberglass sugar kettles became a popular option. Because fiberglass is a lot lighter than cast iron, it’s easy to understand why one would choose this option while decorating.

Sugar Kettles Today

Sugar kettles have become an icon of Louisiana design and culture. Take New Orleans for example—they’re everywhere! From planters and fountains to simple estate ornaments, these sugar kettles are used in a variety of creative ways. Can’t wait to get your hands on one? Fret not, Brian’s Furniture has you covered. We have one of the largest selections of sugar kettles in the South!

Our Selection Of Sugar Kettles

With hundreds of Louisiana-style cast iron and fiberglass sugar kettles in stock, we have the largest selection in the South. Our team can even ship them to you if you’re too far away to visit. Our unique Louisiana-style sugar kettles are available from 2′ to 7′ in both cast iron and fiberglass. Wondering how to use them? They make beautiful planters or water fountains in nearly any yard. Or perhaps get your own cast iron kettle for a fire pit. From outdoor products to home furnishings, Brian’s has something for everyone! 

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to call us at 225-346-0896 or fill out a form online. We look forward to providing the right sugar kettle for you.