Fire It Up

Emily McLoughlin
Photography By:
Kelsey Grudle

Whether you’re looking to enhance your home with an upscale fire pit or gas log set, gas cooktop or water heater, Pico Propane and Fuels’ new showroom in Bergheim provides you with a turnkey solution for all of your indoor and outdoor propane appliance needs to keep you and your family warm, comfortable and entertained.

With roots in the development and building industry, Chris Hill, President and CEO of Meritum Energy Holdings, entered the propane, fuel and lubricant distribution business in 2010 and has compiled an extensive network of operations that service both residential and commercial markets. Operating as Pico Propane and Fuels in the southern U.S., their territory covers everything south of IH-10 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Beaumont, Texas. “In addition to Pico, Meritum has operations along the east coast from New England to Florida. As a locally based company, we also have the benefits of a much larger scale, which allows us to provide reliability and access to the products we sell that are advantageous to a larger company. These benefits are ultimately passed along to our customers,” says Hill.  

Having been involved in developing Cordillera Ranch since the late 1990s and seeing the continued growth in the Boerne area, Hill recognized a missing niche in the local market. “There was a need for a turnkey solution for everything from gas fireplaces and fire pit products to grills and accessories, as well as gas appliances and generators,” he says. On October 14, the new Pico Propane and Fuels showroom opens to fulfill that need. The showroom will feature residential gas appliances and products but will also have access to extensive distributor relationships for commercial applications.  

The new showroom’s inventory is carefully curated, offering quality brands that Hill hand-selected. For the Design-Build community, Hill says, “This will be a welcoming place for builders, remodelers and homeowners to view and select products, as well as access a full range of catalogues and specifications from our premier vendor network that will support designers, architects and builders.” Their experienced sales team as well as their service and install team will also be able to help guide customers through the entire process.

For indoor applications, there are gas fireplaces, gas inserts and fireplace log sets from American-made manufacturers like Grand Canyon Gas Logs, Fireplace Xtrordinair® and DaVinci Custom Fireplaces. Outside, fire pits, fire bowls, masonry fireplaces and pizza ovens can be expertly installed.

Outdoor kitchens are now the norm in 76 percent of new construction, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Coyote® and Evo® Grills supply gas grills and smokers for carts or built-in applications incorporating islands and cabinetry. Hestan® products provide chef-driven performance for a true cook’s kitchen with grills, smokers, power burners, beverage stations and beer dispensers. Their inventory extends beyond outdoor entertainment with a full indoor kitchen suite. For 135 years, Bertazzoni has engineered cooking appliances and now partners with Italian sports car manufacturers to create the resilient and bold palette of their five signature range colors. These, along with the rest of the appliance suite, create a functional, yet luxurious coordinated kitchen.

Another iconic brand in the showroom’s portfolio is Bevelo® Gas and Electric Lights founded in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 1945. Generac® generators, gas water heaters, washers and dryers, furnaces and patio heaters round out the appliance and utility selections.

In addition to this impressive new product offering, Pico Propane and Fuels continues to be the leader in delivering a high quality customer experience while providing a seamless propane supply for your home.  Whether you need a new tank installed or just want the peace of mind in knowing your tank is always full with an easy-to-use app, Pico Propane and Fuels is the reliable propane provider in the Boerne market.  

The new Pico Showroom is located 1/2 mile east of the main Cordillera Ranch entrance on Hwy 46. Showroom Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday.

843 TX-46 Unit B, Bergheim, TX 78004  ::  844.427.7426

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