Since the Dawn of Man, fire has been enchanting, terrifying, comforting and sustaining. From every day tasks to sacred ceremonies, the attempts to tame fire for our use is the common thread that distinguishes all of humanity. Fire consumes, fire transforms, and fire feeds the soul.
Sharing time in front of a crackling wood burning fire pit with that someone special is the pinnacle of romance! Cuddled by a fire under the stars, watching the flames tickle the moon, sharing wine, hot chocolate or a nicely aged scotch with a loved one never fails to bring a sense of well-being and contentment. It’s been said that the hypnotic effect of fire, with the warmth on your face, can even be a cure for social anxiety. With so much mutual coziness and a little extra kindling to keep the fire going, conversation is optional!
Garden and patio designers consider a fire element to be a critical focal point for outdoor living, and for good reason! They understand the physical, emotional and even spiritual energy that seems to evolve in the presence of fire. Sharing a common fire with family and friends, young and old, evokes feelings of solidarity, invites the exchange of family lore, even inspires spontaneous song and story telling. Even newly met friends will feel the welcome familiarity. Sitting in the presence of fire arouses our shared humanity and awakens a stirring of memories that is as deep as our history.
A warm, comforting fire can be a soothing individual activity as well. The turn of a switch on a propane fire pit, or a match to light a table top fire bowl can transform your balcony into your own little private oasis. Add a book or a journal to write in under your balcony string lights, and you may just feel that fire in your soul.
When choosing the central fire element for your oasis, consider the space you have and the atmosphere you hope to achieve. A wood burning fire pit requires more open space, and a bit more work to maintain, but once surrounded by the hearty laughter of friends, song and s’mores, it becomes the foundation of special memories for years to come. Your wood burning fire pit just might make your yard the favorite gathering place in the neighborhood, the place everyone wants to be!
A propane fire pit can create a similar atmosphere, but will work better closer to the home, on a patio or other solid surface. Surrounded by comfortable conversation sets and cushy outdoor chairs, the setting can be a bit more intimate, and you can sit closer to the fire without fear of sparks or smoke. The innumerable choices of propane fire pit styles let you design your space for anything from fireside coffee-table chats to a romantic dinner party around a tall fire pit table.
If your outside space is too small or has regulations preventing the use of fire pits, consider a table top fire pot or small torch. You don’t have to give up the element of fire because you have a balcony instead of a patio, or a postage stamp yard, or too many low hanging trees. A fire pot is a stunningly beautiful piece of fire art. Similar to an oil lamp in function, fire pots are bowls of various sizes and shapes that conceal a gel or liquid bio-fuel to create an open fire that doesn’t smoke, flare or combust. Used as a centerpiece, a corner accent or even a pathway light to guide your guests to your garden, the safety factors of bio-fuel fire pots and torches can give you the atmosphere of an elegant fire element even in a more enclosed space.
The human relationship with fire is burned deeply into our DNA. Used safely and responsibly, fire can heal, comfort, warm and welcome. Some of the wisest words about the importance of fire come from some pretty unexpected philosophers:
"There's something magical about having a fire. The crackles and snaps...the warm, flickering light...everything always seems safe and cozy if you're sitting in front of a fire. And if you've got a hot tiger tummy to lie against...well!"
—Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes
“As Pooh made out his Christmas list by the fire with Owl, Piglet, Tiger, Eeyore, and Rabbit he realized that he already had the most important gift of all...his friends.” Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
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