The Art of Fire: Creating a Glowing Garden Atmosphere on Chilly Evenings…
Dan Snow Fire Sculpture – Peter Mauss photo courtesy Dan Snow
Though September’s noontime hours may still be warm and humid, the clear, cool nights of late summer hint at things yet to come; glowing embers, wool blankets, and velvet skies filled with stars. On chilly evenings, my garden comes alive with pops, cracks and sparkles from Dan Snow’s beautiful fire sculpture, pictured below. Radiant heat from flame-shaped backrests makes this dramatic garden-feature the perfect spot to snuggle up with a glass of hot mulled wine (or cider) and a good storyteller…
Dan Snow’s Lit Fire Sculpture at Ferncliff – Photo â“’ Michaela at TGE
A handmade fire-feature, such as a stone sculpture or bowl, is of course the ultimate way to experience the art of fire in a garden setting. Vermont artist Dan Snow has created many spectacular dry-laid stone installations —including remarkable fire features— for his clients over the years. This word-renowned master craftsman and author also offers popular workshops —throughout the US and occasionally abroad— for those interested in learning age-old, dry-laid stone techniques. Building a fire pit of your own would be a wonderful early-autumn project; a work of art to be enjoyed throughout the year. Earthy and natural, stone is the perfect material for creating safe, beautiful fire features in the landscape. Adding sculptural drama to my garden by day, Dan’s fire feature becomes a warm and luminous gathering place by night…
Dan Snow’s Dramatic Fire Sculpture Still Manages to Conjure Flames, Even in the Daylight Hours at Ferncliff – Photo â“’ Michaela at TGE
For situations where inset features are impractical, carved stone fire-bowls and vessels, such as the ones featured here by Stone Forest, are a great alternative to permanently-installed fire pits. Stone Forest —based in Santa Fe, New Mexico— offers a wide variety of movable fire features in carved stone and steel/stone combinations. Lovely surrounded by gravel, and spectacular when combined with water, these hand made pieces make a stunning focal point – night or day…
Helios Fire Vessel – Available at Stone Forest
Saturn Fire Bowl available at Stone Forest
Suspended Fire Vessel available at Stone Forest
Taking the idea of portable fire one step further, is the chiminea. The Blue Rooster company manufactures dozens of chiminea models. The three shown directly below (priced from under $200- just under $400) would add a touch of the medieval, or perhaps even a bit of Tim Burton-inspired fantasy to the garden…
Blue Rooster Charcoal Gatsby Cast Aluminum Chiminea
Blue Rooster Prairie Cast Aluminum Chiminea in Charcoal Black
Blue Rooster Etruscan Cast Aluminum Chiminea
Movable fire pits and bowls are available in a wide range of prices and styles. Options linked below start just below $80 (some of the linked online retailers offer free shipping) and vary on upward with prices usually based upon material type and fabrication. For a modern style garden or patio, I would choose a minimalist fire-feature design, such as one of the three pictured below. The revolver fire pit (second and third photos below) transforms from garden cocktail/side table to fire feature in a flash. Then, once the ash has been emptied —just like Superman— it goes back to its mild-mannered day-job. I love multi-purpose pieces like this one – particularly on steel balconies and small terraces…
Solid Base Revolver Fire Pit w/ Wooden Table-Top
Solid Base Revolver Fire Pit w/ Wooden Table-Top
Blomus Outdoor Fire Pit (free shipping)
For a rustic garden setting or country atmosphere, I might choose one of the more industrial/farm-style fire bowls. Screens and grills offer protections from sparks, but all fire features should be surrounded by a wide buffer-zone of inflammable material, such as stone, brick, steel, concrete or gravel. When considering a fire-feature for a garden design, always check on local zoning and codes in your city or town before proceeding with your plans. Some areas may prohibit fire features entirely, and others will require permits, both for installation and for burning…
For a classic, elegant garden design or stone terrace, I might choose a copper fire bowl with iron accents, such as this one…
Copper Fire Pit and Screen Set – 40″
Portable Outdoor Fire Bowl (24″ diameter) from Exterior Accents – See Link Below
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4 Replies to “The Art of Fire: Creating a Glowing Garden Atmosphere on Chilly Evenings…”
Lit a fire last night – just like the one pictured above! :-) Can’t beat a live fire outside on a evening with a bit of early September chill in the air. Just perfect!
– We did the same thing here… I didn’t want to come indoors! I love how the stone holds the heat, long after the fire has faded. This is such a beautiful time of the year. xo M
Love Dan Snow’s mini-stone henges! Practical sculptures that will make your yard come alive should you have the space for something like this. The Stone Forest fire pits are elegant fire bowls; a unique combination of rock and metal that creates a nice contrast.Publisher,familyfirepit.com
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