By Phil Plait | March 16, 2012 11:55 am

I don’t really have much of a need for a fire pit. I mean, sure, it would be nice on chilly Boulder nights when we want to sit outside, and fire pits are rather romantic and cozy devices.

But this one? Come on. Yes, I want one! After all, I came up with this general idea years ago! [Specifically, the graphic on that page.]

Sigh. But at $1700 I suppose it’s just a pipe dream. After all, it would be rather ironic to own one since it would add CO2 to the atmosphere. And, of course (wait for it…) I don’t want to set the world on fire.

Tip o’ the charcoal briquet to Miss Cellania at Neatorama and Laughing Squid.

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Comments (26)

  1. ChuckV

    On the CO2 issue, it’s pretty neutral. If you burn wood, you are using the rapid biomass CO2 cycle instead of the slow geological sequestration cycle.

    Still, $1700 is a lot to pay for a fire pit.

  2. CJSF

    Phil, I think you’re missing a Want in that related posts list. What about:




  3. jason

    Is this to give a real visual impact to global warming?

  4. Dakkar

    Makes me think of “The Ink Spots” song ” I don’t want to set the world on fire”.


  5. Daffy

    I gotta get me one—but sadly, that’s the same amount I owe on my property taxes. Maybe next year.

  6. If you don’t want to set the world on fire, how about a firepit that looks like the guy in the “The stupid, it burns” cartoon? You could put firewood in his stomach and flames would shoot out of his head.

  7. critter42

    But…but…you could have a new image for ‘TEH STUPID….IT BURNS!” :)

    edit: heh, someone beat me to it…

  8. brossa

    If you burn wood in it, it’ll be carbon-neutral…

  9. lunchstealer

    I want a firepit shaped like Olympus Mons (except it would be far too wide to get close to the fire)

  10. Keith Bowden

    Silly scientist. There’s no way you’d get any heat from that. Nope nope nope, not at all. You’re just in the pocket of Big Fire Pita.


  11. Chris P

    “Some men just want to watch the world burn”

  12. Muttley

    @Keith Bowden: I prefer this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7AZIvDD5Lw


  13. CJSF: Nice catch! I put that one n too. :)

  14. Naked Bunny with a Whip

    You need to release the raw data from your firepit before I’ll believe it’s hot.

  15. BlueTemplar

    Hey, I might have found something for you for WANT: Part _13_ (Maybe for 01/04/2012?)

    The Tesla Purple Energy Shield‚ĄĘ !


    “The Tesla Purple Energy Shield‚ĄĘ outer shell is made of aluminium, which is first anodised (electrolytic oxidation) and then colored. The spin of the atoms and electrons of the aluminium is thus changed in such a way, that The Tesla Purple Energy Shield‚ĄĘ is said to vibrate in resonance with the fundamental energy (Chi, Prana, Orgon) of the universe. The Tesla Purple Energy Shield‚ĄĘ coating was developed by Ralph Bergstresser after a patent and from the knowledge / information and ideas of Nikola Tesla, with whom he worked in the 1940s. With anodising, the field of the plating is changed and interacts with tachyons. The surface of the plating has a unique crystal-structure.

    The chemical composition of the outer purple shell is the same as that of rubies and sapphires, which also consist of aluminium oxide. We know that rubies give energy and thus were called “life-stones” in the Middle-Ages.”

    “Tesla said, that when tachyons are slowed down, they produce energy fields of high density. As information carriers they are said to have a very beneficial effect on living organisms and to neutralize negative fields.

    The idea is, that tachyons pass trough untreated aluminium plates without hindrance. By anodising the surface of the aluminium, they develop a field that slows down tachyons. Thus the aluminium surface gets charged with subtle energy/information.

    The atomic structure of the outer shell of The Tesla Purple Energy Shield‚ĄĘ has been altered, allowing the atoms and electrons of the aluminium to resonate in tune with the basic energy that causes the particles of every atom and molecule to be in constant vibration. Once the structure of the atoms of the aluminium have been altered, they will remain in that condition- possibly indefinitely. The Tesla Purple Energy Shield‚ĄĘ creates a positive energy field around themselves that will penetrate any material substance by osmosis.

    Contrary to other similar products The Tesla Purple Energy Shield‚ĄĘ utilises high frequency tachyon energy and recharges itself continuously. it never needs to be recharged, upgraded or replaced. It will function perfectly indefinitely.”

    WARNING : Tachyons may cause unwanted time-travel effects. Kill your young grandfather at your own risk.

  16. Brian Too

    The combustion photons from the modelled vicinity of Gran Sasso are alleged to travel a tiny bit faster than c!

    Unfortunately Icarus flew too close to the firepit and rained on Opera’s parade.

  17. tmac57

    Well,if that’s your game,let’s not forget this one then:

  18. Frightened_peasant

    1700 dollars for that!? With a little bit of sheet metal and some ingenuity you could probably make one for far less than that. It could be a nice weekend project for you.

  19. It’d also be irony, cause it’d be made of iron.

  20. Joseph

    We didn’t start the fire!
    It’s been burning since the worlds been turning!

  21. PayasYouStargaze

    I’m with 19. Frightened_peasant. You could surely build one for a fraction of the cost. There’s no way that’s worth so much. (Unless the dollar has really fallen recently – No wait, that’s ¬£1080 in real money. Way too much.)

  22. Grand Lunar

    If they made one that was Venus or Io, THAT would be great!

  23. Tom

    You know ‘who’ else didn’t want to set the world on fire?


  24. Messier Tidy Upper

    Classic. 8)

    What a great idea for a dramatic firepit – would be loads of fun for a BBQ! Definitely on my wish list too. :-)

    @23. Grand Lunar : “If they made one that was Venus or Io, THAT would be great!”

    You know you could get a whole solar system of them with enough time, space, money and inguenity.. ūüėČ

    Just imagine one of those scale models of the solar system on that scale but all with flames inside. Although oddly enough, the only planet were you actually have fires well the combustion variety is Earth as this quote explains :

    ‚ÄúThere were no fires in the Martian desert. In fact, of all the worlds in the solar system only Earth with its oxygen-rich atmosphere knew fire.‚ÄĚ
    – Page 43, ‚ÄėVoyage‚Äô, Stephen Baxter, Harper-Collins, 1996.

    Yep, if I was a millionaire with a huge property I’d definitely have a such burning solar system set up! Ah, if only, sigh.

  25. Matt B.

    They should have centered the Pacific Ocean on the bottom to make as much of a bowl as possible. Then again the “map” on this thing is way off anyway: Greenland is too big (Mercator much?), North and South America are relatively rotated (NY to Guyana < NY to LA?), and Europe and Africa should be visible, so I'm guessing the Old World wasn't carved out at all. You'd think $1700 would buy some accuracy.


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