Monday, December 3, 2012

Fired Up!

~~Village Pizzeria got a cool new outdoor heater!~~

Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire
and live with it.  The reason? Because he alone
has learned to put it out.
 
Village Pizzeria got one of those new (well, at least they're new to me) outdoor heaters.  One might wonder whether the majority of the heat may escape from this type of heater, with all that flame being exposed.  Well... I'm sure that someone who knows what they are talking about has thought of this, and they're just as efficient as the other kind.  Also, I just think they're pretty!  Especially since this one is right next to one of the city's festively-wrapped lightposts.  (Besides, if you are sitting outside in December, you should probably be supplementing the space heater with a jacket, anyway.)

Speaking of fire, for those locals who have been living under the same rock that I have (Hello, Neighbor!), and only recently heard of this, The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)'s Wintertime Residential Wood-Burning Curtailment Program began on November 1st.  During a no-burn alert, wood or manufactured logs cannot be burned, due to the health hazards from fine particulate matter.  Gas logs are still okay, and the AQMD has a program to help residents convert their wood fireplaces to a clean-burning gas log set.  There are expected to be 15-20 of these alerts between November 1st and the end of February.  Interestingly, campfires, beach bonfires, and ceremonial burnings are exempt.  To hear of the no-burn alerts as they happen, you can sign up here, on the AQMD's website. 

14 comments:

  1. those are new to me too...how cool!

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    1. Good - I'm not the only one! I really like them!

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  2. I only saw one for the first time a few months ago - they look very cool! (but are hopefully hot;)

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  3. Interesting heater and I like it too. I am sure it is safe and spreads the heat nicely, Adele.

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    1. I agree. I just like how they've made something functional into something nice to look at!

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  4. Is the clean burn alert a Sierra Madre exclusive? O does it affect the whole southland? This is new to me...but then I now live in a land where fire and pellet stoves are the main means of affordable heat!!!

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    1. I think the AQMD covers a few local counties. Not sure about your area? Check out the website. Maybe it will say?

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  5. Oh! I forgot to say I love those heaters!!! I've only seen it once...can't remember where...but it was cool/hot!!!

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  6. I had no idea, but my fireplace doesn't really work so I guess I'm good.

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    1. Thanks for not knowing, too, Margaret! Apparently, I haven't been under a rock, as I'm not the only one (unless you were there with me, and it was so crowded I didn't see you...). A non-working fireplace makes it easy. You don't have to pay attention to the alerts.

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  7. Wow, hard to believe you can't make a fire in your fireplace! I thought the manufactured logs were pretty clean.

    Well, it reminds me that there are strict rules in most Virginia counties on burning brush or leaves. Someone told me if you want to burn brush, roast some marshmallows over it; then it will be allowed.

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    1. From what I understand, they are less dangerous overall, but when they are having these no-burn alerts, they are basically in the same category as a wood log, whereas a gas log is considered okay. We have some big air-quality concerns here (although it is much better than, say, 30 years ago), but I understand that we are not the only ones that do this kind of a thing.

      I think we have similar rules on that too. It did say that bonfires are okay, so I think the marshmallow may make a difference! :)

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