I realize that I never discussed an amazing aspect of A Moveable Feast: the flaming chandelier.
While we were putting together the Feast and getting it ready for Burning Man, we knew that we had to involve some fire art. I was slammed with rebuilding the entire rear-end drivetrain of the Feast as we had completely over-torqued the transmission. However, one of my volunteers, Bill, was very enthusiastic about a fire chandelier, and heavily encouraged me to get it done as well. He went so far as to invite a copper artist down from Oakland to fly down and help.
I don’t like to stand in the way of enthusiasm, so I ordered some copper spheres, some copper flower parts, and started testing some flaming nozzle ideas. Wind resistance is very important for Burning Man and the reliability of any fire art, frankly. I got a single nozzle roughly working right before Ken Griswa showed up to put it all together. Bill, Ken, and I discussed our vision for the chandelier and immediately jived. I set Ken up with the tools I had and he quickly got to work. What an amazing artist! After a day he had put this shiny copper masterpiece together:
We used bronze wool to keep the flame lit during a gust of wind. The flame goes dim and jumps to the “sheltered” side of the puff of wool, but it quickly relights when the wind subsides. Even during the harsh dust storms of Burning Man it held up great! The Fire Chandelier did a fantastic job of setting the mood for a decadent meal on the playa.
I realized that the fire chandelier would work great for setting the mood during an outdoor party as well. I built a stand that utilized the “shepherd hook” of the Feast and would hold the chandelier for the guests of a party. I could see utilizing this in the backyard just as easily.
In fact, if you’re interested in a fire chandelier for your backyard or any other outdoor venue, please let me know. Ken and I would love to put some more together! It can run on propane or natural gas with no problems.