The house I am preparing to move into has a "cosmetic" fireplace. It looks like a fireplace, it's built into the wall, but can't be used as one. What clever decorating ideas do you have for it? I'm game for anything--funny, functional, stylish, classic, clever, funky, hell--even some sort of tasteful heat retrofit--just anything that doesn't involve putting a fire in it (that would probably result in death).
Do I really have to mow my one acre meadow to prevent fire hazards? [more inside]
Would a concrete planter function as a firepit? (see pic inside) [more inside]
How do I stop my hearthless fireplace burning down the house? [more inside]
I bought a 100,000 BTU weed torch to kill the weeds in my driveway and etc. Can I safely use it to burn weeds in my lawn and other dirt areas without starting an underground fire that will spread for miles and burn uncontrollably forever? FWIW, I'm in Seattle.
What should we do with over 10,000 pictures of food? [more inside]
How do I remain emotionally stable with a highly anxious, micro-managing boss? [more inside]
What can I carry that will let me easily, consistantly and reliable make burning? [more inside]
How fast would you have to throw a baseball in order for it to catch fire? [more inside]
I have a lot of paper - journals, art, etc. Fire makes me nervous! Are there any good fireproof/fire resistant storage options for an apartment dweller? [more inside]
Has anyone ever experienced a personality change after a life-endangering experience? [more inside]
Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)? It involved walking around collecting different boots that let you walk across fire, ice, ect. I think it may have been called something like sim's sims or something like that. Pardon my lack of usable description of the game - I was 6 when I played it, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. Thanks! -Charlie
How did I not burn down my house? I realized I had run close to 5000 watts on a 15-amp line, where 1500 watts would be considered the most to put on the line. [more inside]
Looking for a briefly popular internet joke from a year or two ago. Setup was if the discovery of fire had been posted to slashdot (Digg? other?). Response is something like: "Too hot, smoke gets in your eyes, goes out too fast. Fail." Ringing any bells? Google is failing me.
Would spraying a stick-on (paper) CD label with artists' fixative make the disc unsafe to play? [more inside]
I need to build a small bonfire in Oakland,Ca. Tonight. Something campfire sized at largest. Want to be both safe and within the law. Emergency mourning. [more inside]
Seeking fire department incident response websites from anywhere in the world – updated on the fly (e.g. Toronto) or whenever they get the chance (Shropshire), it doesn't matter. Does your area's fire service do this?
Looking for an Austin-area restaurant or bar with an outdoor firepit. A decent winelist would be swell. [more inside]
How can we sell our house, when everyone is scared off by the vacant burned house next door? [more inside]
Before the sharp steel razor became generally available, what did most people shave with? Fire seems the best choice. Right? [more inside]
Less than a year ago, my SO left a pan on the stove and the rental house burned. Now, the owner's insurance company wants her to pay. [more inside]
We want to add a wood stove to my wife's studio, currently under construction. Is outside combustion air a must or a maybe? [more inside]
I have a two part question about fires and making firewood. The two parts are related so I assume this is fine... [more inside]
Tomorrow I have to take psychological testing for a firefighter job. If anyone has been through anything similar I'd appreciate any advice. [more inside]
Our cast iron skillets caught fire. Can they ever be used again? [more inside]
Bizarre question. Where would I get a fabric tested for flammability in NYC on a Saturday? Asking for a friend, I assume it's for a theater production going up tomorrow night!
how to empty the fire escape as quickly as possible in the event of NOT a fire [more inside]
[Spoilers for Song of Ice and Fire books] Why is that Arya Stark... [more inside]
2-Part question: 1) Why did my wok catch fire? 2) Why did it turn blue? [more inside]
I want to add soot as an element to one of my paintings. How do I create soot? [more inside]
I type the word iphone a lot knowing It should be spelled iPhone but I'm lazy and would rather just right click it and correct it. I know I can right click it and add it to the dictionary but what I want it to do is give iPhone with the capital P as a suggestion. I have already added iPhone to the dictionary but dont want to add iphone because its the wrong spelling. My friend complains about the same problem when it comes to Facebook he spells it lowercase and wants spellchecker to give him the option of spelling it with the capitalized F. Just as it would if he typed amsterdam and it would suggest Amsterdam with the capitalized A. Is this possible to fix? Thanxs in advance.
SmokeDetectorFilter: When my smoke detectors go off and I press their happy buttons, why don't they shush? How do I make them shush? [more inside]
Does anyone remember and know where I can find an old Flash animation that I saw on the internet years ago, which featured hopping bunnies, the floating head of Margaret Thatcher, and a jaunty song containing the word 'ja!'? [more inside]
When will the pan catch on fire? (kitchen) [more inside]
Can unplugged irons cause fires? One of my housemates (Housemate A) observed that my other housemate (Housemate B) put the clothes iron back into the cupboard without letting it cool down. How dangerous is this? [more inside]
Asbestos, mold and spores! Oh my! Slightly afraid of the burned down building next to me. Should I be? Details, and a heartwarming metafilter-related story inside. [more inside]
What is the meaning of the Benjamin Franklin quote: "The proof of gold is fire; the proof of woman, gold; the proof of man, a woman."
Trying to find a friend find a book she remembers reading as a child, fantasy genre, wizards, kids with magic, and it was a trillogy! Better description (kinda) inside [more inside]
Sort of a two-part question, though answering the first part will help me answer the second. First, does anyone know of a (preferably online) way to search for plays by topic or subject matter? Searching for title keywords is sometimes useful but not ideal, and I haven't been able to make the search functions at the major playhouses' websites play nicely either. Second, in particular, I'm looking for plays about, referencing, or otherwise related to fire, smoke, etc. Any thoughts on either? [more inside]
My apartment has a ceiling sprinkler system and one of the heads that has descended slightly from the ceiling. Should i worry that the sprinkler head will go off? [more inside]
My friend rents a house. The house burned last week. My friend has renter's insurance (probably not enough) and the landlord has homeowner's insurance (only $30k - definitely not enough). The fire inspector just announced that my friend's electric mattress pad shorted and caused the fire. Is the landlord's insurance company going to come after my friend? [more inside]
Beeping fire alarm. Should I be alarmed? [more inside]
CFL bulbs -- cracking, smoking, sparking? [more inside]
I’m looking for examples of fire, water, and/or ice being used as religious symbols or in religious practice in some way shape or form. Help? [more inside]
When a candle is burnt indoors, what happens to the wax? An amount of smoke equivalent to the mass of the candle is released as it's burnt (?)--does this manage to escape the house, or does most of it stay in the room and coat the walls, floors, ceiling, etc.?
With regards to the recent LA/Orange County fires: has anyone done a Is-it-on-fire? web site similar to what the USGS has done with their Did-you-feel-it? earthquake intensity reporting site? [more inside]
Investing/Day Trading -Why is it bad to pick stocks off the losers of the day assuming they will rebound? [more inside]
I bought an Ikea Kassett cardboard box with drawers, and have rigged the bottom drawer for a power strip, top for my mobile gadgets power station-style. Is this a fire hazard? [more inside]
Can I use a fire pit in a screened-in porch? [more inside]