EYE ON DESIGN: Carbon Dating

Firepits and Barbecues: The Remix

Dusk is my favorite time of day, especially now that spring is turning to summer, because I enjoy dinner outside — with a dry rose or some prosecco, naturally. That usually means sitting around an outdoor firepit or barbecue (when “spare-the-air” regulations permit). And though we need to be careful about particulates in smoke, according to The New York Times Magazine’s recent “Green Issue” barbecuing with charcoal is practically a net zero regarding carbon emissions. Whew! Summer still has some sizzle. But as I start to clean the big rusty black cauldron-on-a-tripod that is our grill, I wonder about alternatives that might bring our backyard into the 21st century. Here’s what I’ve found with a cool stainless steel look.

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The sturdy propeller-like design of The Conmoto Outdoor Fire Pit reinvents the campfire for suburban life.

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I’d call this one “Beyond The Pail!” or “Got Hot Milk?!” It’s the Eva Solo Tabletop Grill (porcelain and stainless steel with a teak stand) and takes the hibachi idea in an entirely new direction. I love it. Of course the charcoal should be equally well-designed…

I hope all this grilling has spurred your plan search. For a quick round-up of barbecue-friendly floor plans like the one shown below, Plan 544-1 by Steven Murphy, explore our Outdoor Rooms Collection.

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One response to “EYE ON DESIGN: Carbon Dating

  1. Dan

    Love your blog and all your new links on the left. I am going to go to placewares, checkout Nanawall doors, and I have subscribed to Design Public’s newsletter. Keep doing what cha doin.

    Ta,
    Sean Madison

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