Fireplace with Waterfall: A Great Idea?
Go to bed in your fireplace. You’ll sleep like a log. ~ Ellen DeGeneres
Patent# US 6901925 concerns the invention of a Fireplace with Waterfall. Although most would probably agree that few things are more inviting on a cold winter day than the warmth emanating from a crackling fireplace, these same people would more than likely question the inclusion of a waterfall within the structure of that same fireplace. Fireplaces are often made of beautiful stone or brick, and modern gas fireplaces often contain attractive ceramic logs covering the gas burner. While beautifying that which is often the focal point of a living room or family room is well within the realm of the sane, the idea of doing so by offering the panorama of a waterfall seems more like the idea of someone who has tried very hard to spend quality time outside a strait jacket.
Upgrading the fireplace is a noble project but surely there are only a limited number of options available. Patent #US 6901925 provides a new alternative. In the words of the inventor:
“The present invention is a fireplace with a fire box containing a means for producing flames with a method and apparatus for making a waterfall that falls in front of or around the flames.”
Destined to provide a fireplace that allows one to view both a waterfall and a fire at the same time, one can only wonder why anyone would be so inclined. Speaking in its favor, the screen, which is positioned in the trough to disperse the water, is very neat and never permits the water to splash into the firebox.
Consider the ideas of some other inventors inspired by the fireplace. Read Toby’s “Fire Up Your Romance With The Travelmate Portable Fireplace” and Sarah O’s piece, “Be the Firestarter With a Platonic Fireplace."
I don’t know about you, but when I light a fire, I would rather not go for a swim.
What do YOU think?