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Fire tools in their storage garage.

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Not sure if this will show up correctly or not, since Facebook is pulling more shenanigans. CinderCone!

CinderCone: How.

Once I decided I wanted to make a chimenea, it was time to address the “How?” I’ve spent 25 years slowly incorporating computer-aided design elements into my work, including patterns that are warped and deformed algorithmically. I had a vague idea of how I wanted the perforated pattern to look, but utilized the "mess with it 'til it looks good" method to arrive at a layout of hexagons, warped along a curving path. Not to get too far into the weeds, but that curving path acts as an attractor, deforming the hexes more strongly relative to their distance from it.

Chimenea attractor curve


Since the humble hexagon was the seed for the pattern, I thought it appropriate to use it as the driving motif for the chimenea’s main form, too. Given that there are some immutable constraints at play - scale, containing the fire, supporting the wood, channeling the smoke, etc. - much of the remaining design choices were just a matter of adjusting the form to allow for said constraints. I worked up the basic shape, then stuck an average-sized human into the scene to check the scale. The initial 40 inch height just felt too small when viewed in this context, so I added a foot. Ta Da!


Original, too-small design Revised, taller size


Once I have the design finalized, I lay out all the parts as flat patterns for the laser cutter, then send them off to be cut.

laser cutting layout

Nice detail shot of CinderCone by Jafe, @jafetparsons

Thanks everyone for your patience! I"m finally ready to release the hounds; the CinderCone #chimenea is available for purchase on my web store. Badass photography by @jafetparsons

Went for a mtn bike ride this morning and found the grizzly of allergens. Had to take the afternoon off to avoid sneezing all over everything. Are antihistamines anything but placebos? Have a CinderCone trio for Friday afternoon.

Working on getting my website updated. Studio shots should be done soon. Stoked. Made some new video and updated renders with the V2 design.

Can't get over the gorgeous colors produced on this guy - just from a little fire!

Chimenea season is almost upon us. #fire #TheGoodKind

CinderCone: A chimenea?

So, I designed a chimenea. I’m calling it the “CinderCone.”

Chimenea render with figure for scale

Why a chimenea?

(If your first question is, rather, "WHAT is a chimenea?" - Wikipedia is your friend!)

Have you seen 'em? Talk about homely! Their design is primarily driven by utility tempered by manufacturing cost - and even when some aesthetics are brought into play, like in the last example below, the result is awkward, clumsy, and, well - what the hell is that shiny brass cap doing on there? Yeesh.

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I often look around at the objects we fill our lives with, and wonder if there isn't something better, something more designed and pleasing to the eye to be had. Given that our blind fealty to the baser tenets of capitalism has brought us to the brink of destroying the climate, it seems that finding not just prettier but more considered, hand-crafted items just might be a better way forward. I also really like the aesthetic and cultural experience of the small fire, it's power to enthrall us, bring us together, and transport us through time to a primal place of comfort and camaraderie as we huddle around its warmth. Add some computer-aided design and laser cutting to the mix, and you have a redolent, fiery nexus of the ancient and modern to help stave off the darkness with your friends and loved ones.

Plus, given that the corona virus torpedoed that screen project I spoke of in my last post, I was looking for something other than craft beer and mountain biking to keep me occupied.

A stitch (weld) in time saves… OMG what the hell am I doing!

Tuh. Duh. Why are hexagons so cool? CinderCone 2.0 upper section almost done.

Yep, that anchoring "ring" makes assembling the upper sections easier, too.

A series showing the new anchoring bracket configuration how they're fabricated.

CinderCone 2.0 is coming along. I've reworked the method for fastening the top section to the bottom, incorporating a way to clamp the grill down in the process. Also added length to the leg gussets to improve rigidity. Solidworks, you PITA, I love ya!

(Lookit them colors!)

Pulling the warpage out of the grill and adding some ribs to prevent it in the future. This ridiculous "fixture" was the straw that broke my bank account: ordered a new Siegmund workstation from @tricktools to end this foolishness. So excite!

Revamped brackets; trying to solve some issues.

Still digging the colors our VERY hot fire left behind on the CinderCone #chimenea.

Still working on this thing. Waiting on some redesigned parts to be cut, and testing out some new ideas in #Solidworks.

#functionalart #sculpture #iterate #ifatfirstyoudontsucceed #stainlesssteel #chimenea

This shot of CinderCone, and the gorgeous location, courtesy of my friend @onlytogrow and her husband Bruce. Thanks to them for hosting the inaugural burn!

OMG this thing! Can't wait to share more of CinderCone's first fire.