To commemorate the anniversary of the day when Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai revealed the mystical secrets of Kabbalah, it is customary to light a bonfire on Lag B’Omer (the 33rd day of the Omer). Well, in most metropolitan areas a true bonfire is not desirable in the backyard, so here are a few stylish solutions that will allow you to enjoy a fire on Lag B’Omer.
You can spend just about as much as you want on a fire pit. They seem to range from $150 to over $1500. Some you just put wood in, others connect to a gas line and some work with combustable gel canisters. It is important to check with your local fire authority on what you are allowed to burn.
Hemi Firebowl 36″ Fire Pit from Solus
This is like a firepit but smaller and more manageable. I have one from Restoration Hardware that has been discontinued, but if all you have is a balcony this is a nice solution.
Avani Table Top Fireplace by Brasa
Torches are another one of those things where you can spend just as much as you want. You can get $5 torches at the local hardware store or beautifully custom ones as shown below. Either way, be extra sure they are securely installed and not in a main thoroughfare were folks, especially kids can bump into them.
McKay Landscape Lighting
A cluster of lanterns with candles is an easy way to bring a little fire to the center of a table or anywhere really. The style options are endless and you can reuse them in your sukkah too.
Moroccan lanterns from Mothology
Instead of hanging string lights in the usual manner, which is individual strands, think about lighting something “on fire” and clustering the lights. You can cluster them around a tree, inside of a glass bowl, or around a chandelier, as shown below.
No matter how you plan on lighting your fire for Lag B’Omer, always be extremely cautious with fire, especially where there are children present. A safe source of fire really does extend your use of the backyard and you can use them year after year.