Coffee table with a built-in firepit

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Planika, a European furniture company that specializes in fancy fire pits, sells coffee tables that have built-in fire pits, so you can sit around a cozy flame without being out in the cold. You could also think of it as a fireplace alternative. This one’s called Groundfloor, and there’s no price listed on the product page, but I’m assuming it’s probably pretty expensive.

Planika [via NotCot]

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10 Responses to Coffee table with a built-in firepit

  1. Haakon IV says:

    http://www.planikausa.com/how_it_works

    Planika Fires use a special liquid FANOLA®. As a result, the fire is free of smoke or smell. Having been thoroughly tested, the liquid received a positive opinion of specialists from the Environmental Toxicology Department of the National Institute of Hygiene as regards its safety for people and the environment with reservation of use in accordance with designation, label instructions and operations manual. FANOLA® is a biologically clean product of plant origin, which has undergone rectification three times. It constitutes a wholly renewable source of energy. Burning FANOLA® is not accompanied by fumes or smell. Only water vapour and CO2 are emitted – in proportions similar to those contained in the air exhaled by humans.

    and later, it says that FANOLA® is a “special liquid based on alcohol”. I suppose it must have some additive so that it has some color like a wood flame.

  2. dculberson says:

    s/”probably pretty expensive”/”almost certainly extraordinarily expensive”

    Perhaps it’s intended for outdoors?

  3. coop says:

    @4 – Yes? and your point would be? Are you not willing to Die For Your Art?

    ;-)

    Actually, giving it more than a second of thought, it probably burns denatured ethanol. And yes, that produces CO as well. And no, it’s not designed for outdoors.

    coop

  4. toxonix says:

    Its probably MDF board with black walnut veneer glued to it.
    I hate designer furniture which doesn’t provide me with the luxury of wasting large pieces of expensive hardwood.
    They recommend Fanola as fuel, which is ethanol based and produces water vapor and CO2 when burned.

    http://www.fanola.com/

  5. Ito Kagehisa says:

    A cup and a half of petrol and any wooden coffee table – voila! DIY version!

  6. zikman says:

    ew, where would all the smoke go?

  7. Anonymous says:

    OMG, my kids would love this!

  8. coop says:

    Probably white gas, or similar that burns w/o producing smoke.

    It’s a bit like a giant sterno burner (sterno on steroids).

  9. Fernando says:

    Naphtha (white gas) when burned produces carbon monoxide. If you burn this in an enclosed area, you can die.

    Here’s the MSDS.

  10. philipb says:

    Perfect for an IKEA hack. I’d start with the Ramvik coffee table and laminate from the local HD/Lowes, grab a vase from IKEA homewares & start cutting. For flames I would build a completely non-toxic silk unit similar to this guy’s:

    http://home.comcast.net/~mhios/hothead/index.html
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10103719

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