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Cob Courtyard Fireplace

Cob Courtyard Fireplace

The cob fireplace was too smoky and was removed in 2007.


photo by Geoff Webb

posted October 24, 2005

Fire permits for the cob courtyard fireplace

Since the cob wall is a structure built by and for the community, we treat it like any other park building -- there are no permits given for its exclusive use. What we do instead is give permits for the fireplace, understanding that the permit holder will be occupying the area around the fire and a bit beyond. This will allow other park users access to the wall and sinks as well.

  • Electricity and water are available at the cob wall for your use (water until end of October), and we have some twinkling Christmas lights to help light up evening gatherings (ask the park staff for them if you want to use them, no extra charge). Lights are the only things allowed to be hung on the wall; no banners or signs, please;
  • Because so many people are constantly coming to check out the cob wall, fireplace permit holders become de facto ambassadors</strong> for the cob structure. Familiarizing yourselves with the information about the project (on the shed wall to the south-east) will enable you to answer the inevitable questions about how it was built and by whom;
  • Consider inviting passersby to your event (it's fun to meet new people). We can provide a sandwich board or chalkboard if you're doing something you want to let people know about (for example there was a student film screening at the cob courtyard in the fall);
  • For fires, remember to bring your own wood, matches and newspaper unless otherwise notified by staff. You can read more about fire permits in general at our campfires page.
  • IMPORTANT: You must have a shovel and two buckets of sand beside the fireplace, instead of the usual two buckets of water. It is imperative that water NEVER be poured into the fireplace. (The firebricks will bust up and the walls will quickly erode as hot water and steam boil them away.) sbd is as good as or better than putting your fire out with water when you're finished (no steam to burn you). Make sure the fire is completely out before you leave -- if two buckets didn't do it, you can get more sand at the sandpit.

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