I’m currently staying at a friend’s cottage, where they have satellite TV and this thing called The Fire Log Channel (do you not immediately think of this when you read that?). Now, I’d actually heard about pyro-television a couple years ago, but kind of forgot about it, figuring it was one of those ridiculous fads that would never last.
But according to StarChoice, demand for the fireplace channel was so great, they practically had no choice but to bring it back, extending its season to the end of February. As they so seductively argue, “it only takes a second to ignite your glowing fire” — just click on channel 238 or 299.
I have to admit, at first I thought it was the stupidest thing ever, but eventually it sucks you in with its hypnotic glow. It’s no different than any other fire, but because it’s on TV, you can’t help but be a little more entertained — wondering if that smaller log over to the left of the screen might topple at any second, a victim of the bigger logs’ alliance, or maybe there’s a hidden message in the pattern of the sparks…
Anyway, the David Suzuki in me was finally fed up and demanded I turn the thing off, so I did. But I would love a fire, now that I’m in a house that can accommodate it — the only decision now is whether to use the gas-powered one or the real thing.
Automatically, I’m going to assume making a real fire is more eco-friendly than using a remote to turn on the gas-fuelled one — at least providing there’s real wood involved, not those easy-light firelogs; or then again, maybe the “green” Duraflame logs aren’t so bad? — but I could be wrong. Maybe this will be like the microwave post.
So while I tentatively pledge to only light my fire the old-fashioned way, please let me know if I’m mistaken — certainly it would take less energy from Yours Truly to press an “on” button.