Apogaea 2015

Fire Art Guidelines

Sam Ley, Fire Art Lead

Updated 3/14/2015

Purpose

The following guidelines describe the general construction of safe fire art for use at Apogaea. The list is not intended to be all-inclusive, and in all cases the judgement of the Fire Art Team, the BAMF Fire and Medical Leads, the Ranger Lead or the Apogaea Board supercedes anything written here.

These guidelines are based on over 25 years of experience with public fire art in the Burning Man Community and advice from worldwide experts in the safe design and operation of fire art and flame effects. Where appropriate, these guidelines are harmonized with the requirements of NFPA 50: LP Gas Code and NFPA 160: Use of Flame Effects Before an Audience.

This document is not intended to be an instruction manual - it is expected that fire art fabricators get the instruction, training and research needed for proper operation of their art. If you have questions, please ask the Art Grant Committee, sam.ley@apogaea.com, or safety@apogaea.com.

2015 NOTE

For the 2015 year, Apogaea has placed a ban on Large Burnable Projects, and public Burn Barrels. Attendees seeking to bring fire art projects to Apogaea 2015 must comply with the requirements of a Stage 1 Burn Ban.

Contents

Purpose

Contents

Large Burnable Structures (Effigies, Temples, etc.)

Structure Guidelines

Site Guidelines

General Guidelines

Small Wood-Burning Art (Burn Barrels)

Sculpture Guidelines

Site Guidelines

Propane Flame Effects

Sculpture Guidelines

Site Guidelines

Large Burnable Structures (Effigies, Temples, etc.)

Large Burnable Structures are essentially big bonfires, assembled with artistic intent. These burns are large, carefully scheduled, and demand huge resources. They are prohibited during any stage of burn ban.

Structure Guidelines

Site Guidelines

General Guidelines

Small Wood-Burning Art (Burn Barrels)

Small wood-burning art refers to burn barrels, burn barrel-like sculptures, extra-large cooking apparatus like smokers or BBQs, and the like. The burning of wood, charcoal, or any other material without an “off” switch is prohibited during any stage of burn ban.

Sculpture Guidelines

Site Guidelines

Propane Flame Effects

Flame Effects are devices that use pressurized LP (Liquified Petroleum, AKA Propane) gas to make visible fire, either in the form of gentle flames in a table or fire pit (AKA Static Effects), or big bursts in a “poofer” style effect (AKA Dynamic Effects). Propane flame effects are prohibited during a Stage 2 burn ban, but may be allowable during a Stage 1 burn ban, at the discretion of BAMF and the Fire Art team.

Low pressure (less than 10psi) LP devices using off-the-shelf BBQ style regulators and off-the-shelf flow-restrictors do not require special inspections. Devices running high pressure (greater than 10psi) regulators and/or modified or defeated flow restrictors require inspection (photo/verbal or in-person, as needed).

Sculpture Guidelines

Site Guidelines