Fire Pit Planned for DUMBO Plaza Will Generate Power for Holiday Lights

By Janet Upadhye on December 6, 2013 9:02am 

 DUMBO tech company Biolite is desiging a state-of-the-art firepit that is planned to warm locals and power DUMBO's holiday tree lights.
DUMBO tech company Biolite is desiging a state-of-the-art firepit that is planned to warm locals and power DUMBO's holiday tree lights.
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DUMBO — Chestnuts might literally roast on an open fire in DUMBO this holiday season.

A public fire pit — provided by the DUMBO-based clean energy company BioLite and the DUMBO Business Improvement District — is planned for Pearl Street Triangle this winter.

Fire pits are generally not allowed in outdoors spaces, according to New York City fire code. But DUMBO BID director, Alexandria Sica, said that she is in the process of getting a permit with the FDNY and mentioned that "Bryant Park has a wood burning community fire pit open to the public as well."

If permit allows, the fire pit will not only provide a place for locals to keep warm, but will also power DUMBO's 20-foot holiday tree.

"The heat from the fire is harnessed and converted into electricity," Sica said. "That electricity is sent over to the holiday tree, where it will power a beautiful, glowing attraction."

BioLite designs camp and home stoves that burn wood cleanly while generating electricity to charge phones, lights and other electronics, according to their website.

This is the company's first time designing a fire pit and while the company is still in the design stages, safety is their primary concern, Sica said.

"The fire pit is being designed with safety fully in mind," she said.

Renderings provided by the company show the fire encaged in metal fence and surrounded by a low brick wall.

The FDNY did not respond to a request for comment.

The DUMBO Firepit will operate in the Pearl Street Triangle at Water and Pearl Streets from Dec. 12 through 23. Burning hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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