Our Fire-Breathing Dragon - A Country Life Essential

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

I desired dragons with a profound desire. - CS Elliott

Last weekend, we had a dusting of snow on the ground and the thermometer hovered around 30 degrees at our multigenerational home in the hills above Camas. We decided it would be fun to build a warm fire and enjoy the winter scene outdoors. Fortunately, we’ve got a fire-breathing dragon, and in no time we had toasty flames in the fire pit for family members to enjoy. The photo is my sis Cheri, with her dog Gibbs, keeping a careful watch. 


Dragons, okay propane torches, have been around since the 1950’s. Today’s version has evolved into a much easier to use, and much safer to use, country-life essential. You can still purchase the old propane burners which you ignite with a hand held striker after opening the valve on a propane tank. However, thanks to new automatic igniters, you can now pull a trigger and poof - you’ve got fire.  


We use our propane torch for a variety of applications too, not just for starting our outdoor fire. An environmentally friendly way to fight noxious weeds is with high heat. You can even easily edge a driveway with a propane torch.  Propane is a clean burning gas and it would take thousands of torches burning for hours and hours to have any impact on air quality. 


Other common uses for propane torches include soldering, melting ice and snow, paint removal, loosening nuts and bolts, and my favorite, caramelizing the tops of certain dishes, like Creme brûlée. Yum. Although, ours it too big for kitchen use. A word of caution though, a propane torch is a serious work tool. The tip can stay extremely hot after use so don’t rest it on something flammable, and monitor children and pets. They might inadvertently touch it. 


Propane tanks come in a variety of sizes. You may want to talk to someone at a local hardware or farm and feed store to determine the best fit for your needs. We’ve discovered it’s a pretty handy tool. Imagine all the benefits of having your own fire-breathing dragon available year round. 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.

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Camas, WA  98607






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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb Janes,  One day I have to venture up to your area.  I can bring marshmallows if I can stop by.

Dec 20, 2016 08:04 AM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Debb and Bernie, what a beautiful picture, there's something about water and fire I truly love, so peaceful. Could watch either one for hours. I could wish and dream for snow but it's not going to happen in FL, enjoy!

Dec 20, 2016 08:06 AM #2
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Sounds like the perfect opportunity to sit and take in the beauty of nature all around!

Dec 20, 2016 08:31 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Debb love that photo!  It drew me right in and I wondered what you'd be talking about.  What fun - a fire pit and a little snow on the ground. Great place to sit and enjoy family & friends especially around the holidays!

Dec 20, 2016 08:32 AM #4
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA

Great post and great read. Thank you for sharing and best of luck!

Dec 20, 2016 08:39 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

We have not made Creme Brûle although it is one of Ron's favorite desserts.  Sounds like it would be fun to have torch for that.  I can definitely see the value of having one in your area.  A

Dec 20, 2016 08:40 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all for the comments. It is so fun to wrap yourself in a blanket with a cup of hot tea, or hot toddy, and enjoy a winter fire - outside. We feel so lucky. D

Dec 20, 2016 08:47 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Debb and Bernie --- Fire-breathing dragons ---- not what I was expecting.  It's always good to find a fun title followed by useful information.   Stay warm.   

Dec 20, 2016 08:54 AM #8
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I can see myself sitting around the fire breathing dragon ... all bundled up with hot coco or hot brandy ... or maybe hot coco with Kahlua.  I love how your posts are informative and truly paint a picture of the country lifestyle.

Dec 20, 2016 12:08 PM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

OK, I am fine with a Creme Brulee tourch but not much any other use since i am not a brave soul.

Dec 20, 2016 12:25 PM #10
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb & Bernie - It's truly an essential tool and I have used it to sear large cuts of meat that were cooked sous vide. I do need to upgrade to a trigger start, though. And it's good to see Gibbs again - tell him his mom & bro wish him a Merry Christmas.

Dec 20, 2016 12:29 PM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have not heard it called that though have seen many of these used. It would be a great item to have to light our firepit in a hurry. We usually have to wait 20-30 minutes to get enough heat out of it.

Dec 20, 2016 01:38 PM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Brrr! the picture brought back memories when my father used to make camp fires when I was a kid... needless to say something like that we can not do in drought stricken California, so we can just enjoy your pictures and post:))Endre

Dec 20, 2016 03:08 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your fire-breathing dragon. 

It is cold enough in Maryland to consider some of your equipment.

Dec 20, 2016 04:35 PM #14
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The contrast of the snow with the warmth has a primal element to it!  I love it!

Dec 20, 2016 04:57 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Ah the wonders of propane when trying to start a fire in the Pacific Northwest.  I will never rub to sticks together again Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Dec 20, 2016 05:54 PM #16
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I'm glad the method to light a fire outdoors has improved. I always worry about outdoor fires and I'd be one sitting there until I knew for sure the fire was out. But it's so enjoyable when lit and everyone can enjoy the evening fire. 

Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

Dec 21, 2016 04:37 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Debb and Bernie

In chilly weather like that I would HAVE to be by a fire if outside. LOL.

Wasn't sure where you were going with the title but it certainly drew me in, along with a great photo.

Happy holidays! Hope you enjoy wonderful warming fires daily!


Dec 21, 2016 04:17 PM #18
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Get out the marshmallows and the crackers it's time for smores.  Outside fires are hard to resist

Dec 21, 2016 06:18 PM #19
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