In David Lynch’s television series from the start 90s, Twin Peaks, the flames play a vital role. The chanting “Fire walk with me” again and again along with the presence of fire gives Lynch’s series an unmistakable gloom. 

Fire has always been an element to be handled with caution. In pictorial sense, the fire symbolizes hell – no matter whether it is Dante’s “Inferno” or Donald Duck & Co. 

The Olympics is symbolized by a flame, carried around the world of special honored athletes and the fire is extinguished when the games end. In The Olympic games, the flame is a symbol of control. 

A flint stone hammers against a piece of steel. Sparks ignite dried leaves and twigs. Fire requires the presence of combustible materials - such as wood - as well as oxygen and heat. Eliminating one of the three, extinguished the fire, and that is exactly what firefighters do every day. 

It is only a small part of the flame that is visible to the naked eye. The rest of the flame consists of the obvious heat radiation; you can feel this radiation when you are close to a bonfire. A flame is burning gas, which occurs when, for example a piece of wood is heated. The hot gases from the wood is mixed with oxygen in the air, and the process emits a lot of energy in the form of light and heat: Fire. 

Fire can be used in all contexts. As a weapon, in means of punishment, as an object of fascination, as a symbol of strength and power - and for heating and cooking. In short, fire a key element in our effort to survive. 

The basic elements do not emit the same color of light when they combust. The type of gas that is burning determines the color of the flame. Try to sprinkle salt on the flame from a gas stove or a candle. The flame becomes yellow - yellow as mayonnaise made from rapeseed oil. This fact of nature is also used when designing the different colors in fireworks. For example, the element lithium, which give most New Year rockets their beautiful red color.

The color of the flame determines the temperature of the combustion process. A clear, almost white flame indicates a very high temperature. The scale goes from white to yellow to orange and red. A red flame indicates the coldest part of the flame. 

Just think of the white-hot and red-glowing coal on the barbeque. And the orange embers in a bonfire that glows in the darkness, or the blue color of a candle flame situated closest to the candle. The color of the flame changes when the temperature rises or falls. Try adjusting the torch on a gas stove. Or think of Electric stoves, which are red or grill-function inside the furnace, which slowly turn orange. 

And remember that dragons breathe fire! 


Bananas in a bonfire 

Large pieces of meat needs a lot of heat. If the temperature is too low, you boil the meat rather than cook it. The scoring heat applies the meat a crispy crust and a rich flavor and character. Cooking at low heat will result in meat with little flavor and flabby crust. 

Bananas melt if you throw them into a bonfire. You do not even wrap them in tinfoil, just throw them on the fire, on the barbecue or in the oven until the peel turns completely black, and bananas are quite soft. They taste great with ice cream, grated chocolate, chopped almonds, liquid caramel and whipped cream.

Fire allows us to cook food in many different ways. We use the heat from the fire to make the inedible commodities edible. Fire actually led to new food sources for humans and much of the cooking art. Without fire, it is all raw.  

When you use a skillet, you always start by radiating heat from the stove to the skillet. Since its possible to control the ‘fire’ on your stove, you also control the temperature. It might feel cool to lift up the skillet and toss the content around. But every time you lift the skillet from the flame, the temperature falls. The skillet should be kept as close to the fire as possible. Also it is advisable not to constantly touch or turn the food you want to fry.

And remember always to keep a full blaze on the stove when you put your Endeavour skillet to use. 


Fire a round ball 

Fire is safety. Animals are usually afraid of fire and a bonfire keeps predators away. Fire also meant that man could walk further in order to start living in colder regions. 

Mankind discovered fire many thousand years ago. Historians have been able to trace fire all the way back to 790,000 years BC. In the beginning of the fire came directly from nature, for example as a result of lightning striking down into combustible material. As man became more and more familiar with fire, we learned to protect it and prevent it from extinguishing. Even later we learned to control it, and when we got control of the fire, we finally evolved beyond the state of monkeys. 

Fire became a key element. A vital necessity. As well as the sun had been subject for worshiping, as became the fire. 

Fire is ritual. In India, deceased family members are lit on fire and send out on the river Ganges. The fire is supposed to help the spirit to a new spiritual stage. Even in Denmark we burn the dead. And the witches in medieval times - they were burned at the stake. 

Even NASA has conducted tests on fire. When a candle burns here on Earth, the hot gasses go up because it weighs less than the surrounding air. This is why the flame is drop-shaped. When a candle burns at NASA International Space Station, the flame is spherical. 

Fire spreads both light and comfort. Also in space.