Turn your fireplace into a light show with rainbow fire crystals #Shopping#crystals#fireplaces#great-ideas#outdoor living#rainbow September 20 | Megan Finley meggyfin Add some rainbow to your fireplace with Rainbow Flame Crystals. Ooh, or how would this rainbow light show be for your outdoor fire pit!? Just sprinkle these crystals on your fire place, wood stoves or campfires — the colored flames last for about 10 to 40 minutes. Check out this Scout Master's Amazon review: At the campfire this product produced some very nice blue, green and ever so often purple flame, which both the kids and the adults found very enjoyable (hint: don't tell them that you're using this stuff, especially the kids). The effects lingered for some time, about five minutes per heaping tablespoon of product. I found that a larger amount — maybe a half cup — was the best way to apply the product to a large fire. Also, it's better to sprinkle the product throughout the fire, rather than pour it in so it piles in a single location. Dispersing the crystals troughout the fire will create an instant and thorough color flame effect, while pouring will get you an instant effect in a single location, with a pile of crystals that becomes somewhat self-insulating. Once a log falls or you stir the coals, and that pile of crystals is disturbed you will get another burst of color, which actually is a pretty cool effect, giving you shots of color hours after you've applied the crystals. Amazon has a range of rainbow fire crystals to choose from right now. Stare into a fire and trip balls for only $10! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS My four-year-old is my photography partner in crime NEXT How do you decide when to tell your kid about your personality disorder(s)? Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] Cooooooool! I wonder what chemicals they're made of, though…if you're breathing in something yucky? 1 agrees Reply Actually, it's just basic minerals and kind of the same chemistry that's in fireworks. Different minerals burn in different colors. Calcium burns yellow/orange, lithium burns red, etc. http://webmineral.com/help/FlameTest.shtml#.UFsYLI2PWac Sorry, I'm a chemistry nerd and a (former, pre-asthma days) pyro. tehe 8 agree Reply Lol, I was about to say that too—probably just metal salts. Chem nerd pride!! 2 agree Reply Re: chemicals It's just a bit of chemistry. Here's is Rutland's product sheet. Here is its technical data sheet with a bit more detail on its safety warnings. It sounds like it's safe as long as you have the fireplace well-vented (many have a setting that will actively pull the smoke/fumes up and out, so that would probably be ideal?) You and your family should maintain a good distance away from the fire (ALL THE TIME, anyway) to ensure you don't inhale directly from the fire. If it's still a concern, only burn this outside, where it will still be totally magical. Reply When I was little and planned on living in a mansion when I grew up, said mansion was going to have at least one spooky, candle lit hallway. And I was gonna have candles made with different minerals so that the flames were different colors. I assume that this would work, but never did end up doing the science project to check (plants are just so much easier to get and kill). Reply Gah! Why couldn't you have posted this at least a week ago? Tonight is the start of our annual family camping weekend and that would have awesome! Reply As a camp counselor we always threw Kool-Aid mix into the fire. It didn't last any longer than a few seconds, but it made huge outrageous colored flames. Also, it was safer than the bug spray and other flammables we threw into the fire after the kids were in bed… 3 agree Reply Gahhhh!!! I love rainbow stuff soooooo much! I'm a serious sucker for anything rainbow. I don't camp often and don't have a fireplace so I'm plotting how and when I could use these….!Awesome-sauce. Reply I've used them, I was lucky enough to get them at a dollar store in high tourist season in cottage country… they lasted a couple minutes but if you had extra you could have them going for a while… I don't think you can cook over them though… no marshmallows or hotdogs but as an after meal activity it was cool. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via e-mail No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.