What sparked FiAir?
In a word — impatience.
I love the taste of charcoal grilled food, but hated waiting for the coals to turn white so I could start cooking. That became a real problem when the kids were young and every time we grilled, there came the repeated mantra: Is it ready yet?
We switched to a gas grill to quiet the kids and speed things up, but taste went down the tubes.
Same deal with our fireplaces. We really loved a real wood fire on a cold winter’s night, but hated the time it takes to get it going and keep it at full blaze.
One night, I was having an especially hard time starting a fire. I finally resorted to blowing on it until I hyperventilated. As I lay recovering on the hearth, I yelled in frustration: "Why is this so hard? All it needs is AIR!
So I grabbed our hairdryer from the bathroom, turned it on low and aimed it at the kindling. Wow. It worked almost TOO well!
I know I'm not the first to try this trick, but it got me thinking — air really is all it takes, right? Why not make a “hairdryer”— without the heating element (no heat, no power cord) — that can direct a controlled, continuous flow of air to fire from a safe distance? Make it elegant, affordable, portable and battery powered and we’re in business. I WANTED ONE! So I set about finding one.
I looked at every catalog that came in the mail, searched websites and roamed through every store I could think of that might carry a product to feed fires like the one I had in mind. I even bought some of them. None had the combination of features I envisioned. I wanted a sleek, lightweight, handheld tool with a battery-powered motor to create continuous airflow. Existing blowers either required users to blow into a tube, crank by hand or plug into an electric power source. I decided I'd have to make it myself.
We've been shipping for almost 3 years now and the response has been very gratifying: FiAir users in every State and 46 Countries!
Are you ready to change the way you work with fires?
Alan i Harris