A few years ago, we attended a local art show and had a conversation with one of the vendors. He made incredible steel fire pits, from heavy gauge local steel. According to Ohio Flame's website:
Ohio Flame believes strongly in “American Made” and supporting the local economy. As much as they possibly can, they only purchase materials that are made in the USA. They only use American steel, mostly from domestic mills that are in Ohio... They also choose to work with local vendors whenever possible to help the local economy. Our customers support “American Made” and Ohio Flame continues to do their best to ensure that their company supports products that are Made in the USA.Our Daily Green was so impressed with the product they made, that in 2010, we purchased an Ohio Flame fire pit for our patio. It has greeted our friends and family and been a source of socializing since then. We've used our fire pit on Halloween to warm chilly parents, on summer evenings for teenage gatherings, and in the winter to greet holiday guests. We recently purchased the DeckProtect Mat to save us from a terminal case of tackiness by propping our fire pit on logs. The DeckProtect Mat is a great product composed of lava rock fibers, to disperse the heat and protect the ground under the fire pit.
We have stayed in touch with Ohio Flame since our purchase and the impetus for this blog was how impressed we are with their commitment to the community. We noticed their donations for local charities repeatedly. Ohio Flame gives back in unbelievable ways. Locally, they have supported our community art programs, and religious and civic organizations including The Alzheimer's Network, Making Kids Count, and The Junior League of Youngstown fundraising events.
When asking founder Matt Skillman about his company, he explained,
I started Ohio Flame three years ago as a way of survival. I had just been laid off from my position as a steel sales person for a company that I had been employed by for eight years. At the very bottom of the recession, I knew that I would have to leverage my knowledge and skills in order to survive. I took my knowledge of steel and learned how to weld. I decided to attempt making American Made fire pits...The recession had actually helped business, as people have opted to stay home and entertain rather than go out and spend a lot of money. Last April, I was presented with an amazing opportunity from a steel processing company to make Ohio Flame a full time job.It is our distinct honor to offer one of Ohio Flame's most popular fire pits as a giveaway to our readers, both near and far. We are proud to offer a 24" Patriot Fire Pit (retail value $249) to one lucky reader.
Our giveaway ends on Thursday, April 11, at midnight EST. We will choose a winner from the comments and notify you over the following weekend. Our winner has until April 15th to respond with shipping information or we will choose another winner.
One entry per person.
To enter, follow these steps. We will check each entry to ensure that each step has been followed, any step that is not completed will void your entry.
- Like Ohio Flame on Facebook and post that Our Daily Green sent you.
- Like Our Daily Green and post that you're entering the giveaway.
- Follow Ohio Flame on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway.
- Follow FreshGreenKim (owner of Our Daily Green) on Twitter and mention the giveaway.
- Leave a comment telling us that you entered on this blog post. (and if you did all of the other steps, we'll know how to reach you when you win!)
Ideas for sample posts:
"Thanks to Ohio Flame and Our Daily Green for the fire pit giveaway!""Summer is coming, I hope I win the fire pit from Ohio Flame and Our Daily Green!""I am so excited about the promotion from Ohio Flame and Our Daily Green. Check it out!"
Be as creative as you want. But please let the world know that you share our enthusiasm for the fantastic local company.
Don't worry, we're not making you do all this work for nothing. Ohio Flame has generously agreed to give all Our Daily Green readers a 10% discount on anything you purchase from their website. Just enter the coupon code GREEN10 when you check out.
Good luck to everyone!
(as a disclosure, Our Daily Green received nothing for this endorsement. We are an Ohio Flame customer because we love their business philosophy. Ohio Flame did support one of the charities listed and I am involved with them. Nonetheless, our offer to write a review had nothing to do with the donation nor did our opinion that they are one of the coolest local businesses around. In fact, they offered the giveaway AFTER confirming the donation.)