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Outdoor Lanterns Add Dramatic Elegance: Tempest Torch and Tempest Lantern


The first gas lamps arrived in homes and businesses in 1792 London, and they quickly became popular throughout Europe and North America.

By the early 1800s, gas lamps were being used to light streets, parks, and public buildings. They became the dominant form of outdoor lighting until the invention of the light bulb in the late 19th century.

Gas lamps are still popular today; however, they now function primarily as artisan lighting, adding dramatic elegance to outdoor spaces such as:

  • Gardens
  • Parks
  • Patios
  • Terraces
  • Balconies
  • Poolside
  • Restaurants
  • Wineries
  • Hotels and B&Bs
  • Residences
  • Garages

In this article, we’ll introduce you to two of our favorite gas lamps: The Tempest Torch and Tempest Lantern, both manufactured by our friends at Travis Industries in Mukilteo, Washington.

In addition to Tempest Torches and Lanterns, Travis Industries’ Fire Garden brand includes customizable fire pit burners, complete (fully-assembled) fire pits, and linear outdoor gas fireplaces. Click here to read about Complete Fire Pits.

Travis Industries also builds our popular Lopi and Fireplace Xtrordinair brands of stoves, fireplaces, and inserts.

Tempest Torches

Tempest Outdoor Gas Torches feature a transitional design that complements any landscape style. An enchanting natural spiraling flame reaches a height of 17 inches and puts out up to 20,000 BTUs.

The four-sided, 18-inch tall open-air tempered glass housing is designed to prevent the flame from going out during high winds or rainfall, but includes an automatic gas safety shutoff valve, should the flame ever go out.

A particularly impressive feature of both Tempest Torches and Tempest Lanterns are their multiple display options:

  • Short or tall ground post mount
  • Deck post
  • Pillar post
  • Wall mount
  • Without a base, for those who want to construct something unique or use an existing feature.

With all of these options, fitting the Tempest Torch or Tempest Lantern into your yard for landscape lighting or for general outdoor lighting is simple.

Two types of ignition systems are available for torches and lanterns:

  • All-weather 24V AC Hot Shot electronic ignition
  • Manual Piezo ignition, either in natural gas or propane

Tempest Torches and Tempest Lanterns are built to last, with stainless steel and powder-coated construction.

Tempest Lanterns

If you prefer a classic, traditional design, check out the Tempest Lantern.

Choose from two models of this dramatic decorative gas lantern:

  • 20K BTU
  • 50K BTU, featuring a massive natural spiraling flame – 40 percent larger than the 20K Tempest Lantern

Here's a video of Tempest Lanterns in action:

Other than the variations in design, Tempest Lanterns and Tempest Torches have similar features.

Safety Tips for Installation

Do not locate the torch or lantern in:

  • High-traffic areas
  • Under or near trees, plants, and buildings where debris may constantly fall into the torch
  • In places where people, children, and pets may contact the torch
  • In places where the controls beneath the torch may be submerged under water

Stop by any of Rich’s 7 showrooms to learn how to illuminate your outdoor space with a Tempest Torch or Tempest Lantern.

We’re located in Bremerton, Bellevue, Lynnwood, Tukwila, Tacoma, and Mount Vernon, Washington and Tigard, Oregon. We’re open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sundays, noon-5pm.

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