My name is Wade Lake; I’m the owner of The Fire Kettle. I was born on the 4th of July and I love the principles of freedom and independence, firecrackers and a good fire.
I grew up in my dad’s welding shop and enjoyed watching him be able to fix anything. I faked sick many times so I could stay home from school and really learn something in my dad’s welding shop. I have been welding ever since!
I remember one day that I didn’t have to fake sick, I was about 13. Dad pulled me out of school to help him on a 18″ PCCP line up in the mountains. It was a 500 foot run on a 45 degree slope and someone had dropped a 12″ bucket down in the pipe. I was just the right size to fit inside that pipe and be dangled from my ankles by a rope. They lowered me down inside the pipe. About 300 feet in I was able to get a hold of the bucket. They drug out a muddy scraped up kid holding a bucket and he had a grin from ear to ear and felt like the hero of the day. Things were a little different back then but I’ve been in love with this work ever since.
Twenty-four years ago I married my soul mate and the love of my life, Melanie. We have 5 beautiful children. Well, our first child is incredibly beautiful and the next 4 are amazing, strong boys. I haven’t given my boys the same opportunities to dangle from their ankles by a rope. We do things a little differently now but still enjoy the challenges.
We build things right the first time. Our repairs last. Our work is solid. Contact us; we’d be happy to help you on your next project.