Out of the Fire, Into the Flames
I’m Mike Bertelsen and I am the owner and President of Cowboy Cauldron Company.
I didn’t start this business because it seemed like a good idea. In fact, if I were going to give someone career advice, it surely wouldn’t be to start selling fire pits. I started making Cauldrons because my buddies saw mine and wanted one. I of course said, “Hell no, get your own!” But they absolutely beat me up until I finally knuckled under and built two more. Then other friends wanted them, and then their friends wanted them. Now it’s my full-time job.
I’m lucky. My friends have always been there for me. Life hasn’t always been smooth, but they have made the ride a better one, and that’s for damn sure.
I believe that the Cowboy Cauldron is one of the greatest things you can add to your list of possessions, and that’s not because of the obvious self-interest. Sure, they are beautiful, functional, durable, and so on. They really are the best fire pits ever made, hands down.
But we really don’t sell a fire pit. We sell the hosting experience. Our company, and the Cowboy Cauldron Lifestyle, is about living well, as best you are able. It’s about sharing. It’s about taking care of those who take care of you. It’s about things that last, and things that work the way they are supposed to. If you are fortunate enough to be able to buy a Cauldron, for the cost of a new suit, you can be in a better situation to take care of the people who care about you, and that’s a wonderful place to find ones’ self.
If you want the longer version about my life and the genesis of the Cauldron, keep reading below. It’s actually a pretty neat story.