Could someone please provide a clear distinction (or a link to one) between "ild" and "brann"? And thank you!
"Ild" is the generic word for "fire" and refers to a controlled fire. "Brann" is a dangerous fire that's out of control.
How about 'Familien synger rundt ilden, men brannen brenner rundt familien?' :-) The verb even gives you a clue in the second half.
And what about bål and fyr?
"Familien sitter rundt bålet " is what I would say.