Drunken arson threat to B&B.
David Lee Pennock was in high dudgeon after being turned away from Windermere House, in Langley Moor, when his father refused to see him, Durham Crown Court heard.
Pennock went to a filling station, returned with a drum of petrol, splashed some of it around floral tubs at the front of the guest house and set them alight, but caused only minor damage.
Pennock was arrested and said he was drunk and angry as his father would not see him.
Pennock, 30, previously of good character, of High Street North, Langley Moor, County Durham, admitted arson.
Recorder William Lowe ordered Pennock to do two-years' probation and perform 200-hours of unpaid work.