I don't mind either way for my first one. I have a few ideas on the next one. Now that I am actually awake and it isn't 1 in the morning the loop on the fire actually looks pretty good. I'm surprised I don't see these on websites more often. A lot of the classic movie cinemagraph are done perfectly. This is the future man. Harry Potter had it done right and so did Serenity (Firefly - moving gravestone pic).
I was going through reddit and someone had a marvelous idea. He wanted an interactive cinemagraph. The solution, to to change the opacity of gifs on top of each other to show only that cinemagraph. So you have have several cinemagraphs of the same scene with different focal points all shown in one spot, and then moving the mouse over lets say the hair would only show the hair moving.