How to Make a Fire Bowl
A small, handmade fire bowl brings ambiance and warmth to an outdoor setting. Simply cast a fire bowl in a mold and add fuel gel for a DIY yard accent.
Spend more time in your backyard and hold on to those crisp evenings sitting around this super simple concrete fire bowl. To make the concrete bowl, use two different-size plastic planters as molds—we trimmed off the lip of the smaller planter—and fill with a customized concrete mix. Once the concrete has cured, remove the molds and fill the concrete bowl with fire-safe stones from a fireplace store (ordinary rocks might contain air pockets and moisture that cause them to break or burst). Then, tuck cans of gel fuel made for fire bowls and pits into the rocks—or simply use logs.
Editor's Tip: Before you put a fire bowl in your yard, check your local municipal fire safety codes and association rules to make sure your fire bowl—and the location you intend to place it—is up to code.