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DIY Gel Fire Pits: Easy & Cheap Sizzle for Table Tops!

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It's getting chilly at night and I thought about making a fire pit. But it's not allowed by our town.
So I decided to make a table top fire pit using gel fuel, a custom cement bowl, and lava rock.
This is so easy.
And it doesn't brake the bank. Once you have the plastic bowls and some simple tools you can make more of these, all you'll need is the cement.
I decided to use Quikrete quick setting cement. It comes in a small bucket which costs about $12. It's not heavy and anyone can handle it.
The gel fuel can be purchased at Lowe's in the garden section.
And the fire safe lava rocks can be found at a fireplace store. I recommend them over other rocks since lava rocks won't explode in fire.
For all the details check out my blog post cause it also has the complete video tutorial :D
Cheers,
Jeff
Time: 6 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
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Build your own table top fire pit in one day!!!
  • diy gel cement mini fire pits table tops, crafts, diy, outdoor living
Table top fire pit
  • diy gel cement mini fire pits table tops, crafts, diy, outdoor living
Grab two plastic bowls.
  • diy gel cement mini fire pits table tops, crafts, diy, outdoor living
Spray the inside of the large bowl and outside surface of the small bowl with Pam.
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Mix the cement to a milkshake consistency. Pour the cement into the large bowl.
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Insert the small bowl into the large bowl and compress the cement.
  • diy gel cement mini fire pits table tops, crafts, diy, outdoor living
Use an orbital sander to vibrate the large bowl and eliminate air pockets in the cement.
  • diy gel cement mini fire pits table tops, crafts, diy, outdoor living
Wait 6 hours and you'll have custom cement bowl.

To see more: http://www.homerepairtutor.com/diy-gel-fire-pits/

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer Cedar Park, TX

    Could you do a larger (regular size) version of this for an actual fire pit to sit around? If so, what could one use for the mold? And would you still use the same type of concrete mix?

    • Theresia Jordans

      You could dig a hole in the ground. Smoothe it out to the desired shape and pour the cement. Insert another form for a mould. Lift out when dry. Nice rustic outer finish that could also be smoothed off more withe sander.

  • Angel
    Angel Hesperia, CA

    Another great idea from Jeff Patterson! Thanks!

  • Trish O'Riordan
    Trish O'Riordan Abington, PA

    So after you make the bowl, then what?

  • Veralucia Santos

    Show!

  • Sahana
    Sahana Edison, NJ

    Looks great!

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