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

$50
6 Hours
Easy

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.
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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.
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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.
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Use an orbital sander to vibrate the large bowl and eliminate air pockets in the cement.
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Wait 6 hours and you'll have custom cement bowl.
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  • Sahana
    on Jul 27, 2016

    Looks great!

  • Esther
    on May 28, 2018

    I did make my own fire pit bowl last week. At Lowe's, I bought a box of terra cotta dye, right next to cement. It comes in powder form. A couple of table spoons need to be stirred into water before adding it to the wet cement, For this I just used a 16 oz can from my recycle bin. Other colors are available. It looks great. Now I just need to find proper gel. Tiki oil, which was recommended on other site doesn't burn.

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