Cement Fire Bowl
The first time I made a cement fire bowl, it was intimidating because I've never worked with concrete/cement and it's so heavy and permanent. Since I've made my first bowl, I've had no problems using concrete in my projects!
What you'll need:
- Two bowls - one slightly larger than the other
- Non-stick spray
- Concrete mix
- Stir stick
Start mixing! In the bigger bowl, start by adding the concrete mix and slowly add little amounts of water.
Stir! Once you start stirring the mixture, you'll really need to pay attention to the consistency. I prefer to have a smooth surface on cement projects so I'll keep adding water until I get a smooth consistency.
If your mixture is dry/crumbly, you're piece will be very textured. You'll see and feel all of the rocks, bumps, and cracks. When looking for a smooth surface, you'll need to make sure you add enough water to give it a liquid-look. BUT, don't go too "soupy". If it has too much water, it won't dry properly and will be a bit unstable. You want a nice, thick, and smooth consistency.
Once you get it to a thick and smooth consistency, pat around the sides of the bowl to get any air bubble out.
Now you can put the smaller bowl inside. Give it a little pressure, spin it into a good depth. I like to place a brick inside to keep it in place. An optional step is to spray the outside of the smaller bowl with non-stick spray. This will make it a little easier to get the bowl out once the concrete is dry.
I always wait at least 48 hours before I remove the concrete from the plastic bowls. This is usually an easy step - you may just have to jiggly the bowls a little or use a thin small object (butter knife) and slide it between the concrete and plastic. But it usually comes out easily.
For the completed look, I just place a chafing fuel container in the bowl, cover it with some black stones, and light it up!
The chafing dish fuel can be purchased by the can, but most likely you'll need to buy a pack of 6, 12, or 24. The prices range from about $3 to $40, depending on how many and what company you buy from.
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Published December 12th, 2017 2:55 PM
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