DIY Tabletop Fire Bowl

If you're looking to add a little flare to your outdoor space, this DIY concrete fire bowl will do the trick!
Begin with a bag of quick setting concrete, water, two bowls - one bowl smaller than the other, non stick kitchen spray, mesh wire, chafing fuel and fire safe rocks.
Spray the inside of the large bowl and outside of the small bowl. Mix the concrete until it is the consistency of peanut butter. Fill the large bowl 3/4 of the way full.
Press the smaller bowl into the concrete, squeezing the concrete up to the rim of the larger bowl. Make sure the smaller bowl is centered. Add rocks to weigh down the small bowl or it may float out of the concrete.
When the concrete is nearly dry, remove the bowls. Smooth out the concrete with a wet sponge.

Allow the concrete to completely cure according to the instructions on your concrete packaging.
Add a chafing fuel can and wire mesh to the bowl. (You'll need to prepare by opening your chafing fuel can if you're ready to light your fire)
Surround the can with fire-safe rocks (check with your Home Depot associate to see what they have available.) Don't place the rocks directly over the fuel can. Light and enjoy!

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  • Lauchlan Lauchlan on Jun 29, 2016
    I've heard that you should never set a fire on concrete because it can explode if it gets too hot. Is this true and if not then what keeps it from getting so hot that it would scorch the table ? Did you use cork or another buffer on the bottom of the bowl?
  • Susan Susan on Jun 29, 2016
    How do you know when the concrete is dry enough to remove the bowls? The rim could feel dry and the actual bowl isn't. Maybe cheap, thin plastic bowls would "give" if it wasn't dry enough. I don't know. How do you determine if the bowls are dry enough?
  • Spunke Lou Spunke Lou on Jan 17, 2021

    can you make a much larger one to put on ground?

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  • Really love this idea, wanted to put this in the centre of the wine barrel tables i make but could not find out how to do it. Thanks
  • Glenda Glenda on Aug 13, 2017

    I think this is a great ideal and I definitely plan to make a fire bowl, as well as an assortment of planters. This post has given me so many neat ideas. Thanks!