DIY Concrete Fire Bowl

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Spice up your patio with your very own concrete fire bowl! This is a great way to help turn your drab patio into a tropical paradise. Today we’re making a DIY concrete fire bowl that you can use on your patio or other outdoor space!

DIY Concrete Fire Bowl

To begin we’ll hit The Home Depot to pick up our supplies.

  • Quick/Fast setting concrete
  • Chafing fuel
  • Fire-safe stone (talk to your The Home Depot associate)
  • Grout sponge
  • 1/2 inch mesh wire
  • 3 or 5 gallon bucket if you do not have one at home

Shopping at Home Depot

We’ll also need:

  • Non-stick kitchen spray
  • Water
  • Two large bowls, one 2″ larger than the other
  • Electric sander (to vibrate the bowl, releasing the air from the concrete)
  • Stick or masonry trowel to mix concrete
  • Tin snips
  • Gloves, Goggles, Dust Mask, Proper Clothing & other PPE

Once we have our supplies we can begin.

DIY Concrete Fire Bowl Materials

First thing’s first, grab your non-stick kitchen spray and your bowls. One bowl should be larger than the other by about an inch all the way around. Spray the inside of the large bowl and the outside of the smaller bowl with the non-stick kitchen spray. This will allow the concrete to release once it’s set.

Fire Bowl Making in Progress

Now let’s mix our concrete in a bucket, add water to your concrete a little at a time until you have the right consistency. You want the concrete to be loose, but not sloppy – more or less the consistency of peanut butter.

I’m using a concrete with a lot of larger chunks of stone in it, your concrete may be different depending on the brand, use your judgment. Not runny, not too thick!

Mixing Quick Set Concrete for Fire Bowl

Do another quick spray of non-stick into your large bowl and then pour your concrete into the bowl. Fill the largest bowl about 2/3 to 3/4 full.

Concrete Fire Bowl Making

Next, spray the outside of the smaller bowl again and press it into the center of the wet concrete. You may need to apply a good bit of pressure and wiggle it around, but the concrete should move up between the bowls and fill the larger bowl to the rim.

Add stones to the smaller bowl to weigh it down and keep it from floating to the top. If you don’t add weights to the inner bowl, the bowl will begin to float and the concrete will slip back down under the inner bowl.

How to Make a Concrete Fire Bowl

Next, grab your orbital sander and turn it on (no sand paper needed). Vibrate the outside of the large bowl to help any air bubbles work their way out. If needed, smooth down the concrete with paper towels to get your top edge looking nice again.

Now we wait for the concrete bowl to set. Our concrete bag says it will set in 20 minutes, and be hard in 2 to 4 hours. We’ll pop our inner bowl out at about the 40-minute mark and the outer bowl closer to the 1-hour mark. Make sure your concrete is set before removing the bowls or you’ll have a mess on your hands. Once we remove the inner bowl, we can smooth the inside using a wet grout sponge.

Smoothing and Forming Concrete Fire Bowl

Next, and once the concrete is set, remove the outer bowl. You can tell if the concrete has set as it will change color, and you will not be able to flex the outer rim of the bowl. Smooth the outer rim of the concrete fire bowl with your wet grout sponge.

DIY Concrete Fire Bowl, Forming with Sponge

Our next step is to cut the mesh wire to fit inside the bowl. You want your wire to sit inside the bowl, just above the height of the chafing fuel can — measure accordingly. I measured across the bowl, cut a square piece of wire and folded the corners in before placing the wire mesh in the bowl. The mesh should fit clear over the chafing fuel can.

Chafing Fuel Concrete Fire Bowl

Now that we have our wire cut for our concrete fire bowl, we just need to let the concrete dry completely. 24-48 hours should do well for most fast setting concrete. Read the instructions on your bag and you be the judge!

Once dry, we can have our first concrete fire bowl fire! Always follow all safety instructions on the fuel can and adhere to local fire ordinances. If you’re unsure of your town’s local regulations, contact your local fire department before lighting an outdoor fire.

Remove the lid of the chafing fuel by following the instructions on the can. Place it into the bowl. Position the wire mesh over top of the can and pile your rocks on top of the wire mesh. Do not place the rocks over the chafing fuel can or flame. Simply allow the flame to come up between the rocks in the center!

Gel Fuel Concrete Patio Fire Bowl

I’m using 1-hour chafing fuel, because that’s as long as I want my fire to burn. This will allow time for everything to cool down before packing in for the evening. Follow all instructions and safety precautions that came with the chafing fuel and never touch the hot rocks or wire cage before everything has cooled completely.

DIY Concrete Fire Bowl

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Our Indoor Oasis

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