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

DIY Concrete Fire Bowl! This tabletop fire bowl is perfect to add a touch of warmth to your outdoor space. Kick back and enjoy the flickering flame on a nice cool evening from your own do it yourself concrete fire bowl!

This project is pretty easy to do. Just take your time, don’t rush the dry time on the concrete and you’ll be all set!

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Materials: How To Make A Concrete Fire Bowl

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.


This bowl set has what you need.

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.

Making a fire bowl with concrete

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 Tabletop 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.

Instructions To Make Concrete Fire Bowl DIY

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.

Concrete Fire Bowl How To Instructions

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.

How To Make A Fire Bowl With Concrete

Now that we have our wire cut, 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 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!

Concrete DIY Fire Bowl for Outdoor Use

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

This DIY concrete fire bowl is the perfect addition to our patio!

 

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