Build a tabletop fire bowl with a few simple steps.
Yield: 1Fire Bowl
Author: Scrappy Geek
Tin snips to cut wire mesh
1bagquick set concrete
1piecebucket for mixing (3 or 5 gallon bucket)
water for mixing concrete
2pieceplastic bowlsone larger than the other
non-stick cooking spray
1piecestick or trowelto mix concrete
1piecegrout spongeany sponge will work
1piecewire meshcut to fit into the bowl, see instructions
1can1-hour chafing fuel
Personal Protective EquipmentDust mask, gloves, goggles, etc...
Spray outside of small bowl and inside of large bowl with non-stick cooking spray
Mix concrete to peanut butter consistency
Add concrete to large bowl, about 2/3 to 3/4 full
Press small bowl into concrete using a wiggling action; add rocks or heavy objects into the small bowl to weight it down and prevent it from 'floating' back up
Vibrate the outside of the large bowl to help remove any air bubbles in the concrete
Allow concrete to set (not dry) but set, read the instructions on the bag
Once set, remove the small bowl and smooth out the concrete with a sponge and water
Wait for the concrete to dry a little longer and remove the concrete bowl from inside the large bowl. Use your judgement, removing the bowl too early will cause the concrete to crack and break. Wiggle the edges of the bowl to see if there's any flex. If there is, wait longer...
Once the concrete bowl is removed, smooth out the outside edge and rim with a sponge and water
Cut wire to as to make a 'table' inside the bowl for the chafing fuel to sit under and rocks to sit on top