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A fire bowl made of precast concrete. Solus Décor in Vancouver, BC

Fire Bowl Design Ideas

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See how to use a fire bowl as a backyard focal point by filling it with decorative stone or colored glass, enhanced by a gas-lit flame. Also get tips for fire bowl placement and flame height.

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Commonly made of precast concrete, fire bowls are smooth rounded pieces. They are a nice middle option between a built-in fire pit and a portable fire pit. Fire bowls look great in contemporary gardens and come in sizes small enough to display on a table or atop a pillar, as well as sizes large enough to serve as a gathering spot.

Fire bowls can be designed to burn wood or gas. A fire bowl can be filled with lava rock, colored fireglass, or any other type of fire-retardant decorative filler.

You can order a pre-made concrete fire bowl or have one made custom for your yard. If you choose to have a custom bowl made you will likely spend more, but you will have more size, shape and color options. Talk to a landscape designer about your options for a fire bowl.

What type of concrete is used for fire bowls?

The best concrete for making fire bowls is both strong and lightweight. Many manufacturers use a special mix called glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). This high-performance concrete can also be customized with color and texture.

How do you make a concrete fire bowl?

Casting a fire bowl yourself can be a fun project. You'll need to mix the concrete, pour it into a mold, let it cure, remove it from the mold, sand any rough spots and then add your fuel source and decorative filler.

Cool ways to use fire bowls in your yard

  • Add one to your backyard patio and surround it with seating
  • Place a small one on a tabletop
  • Use them poolside for a resort atmosphere
  • Put one in the front yard if you don't have room in back

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