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Cast Iron Syrup Kettles

Relics from Southern plantations find new life as planters, fountains and fire pits

  • Uplighting adds drama to this syrup kettle fire pit.
  • Specialty paving designates a syrup kettle water feature as the focal point of this patio.
  • Syrup kettle fire pits look great in formal settings also.
  • Two syrup kettles can be used to create a tiered fountain.
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If you are known for having a sweet tooth, then this product is for you. Once used for cooking cane syrup and making sugar, cast iron syrup kettles are finding new life as planters, fountains and fire pits in gardens across the country. However you choose to use them, these antique relics will add a touch of Southern history to your landscape.

A wide selection of kettles in various sizes and patinas, are available through The kettles are equally at home in rustic or modern landscapes and make a unique focal point and conversation starter. Selected by designers and homeowners alike, kettles from have been installed from California to New Jersey.

Syrup kettles make interesting containers for many types of plants. The kettle can be buried partially in the ground, displayed atop a pillar or simply set on your patio. It is wise to have a hole drilled through the base of the kettle to ensure proper drainage for your plants.

Another use for these kettles is as a fountain. Two kettles of different sizes can be used to create a tiered effect or a single kettle can stand alone as a birdbath or reflecting pool. A millstone can also be paired with a kettle for a truly one-of-a-kind fountain with lots of history.

While they are great for planters and fountains, the most popular use for these kettles is fire pits. The kettles can rest on a custom metal stand, be set into a brick base, be lowered into the ground and surround be a ring of stones, or displayed upon a bed of river rocks. Depending on your location, the kettles can be used to burn wood or be plumbed with a gas line and fire ring. Uplighting from beneath the kettle will add even more drama to your fire pit at night.

One of these kettles may not actually cure your sweet tooth, but if you use it as a fire pit and keep the fixings for s’mores handy, you’ll be all set.

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