With just 3 items you can make this DIY Tabletop Fire Bowl to enjoy on your patio or outdoor space.
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DIY Tabletop Fire Bowl Project
This easy DIY fire bowl project is great for placing on your deck or patio. It gives off a great ambiance and you can even made S’mores.
It was one of the easiest outdoor projects I’ve done! It couldn’t be easier! You only need 3 items and you’re ready to go.
DIY Tabletop Fire Bowl Supplies
- Fireproof container – I used a wide top terracotta flower planter.
- Fire Glass or Rocks – When I couldn’t find the specialty glass at Lowes, ordered it at a ridiculous price, only to realize I could have used leftover pea gravel I had in my outdoor potting area. So, unless you need a certain color, save your money and use any type of rock.
- Clean burning gel – grab the food safe variety if you plan on using for roasting marshmallows.
- Fireproof Container like a terracotta planter or galvanized bucket.
- Fire Glass, Pea Gravel or Small Rocks
- Sterno Clean Burning Gel - get food safe if you plan to use it for roasting.
- Gather your supplies.
- Fill container 3/4 full with rock or gravel.
- Position and wedge the burning gel can in the middle.
- Take the lid off to light. Replace the lid to extinguish.
Use outdoors only. Use common fire safety guidelines when using.
I thought the rocks were going to be smaller and didn’t expect them to be big chunks, but what’s a girl to do?
I had a small wide flower bowl I also picked up from Lowe’s and used a 10lb bag of the rocks. I didn’t think it would be enough at first, so I filled the bottom with pea gravel, then topped it off with the blue fire glass. I loosened the lid of the sterno can and then wedged the can into the center. I found the gel flame cans at my local Fred Meyer in the camping section.
Can You Use Other Rocks for a Tabletop Fire Bowl?
- Small River Rock
- Pea Gravel
Any hard non-flammable material will work great. The fire isn’t in direct contact like it would be for a natural gas fire pit and there is very little heat generated.
The fire glass is beautiful and it worked well, but it’s expensive.
And I hate to admit it, but the pea gravel looked more my style and would have worked great……and here I already had a full bucket in my potting area.
Can I Roast Marshmallows with a Tabletop Fire Bowl
Outdoor fires and S’Mores go hand in hand, so you know someone will want to know if they can make one.
As long as you use a burning fuel that is also safe for this purpose, you’re good to go. The flame is small, so if you have a few people, you may consider getting more than one can.
Can I Make a Larger Firebowl?
When wanting to make a tabletop fire bowl, you’ll need to consider where you’re using it and if it will be safe.
If you want a larger one you can use a larger galvanized tray or tub if wanted. As long as the container is fire safe. You may consider a DIY Firepit instead.
How to Put the Fire Out on a Fire Bowl
Because it can burn for hours, you may want to put it out on your own. You cannot blow on it like a candle. To extinguish the flame, use tongs to place the lid back on. It goes out immediately.