DIY: Outdoor Fire Pit Glass

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DIY: Outdoor Fire Pit Glass
A fire pit is like a fireplace for your patio. (Flame of a fire and fire wood in fireplace image by Aliaksandr Zabudzko from

Fire pits are used as decorative pieces of patio furniture. People like to watch a contained fire outside, but a problem with most fire pits is that the flame is concealed by the pit's body. Making a glass fire pit will remedy that problem, allowing you to see more of the fire and even add additional decoration throughout the pit's body. Making your own glass fire pit allows you make a custom design to add charm.

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Things you need

  • 3 solid metal bars 18 inches long, 2 inches in diameter
  • Polyurethane glue
  • Glass platter (16 inches in diameter)
  • 2 glass bowls (12 inches in diameter from the top)
  • Rose
  • Scissors
  • Gel fuel
  • Long match or barbecue lighter

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  1. 1

    Flip the glass tray upside down. Apply waterproof polyurethane glue to one end of each of the three 18-inch solid metal bars and stick them vertically to the bottom of the glass tray. Position the bars in equal distances between each other. The bars will be the legs of your glass fire pit. Allow the polyurethane glue to dry.

  2. 2

    Flip the glass tray over and stand it on its legs. Check that the legs are firmly bonded with the glass tray. Set an artificial rose in the centre of the tray and place a glass bowl upside-down over it to see how well the rose fits. Clip the stem of the rose as needed so it fits within the bowl, using scissors. Remove the bowl and apply polyurethane glue to the rim of the bowl, then place the bowl upside-down over the rose in the centre of the tray. Let the glue dry.

  3. 3

    Apply polyurethane glue to the bottom of the other glass bowl and set it directly on top of the upside-down bowl you glued over the rose. This top bowl is the fire bowl.

  4. 4

    Shake a gel fuel canister well and place it in your glass fire bowl. Remove the label, then remove the lid and light it with a long match or barbecue lighter.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute the rose in the centre of your glass fire bowl with copies of sentimental pictures, a poem that touches you personally, or even your baby's first shoes.
  • It is important that you only use gel fuel fire in your glass bowl as gel fuel produces a low amount of heat and will not melt or shatter the glass. According to Sunjel, the heat emitted within your glass fire bowl is "approximately 71.1 degrees C; each can of gel fuel outputs 2,500 BTUs per hour."

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