One of the best ways to extend a living space outdoors is to add the warmth of fire, say the expert designers at HGTV. Even during the summer, a fire bowl can help extend cookouts into the cool evening hours. For many do-it-yourself homeowners, fabricating a metal fire bowl is a great alternative to building a traditional brick and mortar outdoor fireplace. Learn how to build a portable, solid-metal fire bowl with common tools and materials.
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Things you need
- Circular charcoal grill
- Needle nose pliers
- Electric drill
- 3/16 inch titanium drill bit
- Cotter pins
- Rubber caps
Upcycle a traditional circular charcoal grill with an open ash catcher. Make sure it has a cover and charcoal grate.
With the aluminium leg inserted, drill through the steel leg support on the underside of the grill with a 3/16 titanium bit. Insert a cottar pin and bend with needle nose pliers to secure. Repeat on all three legs.
With a hacksaw, cut the aluminium legs to a length of 5 inches. Cap exposed aluminium leg ends with rubber caps.
Position fire bowl on a sturdy, level, and non-flammable surface, such as a concrete or brick patio.
Tips and warnings
- Open bottom damper to ensure sufficient air flow to the fire.
- Extinguish fire by closing all dampers and covering with grill top.
- Never leave fire unattended. Failure to do so can result in wildfires.
- Locate fire away from structures to prevent fire and smoke damage.
- Do not place fire bowl on a wood deck.
- Do not attempt to move the fire bowl while still hot.
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