How to build a metal fire bowl

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How to build a metal fire bowl
Entertain guests outdoors around the warmth of a homemade fire bowl. (camp fire image by Maximilian Effgen from

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
  • Hacksaw
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Electric drill
  • 3/16 inch titanium drill bit
  • Cotter pins
  • Rubber caps

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  1. 1

    Upcycle a traditional circular charcoal grill with an open ash catcher. Make sure it has a cover and charcoal grate.

    How to build a metal fire bowl
    Unlike mesh fire bowl covers, the solid grill lid completely contains dangerous embers. (steaks grill image by robert lerich from
  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    With a hacksaw, cut the aluminium legs to a length of 5 inches. Cap exposed aluminium leg ends with rubber caps.

  4. 4

    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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