Fire bowls are typically made of concrete, copper, or stainless steel. There are various different sizes and shapes available in each of these categories. All of the fire bowls we offer come with a burner and options to add fire media. All of our outdoor fire bowls are compatible with either natural gas or propane. Fire bowls are a growing trend in the outdoor space, and have the capability of totally transforming your pool, deck, or patio. We offer both match lit & electronic ignitions for our gas fire bowls. Our bowls utilize high quality burners that produce thick and hardy flames that almost perfectly mimic a wood burning fire, without all of the smoke of course! Now lets break down some of the options and things to look out for when ordering one of these fire features.
We recommend that you have a certified technician install these fire features, especially if it requires running a gas line. There are different regulations and restrictions depending on which region or town you live in so it is always worth checking up on those before purchasing.
Concrete bowls have the largest selection of finishes and color options. Standard precast concrete is mixed with different pigments to achieve the desired color, and can be sandblasted to enhance the finish. If you are looking for a patio fire bowl with a high gloss finish then GFRC bowls are the way to go. GFRC stands for glass fiber reinforced concrete, but they are also available in matte finishes as well. You have the option to choose between smooth and textured finishes, and it should be noted that concrete bowls do have small air pockets. This is common with any poured concrete product and cannot be avoided or controlled, they do not affect the structural integrity of the bowl in any way.
Stainless steel fire bowls are available exclusively in a brushed stainless finish. Copper fire bowls can be ordered in smooth copper or hammered copper finishes. It is important to know that copper will patina over time and will need to be cleaned to restore its original finish, damp or salty environments can also speed the patina process up. Stainless steel is much more resistant to the elements but will still occasionally need cleaned to restore its original finish.
Match Lit - This is the standard ignition option for fire bowls. You just turn the gas on and light the flame with a match or lighter. Once lit you can adjust the flame height to the desired level.
Electronic Ignition (AWEIS) - This option is available on most fire bowls, although some smaller fire pots do not offer this ignition type because there is not enough room for the components inside the bowl. If it is not available on the product it is likely because of this reason. Electronic ignition allows you to light the burner with the push of a button, and has built in safety features as well.
Now that you have all the information you need, you can start browsing! DIY fire bowls are not as intimidating once you know all of the inner workings, but professional help may be needed depending on your particular setup.
Outdoor fire bowls will light up your patio space at night and give you a truly unique and relaxing atmosphere. They can be installed a top of pillars around your outdoor space, or you can set them on your deck or patio to gather around on a cold night with friends!
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Please note that concrete on its own is not watertight. It needs to be sealed in order to hold water. There are some terrific concrete sealers on the market that can be found at your local hardware store. We highly recommend a waterproof sealer. A bonus would be a flexible heavy-duty coating that has freeze-thaw properties for winter weather conditions. This would allow you to cover your bowl and leave it outside with confidence for the season!