Energy Efficient Home Ideas. | Diy Gel Fire Pit.

I don’t know about you guys, but I love the way gel fire pits look, and I wanted to add that flair to my outdoor home decor. The only issue I had was space and practicality. Hence my cheap home designs hack to achieve an opulent look on a dime! In my backyard, I have an area that I allotted to my japanese garden wall murals (asian home decor) and, with a small, tasteful piece of furniture and a few gel fire pits I could turn this space into an even better area for summer. All while roasting some marshmallows and sausages depending on who I am entertaining at the time. So let us begin this project without wasting any time.

You will need a couple of Tupper ware bowls depending on how many gel pits you want to make. I am doing one for now. The receptacles should be two different sizes. I am using a medium and a large one, this will ensure that my medium bowl can fit into the large one comfortably. Next – quick-setting cement, water, a metal type mixer, bucket, PAM spray, paper towels, grout sponge, sanding machine, solid gel fuel cans, lava granules, face mask, and gloves. Great, now take the PAM spray and saturate the inside of the largest bowl and then spray the outside of the medium bowl. Next, wipe the spray off from the inside of the large bowl and the outside of the medium bowl. Do this process at least twice and set aside. Now it is time to mix your cement, I used one whole bag, and I poured the water in and mixed it until I had a decent enough mixture (not too stiff and not too watery) using a mason trowel. After I got that sorted, I poured my cement mixture into the large bowl and took the medium bowl and pushed it into the cement in the larger bowl. Pressing the medium bowl into the cement made the sides of the cement rise to the edge of the larger bowl and form a cavity in the larger bowl. Now it’s time to use the sander (minus the sanding pad) and just let it vibrate along the sides of the bowl to work out any air bubbles that might have occurred.

Wait for the designated time it takes for the cement to dry and then remove the medium bowl. Using your grout sponge smooth out any rough edges that are present in the cement and further shape out your bowl. Excellent! Stay with me now; we are nearing the end! Now that your bowl has dried (after 5-6 hours) and you sanded it down again to make it perfect. Place the fuel can in the center of the bowl and start filling the bowl with the lava granules until it covers the fuel can (keep the fuel can cover on until you are ready to light it). The lava granules are preferred for this project because it doesn’t explode in fire. Let me know how your project turned out in the comments below and don’t forget to like the video!

smart home ideas. | Two bowls that will form our gel firepit mold.

smart home ideas. | Two bowls that will form our gel firepit mold.

I bought some Tupperware bowls (smart home ideas) and decided on the medium and the large bowl for this project that would give me a decent-sized gel firepit mold.

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creative home ideas. | Make sure the bowls are different sizes!

creative home ideas. | Make sure the bowls are different sizes!

For these creative home ideas to make sense, you have to use the different sized bowls because we need to create a deep enough space for the lava granules as well as the fuel can.

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new home ideas. | Our cement and newspaper has been laid out for this project.

new home ideas. | Our cement and newspaper has been laid out for this project.

Cement can be messy (new home ideas), so we want to make sure we lay out enough paper to cover our surfaces and keep everything as tidy as possible.

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designing a garden. | Protective gear is a necessity.

designing a garden. | Protective gear is a necessity.

Even when I am designing a garden, I wear protective gear and especially with cement you want to make sure you protect your eyes and your nose.

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deck gardening. | What can PAM cooking spray not do?

deck gardening. | What can PAM cooking spray not do?

My cousin was on the other side of the house with her deck gardening, and she saw me leave the kitchen with the PAM spray. I know she was wondering what do I need PAM spray for when dealing with cement. But this spray will allow the cement to pop out with ease from the bowl once dried, trust me!

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Spray the PAM on the inside of the big bowl and the outside of the medium bowl.

Spray the PAM on the inside of the big bowl and the outside of the medium bowl.

Remember that the inside of the large bowl we saturate with the PAM spray and the outside of the smaller bowl we spray the PAM.

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fancy garden. | Wipe the oil you sprayed with a paper towel.

fancy garden. | Wipe the oil you sprayed with a paper towel.

Yes, fancy gardens need fancy accessories, and this gel firepit is precisely what the home decor designer ordered. Wipe away the excess spray from both bowls and repeat the spraying and wiping at least twice!

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Cement prep being carried out!

Cement prep being carried out!

I have my water, bucket, cement trowel, and cement ready to be mixed. Don’t forget to cover all surfaces!

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Carefully pour the cement mix into the bigger bowl.

Carefully pour the cement mix into the bigger bowl.

I made sure that the mixture was just right, meaning it wasn’t too thick and I could pour it quickly into the big bowl.

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Push the smaller bowl into the cement mixture that’s in the big bowl.

Push the smaller bowl into the cement mixture that's in the big bowl.

Push the medium bowl into the mixture that’s in the larger bowl. Press down until the spaces below and on the sides are filled with the mixture.

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Get the grout sponge out and smooth over any rough edges.

Get the grout sponge out and smooth over any rough edges.

While the cement is still slightly wet and not completely dry, use the grout sponge to help shape the mold into what you want and then set aside for about 5-6 hours for drying.

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Our source of fire the solid gel fuel can!

Our source of fire the solid gel fuel can!

Buy a box of fuel gel cans, and this is what we will use for our fire in the receptacles. You can buy these for cheap at your home depot stores.

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Lava stones for the bowl!

Lava stones for the bowl!

The lava granules can now be taken out of the bag and placed into the mold you made. It won’t explode and is safe for this project.

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Cover the gel can while putting the lava rocks in the mold.

Cover the gel can while putting the lava rocks in the mold.

So, I placed my fuel gel can in the middle of the concrete bowl, and I started putting the lava granules around it. I had to cover the fuel can until I had everything nice and even.

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Spread the lava granules out evenly to the very rim of the cement bowl.

Spread the lava granules out evenly to the very rim of the cement bowl.

Don’t forget to make your fuel can inconspicuous, we want to emulate a firepit, and we had to make sure the fuel gel can was not visible and completely covered up in lava granules.

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