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.
creative home ideas. | Make sure the bowls are different sizes!
new home ideas. | Our cement and newspaper has been laid out for this project.
designing a garden. | Protective gear is a necessity.
deck gardening. | What can PAM cooking spray not do?
Spray the PAM on the inside of the big bowl and the outside of the medium bowl.
fancy garden. | Wipe the oil you sprayed with a paper towel.
Cement prep being carried out!
Carefully pour the cement mix into the bigger bowl.
Push the smaller bowl into the cement mixture that’s in the big bowl.
Get the grout sponge out and smooth over any rough edges.
Our source of fire the solid gel fuel can!
Lava stones for the bowl!
Cover the gel can while putting the lava rocks in the mold.
Spread the lava granules out evenly to the very rim of the cement bowl.