Last July I shared this post about how to build a DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table. I thought I'd pull it out of the archives today considering it's that time of year when many of us enjoy spending summer evenings with friends and good eats around the firepit.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a enough space for a back yard firepit. This is a great alternative that fits easily on a deck. These are not meant for burning firewood but are great for burning small eco logs or gel burners.
Making an Adirondack Fire Bowl Table from A-Z:
We built our table using 2" x 2" lumber 1" x 6" fence boards. I ripped the fence boards in half on the table saw. Yup, you read that right, I'm getting braver with power tools involving a sharp blade!
Note: We realized afterwards that two boards under the top running directly across the seven cut boards a few inches out from the hole would have been sufficient.
We added fence boards onto the base and ran them in the opposite direction from the top to create some added interest.
We marked the center point of the table. We put a screw in the center and attached a pencil on some string measured to the diameter of the fire bowl. Using a jigsaw we cut out the circle. Next we filled the screw holes on the top with Dynamic Dyna Patch. Another "dah, why didn't we think of this before" moment. Attach the boards from the bottom to avoid screw holes. Last but not least we sanded the entire table and softened the edges of the fence boards.
The table was stained with two coats of Behr Premium Deck Over Solid Stain in Sage green to match our Adirondack chairs. The fire bowl fits snug as a bug! When not in use there is plenty of room to use the table as a foot stool.
Okay, now for some safety tips...
Obviously because our table is of wood construction you would not use it for a rip roaring bonfire! Pictured above are a couple of heat sources you can use. We prefer the Eco Logs cut in half with a chop saw. With either of these you don't get a big flame or hot sparks flying out of the bowl, thus creating a fire hazard. They give off just enough heat to keep you toasty warm and the added benefit of being Citronella helps keep the mosquitoes away!
We are looking forward to many quiet evenings this summer spent on the deck around our fire bowl with a bottle of wine!