Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fire Pits and Fire Bowls

There are so many examples of terrible fire pits out there (if you google the words "fire pit" you will see what I mean. If you want to add to your pain, try googling "modern fire pit" or "pre-cast concrete fire pit"), but in my searches, I have had a hard time finding a collection of good examples. So I set out to collect a gallery of beautiful fire pits, and this is the result. (Obviously, I have a soft spot in my heart for poured-in-place concrete and clean lines.)

To give credit where credit is due, here are the designers and manufacturers of all of the fire pits shown here, starting from the top left:

1) Custom design by architect Barbara Bastor
2) Poured in place concrete monolith from Sunset Magazine's website (not credited)
3) Precast concrete half sphere by Solus Decor
4) Custom fire pit by Molly Wood of Molly Wood Garden Design
5) Precast concrete fire bowl, also used by Molly Wood
6) Custom fireplace (or perhaps fire wall?) by Joan Grabel of Park Slope Design
7) Custom fire pit faced in Cor-Ten steel by Jay Griffith
8) Precast concrete fire bowl by Charles Swanson
9) Example of Aquatic Glassel fire pit spheres from Moderustic


  1. Thank you for all the great posts from last year! I look forward to reading your blog, because they are always full of information that I can put to use. Thank you again, and God bless you in 2010.

  2. These Firepits will bring beauty for any outdoor living space.

  3. Beautiful examples of fire bowls!

  4. A great resource for fire bowl and fire pit designs. Thank you.

  5. I love your blog--such passion!!!!
    Have you ever heard of using a cast concrete planter lined with Fire Mud for use as a wood burning fire pit? We have some planter stands and wanted to put some concrete planter bowls in there and fill with wood for a wood fire. I heard we should fill with sand first. The guys selling teh concrete bowls said you can use concrete bowls as a fire pit if you put a layer of the Fire Mud mortar on it first. What do you think--possible? Thanks for your expertise!