Fire Bowl Insert For Gas And Wood Burning Fire Pit.

by grillrepair on January 5, 2013

fire pit with stacked stine and granite with raw opening.

This fire pit made with stacked stone and black (blue) granite tile can be used to burn wood or with a gas burner. The inside opening shows the raw concrete.

We get a lot of questions about fire pit bowls and the problem is that a lot of the time people are calling to replace a fire pit bowl the fire pit they are thinking about repairing is not worth the cost of the repairs.  A lot of big retailers sell little fire pits for a hundred dollars up to four or five hundred dollars.  These are generally made overseas of inexpensive materials that are going to rust or corrode.  The fire pits we build are designed and manufactured to last as long as the custom outdoor kitchens we manufacture.  We build these in the same way the house is manufactured but we use heavier materials because everything we build has to be capable of withstanding outdoor weather.

This is a firepit that we buy already complete and it ships just as it is shown here.  The opening in the firepit is designed to be capable of using wood or adding a gas burner with whatever media is preferred above the gas burner.  Usually this means ceramic logs but a lot of the fire pits we build has fire balls, fire shapes and fire glass on top of the burner.

Whether we buy a fire pit like this one or we build the fire pit to a custom size determined by the home owner we do not generally leave the opening in the fire pit wide open and “raw” like this one.  Instead we have a local stainless steel fabricator make an insert for us so the center of the fire pit  has a more “finished” appearance.

fire pit with tile and stucco and a stainless fire bowl

Here we added the stainless steel fire bowl made deep for wood logs or for ice and drinks

The other benefit to using the heavy gauge stainless insert os that we supple our clients with 2 of these inserts.  With 2 stainless inserts customers can use one with their wood burning logs or with their gas log burner.  The other insert will not have the soot, smoke, carbon discoloration from being in the wood or gas flames so the second insert can be used in the summer months even if only to look clean and shint inside the unused fire pit.

The fire bowls are custom designed and fabricated by a local stainless shop we use.  We make the gas fire pit bowls very shallow because the fire ring will sit right up close to the top of the counter.  With our gas fire pits we usually want an inch or two depth from the top of the burner to the top edge of the fire pit.

 

 

 

custom built fire pit with blue granite and stacked stone

reflective fore glass shines brightly in the custom fire pit where we used orange and green glass to make a university of miami logo in the black glass so the flames flicker through colors.

This fire pit is one of the ones we built on-site in the backyard of one of our outdoor kitchen clients.  They purchased blue granite (wow!) and we used the same stacked stone on the outdoor kitchen and the columns that lined the back deck.  We manufactured two gas fire pits in this back yard.  This rectangle that is about 54 inches long and a small round fire pit with about 28 inch diameter top.  The outdoor kitchen, columns, and both fire pits have the same granite and stone.

Notice the fire bowl in the fire pit is very shallow.  The “floor” where the burner and the fire glass rest is barely lower than the bottom of the granite because we do not need depth on this type of burner system.  The gas line, control valve, thermocouple and ignition wires make the fire pit much too complex to be taken apart so the fire pit could be used for a ice cooler in summer though.  Fortunately we do such incredibly work the fire pit looks extraordinary just sitting on the floor without any flames so the fire pit is still an amazing display when it is not being used (and that’s as humble as it gets!).

fire pit table of dining drinking and changing

the fire pit table we design can be used as a fire pit or as a barbecue as a grill as a ice bin or can be covered and used as a solid table with a hole in the center for an umbrella.

 

Like the first fire pit we looked at this fire pit is usually purchased as a finished product.  However, if you look for these fire pit tables you will never find one that looks like this one.   Because our outdoor kitchen crews are already installing gas appliances and fabricating granite we only buy these cast bases that have palm tree frescoes or bamboo texture.  We then add the granite we are using on the grill island or fireplace and we add whatever “finish” wirk causes the dining table fire pit to match the back yard design project.

What is nice about the fire pit dining tables is that the size of the center opening in the granite is standardized (although the granite the tables come with is awful!) so the various inserts available can be swapped out easily.  This fire pit table was colored and granite selected to match an outdoor kitchen we manufactured on site.  However, we had our fabricator cut-out the opening as one single piece of granite so the customer can drop the cut-out into the round opening and have a solid top table.  We cut out a small umbrella post hole so the center slab is easy to lift up and out and so an umbrella could be stuck through the table.  The available inserts include a high-heat grill, low heat barbecue with a lid. the fire pit

custom gas fire pit matching granite and stone

The other gas fire pit with blue granite and ledge stone has only larger lava rocks.

with reflective fire glass, the fire pit burner with lava rocks and ceramic logs or with an ice bin that also has the umbrella hole passing through the ice.  The fire pit dining table can be used with any of these interchangeable insert.

This gas fire pit is the round matching fire pit in the same backyard as the “UM” gas fire pit above.  We added this image because of the round ring in the black lava rocks where the gas flames come through.  We started off talking about replacement fire bowls for repairing fire pits.  Most of the gas fire pits we build will not have some pretty material like copper or stainless under the burner because concrete is so much more reliable and will not be damaged by water or extreme heat.  The bottom of the lava rock under the burner will most likely never be seen.

We have other problems with these.  The wind has the ability to blow the flames to one side or another and that can keep the heat from the gas flames pushing against the same section of granite all the time.  We designed a heat shield over the years that keeps the heat from leaving soot or carbon on the granite or from over heating the stone until the granite counter top cracks.  We usually push the stainless steel ring deeper than this image shows but the picture needed to show the ring so we left it up in the image.  We push it down because the top of the flame is not so much of what we are blocking but the gas that moves among the lava rocks before rising up to ignite.  The ring keeps the flames from getting too close to the granite by separating the gas emitting from the burner.  We started using a ring in all of our granite topped

replacement fire bowl for gas or wood burning fire pits and for ice

this is the custom fabricated stainless steel fire bowl we use in the wood burning fire pit as a replacement insert.

gas firepits 2 years ago and have not had a complaint (because the stainless ring is mostly invisible) about cracked granite since then.

The replacement fire bowls we use are either made by high-end gas fire pit companies or something we design and have fabricated ourselves.  The gas version can be round or square or rectangular.  There are standard sizes made to match the ring burners, square burners and rectangular burners used in gas fire pits and non-standard sizes can be easily made.  These replacement bowls usually cost between $250. and $400. depending on the size.

 

 

 

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954-2-GRILL-2 (954.247.4552).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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