How To Use A Pottery Bowl As A Fire Pit Safely

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If you are considering using a large pottery bowl as a fire pit in your backyard or patio, you are among the many who have found this to be an economical alternative to installing a fire pit in the ground. But what you may not know is that even though you can move the bowl to various places, there are some additional safety precautions to take. This guide explains what you need to do to enjoy a fire in your large pottery bowl safely.

Inspect the Bowl

Check the bowl for any defects that could cause it to fall apart from the heat. Things that you need to look for include:

  • cracks (even small ones)
  • chips
  • areas that are thinner than others

If any of these situations exist, choose another bowl. The heat from the fire could make the clay break completely, creating a mess or a fire a hazard.

Apply the Right Amount of Materials

Place several inches of sand or pea gravel in the bottom of the bowl. These products help protect the bottom and lower sides of the bowl from the heat, but keep in mind that the pottery will still be hot to the touch when the fire is lit.

Caution: Be generous with the application of the pea gravel or sand. If there is not enough in the bowl, smoke will fill up inside it and then flow over the rim, filling the area with smoke.  Fill it to just below the rim of the bowl so that the smoke goes straight up.

Increase the Fire Slowly

Place a couple of small logs on top of the filler material and place some paper on top of it. Use a grill lighter with a long handle to light the paper. Slowly add logs to increase the fire gradually. Too much heat, too quickly can cause the pot to break, no matter how much sand or pea gravel you have in the bowl.

In the end, using a pottery bowl for an outdoor fire pit can work well and provide you with hours of enjoyment. What's more is that you can have a nice little fire anywhere in your yard that you want, as long as there is no roof or tree branches overhead. Never leave your fire unattended and always keep a close eye on children or pets that might be playing in the area.  

For more ideas about how to use outdoor pottery, contact a specialty store like Bob Williams Nursery Inc.

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