Some people, including me, love outdoor fire pits and today I’m sharing my favorite stylish metal fire pit bowl designs with you to use in your outdoor space.
Enjoying a fire is a great way to relax outdoors and it’s my husband’s favorite thing to do with the other neighborhood guys in our backyard. While I don’t think they even care what the fire pit looks like (men!), they clearly prefer a wood-burning fire pit instead of propane fire pits. There is something about playing with wood and fire that they just love. My husband is obsessed with his fire gloves and touching the burning firewood.
Using a stylish metal fire pit bowl can definitely elevate that experience. At least I think so.
What different metals are fire pit bowls made of
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Fire pit bowls can be made of various metals, and the choice of material can affect the durability, appearance, and performance of the fire pit. Here are some common metals used for fire pit bowls and their properties:
Steel fire pit bowls
Steel is a popular choice for fire pit bowls because it is durable and can withstand high temperatures. It is also relatively affordable and can be easily shaped into various designs. However, steel can rust over time if not properly maintained, so it’s important to protect the surface with high-temperature paint or coating.
Stainless steel fire pit bowls
Stainless steel is a type of steel alloy that contains at least 10.5% chromium, which gives it added resistance to corrosion and staining. Stainless steel fire pit bowls are often more expensive than regular steel, but they are also more durable and long-lasting.
Cast iron fire pit bowls
Cast iron is a heavy and durable material that can retain heat for a long time. Cast iron fire pit bowls are often used for cooking, as they can provide even heat distribution and are less likely to crack or warp over time. However, cast iron can be prone to rust and requires regular seasoning to maintain its non-stick properties.
Copper fire pit bowls
Copper is a beautiful and unique material that can add a luxurious touch to a fire pit. It is a good conductor of heat and can distribute warmth evenly. However, copper is a soft metal that can be prone to dents and scratches, and it can also tarnish over time.
Aluminum fire pit bowls
Aluminum is a lightweight and corrosion-resistant metal that is easy to maintain. Aluminum fire pit bowls are often powder-coated or anodized to improve their durability and appearance. However, aluminum is not as heat-resistant as other metals and may warp or melt under high temperatures.
Overall, the choice of metal for a fire pit bowl depends on the desired appearance, durability, and performance of the fire pit. Steel and stainless steel are popular choices for their affordability and durability, while cast iron and copper offer unique properties for cooking and aesthetics.
My favorite stylish metal fire pit bowl designs
Over the years we have had many different types of fire pits but have been overall the happiest with our small old metal fire pit bowl. Generally, metal fire pit bowls are known for their durability and ability to withstand high temperatures. They are less likely to crack or break compared to other materials like clay or ceramic. Our gas fire column on our porch has cracks everywhere and is looking rather crappy right now. We also had a clay chiminea (I loved the look) but it didn’t last all that long.
And as I mentioned our old small metal fire pit bowl might be ready to get upgraded. It is rather shallow and I’d love to have something different. So here are some of my favorites I came across while searching. I do have to say that some of the handmade versions on Etsy are rather pricey but you can definitely see the difference compared to the cheaper options.
- natural alloy steel fire bowl
- modern steel chiminea with high-temperature heat-resistant paint finish
- unique modern rustic steel fire column
- weathered steel fire bowl made from tank heads
- steel cauldron fire bowl
- large handcrafted deep weathered steel fire bowl
- rustic cast iron fire pit bowl
- weathered steel fire bowl inspired by manta rays
- portable hot rolled steel fire pit
- custom handcrafted American steel fire pit bowl
- stainless steel fire pit
- oxidized steel creates a beautiful patina on this fire bowl
- massive modern Corten steel fire pit
- solid carbon steel fire pit
- not pictured: copper metal fire pit bowl
So which one is your favorite? It’s difficult to pick one, isn’t it? I think possibly #5, I love the antique cauldron style with the handles. It would be perfect for a larger bonfire. I also think that we prefer a round fire pit versus a rectangular fire pit with corners but that’s just us.
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