Fire Bowl Quandary

So I have a dilemma –

I am torn on whether to make my own fire bowl using this piece of pottery I found at a stone/pottery yard….


The bowl itself is 25 in in diameter and $80 thanks to my haggling. To add river rocks, a fire grate and gel insert containers it would be another $80-$100. In total, it would cost $160-$180 to complete this DIY project.

OR……

I could simply buy a prefabricated bowl approximately the same size for about $220 from Amazon.com:

fire bowl
So I need to decide, is saving $50 worth it? After all, this will contain FIRE in some form, so if done incorrectly, there could be repercussions. I would hate to burn something down (aka my house) or worse have someone hurt due to my “burning” need to DIY. But $50 is enough to buy a few final touches for the patio.

Okay, am I just being cheap? What do y’all think?

Daydreaming: Fire Bowls

Work has officially begun on the patio!

I have several men working furiously in the attempt of trying to complete the project in a time frame of two days.  Sorta crazy right?  The landscaper stated that the project could be finished in two days — I am merely going along with his time frame.  I don’t want y’all to think I am a male version of Naomi Campbell regarding domestic help.  For the record, I have never thrown my cell phone at anyone in my life……a snowball with a rock in the middle perhaps…but never a cell phone.  I have my limits.

But I am rambling…..as I mentioned yesterday, part of the patio “refreshing” is adding a fire bowl to fight off the Northern California chilly evenings.  In my dream world, I would be able to purchase this beauty from Restoration Hardware….

Restoration Hardware Fire Bowl

Restoration Hardware

In reality, I would be lucky to get a stockpot with firewood for our existing budget.  However, I do think I have been able to find a fire bowl that fits my style quotient and space requirements from Garden.com for under $250:

Hampton fire bowl

Fingers crossed that there is enough left over in the budget to snag it along with some butterfly chairs to create a secondary seating area.

As I wait to see how the budget washes out, I can still daydream about fire bowls as if money was no issue….

Fire Bowl

Jeffrey Gordon Smith

Marvel Building fire bowl

Marvel Building Inc.

Debora Carl Landscape Design

Falling Waters Landscape

Decor Pad

Byme Designs

fire bowl

Debora Carl Landscape Design

ConcreteWorks