Exclusive Stainless Steel Firebowl !!!
2 Steps
In this instruction I will show you how I how to make an unique an elegant fire bowl for your garden!

It's just made of ONE laser cut sheet metal, so there's no drilling, welding or screwing needed. If you have a computer with a CAD-programm and a telephone to instruct your locksmith you will have a very nice and elegant fire bowl without putting too much effort in it!

For transport or storage this fire bowl can be disassembled very easy, so it doesn't need much space.

So let's get started:

At first you should check the measurements of your terrace to get an idea about the bowls size. My fire bowl has a diameter of 1,3 meters, I think that's a good size even to have a REAL fire;-)

After that you can think about the design. At first I thought about making a three-cornered fire bowl, which looks very aesthetic. But this only allows a much smaller fireplace compared to 5-corner-bowl with the same diameter. If you have a big terrace this design would look impressive!

I don't have that much space, so I chose to make an fife-cornered fire bowl. Of course it is also possible to design a 4-, 6-, or 8-cornered bowl.

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## Step 1: The Design

Start with drawing the shape of a single part. Use a 5mm sheet metal for the bowl, if it is to thin it might deform because of the heat.
Its hard to "calculate" the correct measurements, so I just used the "trial and error" method:-)

After you had constructed the single part, you should assemble it to see if the parts fit together. It helps to create a "floor" plate where the bowl can stand on.

Now its time to personalize the fire bowl. You can adjust the diameter, height, form, whatever you want. Just make sure that the parts fit nicely.

Before you do the next step, try to assemble and reassemble the parts in the computer, just like you would do it in reality!
zeroaxe says: Mar 13, 2012. 12:26 PM
Hi there.

I got the parts cut out, but cant assemble them. My logic tells me there must be a fold somewhere, but dont see any instructions in this article. Can anyone please advise?

Thanks!
dkortenbruck (author) says: Mar 13, 2012. 1:19 PM
Just keep tryin'! When I assembled it the first time, it took me a while, but then in worked:-)

Maybe you can send me some photos?
hanelyp says: Mar 13, 2012. 1:18 PM
Took a little figuring on that one. My first thought was sliding together radially, but that doesn't work. Looks like:
- Put the pieces almost vertical, pointed corner down, in a circle.
- Hook each one over a neighbor.
- Pivot all the bottom points in together.
hanelyp says: Mar 15, 2012. 1:49 PM
I've created an animation of the assembly.
zeroaxe says: Mar 16, 2012. 9:33 AM
That is good work! I found that I need 4 hands to do it like that. So....., because I started with a scaled down model, I actually assembled it upside down and turned it over once finished. I am not sure why, but it worked easier that way round. However, I must add that I afterwards managed to assemble it the right-side-up ;)
dkortenbruck (author) says: Mar 15, 2012. 3:08 PM
wow, nice work!
hanelyp says: Mar 12, 2012. 2:06 PM
Can we get a view of the underside? How stable would this firepit be on a hard flat surface?
dkortenbruck (author) says: Mar 12, 2012. 3:25 PM
Once the firepit is assembled correctly (its a little bit tricky the first time) it's very stable! So you don't have to be scared of an unpredictable disassembling:-)

I will add a view of the underside. The diameter of the base is about 0,5m
trustr says: Mar 12, 2012. 2:36 AM
Really nice!
and a great idea!
How much did it cost (with all the laser cutting etc.) ?
dkortenbruck (author) says: Mar 12, 2012. 3:16 PM
Thank you! As I said, I didn't had to pay for the cutting because it was the first test of a new machine, so I dont' really know what you have to pay normally....
Captain Pedantic says: Mar 11, 2012. 6:41 PM
In the intro, you said you just need a telephone and a locksmith??? I'm confused.
dkortenbruck (author) says: Mar 12, 2012. 3:14 PM
Oh I just wanted to say that you need someone who cuts the sheet metal for you, if you don't have a laser cutting machine:-)
acti says: Mar 12, 2012. 12:48 PM
I'd consider adding two pair of slots or holes in the folded section, before you perform the folding. Each pair of slots has one strategically located on either side of the fold, as a pair of "dashes" inline with each other, but perpendicular
to the fold line..

This would allow you to stack the plates at the fold, and use a pair of
carabiners to keep the stack locked together, for shipping or carrying
between campsites.

Using slots (vs holes) makes the individual plates "universal", so you don't
care what order they are in, when stacked. (Each added plate in the stack
shifts the hole location slightly, relative to the other plates, by the thickness
of the plate stock.)
chicopluma says: Mar 11, 2012. 1:20 PM
cool
dkkim says: Mar 11, 2012. 11:13 AM
What a work of art! Goes to show you how elegance comes from aesthetics and utility both. Very clever, also more cost-effective to produce even with an n=1 because of the symmetric design. I'll get you could have an online shop where folks could order the leaves (in several sizes)...
dkortenbruck (author) says: Mar 11, 2012. 9:25 AM
Because of the good feedback I just added a .dxf and a .stp for this part!
Kev13 says: Mar 11, 2012. 7:19 AM
That's really cool - how much do shops charge for making cuts like that?
dkortenbruck (author) says: Mar 11, 2012. 9:06 AM
Hello Kev13,

I'm sorry, but I don't really know what this would cost in a regular shop. I didn't had to pay for that work, because they got a new laser cutting machine and my work was the first try:-)

But I really reccomend to ask for prices at different shops!
blastedcelt says: Mar 11, 2012. 7:38 AM
I love this! It's absolutely beautiful. The lines are simple and contemporary. Well done!!!
abstracted says: Mar 8, 2012. 5:29 AM
awesome, way more portable than the one i just made
fozzy13 says: Mar 7, 2012. 2:42 PM
This looks really cool and simple. Nice work!