In this instruction I will show you how I how to make an unique an elegant fire bowl for your garden!
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!
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!
Step 2: Manufacturing
To produce the fire bowl you have to create an DXF-file and a rough drawing of the sheet metal. The DXF-file is needed by the CNC-machine, and with the rough drawing you can calculate the amount of sheet metal you will need.
You don't have to use stainless steel of course, normal steel, maybe with a rusty look, will also look very good and will be much cheaper!
If you are one of the lucky guys who own a CNC-mill or a CNC-plasma-cutter or something like that, you just have to send the DXF-file to your CAM-Software. If not, you have to search for a workshop which is able to cut sheet metal.
Now you just have to send the DXF-file to this company, and wait for the cut parts to arrive!
After getting the parts, just assemble it, get some firewood, cold beer and some friends and enjoy a cosy evening with your new fire bowl!
steelmiked made it!