• 14 fire pits with retro modern style — in a wide range of prices

    modern-firebowls-LeadWhen reader Darryl emailed Pam looking for good sources for a wok-like fire bowl — the search was on. There are plenty of modern retro looking fire bowls in a variety of shapes and sizes out there — but they don’t always come cheap.

    Hi Pam,

    Big fan here…thank you for all you do! I’m looking for “wok-like” planters and fire bowls that are on posts elevating them from the ground. (Very George Jetson). I’m hoping that you would know a source.

    Thanks,
    Darryl
    Palm Springs, CA

    Ok Darryl — after extensive internet research I’ve been able to find 14 “wok-like” fire bowls with George Jetson appeal — listed below from most to least expensive. Hopefully one of these is just the fire pit you’ve been searching for.

    retro-modern-fire-bowlUnica Home Extremis Fire Bowl — $2,279

    modern-metal-fire-bowlJohn T. Unger Studio — $1,500

    modern-silver-fire-bowlStardust Modern Gandia Balasco Brasero Modern Outdoor Firepit — $1,120

    modern-wavy-fire-bowlEtsy — The Fire Pit Gallery, Sand Dune Outdoor Modern Fire Pit — $1,060

    mid-century-modern-outdoor-fire-pitOutdoor Living Showroom, Asia Fire Pit — $790

    tri-pod-retro-firepitBackyard Firepits, Monterey Fire Pit — $649

    modern-firebowl-wok-likeDesign Within Reach Fire Bowl — $495

    modern-black-fire-bowlAll Modern, Skagerak Denmark Olympia Fire Pit — $415

    Firebowl-on-feet-retro-modernEtsy, Fire Pits Atlanta 42 inch Fire Pit Industrial Duty — $400

    atomic-retro-firepitEtsy, DeFelice Engineering Outdoor Firepit — $343

    rounded-firebowl-modernAmazon, Fire Bowl with spark screen Orion — $323.12

    modern-retro-fire-bowlAmazon, Esschert Design Fire Bowl Extra Large — $279.99

    retro-modern-fire-bowl-mediumAll Modern, Real Flame Four Can Outdoor Fire Pit — $139.65

    retro-pod-firepit

    All Modern Halo Fire Pit — $61.36

    cone-fireplaceAnother great retro mod option for the backyard fire pit is tracking down a vintage malm, preeway or other cone style fireplace for use on your patio as shown in the photo above from Pam’s story — 10 happy and affordable outdoor spaces. In fact, that’s exactly what I did this fall — see my vintage fireplace that will be living on my back patio this coming summer.

    So there you have it — proof that you can find an appropriate retro inspired fire bowl for your backyard patio in any price range. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled at yard sales, estate sales and on Craigslist too — you could find just what you’ve been searching for at a reasonable price without having to fork over money for shipping.

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    Comments

    1. Alternately, if you have a good Asian grocery store in your area (or can order online, though shipping can be spendy) you can find 24 or 30 inch woks for around 50 bucks, although you’d still have to make a base, or find someone who can.

    2. Thanks for this! As with all retro-modern things, most of them seem pretty pricey, but that All Modern version for $62 fits the bill perfectly. Might have to pick one up.

    3. We are currently having a local steel fabricator construct a custom design fire pit for our own. I worked with the fabricator to come up with the design… based on the works of Richard Serra and forms borrowed from origami bowls. The custom fire pit will cost around $450-$600. Not a bad price considering given the quality and fact that it will be a one of a kind. I’m super excited to see the completed piece in my yard. Should be just a couple of weeks now til it’s done! Having a custom design from a local artisan is something to consider. You will have a super unique item, support local business and likely save money over high-end designer alternatives.

    4. FYI, please be careful about placement of any firepit. Some friends of my family had a house fire caused from a firepit placed on a wooden deck. That being said, these are very cool.

    5. I would love to find one of those cone fire pits. I think they’re super cool. However, when my husband tore down the pidgeon coop that was rotting in the backyard, he found a big pile of red brick. I guess we’re going to have a red brick fire pit this summer.

      • We made ours out of brick that was “found” in the lot we just bought. The lot was a neighborhood dumping ground for 30+ years – we had fun finding stuff that the housebuilders had thrown there (extra slate tiles, red bricks, concrete bricks, liquor bottles :) )

    6. I really like the Preway’s but I am not in harmony with my other half. Boo.

    7. An FYI to anyone considering the Design Within Reach or Skagerak models – they are one in the same. We purchased the Skagerak several years ago (it was not as costly then!) and have enjoyed it very much. It is constructed of natural cast iron, which does eventually take on some patina/rust and might be something to consider. Otherwise, it’s a great size, nicely designed, and the built in handles make for easy moving and cleaning.

    8. Once again you’ve come through for your readers Pam! Thanks for such a great article. I really like the Stardust models. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and send you photos when the landscaping is complete. Darryl

    9. Just when I am looking for a firepit to put on a cement slab where a shed formerly blocked my view of the Indian River! What timing!

    10. willow murawski says:

      before you invest in a firepit make sure they are permitted in your town. where i live you cannot have any firepit, even with a screen due to air pollution regulations. just because the stores in your town sell them does not make them legal.

    11. I think you will LOVE

      http://www.modfire.com

      I love their stuff and use them whenever I can put them in a mid century modern home design.

    12. Bill Anderson says:

      i recently found this one on etsy – we ordered one and really like it. https://www.etsy.com/listing/157173364/the-parsons-table-fire-pit

    13. Nathanael Kitchen says:

      I really want one but have to do some major lobbying.

    14. Pryscila Miller says:

      These are great! Has anyone installed a deck in their backyard? We have a very modest 1959 ranch house with 8 ft ceilings inside and a very low pitch roof. Our house probably isn’t any taller than 12-13 ft at the roof peak. It seems that if we were to install a deck, our guests would be staring at the roof shingles!

      • pam kueber says:

        How about a stone, brick or gravel patio at ground level. That is likely even more authentic mid-century that a wood deck…

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