The ultimate guide to picking the perfect fire bowl for any space or style.

Tuya Fire Bowls on a Patio

Tuyas can function as both fire bowl and lounge table and make a handsome modernist pair. Photo courtesy of Uneek Luxury Tours.

Fire bowls have long been on the shortlist of must-haves for elevated outdoor spaces, and in recent years they’ve become even more appealing as we’ve embraced outdoor living more than ever. They make a dramatic architectural statement, define a space, anchor a social zone, and above all, bring that transporting and elemental presence of flickering flame that puts a glow on our faces and warms our bodies and souls. That might sound like an overstatement, but as anyone who’s ever sat around a fire bowl in the evening with friends and family can attest, a fire bowl can inspire special moments that bring people together and activate a space year-round. To help you choose the perfect fire bowl for your home, we’ve partnered with Kindred Outdoors + Surrounds, whose extensive line of fire bowls combine artisan craftsmanship and proprietary technology to elevate any space in any style—and bring even more heart and hearth to your home.

All the Fire Bowl Feels 

Infinite Aged Honed Teak Firebowl
Infinite fire bowl with aged honed teak finish. 

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It’s easy to forget that design is about eliciting emotions and feelings, but fire bowls take you there quicker than most architectural elements. As you plan your design, start with your feelings and consider how you want your space to influence them. Ask yourself what you want to do with that time around the fire bowl: Do you want it to be a social gathering space when you’re entertaining or a quiet retreat for you to enjoy at the end of your day? Envision how you want it to become a part of your life and let that be your guide.

Consider the Size of Your Space

Bloc Aged Teak Finish Fire Bowl
A casual space in the city is transformed from pleasant patio to urban retreat with a Bloc fire bowl surrounded by comfy lounge chairs.

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Space is a consideration that’s right up there with the emotional impact of your design. While there are few outdoor spaces that can’t benefit from a fire bowl, from poolside to patio, the scale of those spaces will determine the size of the fire bowl. Do you want to use a fire bowl as the centerpiece for a more intimate gathering spot or as a focal point across your outdoor space that grabs your attention and draws you in? 

Be Functional but Sustainable 

Aged Teak Finish by the Pool
A Lyra fire bowl creates a sculptural element and gives a sense of depth to this space.

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While many fire bowls have a low, flickering flame, Kindred fire bowls feature patented stainless steel and brass jets engineered to efficiently mix gas and oxygen which are strategically placed to produce a large and dramatic flame that’s twice the size and uses half the gas of other fire bowls on the market.

Set Your Style

Large Flame Fire Bowls
While a single fire bowl is the iconic move, the square shape of the Bloc lets you combine more than one fire bowl in a dramatic space-efficient fashion.

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All of Kindred’s fire bowls are timelessly sculptural and come in a range of organically neutral yet natural colors that play well with any number of plant palates, other materials, and ultimately your style. The low-slung chic lounge table like Tuya with its expansive top and offset burners functions as a two-for-one source of flame and a surface for canapés and cocktails in a modernist architectural setting, while the Marbella channels Italianate Roman influences with its rounded bullnose and detailed foundation for Mediterranean revival designs. The simple forms of the other designs would be just as at home at a Malibu beach shack or in the backyard of a stately Craftsman.

Keep It Clean

Marbella Fire Bowl
The Marbella fire pit is ideal for Old World settings, like this cozy Mediterranean outdoor oasis.

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Unlike wood-fired fire bowls and pits that can make your clothes smoky and pollute the air, Kindred fire bowls run on either liquid propane which you can run to a tank, or a natural gas line that’s plumbed in place for instantly-available, clean flame. 

Invest to Impress

Not only are Kindred Fire Bowls sculptural in their form, they’re made from a proprietary blend of real limestone aggregates that are hand-sanded through a four-step finishing process which gives each fire bowl nuanced surface variations and depth of character that make each piece a one-of-a-kind addition to your outdoor space.