Small tabletop propane fire pit ideas: no more messy ashes!

small square propane fire pit with a tabletop around it sitting on a brick backyard in late evening

Small tabletop fire pits in your outdoor space usher in a cozy and warm environment. It’s always more relaxing and soothing to stay in such spaces, especially when the fire source is propane. Making a portable propane fire pit without worrying about the mess is not challenging as long as you have the right ideas and materials. 

The best small tabletop propane fire pit idea is the flowerpot fire. You probably already have a flowerpot in your home, so all you need is a few tools to make your tabletop fire pit. This idea is not complex to execute, but it will require your time and patience

I will explain the process involved in making this flowerpot fire pit idea alongside others. After reading this guide, you should already have great ideas for your next propane tabletop fire pit. 

1. Propane Flowerpot Tabletop Fire Pit

The first thing you’ll want to consider is the size and material of your flowerpot. A good sized, heavy ceramic pot should do the trick. 

As much as you want it to be portable, it should be functional enough to provide the required warmth. Hence, you will need to ensure that the pot is dense enough to withstand heat and heavy enough that it won’t topple over.

After settling on the flowerpot type, you’ll need to gather the other materials for the project. Here are some of the materials necessary: 

  • Burner and cover: This is where the fire comes out from, and the size and shape depend on the flowerpot design and dimensions. 
  • Heat regulator: When you want a tabletop fire pit, you have people sitting close to it. Hence, the heat levels require some regulation to ensure maximum comfort. Some regulators can completely turn off the gas and on. 
  • Hoses for propane source: Propane is the fire source of this fire pit, and you need a hose to supply the energy.
  • Propane tank: You can’t build a propane fire pit without having a propane tank for the source. The tank you purchase should fit into your flower pot. 

The process of making this fire pot is simple if you follow these steps; 

  1. Drill a hole at the side of the flower pot. This hole will contain the regulator to switch the propane gas on or off. Once you’re done, place the propane tank into the pot. 
  2. Drill a hole in your cover lid – this should be a strong, heat-resistant material. Place this on top of your flowerpot, ensuring it covers the whole pot. Place the burner right on top.
  3. Connect the hose from the propane gas tank inside the flower pot to the burner. 
  4. Place the valve in the hole you drilled at the side of the pot, connect everything together, and turn on the propane. Light the burner and enjoy!

This YouTube video will give a better view:

2. Canned Propane Fire Pit

The best ideas for building a fire pit are not always the problem. Sometimes, the issue is finding the space to execute such projects. However, you don’t need much space if you have ammo cans around your home. 

You will build your propane fire pit in this portable space with drilling and connections.

Building this ammo can propane fire pit isn’t complicated as long as you have suitable materials. Here is the process of making this fire pit: 

  1. The first step is to make the burner to the shape and size of the ammo can. The burner should fit perfectly into the can, even if it means bending it. Copper tubing usually makes a good choice. 
  2. Create a hole to supply the propane fire source. The hole you drill should be closer to the location of the copper tubing burner. You should also consider the size of the can while drilling holes.
  3. Connect the copper tube burner with the propane fire source through the drilled hole. 
  4. Puncture the copper tubing to release fire. It’s always better to puncture a few locations to test the connections and check how the fire burns. 
  5. After puncturing the hole, you can add lava rocks and a wire mesh to perfect the shape. The purpose of the lava rock is to help spread the fire uniformly, while the wire mesh ensures the burner is not at the bottom of the ammo can. 
  6. Get a regulator to increase and reduce the fire through the propane gas source. Be sure that your regulator works correctly to keep an excellent fire. 

3. A 3-Step Propane Fire Pit

This fire pit type is best for you if you love to take on challenging DIY projects. It requires different material types and processes, so it’s one you will enjoy and learn from. Bear in mind that this project requires a lot of space.

Here is how you can make a 3-step propane fire pit; 

  1. Create a circular frame base. The frame is the project’s foundation, so it needs to be firm and rugged to carry the fire pit and withstand weather conditions. Plastic wood is usually an excellent choice because of its strength and sturdiness against harsh weather conditions. 
  2. Cover the top of the base with a ceramic or concrete board. The idea is to provide more stability, so the top needs to be uniform in size. You can take dimensions before any covering process. 
  3. Introducing flagstone. Fill up the hole of your circular base with flagstone. Ensure you glue it with a strong adhesive. After this process, you have completed the base.
  4. Add a metal layer as the second step. Based on the shape and size of the base, add a corresponding metal layer to act as the second base of the fire pit. The metal layer needs to be circular, so you’ll have to bend the metal into that shape or get something that fits the required size. You can decorate this layer how you deem fit. 
  5. Build the top layer. Similar to the second step, the top layer is made from metal. However, this time, you will add tiles to the top step. 

Attach gas and fire sources. You already have the three-step pit, but there is no fire. To make the fire, you need a hole for the hose of your propane source, then a copper bowl for the fire.

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