Fire pits have been around for centuries in other cultures and are the latest ‘must have’ with garden lovers and landscape designers in Australia. Farmweld released two wrought iron firepit designs at the Stirling Autumn Garden Festival in the Adelaide Hills. Available in three fire bowl sizes – large 1.2m, medium 900mm and small 750mm they come with beautiful heavy, hand forged wrought iron stands which adorn the cast iron bowls turning the rather ordinary fire bowls into a feature. Come summer, the fire pit can double as an ornamental cast iron planter. Australians love the outdoors, spring is here but evenings can still be quite cool. Now there’s no reason why you can’t continue to enjoy the cooler months with a little bit of outdoor heating which looks stylish as well as being functional.
Why buy a fire pit from Farmweld?
Do I need a Fire Grate in a fire pit?
We have often been asked to make fire grates for people who already own fire bowls as they’ve found that their fires don’t burn terribly well. Few fire pits is any, sold in Adelaide come with a fire grate. For a really efficient fire with plenty of heat and less smoke you need the air to circulate around the fire or it just won’t burn very well. The last thing you want is to smoke out your guests at a gathering or party. Farmweld offer an optional heavy fire grate that will keep your fire burning brightly and keep the hot coals off the bottom of the bowl, lessening heat lost downwards, and helping to preserve the cast iron bowl.
TIP: To deflect the heat up where you want it, add about 3″ / 8cm of sand in the bottom of the fire bowl.
The base is made from solid steel, and the bowl from cast iron. We’re told that the bowls were originally designed for cooking rice for the Vietnamese army!
Locally made in South Australia
Although the bowls are imported from overseas (there are no large metal spinners left in South Australia), the bases are all made by Andrew Hood, our blacksmith in our Adelaide Hills workshop. The workmanship on all items made by Farmweld is guaranteed. Andrew takes great pride in his work, so if there are any faults (which there shouldn’t be) just bring your fire pit back to our workshop at Birdwood, SA and we’ll repair it for you at no charge.
Won’t the fire pit be in the way in summer?
Most fire pits remain unused during summer and can end up being in the way and at times, an eyesore. Use this time of the year to clean out your wrought iron fire pit. Then fill it with some potted annuals, adding colour to your outdoor entertaining area.
Hint: find a large round platter/tray at a $2 store and place in the bottom of the bowl. The tray will help elevate your pots to the rim level of the bowl. Put your pot plants on top and you’ve got a pot plant water tray.
Fire pit designs
Farmweld currently has two designs available – as pictured above a taller wrought iron base, or a low base with solid ball feet. All items are custom made for every client so it’s easy enough to make something unique if that’s what you want. Talk to us today to see how we can help you.
- Cast iron fire bowl – three sizes 1.2m, 900mm, 750mm
- Hand forged wrought iron bases
- Custom made
- Solid steel
- Optional heavy solid steel fire grate
- Workmanship guaranteed
- Accessories – our blacksmith can forge pokers, tongs, fire grates, etc. We can make you a BBQ plate if you want!
(At August 2013)
Medium 900mm fire bowl & stand $950
Medium fire bowl, wrought iron base and heavy fire grate $1250
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