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How To Select The Right Size Fire Bowls For Your Swimming Pool

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There are four (4) factors that determine the size of a fire bowl that will look best for your pool:

1. the size of your pool
2. width of the coping or pedestal cap
3. distance from inside back of house to pool
4. personal aesthetic preferences

Fire bowls are usually mounted on  the pool’s “coping” or “raised pedestals” or on long, straight bond beams around the pool.

In most cases, you want the fire bowl(s) to be seen from inside the back of your house but not so much as to overpower the size of the pool.

If your fire bowl(s) will NOT include a water feature (scupper or sheer descent) then the sizing is only for aesthetics and not critical for proper operation.

If your preferred fire bowl(s) WILL include a water feature then the sizing is much more important so that the water flows properly from the fire bowl into your pool.

size a fire bowl to the size of pool pedestal coping cap

Sizing Your Fire Bowl(s) Step-by-Step

Step #1 – measure the width of the coping where you intend to install the fire bowl(s). [show image with arrows to help]

Step #2 – select either a ready-to-ship fire bowl color or choose a custom fire bowl color-matched to your swimming pool’s stone and tile.

Step #3 – select an edge-style you would like for your fire bowl – we offer vertical face edge and knife-edge fire bowls (ready-to-ship or custom color-matched).

Step #4 – select a fire bowl size that is within 1″ or 2″ of the coping cap size (this is vital if you want a built-in water feature in the fire bowl). This can be one or two inches shorter or longer than the coping.

Step # 5 – choose a built-in water feature and other options you may desire (gas or propane, auto-ignitor, canvas cover, mounting kit, etc.).

Step # 6 – install your fire bowl(s) and enjoy the dazzling beauty of fire and water.

plumbing included with every fire bowl

Included: all of our fire bowls come with a stainless steel burner and internal one-inch plumbing to connect to your pool.

We offer five styles of fire bowls:

knife-edge fire bowl mounted on swimming pool

1. Knife-Edge Fire Bowls

Available with or without a stainless steel Sheer Descent water feature.

Our knife-edge bowls are available in the following sizes:

24” x 24” x 9” tall
26″ x 26″ x 11” tall
28″ x 28″ x 12” tall

All of these knife-edge bowl sizes have a bottom base plate size of 13″ square to fit most swimming pool coping sizes.

36-inch Grand Estate Fire bowl

Grand Estate Knife-Edge Fire Bowls

36” x 36” x 12” tall

Our Grand Estate Knife Edge fire bowls have a larger base size of 15″ square which fits well on most pedestal caps.

Each of these bowls have a 6-inch diameter access hole in the bottom plate.

Available ready-to-ship in the most popular colors or can be custom color-matched to your pool’s stone and tile.

vertical face edge fire bowl example

2. Vertical Face-Edge Fire Bowls

Available with or without a built-in stainless steel Scupper water feature.

Our vertical face-edge fire bowls are available in the following sizes:
26” x 26” x 14” tall
30″ x 30″ x 14″ tall

All vertical face edge fire bowls have a bottom base plate size of 13-inches square to fit most swimming pool coping sizes.

Each bowl has a 6″ diameter access hole in the bottom plate.

Available ready-to-ship in the most popular colors or can be custom color-matched to your pool’s stone and tile.

wide fire line bowl - knife edge

3. Wide Fire-Line Bowls

These are our long and wider fire bowls and are available in either vertical face-edge or knife-edge styles, custom colors, and with or with a built-in stainless steel water feature and other options.

Only available in custom colors to match your pool’s tile and stone.

Our wide fire-line bowls are available in the following sizes:

Knife-Edge Fire-Line Bowls

Available with or without stainless steel sheer descent water feature and in the following sizes:

20” x 40” x 9” tall
22” x 60” x 12” tall

wide fire line bowl - knife edge

Vertical Face-Edge Fire-Line Bowls

Available with or without a built-in 30-inch wide stainless steel scupper water feature. One bowl size only.

22” x 60” x 14” tall

All Fire Line bowls come with a 24-inch stainless steel burner rod and pan plus one-inch internal plumbing to connect to your pool.

turtle bowl showing flame behind laser cutouts

4. Turtle Bowls

These are special vertical face-edge bowls that have laser cutouts of turtle shapes on the face edges that let the fire shine behind them.

Turtle Bowls are NOT available with built-in water features.

Our vertical face-edge Turtle Bowls are available in the following sizes:

26” x 26” x 14” tall
30″ x 30″ x 14″ tall

All Turtle Bowls have a bottom base plate size of 13-inches square to fit most swimming pool coping sizes.

Each Turtle Bowl has a 6″ diameter access hole in the bottom plate.

Turtle Bowls are only available in custom colors to match your pool’s tile and stone.

Copper Bowl with Water Spillway

5. Copper Fire Bowls with Bronze Finish imported from India

Available with or without a built-in water spillway feature.

Our Copper Round Bowl is 26-inch in diameter and 11″ tall with a 10-inch bottom base.

Copper fire bowls also have a 6-inch access hole in the center of the 10-inch bottom base.

These copper fire bowls include a stainless steel burner and the internal one-inch plumbing to connect to your pool.

Our Copper Fire Bowls are in stock and ready-to-ship out within 10 days.

If you would like additional help is properly sizing the right fire bowl(s) for your swimming pool, contact us at (951) 817-4082 and we’ll be happy to help.

For detailed drawings on how to size natural gas line sizes to feed your fire bowls see this PDF here.

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