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DIY Outdoor Tabletop Fire Pit

I don’t know about you, but mosquito’s LOVE ME. Unfortunately, the feeling is not mutual. I’m blessed to have a large covered deck and big backyard, but it’s hard for me to enjoy because I get eaten alive. Yes, I could use bug spray but the only kind that works for me contains deet. I don’t want to spray deet on myself every single day just to  be able to enjoy my backyard.

So I came up with a great solution… a tabletop firepit with mosquito repellent tiki fuel. Not only does it look great as a table centerpiece, but I can enjoy my deck without having to spray myself with deet. 

**2021 Update**

I’ve received a lot of comments about the glass bowl breaking if it gets too hot. I use my table top fire pit consistently, and it has yet to break. 

However, it’s important to use a bowl that is considered “oven-safe” so it can withstand extreme temperature changes. I’ve listed a few options below that are safe to use. However, if you don’t feel comfortable making this project, don’t make it. I don’t want anyone to hurt themselves. Please do this project at your own discretion. 


I first drilled a hole in the middle of the mason jar lid. Make sure you use a drill bit that’s big enough to fit the wick through the hole. You also don’t have to use the standard tiki torch wick, but it does provide a bigger flame. I had initially drilled three small holes to fit smaller wicks, but the flame wasn’t big enough for my liking. 

**If you don’t want to take the time drilling a hole for the wick, you can use gel fuel. There’s a link to gel fuel above, under “supplies”. 


Once the hole has been drilled, push the wick upwards through the hole so that an inch or two sticks out of the top. You don’t want the wick to be too tall. I used two 4 oz. mason jars because they fit perfectly in the bowl that I used, but you can use any size jar with a lid. 

Once you’ve placed your jars in the bowl,  spread your glass beads around the jars. Ideally, you want to have enough beads to fill the bowl, but as long as the jars aren’t showing, it doesn’t really matter. 


If you use a 4 oz. jar and fill the entire jar with fuel, it will burn for about an hour. Some of the glass beads may have soot on them, but they can easily be rinsed off with water. The dark soot spots are due to the mason jar lid. I’ve actually thought about pouring a little water in the bowl thinking it would help with the soot.

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Alyssa Fernandez

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