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Reader Mail: The story behind that cool fire bowl

December 18, 2009 |  6:29 am

RitchFirebowl After seeing our story on the remodel of a 1906 Venice cottage, reader Donna Pungprechawat wrote:

I was interested in finding out the manufacturer of a fire pit that I saw in a story in this past Saturday’s Home section. The story was about a renovation that modernized a bungalow. I have attached an image of the fire pit and am interested in finding out where I can purchase this product. Please let me know what information you can find.

So, we asked owner David Ritch (pictured right with Jennifer Ritch, his wife), who is a principal in the design firm 5D.

He said the bowl is actually a concrete pot from the Marina del Rey Garden Center. They come in different sizes and finishes and have to be special-ordered. "The gas line fits nicely in the drain hole in bottom," Ritch said. "I drilled holes and bolted it into the deck to secure it."

The fire ring can be found online or at barbecue and fireplace stores.  

-- Craig Nakano

Photo: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

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