One of the easiest ways to make your backyard or patio more inviting is to add one of the best fire pits. On summer evenings, these easy additions create the ideal focal point for friends and family to gather around, relax, share stories and enjoy flame-cooked snacks. They come in a wide variety of different shapes and styles, meaning it is easy to find an option to suit any kind of yard or occasion, whether you’re hosting a large gathering or want something for an intimate setting.
How to Choose the Best Fire Pit
From contemporary, angular styles to traditional, natural stone pits, there are plenty of options for every outdoor space. The decision on the best fire pit for you will come down to three things: style, budget and function.
Style – Matching your fire pit to the style of your backyard is one of the most fun, or most challenging, tasks in the decision process. Picking the best fire pit to accompany your patio stones and outdoor furniture requires some thought and know-how. Our advice is to use the supplied product images for inspiration. Thankfully, a successful choice results in a backyard addition which not only adds function but also adds extra appeal, giving you a two-for-one purchase you’re sure to love.
Budget – Handily, fire pits are available at all different price points, making them accessible to all budget levels. What do you get if you spend more? Perhaps higher quality materials and more sophisticated designs, but if all you’re looking for is a backyard ring to sit around and provide additional heat, even entry-level fire pits will achieve this goal with ease.
Function – One decision you will need to make before investing in a fire pit for your home is whether to buy a wood-burning pit or a natural gas pit. We discuss the benefits of each in further depth below to help you make this decision. Other functional elements to consider include whether you want to cook over the fire, whether you want a portable or mini fire pit, and what storage space is available to you if the fire pit is not remaining in place year-round.
Wood-Burning Fire Pits vs. Gas-Burning Fire Pits
As you may have already guessed from the name, wood-burning fire pits use wood to burn a fire. This provides the most authentic campfire experience, but it does mean you have to manually light the fire and store logs around your house with a firewood rack. There’s also the issue of cleaning before or after use, and the potential for starting fires outside the fire pit. However, on the positive side, wood-burning fire pits tend to be cheaper than their natural gas competitors and are, on the whole, easy to install. This is the choice for you if you want to get that authentic, campfire-like experience so many people are striving for.
On the other side, gas-burning fire pits are a newer invention. These more advanced fire pits add to the aesthetic of an outdoor living space but don’t require the preparation or post-use clean-up which wood-burning fire pits usually do. However, you can expect to pay a little more when purchasing a gas-burning fire pit. Additionally, installation may be difficult and cause issues if your backyard isn’t suited to such a fire pit. But after installation, you simply have to flick a switch to start the fire. Gas burning fire pits are clean-burning, environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. They also run continuously without the need to add more wood to the fire.
No matter whether you go with wood or gas, adding a fire pit to your home is always an exciting event. Below, you’ll find 32 of the best fire pits to turn your outdoor space into your favorite place to be this summertime.
1. Millwood Pines Izzo Crossweave Steel Fire Pit
If you’re in the market for a basic metal fire pit that’s sure to bring convenience, atmosphere and, of course, some heat, look no further than the Millwood Pines Izzo Crossweave Steel Fire Pit. While the design may not exude quite the same level of sophistication as some of the other fire pits on this list, it’s a rugged model that sports an extra sturdy construction and only requires basic assembly. It’s also supplied with a handy cover for when it’s not in use, a poker for easier fire management and a spark screen for improved safety levels.
2. SUCHDECO Portable Fire Pit
While the ultimate goal of this article is to recommend fire pits you can keep in your own backyard, sometimes you want a fire pit to go with you. Whether you’re backwoods camping, heading to a friend’s house or enjoying an evening on the beach, a portable fire pit can allow you to safely enjoy a campfire in most places. This version from SUCHDECO includes four movable steel feet for stability as well as a heat-resistant mesh net where you can build your wood log fire. The whole thing packs down into a storage bag for easy carrying.
3. Pleasant Hearth Infinity Steel Wood Fire Ring
BEST FIRE RING
If you have a gravel or sandpit in your backyard that’s a safe distance from your home, you likely don’t need a fire pit with legs. You just need a fire ring. These metal rings are much cheaper than an entire fire pit, as is evidenced by the Pleasant Hearth Infinity Steel Wood Fire Ring. It costs less than $55 and will allow you to have campfires at home for years to come thanks to its galvanized steel construction. While you can use the ring just as it is, you may want to add some landscaping blocks around it for a more modern backyard look.
4. Bonnlo Outdoor Fire Pit
MOST UNIQUE SHAPE
Most fire pits are either circular or rectangular, but the Bonnlo Outdoor Fire Pit makes things slightly more interesting with its hexagonal shape. Not only is this shape appealing to the eye, but it also creates a better wood-burning environment thanks to the vented sides, meaning you can cook s’mores, hot dogs and hand pies over the flames. The deep bowl is covered in a heat-resistant coating that won’t peel with extended use, yet the 8mm steel construction keeps the fire pit light enough to move around your yard and clean. Plus, the fire pit comes with a mesh lid and fire poker.
5. FLÎKR Fire Personal Concrete Fireplace
There are times when a large, heat-producing fire just isn’t necessary, but the comfortable, dancing movement of a flame is still a welcome sight. If this situation feels familiar to you, it may be worth checking out a mini fire ring, like this FLÎKR Fire Personal Concrete Fireplace. With its tiny size and tiny footprint, the fire pit is impressively portable, while its concrete construction provides durability. Functionally, it runs on rubbing alcohol, with five ounces delivering approximately 50 minutes of burn time. This fire pit is also safe for cooking on and can even be used safely closer to buildings than the average fire pit.
6. Yaheetech Multifunctional Fire Pit Table
It’s a fire pit, it’s cooler, it’s an outdoor barbecue. The Yaheetech Multifunctional Fire Pit Table can be just about anything users need for their outdoor space depending on the event. The easy to assemble black iron table can be used to build small wood-burning fires or it can be filled with ice for a high-end-looking cooler. The Yaheetech comes with several useful accessories, including a mesh lid to help contain burning embers, a grill for outdoor barbecuing, a poker to stoke the fire and keep it roaring, and an outer cover to keep the rain off the table and extend its lifespan.
7. Hampton Bay Briarglen Fire Ball
BEST FIRE BALL
One of the most unique fire pits on our list, the Hampton Bay Briarglen Fire Ball is completely spherical. When lit, it looks like a fireball sitting in your backyard, and if you’re using the fire pit at night, the added tree detailing around the exterior adds a fun, dancing shadow to the firelight. This fire pit has a cleverly hidden hinged door that allows users to build a fire and stoke it when necessary. Inside, you’ll find a porcelain bowl that acts as a platform for your wood fire, and there are also four metal legs that keep the whole thing off the ground.
8. Bali Outdoor Fireplace Wooden Fire Pit
BEST CHIMINEA DESIGN
For a traditional fire pit option, we like this chiminea-style fire pit from Bali Outdoor. Often used for heating homes and baking, chimineas bring a beautiful design element to any outdoor space. Appropriate for both real and artificial wood burning logs, the Bali Outdoor chiminea is designed with a heavy cast-iron that creates a durable finish. A sliding door and ashtray make it easy for users to add firewood when necessary. Thanks to an included poker and two small grills, the chiminea can be used as it traditionally would be to cook food. We also like that it has a rounded roof and rain cover, which helps push the smoke up and away from people seated around the chiminea, reducing the chance of smoke aggravating the user’s eyes.
9. Y-ME Wood Burning Fire Pit
The Y-ME Wood Burning Fire Pit has everything you need to create a cozy campfire this year. This fire pit is beautifully adorned with star and moon cut-outs to create eye-catching patterns when the fire is burning. In addition, the outdoor accessory comes with a cooking grate, so you can use this fire pit for more than just sitting around. A fire poker/grate mover is also included. Furthermore, a heavy-duty spark guard will protect you and your guests from errant embers, while the built-in handle allows you to move the fire pit and clean it with ease.
10. Bali Outdoors Wood Burning Fire Pit
BEST FIRE PIT AND GRILL COMBO
More than just your ordinary fire pit, this Bali model features a smart and multifunctional design that lets it act as both a fire pit and a grill. With a 360-degree swivel, you can adjust the pit based on your fire level; you can also add adjust the grill based on what you’re cooking and how long you’re planning on letting it simmer. Great for firing up a few steaks when the feeling hits or simply for helping add a little ambiance during those cool summer nights, it’s made from durable solid steel and comes with a collapsable log rack and fire poker.
11. Whitfield Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit Table
BEST MATCHING FURNITURE
Relax, cook, stay warm and enjoy the aesthetically pleasing matching element of the Whitfield Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit Table. The wood-burning fire pit is designed to coordinate with many of the outdoor furniture pieces from Hampton Bay, making the fire pit a seamless addition to the outdoor space of users who already enjoy entertaining in the fresh air. Affordable and functional, the Whitfield has a natural stone-looking tabletop that is easy to clean and provides a convenient place for guests to place their drinks when the fire bowl lid has been added, turning the fire pit into a fully functioning table. When it’s time to light the fire, the Whitefield comes with a steel cooking grate for small-scale barbecuing. The rounded design of the table makes this a great option for homes with small children or pets and the rust-resistant finish creates a furniture piece that is built to last for several seasons.
12. FiveMetalDesign Personalized Northwoods Fire Ring
Just like a personalized sign for your house, a personalized fire pit just adds to that cozy, homely feel. In this FiveMetalDesign Personalized Northwoods Fire Ring, you’ll be able to choose the diameter of your pit, from 30 to 60 inches, and add up to 12 characters of personalized writing along the side. Whether you choose a name or a date, this fire ring makes a unique gift idea for any outdoorsy partners or a great way to celebrate moving into a new home.
13. Kaminsky Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit
Measuring 24 inches in diameter, this Kaminsky Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit features beautiful copper accents that help accentuate the overall look. Naturally, fire pits need to be built to last, and this Kaminsky model doesn’t disappoint. Made with durable steel (with a shiny black steel center bowl), it’s able to withstand high temperatures while also exuding its own sense of luxurious charm. Additionally, this attractive piece comes with its own dome-shaped fire screen with a wide-angle handle for safe and easy placement and removal.
14. Hampton Bay Crossridge Gas Fire Pit
One of the best-reviewed and best-selling fire pits at The Home Depot, the Hampton Bay Crossridge Gas Fire Pit relies on natural gas canisters rather than wood to create a flame. These types of fire pits are extremely popular in outdoor living spaces where building a real wood fire would be impractical. The fire pit appears almost like a square coffee table, and adds a touch of coziness to a patio, allowing you to enjoy your space well into the autumn months.
15. MetalTradeSolutions Collapsible Hexagon Fire Pit
If you live somewhere with extreme seasonal changes and prefer the idea of a fire pit that can easily be collapsed down at the end of every season, the MetalTradeSolutions Collapsible Hexagon Fire Pit may be the answer you’re looking for. When assembled, you’ll have a six-sided fire pit which offers plenty of space to create your fire as well as cutouts around the rim which may come in handy when cooking. Once broken down, each piece of the pit lays flat upon the other to take up minimal storage space, while an included handle makes moving it especially simple.
16. Biolite FirePit
BEST TECH FEATURES
In the 21st century, being able to charge your phone is an important part of everyday life. With the Biolite FirePit, users not only get a functional and easy-to-use fire pit but thanks to a rechargeable power pack that powers the 51 air jets that keep even the meekest of fires roaring, users can also charge their phone and small electronics at the same time. There’s roughing it, and then there’s roughing it with some comforts from home. The Biolite is virtually smokeless, has two handles for easy carrying and weighs less than 25 pounds, making it a great option for users who want to take the fire pit to their campsite. The rechargeable battery can last up to 24 hours based on the burn level and users can also make wood or coal-burning fires. Furthermore, the BioLite is also great for cookouts and includes a removable grill grate for hibachi-style meals.
17. Landmann Barrone Fire Pit
BEST RUSTIC OPTION
This contemporary fire pit features a unique crosshatch design that’s made to both keep the flames contained while also making it easier (and safer) for you to open and close your pit. With a beautifully rustic antique bronze finish and an extra sturdy design, it exudes a sort of timeless look that will make people think you’ve had it for years. While it may not offer as much burning space as other fire pits, it’s surprisingly weighty. It’s also accompanied by a large spark screen, fire poker and a built-in wooden gate. A great option for everyday use.
18. Collegiate Series Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit
BEST FOR STUDENTS
Whether you’re still attending or part of the alumni, is there a better way to show your support for your college than with a branded fire pit? We don’t think so. From Boise State to the University of Oklahoma, each of these college-specific fire pits offer a little bit of extra enjoyment compared to standard fire pit choices. Functionally, this weather-resistant, cold-rolled steel fire pit arrives fully assembled and comes with a spark screen, a poker and a BBQ grill insert.
19. Oakland Fire Pit
BEST FOR SMALL SPACES
For a fire pit that has the size and weight of a portable unit with the high-end design element of a permanent fire pit, we like the Oakland from Frontgate. The handcrafted circular fire pit is made using weather-resistant glass and fiber-reinforced cement. A powder coating on the steel bowl adds durability and makes it convenient for users to clean. The attractive beach pebble finish goes with most decors and the size of the fire pit, which weighs 30 pounds and measures 21 inches wide and 10 inches high, makes it portable enough for users to pick it up and move the unit, easily turning it into a side table or centerpiece.
20. Gilbert & Bennett Hand Hammered Fire Pit
While most fire pits are dark in color due to the heat-resistant coating used, the Gilbert & Bennett Hand Hammered Fire Pit utilizes the bright hues of copper instead. Although copper is expensive, it can be effectively used for a fire pit thanks to its high melting point and the fact that it doesn’t corrode. Gilbert & Bennet were able to design this gorgeous and eye-catching fire pit using the shiny metal. The deep bowl features an attractive hammered texture and will quickly become the centerpiece of any outdoor living space. The bowl sits on a wrought iron stand and comes with a vinyl cover to protect the fire pit between uses.
21. Bond Manufacturing Gas Fire Column
BEST SIDE TABLE
Sometimes you want your fire pit to be the center of attention and other times you’d like it to be an accent that helps keep guests warm and adds to the décor. With the Bond Manufacturing Gas Fire Column, users have both options. Standing 29.2 inches tall and 19.5 inches square, the fire pit is appropriate to use as a centerpiece with chairs placed around it or as a pseudo-side table that is designed to add to the aesthetic of any outdoor space and provide warmth. The column is made from long-lasting Envirostone and comes supplied with a handy, PVC cover for when it’s not in use. Functionally, it fits neatly over a 20-pound propane tank and offers a generous heat radius for keeping everyone warm. The lava rocks complete the attractive aesthetic, while the user-friendly, battery-powered ignition ensures the column can be turned on and off with the flip of a switch.
22. Oldcastle Hudson Stone Round Fire Pit Kit
For a fire pit that has the welcoming natural finish of a man-made fire pit but the safety and durability of a professional product, we like the Oldcastle Hudson Stone 40 Inch Round Fire Pit Kit. The kit comes with everything users will need to build their rustic and charming fire pit, including realistic-looking stones made from durable constructed concrete. A metal fire ring provides the outline for the fire pit and helps to keep the wood-burning fire contained within the pit. Assembly is easy and takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out how many stones you need to buy for the fire pit and how to safely put it together.
23. Bartolomeus Cast Stone Wood Burning Fire Pit
The Bartolomeus Cast Stone Wood Burning Fire Pit has it all. From a classy design, which comes in cast stone, charcoal gray or rustic wood, to the included poker and spark cover, sitting down around this fire pit is sure to result in relaxation. Its comparatively compact size makes it a subtle addition to balconies or patios without stealing all of the limelight from your surroundings. It is also an ideal fire pit for pairing with outdoor furniture to create a natural direction in your layout as well as a heat source, which everyone sitting around is sure to enjoy.
24. Necessories Grand Fire Pit Kit
BEST FOR COOKING
There’s nothing better than a meal cooked over an open fire. It may not be something you want to do every day, but having the option for flame-cooked burgers, steaks and hot dogs in your own backyard is a dream. The Necessories Grand Fire Pit Kit allows you to install a beautiful fire pit in your backyard that you can just sit around or that you can cook over, too. The included cooking grate swivels over the fire when in use or can be removed when it’s not needed. The best part is that this kit comes with everything you need to install and enjoy your fire pit, from retaining wall abrasive to the fire ring blocks.
25. Classic Copper Fire Pit
BEST COPPER OPTION
Is it an art installation or a fire pit? In the case of the Classic Copper Fire Pit, it’s both. The stunning 40-inch copper fire pit is tough enough to stay outdoors year-round but still boasts a stunning finish that will make it the focal point of any outdoor space. An iron grate sits in between the lip of the fire pit and its bottom, creating the ventilation needed to ensure the wood-burning fire doesn’t become a smoke pit. The large size of the fire pit means it can fit logs up to two feet long and is big enough to create a beautiful roaring fire that will keep guests warm and entertained.
26. EvergreenPatio Solid Steel Fire Pit
Like something you’d find at the Olympics or on Mount Olympus, the EvergreenPatio Solid Steel Fire Pit’s bowl-style design oozes style. Depending on your needs and preferences, this USA-made fire pit is available in different diameters and also comes with a variety of possible add-ons. Durability-wise, the solid steel construction is made to last, while the 100+ pound weight ensures this fire pit won’t blow away anytime soon. The design also includes pre-drilled holes in the bottom which assist with both drainage and airflow during use.
27. AZ Patio Cast Aluminum Round Slatted Fire Pit
BEST FOR HOMES WITH SMALL CHILDREN
Fire pits are a great way to extend the usefulness of your outdoor space once the weather turns cold, but most options feature sharp corners that are dangerous for homes with small children and pets. That’s why we like the AZ Patio Cast Aluminum Round Slatted Fire Pit, which has a rounded edge that won’t poke a child who gets too close. The included lid also provides a secure cover over the 19-inch burn area when the fire pit is not in use. Made with weatherproof cast aluminum, the Round Slated Fire Pit features a powerful 42,000 BTUs and a Piezoelectric ignition that makes it easy for users to simply turn on and turn off their propane tank with the flip of a switch. We also like that the propane tank fits securely inside the bottom of the table and away from little hands and paws.
28. Outland Living Series Outdoor Propane Gas Fire Pit
Level up your backyard game with this sleek, contemporary fire pit. Sporting an award-winning design, this pit combines elegance and convenience flawlessly. The decorative arctic ice glass rocks add drama to this fire pit that also features a weatherproof resin wicker construction and a tempered glass top. No need to worry about firewood — this design uses propane and provides a 100% smoke-free flame. Sure, this design might be on the pricier side, but it comes with a wow-factor warranty that’s, well, almost priceless.
29. BurnedbyDesignLtd Metal Art Millennium Falcon Fire Pit
Star Wars fans need scroll no further, this is the fire pit you’re looking for. The BurnedbyDesignLtd Metal Art Millennium Falcon Fire Pit encompasses everything a Star Wars fan could dream of in a fire pit. The intricate design is based on the most famous ship in the Galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, complete with cockpit and satellite. As your fire burns inside the spaceship-styled fire pit, various elements in the design will burn bright, including the worded “Star Wars” decal in the back, to create a scene even the most loyal Sith would still enjoy. And, if the Millennium Falcon doesn’t float your boat, it’s worth checking out the Death Star and Tai fighter alternatives.
30. Home Decorators Collection Port Elizabeth Fire Pit
BEST TABLE-LIKE PIT
The Home Decorators Collection Port Elizabeth Fire Pit was designed to be the centerpiece of your outdoor living area. It boasts a porcelain tile top, meaning it can be used as a table when the fire isn’t lit. Simply remove the top and install a 20-pound propane tank underneath to enjoy hours of elevated fires when you’re entertaining. The base, which features a woven, wood grain finish, is thinner in the middle than it is at the top or the bottom, allowing you to huddle around the fire during cooler nights.
31. Sonoma Round Cement Fire Pit
Almost a work of art in it of itself, the Sonoma Round Cement Fire Pit is one of the most expensive options on our list, but it is also one of the most attractive. This cement bowl conceals a gas burner and can be filled with lava stones, fire rock or fire glass for a modern look. Each of the Sonoma fire pits is handcrafted, so the one you order will be completely unique to your home or business. Although many natural gas bowl fire pits are quite small, this one measures over three feet, meaning it can easily be the focal point of your outdoor space.
32. Viejo Fire Table
For a truly splurge-worthy fire pit, we like the Viejo Fire Table from Frontgate. Designed to work either with a natural gas hookup or propane tank, the Viejo is designed to withstand the elements thanks to its stunning and long-lasting glass fiber reinforced concrete design with a pewter finish. The key valve ignition makes it easy for users to turn on the 65,000 BTUs with the flip of a switch. The lava rocks included with the table help to create a stunning display that will warm users on a cool night. We also like that the table has eight inches of space all the way around, making it easy for guests to place their drinks on the edge of the table.
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