One of the easiest ways to make your backyard or patio more inviting is to add a fire pit. A perfect centerpiece that will encourage friends and family to huddle together, keep warm and share stories, fire pits come in a wide variety of different shapes and styles, making it easy to find an option that best matches your needs, whether you’re hosting a large gathering or want something to help create an intimate setting.
From contemporary, angular styles to traditional, natural stone pits, there are plenty of options for every outdoor space. 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.
As you may have already guessed, wood-burning fire pits require wood to burn for a fire. While this provides the most authentic campfire experience, wood fires are harder to light and require you to buy and store logs around your house. These fire pits are more difficult to build a fire in, require regular cleaning and can more easily start fires outside the fire pit. However, wood-burning fire pits tend to be cheaper than their natural gas competitors, are easy to install and provide an authentic experience.
A newer invention, gas burning fire pits add to the aesthetic of an outdoor living space but don’t require the hassle that wood-burning fire pits usually do. Cost is usually the biggest barrier to purchasing gas burning fire pits. Installation can be difficult and may cause issues if your backyard isn’t set up for 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.
Whether you go with gas or wood, we’ve compiled a list of the best fire pits to turn your outdoor space into your favorite place to be.
1. AmazonBasics Stone Fire Pit
Measuring 24 inches in diameter, this stone fire pit features beautiful copper accents that help accentuate the overall look. Naturally, fire pits need to be built to last, and this Amazon 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. The stabilizing feet make it much more portable than other options, and it even comes with its own dome-shaped fire screen with a wide-angle handle for safe and easy removal.
2. Whitfield 48 in. Round Galvanized Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit Table
BEST MATCHING FURNITURE
Relax, cook, stay warm and enjoy the aesthetically pleasing matching element of the Whitfield 48-inch Round Galvanized 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.
3. 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.
4. Viejo Fire Table
MOST MODERN DESIGN
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.
5. 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.
6. 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 the 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. 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 20 pounds, making it a great option for users who want to take the fire pit to their campsite. The rechargeable battery can last between five and 24 hours based on the burn level and users can make wood or coal-burning fires. The BioLite is also great for cookouts and includes a removable grill grate for hibachi-style meals.
7. Vail 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 Vail Fire Column, users have both options. Standing 36 inches tall and 29 inches wide, 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 the outdoor space and provide warmth. Made from long-lasting Envirostone and featuring a porcelain top that is designed to look like real teak, the fire column fits neatly over a 20-pound propane tank and has an impressive five-foot heat radius. The lava rocks and PVC-lined protective cover are included and we also like that the user-friendly model can be turned on and off with the flip of a battery-powered ignition.
8. Oldcastle Hudson Stone 40 in. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Dettelin Portable Outdoor 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 Dettelin 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. AmazonBasics Steel Lattice Fire Pit
BEST EVERYDAY OPTION
If you’re in the market for a basic fire pit that’s sure to bring the heat, look no further than the AmazonBasics Steel Lattice Fire Pit. While it may not look or exude 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, fortunately, an almost effortless assembly process. It includes both a handy spark screen and steel poker, and at just shy of 20 pounds, it’s also quite portable.
17. Landmann Wood Burning Bowl Fire Pit
The Landmann Wood Burning Bowl Fire Pit has everything you need to create a cozy campfire this fall. 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 porcelain 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 protects you and your guests from errant embers, while the built-in handle allows you to move the fire pit and clean it with ease.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. Sonoma Round Cement Fire Pit
Almost a work of art in 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.