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Humans love fire. It’s just a fact of life. Candles are one of the most unconsciously collected items on the market today due to their bountiful scents and warming atmospheres, and most houses have a designated place in the living room for fire. Making a fire outdoors, however, is tricky unless you’re a certified eagle scout. Hence, the creation of fire pits.
Fire pits provide a hospitable playground for cracking embers and dancing flames to work their magic on groups of humans who wish to roast marshmallows, dance and/or have deep conversations. Outdoor fireplaces do the same thing, and firewood racks make scavenging for logs a thing of the past. There are fire pits powered by propane for all the grill-lovers out there, as well as pop-up fire pits that make setting it up and taking it down easy. And, like anything humans love, we’ve decided to make it small and adorable — via the invention of mini fire pits.
Mini fire pits take everything we love about regular-sized fire pits and deliver it in a smaller, more portable package. Whether you need a more portable version of your at-home fire pit or your outdoor space is limited to a teeny balcony, mini fire pits can give you the atmosphere you’re craving with less concern you’re going to burn your house down. Like any trendy at-home accessory, there are a few different options for it. Some are simply smaller versions of your typical outdoor fire pit, some are made of concrete, some have windshields, are designed low-smoke or even soot-free for indoor use. I’ve included multiple examples of each in the list below, so you’ve got a full selection.
I’ve also decided on some criteria for what constitutes a “mini” fire pit, as there’s a wide variety of fire pits out there, of all different sizes. In order to be included on this list, the “mini” fire pit had to be:
- Less than 20″ wide and 15″ tall, some are quite a bit smaller than this
- Easy to set up
Here are the best mini fire pits for indoor, outdoor and portable use in 2021.
1. FLIKR Fire Personal Concrete Fireplace
This mini fireplace is MINI, and I love her for it. It’s made of durable concrete which adds both a sleek aesthetic and protection from damage. It’s easy to set up and runs only on rubbing alcohol, so it won’t create soot for you to breathe in or that’ll dirty your ceiling. Just five ounces of rubbing alcohol creates 50 minutes of burn time, and it’s completely food-safe for cooking. It works just as well inside as it does outside, and it has felt on the bottom for protecting surfaces.
2. Solo Stove Bonfire
This mini fire pit from Solo Stove is a little bigger than some of the other options, but it’s still much smaller and more travel-friendly than other fire pits. It’s designed to be low-smoke with their trademarked 360 Airflow Design that feeds in oxygen from the bottom to the top for a secondary burn and minimal ash. The pit itself is made of durable stainless steel that can travel with you anywhere, and it’s log-friendly, so you still get that genuine fire pit feel. It only weighs about 20 pounds and is easy to set up and take down.
3. Radiate Portable Campfire
BEST FOR CAMPING
While this fire pit isn’t as ~aesthetic~ as the other ones, it’s amazingly portable and perfect for outdoor adventures where you’re less than confident in your ability to build a fire. It was featured on Shark Tank and received three offers, so you know it’s good. Radiate weighs only 4lbs and is only 8″ wide, it uses recycled soy wax and paper briquettes to burn for 3+ hours at a time while minimizing carbon footprint. All it takes it one match to light and you can snuff out the flame with the lid, let it cool and take it on your way for easy portability. It reduces the chances of sparking a wildfire with a stray ember, and it’s designed to accomplish our collective goal in all nature — leave no trace.
4. Blue Sky Outdoor Fire Pit
This fire pit from Blue Sky is made for quickly packing up and storing easily, making it a great pick for portability on this list. It’s designed to burn efficiently with little to no smoke, ash, sparks or unpleasant odors. It’s high heat, so make sure you use it in an outdoor context with plenty of space, and very little assembly is needed to set it up and get it going. It comes with its own carrying case and is designed to leave no trace.
5. Colsen Tabletop Fire Pit
This firepit from Colsen burns rubbing alcohol, so it’s a clean burn that’s designed for convenient use rather than crackling embers and the smell of a fire. It’s light, small and super easy to place anywhere you’d like a little bit of ambiance. It’s quick to set up, easy to use and requires almost no clean-up afterward, due to the lack of ash or soot left behind. It’s also easy to extinguish and lasts about 40-50 minutes on a single round of rubbing alcohol.
6. JHY DESIGN Indoor/Outdoor Portable Fireplace
This mini fire pit from JHY DESIGN includes a windshield made of temperature-resistant glass designed to help protect the flame outdoors. It also, conveniently, adds an extra safety measure around kids and animals to prevent accidental burns. This mini fire pit is fueled by clean-burning bio-ethanol, is vent-free and easy to set up right out of the box. The sleek black metal body looks great contrasted with the flames, and the fire pit is also available in silver.
7. TACKLIFE Tabletop Fire Pit
This one, similar to the mini fire pit above, has windproof glass panes built into the design so a strong gust won’t distinguish your miniature flame, or the vibe. It has a cement base for a sturdy structure and has black glass stone framing the flame as well. It runs on bio-ethanol which is clean, dust-free, smoke-free and completely odorless as well. This fire pit is also ventless and designed to be super portable, so it can go anywhere you go and spread ambiance.
8. Threshold 11″ Round Outdoor Tabletop Fire Pit
Unlike other mini fire pits, this one includes a knob for adjusting the intensity of the flame, putting more power and control in your hands. It’s 11″ wide and designed to be used outdoors, and also comes with lava rocks that frame the flame. It’s made of weather- and heat-resistant materials that make it perfect for use outdoors, and runs on propane. It comes with a little stand you can use to prop it up or you can place it directly onto outdoor furniture safely, making it a great addition to any outdoor seating space.
9. Pipestone Tabletop LP Fire Pit
This fire pit is fueled by propane rather than rubbing alcohol or wood, so if you’ve already got spare propane lying around from an outdoor grill this is a convenient choice. This one is a low-lying fire pit made of stone that also has a control knob so you can adjust the intensity of the flame while you’re using it. It has a matte finish on the outside that’ll look great in your outdoor space, and the materials are heat- and weather-resistant so it’ll maintain its durability over time. One thing to note — this fire pit is designed to be used on a table with an umbrella hole, for easy access to the propane tank underneath.
10. Wrought Studio Black Delshire Wood-Burning Fire Pit
BEST FOR BACKYARDS
This fire pit is wood-burning and therefore designed to be used outdoors. It also takes up a bit more space than other models, and therefore is perfect for a backyard. This fire pit isn’t exactly mini, it’s about 22″ high, 16″ wide and 16″ deep. While it doesn’t quite fit into the dimension criteria I established at the beginning of this piece, it is smaller and slimmer than other fire pit options. It’s made of faux fiberglass stone underneath and comes with a metal bowl for safely handling the fire. It has a minimalist design to let the fire speak for itself, and is easy to set up and take down.
11. Lit & Knight Tabletop Fireplace
EASY TO USE
This mini fire pit is from a newer brand we’re not super familiar with, but I love the design and it seems very easy to use. It has a clay beige concrete base with decorative glass rocks on top, a perfect centerpiece for your dining room table or outdoor patio. It uses rubbing alcohol to burn so it’s clean-fueled, and it’s lightweight and easy to move around your space. It has soft rubber padding underneath to keep it from slipping or sliding, and it’s made using premium materials designed to last a while.