While an at-home fire pit is certainly a way to warm up your patio setup, it would still be nice to have the ability to take that warmth on the go. Whether you’re hitting up an Airbnb, going camping, or looking to make a low-maintenance bonfire at the beach, a portable fire pit is an all-season investment for anyone who loves the outdoors. Even if you decide to keep it on your property, it makes the task of moving the pit around a lot easier.
Circle around the flame in the colder months to stay warm, and when it’s not chilly outside, use it roast marshmallows or gather with friends. A fire pit is a center for socializing, sparking creativity and discussions — why not take that mesmerizing energy wherever you travel?
If you don’t want to buy accessories separately, keep an eye out for models that include a poker, a screen to keep away embers and cooking grates. Some even include their own marshmallow skewers. No matter which choice you make, a portable fire pit is a practical way to liven up any low-key gathering or bigger party, no matter the location. Here are our top picks of the year.
1. Solo Stove Portable Fire Pits
You may recognize these gorgeous minimalist fire pits from Instagram or TikTok. Solo Stove makes smokeless fire pits that seem to work like magic, but are actually based on a really clever design that maximizes heat output while minimizing campfire smoke, which is chock full of harmful particulates (not to rain on your fun, but it’s true). These metal fire pits are a great addition to any backyard. But, be warned that they get really hot, so you’ll want to give them plenty of time to cool off before moving them to a new location.
Solo Stove makes a few different models of their popular smokeless fire pits, but if you’re looking for the best portable fire pits, then we recommend either their smaller Ranger fire pit or the compact Campfire edition, both of which are linked below.
Solo Stove Ranger
Solo Stove Campfire
2. Biolite Firepit
There are lots of gas fire pits for sale in 2021, but there aren’t as many electric fire pits, which is what makes the highly portable Biolite Firepit such a popular Christmas gift this year. Like the Solo Stove, the Biolite features a really unique smokeless design. This product uses 51 air jets to supply the fire with plenty of oxygen, resulting in a hot-burning fire. A USB rechargeable powerpack powers fans to keep the fire going all night long, and it can even be used to charge phones when you’re done roasting s’mores.
3. Camp Chef Sequoia Fire Pit
With adorable tree cutouts and a sturdy base, this attractive little fire pit by Camp Chef will tend to all your camping needs. As s’mores lovers, we’re also partial to the included extendable roasting sticks. A heat control knob allows you to adjust the flame, and its size is substantial enough for three to four people to sit around. A shopper comments, “Easy to light, consistent flame, and great heat. Because it doesn’t get hot on the bottom of the unit, we are able to use it safely on our wooden deck.”
Camp Chef Sequoia Fire Pit
4. Heininger Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit
BEST PORTABLE PROPANE
For a propane pit that burns clean and doesn’t break the bank, look to Heininger’s top-rated portable fire pit, which is lightweight enough to be brought on camping trips, tailgating, or to someone else’s patio. If you’re traveling somewhere that there’s a campfire ban bus till want to recreate that warm and cozy energy, consider this all-season fire pit. Some buyers even use it as a center for a stone fire pit in their backyards.
Heininger Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit
5. Bond Manufacturing Portable Steel Propane Gas Fire Pit
BEST PORTABLE GAS
When you want the luxury of a gas fire pit but not the bulky size that can often come with it, consider this compact pick that includes a gas hose, regulator, tank holder, and stones. It also comes with a lid and is safe to use on wood decks. It’s also surprisingly ergonomic, according to this reviewer who says: “I like that the lid attaches to the base so that you can carry it around.”
Bond Manufacturing Portable Steel Propane Gas Fire Pit
6. Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit
BEST FOR CAMPING
Lugging around a fire pit isn’t ideal when you’re camping or day-tripping somewhere. Instead, invest in a pop-up fire pit like this extremely portable one that expands to a full 24 inches. Set it up in under a minute without tools — it can accommodate charcoal or wood, with a mesh base that can hold significant weight and doesn’t let ash through. Most skeptics were converted after the first use, but it’s worth noting that a fire shield does not come with this pit.
Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit
7. Sunnydaze Decor Steel Portable Folding Wood Burning Fire Pit
BEST PORTABLE WOOD PICK
There’s nothing like the crackling sound or nostalgic scent of wood burning in a fireplace. Sunnydaze lets you recreate that experience, but makes it a whole lot more convenient, and easier to clean up. It even comes with its own carrying case. This fire pit is collapsible (thanks to foldable legs) and a breeze to store — it comes with a screen that doubles as a lid, as well as a fire poker and a stand.
Sunnydaze Decor Steel Portable Folding Wood Burning Fire Pit
8. Radiate Portable Campfire
BEST DISPOSABLE PICK
No matter how portable a fire pit is, you still need to carry it back from your trip. But if you only need a bonfire once in a while and want a trip home that’s as cargo-free as possible, consider the Radiate portable campfire, which you may have seen on Shark Tank. It burns up to five hours and doesn’t require any ember cleanup. It’s also completely eco-friendly, made from recycled paper briquettes and recycled soy wax, so your carbon footprint can stay as small as possible.
Radiate Portable Campfire
9. Bessemer 01471 Patio Fireplace on Wheels
BEST FIRE PIT ON WHEELS
If you’re tired of carrying around your portable fire pit, consider a model on wheels, which you won’t ever have to lift. It comes wrapped in two screens so you don’t have to worry about flying embers, while the porcelain enamel bowl and lid make it easy to clean. Just open via the center door and position wherever you desire. Get a dreamy (and spark-protected) 360-degree view of your fire with this wood-burning beauty.
Bessemer 01471 Patio Fireplace on Wheels
10. Odoland Folding Campfire Grill
BEST BUDGET PICK
This affordable wood or charcoal fire pit that also doubles as a grill allows you to warm up, and cook your food. Whether you’re heading to the beach to BBQ, packing for a road trip, or going on a hike, this camping fire pit offers amazing value for pretty much any adventure that you can think of. Due to the lightweight nature of its base, you can carry it around anywhere without it being a hassle.