The 7 best fire pits of 2024 that are built for backyard entertaining

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Side-by-side of the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 fire pit on grass and a kid roasting marshmallows over it.
My 10-year-old kid and I tested several fire pits to find the best, the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0.

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We tested 10 units to find the best fire pits, evaluating their ease of lighting, smokelessness, and clean-up. The Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 Fire Pit ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=63b911df6c34d0159203177a2aaf51533463ce7b4a0eb6451991de4918a4d4e0&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.solostove.com%2Fen-us%2Fp%2Fsolo-stove-bonfire) is our top pick because it produces the most satisfying fire with minimal smoke and is easy to clean. Our budget pick, the Hampton Bay Piedmont Steel Fire Pit ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=18178b129f4ec6747c518cc0fdc892e81f718c6b96683a2f801dffe6039d8b7d&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FHampton-Bay-Piedmont-30-in-Steel-Fire-Pit-in-Black-with-Poker-OFW992RA%2F302563838), is $100 cheaper and comes with a grill grate, but it produces significantly more smoke and is more of a hassle to clean.

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Our picks for best fire pits

Best overall: Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 Fire Pit – See at Solo Stove ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=63b911df6c34d0159203177a2aaf51533463ce7b4a0eb6451991de4918a4d4e0&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.solostove.com%2Fen-us%2Fp%2Fsolo-stove-bonfire) 

Best budget: Hampton Bay Piedmont Steel Fire Pit – See at The Home Depot ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=18178b129f4ec6747c518cc0fdc892e81f718c6b96683a2f801dffe6039d8b7d&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FHampton-Bay-Piedmont-30-in-Steel-Fire-Pit-in-Black-with-Poker-OFW992RA%2F302563838)

Best propane: Tiki Brand Customizable Propane Fire Pit – See at Amazon ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=8ca3b0c98f823ebc6f53e5eb87b69e1060332d3a6d91859aac2e016518afd6c5&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0CQ3QV4F2)

Best portable: Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace – See at Snow Peak ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=a830aa51b0e9602c9ec1ac347e10efa7d3bc8bea96475be3d59689913aa82b9d&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.avantlink.com%2Fclick.php%3Ftt%3Dcl%26mi%3D21577%26pw%3D184534%26url%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.snowpeak.com%252Fproducts%252Fpack-and-carry-m-fire-place-st-033%26website_id%3D184534)

Best smokeless: BioLite FirePit+ – See at Amazon ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=1bf4ecef87ee73ab1cda52cb125ae46ca001d2f395b01f2801614d5889653792&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB08BCTC22X)

Best small: Solo Stove Mesa Tabletop Fire Pit – See at Amazon ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=332e77ab9f1d13db3254256bd5582fa77c8e1806978e52c60c77c55cef6f85a1&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0BDF7BBCF)

Best heavy-duty: Breeo X Series 24 Smokeless Fire Pit – See at Breeo ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=079c9d4d91300b9e8e508ee3d77e9eacd82a260fbe2e00c4d3825f72eae11779&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.avantlink.com%2Fclick.php%3Ftt%3Dcl%26mi%3D22601%26pw%3D184534%26ctc%3D%26url%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fbreeo.co%252Fproducts%252Fx-series-24-smokeless-fire-pit)


Best overall

For the best head-to-head comparison, my 10-year-old and I set up the top fire pits in a circle and tested them under identical conditions. Once the fires had burned for half an hour, my kid and I shared a clear favorite: the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0.

It’s literally easy enough for a kid to use. BB built and lit the fire, and within five minutes, the logs were ablaze, and the fire was roaring. At its hottest, the Bonfire 2.0 was a little too hot to get close to, but it also sent heat the second furthest of any model I tested. It warmed me from 8 feet away, making it ideal for larger gatherings.

While advertised as “smokeless,” the Bonfire 2.0 clearly allows smoke to escape, as did any wood-burning model we tested. However, the Solo Stove seemed to do a better job dissipating the smoke than any other full-size wood-burning pit we tested. Standing in the smoke’s path, I didn’t get the eye-burning pain typical of classic campfires.

A stack of wood next to a Solo Stove Bonfire with a blazing fire in it.
The Bonfire 2.0 was the clear favorite in our testing, producing a roaring fire quickly with minimal smoke.

Assembly was quick and easy. I needed the instructions, but they were clear. I like that the pit comes with a carrying case, and it only weighs 23 pounds, making it light enough to store, but it may be a little bulky for traveling. Despite its relatively light weight, the Bonfire 2.0 feels heavy-duty and didn’t show any wear and tear after testing. 

It has an attractive appearance. I tested the basic, no-frills Stainless Steel version, but it’s also available in Mulberry, Deep Olive, Bronze Metallic, and three other colors.

Lastly, cleanup was a breeze thanks to the removable base plate and ash pan. You just wait for it to cool down, lift out the plate and pan, and safely dispose of the debris. 

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Best budget

We initially set a $100 limit in our search for the best budget fire pit, but we had difficulty finding full-size options from reputable brands. So, we upped our limit to $200 and are happy with the performance of the $149 Hampton Bay Piedmont Steel Fire Pit. Hampton Bay ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=6c23f70d540912d06d9ac0aca28cc7df474d6d8495eb76ddbe1ee1ee0511e1f7&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fb%2FOutdoors-Outdoor-Heating-Fire-Pits-Wood-Burning-Fire-Pits%2FHampton-Bay%2FN-5yc1vZ2fkp9jtZp4) is exclusive to Home Depot and encompasses a range of affordable patio furniture ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://www.businessinsider.com/guides/home/best-places-buy-outdoor-patio-furniture-online), including fire pits and heaters. The Piedmont is their top seller.

The assembly took half an hour, including putting on the legs, heat plate, and outside ring. It was a pain, but at least the instructions were clear. The materials weren’t the cheapest I’ve dealt with, but they weren’t exactly durable. In fact, the fasteners started rusting within a week of setup.

A kid roasts a marshmallow over the Hampton Bay Piedmont Steel Fire Pit
The Hampton Bay Piedmont was a suitable fire pit for my co-tester’s marshmallow toasting.

With its airflow-promoting design, the Hampton Bay Piedmont is ideal for building a powerful fire. My kid started a raging fire in five minutes with only a firestarter ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://www.businessinsider.com/guides/best-fire-starter) cube and four logs. On a hot day, I could still feel the heat from 7 feet away, which was among the best. I also like that the pit comes with a lid, grill, and poker.

However, there were a couple of glaring negatives. The Piedmont doesn’t appear to have any smoke-reducing properties. When the wind blows your way, the smoke is uncomfortable, and you’ll likely get covered with ash too. Also, you’ll either need to flip the pit or use a shovel to get the ash out. Still, for $150, this is an outstanding fire pit.


Best propane

Wood-burning units get all the attention when discussing fire pits, but propane models have their place. Of all the fire pits I tested, the Tiki Brand Customizable Propane Fire Pit is the one I liked the most. In our tests, it was the only truly smokeless fire pit because it doesn’t burn wood. 

I like how easy it is to use. You just turn on the propane tank, press the ignition button, turn the gas knob, and you have a flame. When you’re done, unlike wood-burning pits, you don’t have to wait for wood to burn down or douse it with water. You just turn the gas off, and the fire is out. Also, there was no clean-up and no ash to deal with.

The Tiki Brand Customizable Propane Fire Pit is displayed on grass.
The Tiki Brand propane fire pit is great for short sessions around the fire, providing a hassle-free, smokeless experience.

The Tiki Brand propane pit is the most labor-intensive to set up, taking an hour and including a long list of steps to assemble it from the ground up. Yet, the finished pit seems durable. It hasn’t shown any signs of wear or tear. I like that it comes with decorative lava rocks and a metal cover.

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Best portable

If you’re looking for a fire pit to take on road trips or to just use outside the backyard, the Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace is the best portable fire pit you can buy. From the Japanese outdoor brand known for making clever, well-built camping products, the Pack & Carry Fireplace can collapse and fold flat, making it extremely easy to carry to any outdoor setting.

Since it weighs just 11.9 pounds and comes with its own carrying case, there really isn’t any excuse to leave it behind.

Once you reach your destination, the fireplace expands in a matter of seconds, with wide, rounded-off legs securely holding it in place even when resting on uneven terrain. A series of small holes in the fire pit’s frame help to facilitate airflow, while its bucket-like receptacle can hold moderate-sized pieces of wood. 

Yet the Pack & Carry Fireplace is well-engineered and very durable. Made from high-quality stainless steel, this model is designed to withstand the elements and be transported regularly. However, because it’s made of rugged metal, it takes a bit of time to cool.

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Best smokeless

Several Business Insider Reviews folks have tested and loved the BioLite FirePit+. Its integrated fan makes starting a fire effortless, and it features a grill grate for cooking meats and vegetables. The fan uses a rechargeable battery and USB output for charging your devices.  

Even without the fan, the BioLite FirePit+ was easy to start with just a firestarter cube and wood logs. Within five minutes, the fire was blazing, putting off significant heat in a 6-foot radius, and it was a little too hot for comfort up close to it. 

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The BioLite FirePit+ is a Business Insider Reviews favorite because it produces relatively little smoke and is perfect for grilling.

The FirePit+ isn’t completely smokeless, but it only emitted a little more smoke than our top pick. The smoke wasn’t uncomfortable, even when it blows right at you.  

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Best small

The Solo Stove Mesa is basically like a petite version of our top pick, the Bonfire. It has the same hassle-free setup, is made of stainless steel, and is available in 10 colors, including Water, Mulberry, and Deep Olive.

Since it’s so small, the Mesa burns wood pellets instead of logs, which won’t fit. Using pellets and a firestarter cube, it took about five minutes to get the fire going. I was surprised by the roaring fire produced by this compact powerhouse. The blaze produced minimal smoke and no discomfort as it headed in my direction.

The Solo Stove Mesa fire pit blazes on a sidewalk.
The Solo Stove Mesa burned hot for such a compact fire pit.

Another surprise was how much heat the Mesa put off. I could feel it warming me from four feet away. This is the best tabletop fire pit I tested, provided your table isn’t heat-sensitive. While any table will likely be OK, you should only use it on non-flammable surfaces for safety reasons.

Cleaning the Mesa is easy. Once cool, you flip it and empty it in a safe receptacle.

The Mesa comes with a carrying bag, a stand, and a lifetime warranty. It’s also available in an XL version that’s only slightly larger and more expensive, but it holds almost four times as many wood pellets, so it burns longer.


Best heavy-duty

The Breeo X Series 24 was previously our top overall pick, but after testing more fire pits, we decided to rank it as the best heavy-duty fire pit because of its thick steel construction and lifetime warranty. 

First, let’s look at the positives. The Breeo X24 was incredibly easy to assemble. There weren’t any directions, but I didn’t need any. It comes assembled, and I had it ready to go in five minutes. The pit is made of rugged steel, which makes it hefty. Plus, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty.

The Breeo fire pit started rusting immediately, but that’s by design. The Corten Steel version develops an attractive weathered patina over time (about a year.) If a rusty fire pit sounds unappealing, the X Series pits are also available in corrosion-resistant stainless steel. In addition to the X24, the line features the X19, X30, and X42, with the number corresponding to the bowl’s interior diameter. For example, the X24 has a 24-inch-wide bowl.

The Breeo X Series 24 fire pit is displayed on green grass.
As it spends time in the elements, the Breeo X Series 24 develops an attractive patina, a process that takes about a year.

It has a unique construction with airflow coming from the bottom of the pit, and holes around the rim to divert the smoke. In practice, though, I was unimpressed with its fire burning. It took longer than the other pits to get started, and it seemed to produce more smoke while emitting less heat. I retested it because I was surprised by this performance. It did a little better the second time but wasn’t nearly as good as our top pick.

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Still, if you want a durable fire pit, the Breeo X Series 24 is the one to get.


What to look for in a fire pit

Eight fire pits are displayed on a lawn.
Fire pits come in all sorts of sizes and styles.

You want to choose a fire pit based on how you plan to use it. Do you want it to stay in your backyard or go camping with you? Do you want the traditional campfire experience, or would prefer to skip the hassle of wood? Here are the main factors you should consider:

Size: Larger fire pits are fun because you can build bigger fires and provide heat for more people. But, if you’re only going to entertain a few people at a time and want a more intimate experience, smaller fire pits are ideal. They have the added benefit of not burning as long, so you can call it a night earlier if you want. Of course, you can always build a smaller fire in a larger pit.

Fuel type: Wood-burning fire pits are the most popular because they give you the wholesome campfire experience. The downside is that you have to keep buying wood, cleaning up the ash, and being extra careful that the fire is out before you can leave the pit unsupervised. Propane is generally less exciting but lights quicker and is easy to put out quickly. It’s also less of a hassle to clean.

Design: The best fire pits balance airflow with limiting smoke. Based on my testing, the more open the design, the better the airflow, but there also tends to be more smoke. Pits that limit smoke tend to have an opening smaller than the bowl’s diameter and holes near the inner rim that can take in and dissipate the smoke. Our top pick, the Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0, is a perfect example of this.

Portability: Portability isn’t a concern if your fire pit will live in your backyard. In fact, if your yard is easily accessible to passersby like mine is, a heavier, harder-to-steal pit is a plus. However, if you want a unit to take camping, bring along to get-togethers, or store when not in use, look for one that’s lightweight and comes with a carrying case.

Accessories: If you want to cook on your fire pit, look for models with compatible grills. While most models are designed to withstand the elements, a cover can ensure your pit is dry when you want to have a fire. Other helpful accessories to consider are fire pokers, ash shovels, and lids.


How we test fire pits

A kid places logs in the Breeo X Series 24 fire pit.
My co-tester preps a fire pit for testing according to our exacting specifications.

I’ve tested home and kitchen products professionally for six years. For this guide, I tested 10 backyard fire pits to find the best. When assessing a fire pit, the main factors to consider are the ease of starting a fire, how much smoke it produces, the heating radius, and the ease of cleaning. Here are the main characteristics we look for and how we test them:

Fire quality: Kids love playing with fire, so it’s important to teach them how to do it safely. I enlisted the help of my 10-year-old to build and evaluate fires in each of the pits. The table sums up what we were looking for.

What we were looking for

Ideal results

Our findings

How easily and quickly fires start in the pit

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Most fire pits could do this with no problem. 

How much smoke is produced

No wood-burning fire is completely smokeless. We looked for units that dissipated the smoke enough to not be uncomfortable when it was blowing at us.

The fire pits exhibited significant variability, regardless of whether they had “smokeless” in their marketing copy.

Heating radius

Ideally, you want to feel the fire’s warmth without getting too close.

There was a lot of variability. The pits with better airflow tended to emit more heat.

Cleaning: After a few fires, ash builds up, impacting airflow and performance. We cleaned each fire pit and evaluated how difficult it was. Fire pits with removable ash pans were easier, while models that required you to dump, shovel, or vacuum ashes were a little less user-friendly. 

Durability: I left the pits in humid, rainy Michigan summer weather and examined each unit for wear and tear, including rust and discoloration. For the most part, the pits haven’t deteriorated, but I’ll continue to evaluate them for future updates to this guide.

Setup: You only really assemble your fire pit once, so this was a minor factor we considered, but you want the setup to go smoothly. I timed how long it took me to set up the fire pits and noted if there were any difficult or confusing steps.


Fire pit FAQs

A woman with colorful hair assembles the Tiki Brand propane fire pit.
I like propane fire pits, like the one shown here, because they’re easy to clean, use, and extinguish.

How do you clean a fire pit?

It’s important to wait until your fire pit is completely cooled before attempting to clean any part of it. Ideally, you’d clean it on a day when you haven’t used it at all. 

Cleaning the pit is a straightforward process. We recommend wearing protective gloves. First, unhook propane tanks, unplug cords, and then remove all ash, burned wood, and debris from the inside. You can then use some dishwashing soap (the grease-cutting kind tends to work best) and a warm cloth or scrub brush to scrub inside the pit.


How do you put out a fire in a fire pit?

If you’re using a fire pit that burns actual wood, you’ll want to make sure you effectively extinguish the blaze before leaving it. To do so, douse the flame with water and stir the ashes with a poker or stick. You should see the coals start to cool off. Pour more water over them if they’re still lit (and the pit still feels warm). Don’t leave the pit until it’s entirely cooled off. 

Many propane fire pits require you to turn off the propane (or turn off the pit via a built-in switch), and they’ll completely turn off. Check the owner’s manual for proper operation, as some may differ from others. 

You’ll always want to have some sort of emergency extinguisher nearby should any fire get out of control, too. This could be anything from a bucket of water set somewhere close, a nearby hose turned on and ready to use, or even a fire extinguisher. If a fire becomes unruly, call 911 immediately.


Which fire pits give off the most heat? 

Based on my testing, wood-burning fire pits give off the most heat. Additionally, the larger the fire, the more heat it will put off. So, consider bigger fire pits since they can accommodate larger fires.


What is the best type of fire pit to buy?

It depends on your situation. Wood-burning fire pits are popular because they give you the campfire experience and put off a good amount of heat. But propane fire pits are easy to start and put out and have minimal cleaning. 

Smokeless fire pits are in vogue, but they aren’t completely smokeless. Still, they have vent holes and a ring around the rim that help dissipate the thick smoke clouds that can make sitting around a fire uncomfortable. Propane fire pits don’t burn wood and thus have almost no smoke. If smoke is a big concern, consider a propane pit.

Best fire pit overall

Breeo x series 24

Durable, versatile, and beautiful, the Breeo X Series 24 ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://breeo.co/products/x-series-24-outpost) is an outstanding fire pit that serves as a hub for outdoor entertainment, can help you cook dinner, and looks like a piece of art all at the same time. 

Pros: Looks great, incredibly well-built, doubles as a wood-fired grill, high-quality components, and lifetime warranty.

Cons: Heavy

The Breeo X Series is incredibly well designed and engineered. For starters, the whole line is made from high-quality Corten steel, which allows it to naturally weather over time. This gives it a unique, timeless look that isn’t found in most other fire pits.

The X Series 24 ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://breeo.co/products/x-series-24-outpost) is not only large enough to accept big logs with its 24-inch opening, but it keeps a flame going for hours. The line is designed with integrated airflow technology that makes it easier to get a blaze going while keeping the level of smoke produced to a minimum. 

The X Series 24 model is nearly 30 inches in diameter, so there’s plenty of room for people to gather around it to bask in warmth and comfort. It’s also 78 pounds, though, so don’t expect it to be portable.

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Best smokeless fire pit

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Technology and design come together in the BioLite FirePit+ ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=722b48c0351960f597b9a38559d1135964b8369bfa68eb92b9895798d5da6ff8&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bioliteenergy.com%2Fproducts%2Ffirepit-plus), a model that not only excels at grilling but comes equipped with an onboard rechargeable battery pack and a unique airflow design.

Pros: Great for grilling, burns both wood and charcoal efficiently, integrated fan and battery pack make starting a fire easy and keeps the FirePit+ relatively smoke-free.

Cons: The battery pack needs to be recharged regularly.

We’ve long loved BioLite’s original FirePit, and its second-generation FirePit+ ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=722b48c0351960f597b9a38559d1135964b8369bfa68eb92b9895798d5da6ff8&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bioliteenergy.com%2Fproducts%2Ffirepit-plus) is all the original best plus some significant upgrades.

Most notably, the FirePit+’s has a new body design that radiates more heat outward — ideal for staying warm on cold nights. It also has a new enamel coating that better holds up to high temperatures and allows for easy cleaning.

What makes the BioLite FirePit+ ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=722b48c0351960f597b9a38559d1135964b8369bfa68eb92b9895798d5da6ff8&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bioliteenergy.com%2Fproducts%2Ffirepit-plus) so unique is its battery-powered fan (which runs longer than the original). This keeps air flowing inside the unit itself, which not only allows the fire to burn more efficiently but also minimizes the amount of smoke produced. You control the speed of the fan using an on-device button or via the smartphone app. 

We especially love the FirePit+ because it weighs less than 20 pounds and it doubles as a grill. That means it’s ideal to use in your backyard, then load into the car for a weekend of camping or beach tailgating.

As for the grill, because it burns wood and charcoal, it has a high level of versatility. The FirePit+ even comes with a removable grill grate that facilitates hibachi-style cooking.

Best propane fire pit

Outland Firebowl

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Pros: Uses propane as a fuel source, looks great, fast and easy to use, and is smoke-free

Cons: Not as versatile as wood-burning models and if you run out of propane you won’t be able to maintain a fire

With its sleek, modern design, low profile, and efficient helios burner, the Outland Fire Bowl ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=aa0a0775e55e741c850b2176fcdbde44d512e9669bc1e4fffc5535d94ec715a7&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fgo.skimresources.com%3Fid%3D35871X943606%26xs%3D1%26url%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.basspro.com%252Fshop%252Fen%252Foutland-living-fire-bowl%253F) is a fire pit built for anyone who places a high value on convenience. It uses propane as a fuel source so you can get a flame going in a manner of seconds — ideal for someone who doesn’t have the skills, patience, or inclination to build a fire by hand.

Because it’s so easy to use, you’re also more likely to use it more often. Propane fires also burn more cleanly, which means you won’t be dealing with smoke, ash, or soot.

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Best portable fire pit

snow peak fireplace

The Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=d806efc315d466e98ccd43255575fa643fd03190f25fb9c726608a6fbe595337&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.avantlink.com%2Fclick.php%3Ftt%3Dcl%26mi%3D21577%26pw%3D184534%26ctc%3D%26url%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.snowpeak.com%252Fproducts%252Fpack-and-carry-m-fire-place-st-033) is lightweight and collapses down for ease of transport while offering excellent durability and performance wherever you take it. 

Pros: Lightweight and collapsible, the Snow Peak Fireplace is very easy to transport

Cons: Limited features out of the box

If you’re looking for a firepit to take on road trips or to use outside of just the backyards, it’s hard to find a lightweight, packable option. From Japanese outdoor brand well known for making clever, well-built camping products, the Snow Peak’s Pack & Carry Fireplace ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://affiliate.insider.com/?amazonTrackingID=biipgf_041318_best-fire-pits-20&h=d806efc315d466e98ccd43255575fa643fd03190f25fb9c726608a6fbe595337&postID=61b8efc6f2a36b1ac9f41a7c&postSlug=guides%2Fhome%2Fbest-fire-pit&site=bi&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.avantlink.com%2Fclick.php%3Ftt%3Dcl%26mi%3D21577%26pw%3D184534%26ctc%3D%26url%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.snowpeak.com%252Fproducts%252Fpack-and-carry-m-fire-place-st-033) has the ability to collapse down and fold flat, which makes it extremely easy to carry with you to any outdoor setting.

And since it weighs just 11.9 pounds and comes with its own carrying case, there really isn’t any excuse to leave it behind.

Once you reach your destination, the Fireplace expands back into its regular shape in a matter of seconds, with wide, rounded-off legs securely holding it in place even when resting on uneven terrain. A series of small holes in the fire pit’s frame help to facilitate airflow, while its bucket-like receptacle can hold moderate-sized pieces of wood.

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Out of the box, the Fireplace doesn’t have a lot of features or frills, although Snow Peak makes a number of accessories that extend its use even further. The company offers an array of cooking utensils for instance, and a grill top allows owners to cook over the fire.

Best budget fire pit

KINGSO Outdoor Fire Pit

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Pros: Attractive, inexpensive, and comes with some handy accessories

Cons: Not weather-resistant, requires some assembly, not a lot of frills

The Kingso Outdoor Fire Pit ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://www.kingso.net/KINGSO-Outdoor-Fire-Pit-22-Patio-Fire-Steel-BBQ-Grill-Fire-Pit-Bowl-with-Mesh-Spark-Screen-Cover-Log-Grate-Poker-for-Camping-Picnic-Bonfire-Patio-Backyard-Garden-Beaches-Park-p-187471.html) may not have all of the bells and whistles of other models on this list, but it is durable, good-looking, and gets the job done for a steal.

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Assembly out of the box wasn’t too difficult in our testing. Once together, its 22-inch bucket can hold a surprising amount of wood and can comfortably accommodate a small gathering of people. That said, this unit is a bit smaller than the others on this list, which makes it a good choice for those with a smaller deck or patio. 

The real selling point of this particular model is without a doubt the price. For less than $60 you can own a reasonably well-made, portable, and attractive fire pit.

Fire pit safety tips

You should always take proper care when starting a fire, as well as putting one out. We strongly advise against using any of these fire pits if you lack the experience and recommend consulting an expert before using them.

You should also double-check where you can and can’t start a fire, be it in a residential setting or while camping. Not all campgrounds allow fires but in those that do ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://www.nps.gov/articles/campfires.htm), it’s important to understand the guidelines. It doesn’t hurt to take note of Smokey Bear’s fire safety rules ^(https://zmeinogorsk.ru//https://smokeybear.com/campfire-rules), either.

FAQs

How do you clean a fire pit?

It’s important that you first wait until your fire pit is completely cooled off before attempting to clean any part of it. Ideally, you’d clean it on a day when you haven’t used it at all.

Actually cleaning the pit is a straightforward process. First, unhook any propane tanks or unplug any cords, and then remove all ash, burned wood, and debris from inside. You can then use some dishwashing soap (the grease-cutting kind tends to work best) and a warm cloth or scrub brush to scrub the inside of the pit. 

It’s recommended you wear some kind of protective gloves, and be careful not to get any electronics wet in the process. Let the fire pit fully dry (especially for those that plug into a wall or use some sort of battery) before using them again. Fire pits that just use wood can be used immediately.


How do you put out a fire in a fire pit?

If you’re using a fire pit that burns actual wood, you’ll want to make sure you effectively extinguish the blaze before leaving it. To do so, douse the flame with water and stir the ashes with a poker or stick. You should see the coals start to cool off. If they’re still lit (and the pit still feels warm), pour more water over them. Don’t leave the pit until it’s entirely cooled off. 

For propane fire pits, many just require you to turn off the propane (or turn off the pit via a built-in switch) and they’ll completely turn off. Check the owner’s manual for proper operation as some may differ from others. 

You’ll always want to have some sort of emergency extinguisher nearby should any fire get out of control, too. This could be anything from a bucket of water set somewhere close, a nearby hose turned on and ready to use, or even a fire extinguisher. If a fire becomes unruly, call 911 immediately. 


What should I look for in a fire pit?

Fire pits range from stone circles on the ground to innovative engineering and thoughtful designs. 

Modern fire pits should have strategically placed vents, air holes, and tubes to help make starting a fire easier than ever, while at the same time channeling away excess smoke. 

Modern fire pits come in all shapes and sizes, too, ranging from small, portable, wood-burning models, up to massive propane-powered structures permanently installed on a patio. 

No matter which size or model you choose, it’s likely to become the centerpiece of your outdoor space anytime a fire is lit. It also provides plenty of heat and light, allowing you to enjoy being outdoors even during the colder times of the year.

Some fire pits even make excellent grills, allowing you to cook entire meals over a flame. But most important of all, they’re a safe way to enjoy a bonfire in your backyard, without fear of the fire getting out of control. 

How we test fire pits

Each fire pit featured in this guide went through a series of tests to see how it compared across these four categories:

Ease of use: First and foremost, you should be able to easily start a fire in the fire pit. Sometimes this means a button ignition, other times it means enough space to build a solid wood starter. Some fire pits are designed not just for easy fire starting but also in keeping the flame lit and full for several hours. If it feels like a chore to get it lit and to stay burning, you’re less likely to want to use it very often.

Versatility: In addition to providing a warm flame for you to gather around, some fire pits come with additional functionality such as being able to grill on them or pack down small enough to take on camping trips. Of course, we still considered home-specific fire pits that excelled at their lone purpose but did make not of multi-faceted options where necessary.

Design: A poor design could mean that the fire burns out more quickly or that it doesn’t quite ration the wood well. A bad design can also just be an eye-sore, and if it’s something you’re looking to keep in your backyard, it’s likely you prefer one that not only maintains fire but looks good doing it.

Value: Value is the sum of the categories above, as well as some attention toward its actual price. Though it’s ideal to not have to spend a fortune on a simple fire pit, it’s smart to invest in something that’s premium and high quality as opposed to spending less money more often on a cheaply-built model. 

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