Fire pit covers offer year-round protection from elements such as dust, dirt, sun, rain, and heavy snow. When a fire pit is not in use, a quality cover also keeps ashes and debris contained. "Fire pits should always be covered," says Andy Stivers, owner of S&S Fire Pits, explaining that it prevents wet ash, which turns into lye, a corrosive chemical that can damage a metal pit.
We researched the best fire pit covers, evaluating them on all the different shapes, sizes, and features, such as buckles and drawstrings.
Porch Shield Waterproof Fire Pit Cover
Super-strong, waterproof material
Double-stitched and sealed seams
Elastic cords are stiff at first
Porch Shield makes the best fire pit cover. This one is crafted from water-repellent laminated polyester to protect against moisture damage and year-round inclement weather. The material boasts a 600-denier (600D) thickness, indicating a super-strong weave, and the seams are all double-stitched and sealed with special tape to prevent tearing and leaks. It's also UV-resistant, so you won't have to worry about it fading in the sun.
This fire pit cover has adjustable buckles that keep it in place in severe weather conditions, and elastic hem cords that ensure a snug fit. One thing to note is that the elastic is somewhat stiff at first, so it'll take a little elbow grease to secure it. But after a few uses, it'll break in and be much easier to attach.
Available in a round or square shape and 12 sizes, you can bet there's an option that'll fit your fire pit. We also appreciate that this reliable product is backed by a three-year warranty and even comes with a patch kit you can use in the event of a small hole. All things considered, the $30 to $40 price range is more than reasonable.
Price at time of publish: $40
Dimensions: 12 sizes available | Available Shapes: Round, square | Material: Laminated polyester
Fire Sense 42-in Black Round Fire Pit Cover
Lightweight yet durable
Prevents scratches and weather damage
Kind of unsightly
Only one size/shape
If you're on a budget, go with the Fire Sense Fire Pit Cover. Made of heavy-gauge felt-lined vinyl, the exterior protects your pit from the outdoor elements, and the interior safeguards it from scratches and nicks. Despite the lightweight design, it's remarkably durable, with impressive resistance to tearing and moisture. It slips on and off easily and stays in place, thanks to four fabric ties around the base.
We admit this isn't the most attractive option—the tarp-like material is a bit wrinkly. Still, it gets the job done and won't break the bank. We also wish it came in more shapes and sizes, but it should still fit over most standard-size fit pits.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 42 x 24 inches | Available Shapes: Round | Material: Felt-lined vinyl
UltCover Round Water Resistant Fire Pit Cover
Water- and UV-resistant
Reinforced tape-sealed seams
Hard to tighten draw cords
For round fire pits, we recommend UltCover. This fire pit cover is made of 600-denier polyester canvas with a water-resistant coating. Not only does the material protect your bowl from moisture damage, but it's also UV-resistant, so it won't become sun-bleached during the warmer months. Double-stitched, tape-sealed seams offer enhanced durability, while reinforced handles make it easy to pull on and off.
This cover also has structured air vents on the sides to prevent it from lofting in the wind. There are plastic clips and elastic draw cords on the bottom to secure it to the legs of your fire pit. It might be tricky to get the cords tight, but you shouldn't have to worry about it blowing away. We like that this product comes in two colors, two shapes, and 12 sizes (six of which are round). Considering the overall quality, we think the price is right on point.
Price at time of publish: $36
Dimensions: 12 sizes available | Available Shapes: Round, square | Material: Polyester canvas
Pomer Fire Pit Cover
Waterproof and fade-resistant
Adjustable straps and buckles
Storage bag included
If you have a larger, rectangular fire pit at home, Pomer is your best bet. This cover is made of 420-denier laminated polyester and boasts a waterproof, UV-resistant design that stands up to all kinds of weather, including rain, snow, heavy winds, and hot sun. There are adjustable straps and buckles at the bottom, allowing you to secure it to the legs or base of your fire pit to prevent it from blowing off.
It also has structured air vents on the sides to prevent moisture accumulation underneath and heavy-duty handles that make it easy to get on and off. This cover even comes with its own storage bag. The only real drawback is that the material is pretty wrinkly, but the appearance is about average for patio furniture or a fire pit cover. Considering the affordable price, we definitely think it's worth buying.
Price at time of publish: $26
Dimensions: 10 sizes available | Available Shapes: Rectangular, square | Material: Laminated polyester
Best for Wet Climates
Duck Covers Ultimate Square Fire Pit Cover
Ultra-strong waterproof material
If you live in a rainy or snowy climate, this one's for you. The Duck Covers Ultimate Fire Pit Cover is made of polyester and olefin, a synthetic fiber that adds strength and resistance to tearing. It's designed to protect your bowl from heavy precipitation, high winds, dirt, bugs, and other outdoor elements.
Breathable side panels help prevent condensation to keep mold, mildew, rust, and other forms of moisture damage at bay. There are also hook-and-loop straps to hold the cover in place. One downside of this product is that it isn't fade-resistant. After a year or two of use, you might notice the brown color turning into a light beige, though that won't affect the integrity of the material. At under $40, we still think it's a worthwhile purchase.
Price at time of publish: $37
Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 24 inches, 32 x 32 x 24 inches, 40 x 40 x 24 inches, 50 x 50 x 24 inches | Available Shapes: Square | Material: Polyester, olefin
Hampton Bay 30 in. Round Outdoor Patio Fire Pit Cover
Won't fade in direct sunlight
Waterproof and moisture-resistant
Only one size and shape
For those who live in hot, sunny climates, we recommend the Hampton Bay Outdoor Fire Pit Cover. The durable polyester is UV-resistant to prevent fading in direct sunlight, so you won't have to worry about the golden-beige hue becoming bleached after a year or two of use. It's also waterproof and mildew-resistant, giving you peace of mind in any weather.
This cover has straps on the bottom for securing it to the legs of your fire pit, plus built-in handles for easy on-off and carrying. The only drawback of this product is that it comes in just one size and shape (round). But it should fit most standard circular fire pits—and for under $40, we think it's an excellent value.
Price at time of publish: $35
Dimensions: 48 x 15 inches | Available Shapes: Round | Material: Polyester
Sunnydaze Decor Round Outdoor Fire Pit Cover
Suitable for all seasons/climates
Only one shape available
No matter where you live or what time of year it is, you can't go wrong with the Sunnydaze Decor Fire Pit Cover. Made of reinforced vinyl, the exceptionally durable, waterproof design safeguards your bowl from rain, wind, sun, and snow. You won't have to worry about moisture damage, rust, fading, or an accumulation of dirt and leaves.
This all-weather cover also has handy drawstrings with toggle ties at the bottom for an adjustable fit that stays securely in place. The tarp-like vinyl material can, unfortunately, get pretty wrinkly, but it won't be as noticeable when the fit is more taut. And while it only comes in one shape, there are six sizes available to accommodate most round fire pits. All things considered, we think the $30 price range is very reasonable.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 6 sizes available | Available Shapes: Round | Material: Vinyl
Necessories 37 in. Fire Pit Cover
Durable, heavy-duty design
Resists rust and corrosion
Only one size and shape
According to Stivers, the best fire pit covers are made of stainless steel — but this option takes it a step further. It's made of galvanized steel, which has a durable zinc coating for extra protection from rust and corrosion in extreme outdoor environments. The heavy-duty design also keeps wild animals, pets, and kids out while ensuring that the ashes stay in.
There's only one size and shape available, but it'll fit over most round fire pits and rings. At nearly $400, this is undoubtedly one of the most expensive fire pit covers we found. But thanks to the reliable galvanized steel design, you can count on it to last for decades. To give you peace of mind about your purchase, the brand backs this product with a lifetime warranty.
Price at time of publish: $388
Dimensions: 38 x 38 inches | Available Shapes: Round | Material: Galvanized stainless steel
Firebuggz Steel Snuffer Fire Pit Lid
Resists corrosion and rust
Contains sparks and embers
Can put out fires
"We prefer snuffer lids," says Stivers. "They can be used not only to keep water out but also to put out the fire before going in, which is very important." Our top choice for snuffers is the Firebuggz Fire Pit Lid, which is made of corrosion- and rust-resistant stainless steel. The slim design fits effortlessly on top of round fire pits and rings, and it folds in half for easy storage.
It prevents your ash from blowing away or being exposed to water while containing sparks and embers. At almost 30 pounds, this lid is pretty heavy. You'll want to be careful when lifting and carrying it, though the built-in handles make it a little easier to move around. Over $300 is a bit steep for this type of product, but you can expect it to last several years—maybe even decades.
Price at time of publish: $239
Dimensions: 40 inches | Available Shapes: Round | Material: Stainless steel
Overall, we like the Porch Shield Waterproof Fire Pit Cover, which is made of super-strong, waterproof laminated polyester with double-stitched and tape-sealed seams—plus, it comes in 12 sizes. If you're on a budget, we suggest the Fire Sense Round Fire Pit Cover. Though the design is pretty basic, the lightweight yet durable design gets the job done. If you're interested in a metal snuffer that offers weather protection while putting out fires, the Firebuggz Steel Fire Pit Lid is your best bet.
What to Look for in a Fire Pit Cover
Size and Shape
The first thing to consider is the size and shape of the cover. "You want to make sure it fits nice and snug and won't allow any water to get inside the fire pit," says Stivers. Like the Fire Sense Round Fire Pit Cover, many options only come in one size and are designed to fit most round pits.
However, some are available in multiple sizes and shapes to accommodate a wider range of pits. For instance, the Porch Shield Waterproof Fire Pit Cover comes in a round or square shape and a whopping 12 sizes.
"The best material for a fire pit cover is steel," says Stivers. "Steel can handle the elements and the heat, and won't sag." He is a fan of snuffer-style covers, like the Firebuggz Steel Fire Pit Lid.
That said, most fire pit covers are made of some type of textile, such as polyester, vinyl, or nylon. Since vinyl is a type of plastic, it offers excellent resistance to water. Otherwise, the fabric should be laminated, as with the Pomer Fire Pit Cover, or coated in a water-repellent substance.
You should also think about weather resistance. The best fire pit covers are designed to withstand various weather conditions, including rain, snow, wind, and high heat, like the Sunnydaze Decor Round Outdoor Fire Pit Cover. If you don't want the material to fade in direct sunlight, opt for a UV-resistant option, like the Hampton Bay Outdoor Patio Fire Pit Cover.
Should fire pits be covered?
According to Stivers, fire pits should always be covered when they're not in use. "You don't want your ash getting wet," he explains. "Wet ash turns into lye, and lye is a corrosive chemical that reacts with metal."
Do fire pit covers protect from rust?
Fire pit covers help protect fire pits made of iron, steel, and other types of metal. Since rust is most often a result of rainwater exposure, a waterproof barrier prevents moisture accumulation, which keeps rust at bay. Ideally, the cover should have structured mesh side panels. That allows for breathability and prevents condensation, which can also lead to rust.
How do you prevent fire pit covers from sagging?
To prevent a fire pit cover from sagging, a proper fit is key. The cover should be large enough to cover the entire bowl and reach underneath the legs but not so big that it's not taught once you secure it. In addition to keeping it from sagging, the right fit will prevent it from blowing off in the wind. As Stivers notes, metal covers will never sag, though they're a more expensive option.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Theresa Holland, a freelance commerce writer and product tester who specializes in home design and outdoor living. She has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. For this story, she interviewed Andy Stivers, owner of S&S Fire Pits, who offered insight into the different types of fire pit covers and the benefits of using one. Next, she researched today's best fire pit covers, narrowing them down to the most durable, functional, and versatile options with standout features.