The 5 Best Fire Pits of 2020

These fire starters are great for at-home gatherings and roasting s'mores

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Pleasant Hearth Eden Fire Pit Table at northerntool.com

"When you’re done using it as a fire pit, a lidded top instantly converts it into a table perfect for sharing drinks with friends."

Best Stone: Bond Canyon Ridge Fire Column at Amazon

"The stone used here is actually a combination of magnesium oxide and steel, but the look is convincingly natural and authentic."

Best DIY: Ashland Concrete Fire Pit Kit at Lowe’s

"Go with the Ashland Concrete Fire Pit Kit, which includes all the components you need to build a beautiful ring-style pit in your backyard."

Best Gas Fire: Endless Summer LP Gas Outdoor Fire Bowl at Amazon

"The quality of the Endless Summer pit is high for the price, with the lighting process working similarly to that of an outdoor grill."

Best Wood Burning: Sunnydaze Decor Crossweave Fire Pit at Amazon

"This wood-burning...pit has everything you need to get a beautiful controlled blaze the old-fashioned way."

 

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    Best Overall: Pleasant Hearth Eden Fire Pit Table

    Pleasant Hearth Eden 38 in. Perforated Square Steel Gas Fire Pit Table in Hammered Bronze
    Courtesy of Home Depot

    Pit tables combine the warmth-giving goodness of a traditional fire pit with the convenience and functionality of a patio table. This Pleasant Hearth pit table from Home Depot features knob ignition for easy lighting (it’s powered by gas, rather than wood) and an elegant hammered bronze finish that’s neutral enough to complement any design scheme. The best part? When you’re done using it as a fire pit, a lidded top instantly converts it into a table perfect for sharing drinks with friends.

    Capable of reaching 40,000 BTUs, the Pleasant Hearth Eden Fire Pit Table measures 38” by 38”. Just bear in mind that you’ll need to install a gas tank to get it running — it’s not included.

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    Best Stone: Bond Canyon Ridge Fire Column

    When it comes to fire pits, you don’t need an engineering degree to get that hand-crafted look you’re coveting. Just go with a stone fire pit, like this Rogers liquid propane pit available on Amazon. Full disclosure: The stone used here is actually a combination of magnesium oxide and steel (most comparable pits use a faux-stone like this), but the look is convincingly natural and authentic.

    Measuring 32” by 32”, the Rogers pit runs on gas and includes a weatherproof cover to keep it safe from the elements between uses. A tabletop ring also gives you a place to set your drink while you’re basking in warmth of an open flame. Customers rave about the durable design and appealingly natural aesthetic, adding that it gives off just the right amount of heat.

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    Best DIY: Ashland Concrete Fire Pit Kit

    43.5-in W x 43.5-in L Ashland Concrete Firepit Kit
    Courtesy of Lowe's

    For the true outdoorsman, go with a DIY pit — the kind you build yourself with a few rocks and a bit of caveman spirit. Actually, scratch that: just go with the Ashland Concrete Fire Pit Kit, which includes all the components you need to build a beautiful ring-style pit in your backyard.

    Do your research. While the kit includes with instructions, the kit’s online reviews are full of tips and tricks to make your task a little easier. Some customers also purchased additional bags of paver and adhesive, depending on how tall they want to make their pit. When you’re done, though, you’ll have a stunning backyard fire ring — and some well-deserved pride in your DIY skills.

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    Best Gas Fire: Endless Summer LP Gas Outdoor Fire Bowl

    Don’t want to struggle with newspaper and kindling to get a roaring fire going? A gas-powered pit is right up your alley, offering all the sizzle of a traditional pit and none of the headaches. We love this Endless Summer gas-powered fire pit, which features simple but attractive design and 30,000 BTUs of heat. One other bonus: you’ll never have to worry about cleaning up messy ashes when you’re done.

    Customers note that the quality of the Endless Summer pit is high for the price, with the lighting process working similarly to that of an outdoor grill. It measures 30” by 30”, weighs a little over 60 pounds and can be constructed in less than an hour.

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    Best Wood Burning: Sunnydaze Decor Crossweave Fire Pit

    Gas-powered pits are great, but there’s nothing like the smell of actual woodsmoke to get yourself into the autumnal spirit. This wood-burning Sunnydaze pit has everything you need (aside from logs and some newspaper) to get a beautiful controlled blaze the old-fashioned way.

    Measuring 36” in diameter and weighing 29 pounds, this circular pit is made from steel and comes with a screened lid to keep ashes from flying. A metal tong for adjusting your fire is also included. Design-wise, it features an attractive crossweave pattern that blends well with any aesthetic. Reviewers note that the Sunnydaze pit is easy to assemble, and note that the design promotes airflow — a must when you’re tending flames rather than just turning a knob.