When the nights get longer and you yearn to spend more time under the stars and less time on your couch, you can’t beat sitting around a fire pit with your friends and family. The smell of wood smoke, the crackle of coals — it’s the ultimate centerpiece of an evening hangout, particularly when you bring s’mores into the picture.
There’s also a lot more variety when it comes to fire pits than you might expect. From the DIY to the fully decked-out, there’s a pit out there for every taste, need and... budget. Need a primer on some of the best options out there? Check out these top fire pits in every category. These top-of-the-line models will make it easier to narrow your search down to the one that’ll take your patio or backyard from an underutilized space to your new favorite hangout spot. Just don’t forget the marshmallows.
This circular, steel fire pit from Garden Treasures is the perfect straightforward option for all of your needs. The pit is wood-burning, so you don't need any extra gas tanks or electricity to use it. Plus, it comes with a prodding tool, PVC, and screen protector for safety purposes. The deep bowl of the pit holds plenty of wood to keep a fire blazing all night, while the sturdy legs and design add a vintage vibe.
This versatile pit goes will all sorts of patio furniture and decor and will... withstand the elements. If you want to store your pit away, the design is lightweight and easy to move.
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.
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.
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.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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.
Want to bring the comfort of your living room out onto your patio? Rather than a traditional fire pit, consider an outdoor fireplace like the Sunjoy Jasper. Your eyes aren’t fooling you: This basically is a fireplace, complete with a chimney and screen doors for keeping ash and embers inside (and not in your guests’ lap). And yes: It’s wood-burning, just like the one in your living room.
Reviewers comment that the Sunjoy Jasper Wood Burning Fireplace is well constructed and easy to assemble.... Measuring 53.9” by 25” and weighing 289 pounds, it features a faux-stone finish that mimics the look of an indoor fireplace. One note: place it against a wall if you don’t want people to see the back, which lacks the design elements of the front.
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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