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A fire pit is an amazing focal point for your backyard, defining outdoor space with function and style. We researched the best fire pits, evaluating each model on its size, materials, versatility, and design aesthetic. We also considered ease of assembly and burn type.
Our top pick is the Hampton Bay Piedmont Steel Fire Pit, which offers superior durability and features a 2-in-1 design for heating and grilling.
Ahead, find the best fire pits to warm up your backyard.
Best Overall: Hampton Bay Piedmont 30 in. Steel Fire Pit
Rotating cooking grate
Includes mesh cover
Uncovered material can rust
The Hampton Bay Piedmont Steel Fire Pit is an attractive and versatile choice when looking for a sturdy, well-priced fire pit to add to your patio. This 30-inch model's circular design, with a diamond pattern around the edges of the bowl, allows you to see the fire from every angle, and the interior is lined with a mesh screen for safety. The safety ring around its upper edge doubles as a handle, making it easy to move the fire pit in and out of storage. The 12-inch deep bowl is coated with high-temperature paint to withstand the heat of the flames.
Not only can this fire pit roast marshmallows and warm your hands but it also comes with a cooking grate that allows you to grill your favorite foods right over the flame. You can place the grid directly over the fire or mount it on the included pole, which allows it to be removed from the heat, as needed. Additionally, this model comes with a mesh cover to protect your guests from stray sparks, as well as a poker to tend the logs inside.
The one downside of this fire pit is the material can rust if left outdoors and exposed. To keep the product in good shape, store it indoors when not in use or cover it.
Best Budget: SINGLYFIRE 22-Inch Fire Pit
Built-in log grate
Includes spark screen and poker
Outdoor storage not recommended
The SINGLYFIRE Fire Pit is an inexpensive freestanding fire pit with an extremely simple design. The shallow steel bowl is mounted on four sturdy legs, and its built-in log grate ensures that air can circulate around the wood. The bowl is coated with a high-temperature paint for durability, and the package includes a mesh spark screen, and a poker to tend the fire.
This fire pit's bowl isn’t as large as other options, but it can still hold up to 120 pounds, allowing you to pile it high with wood. It’s ideal for cooking s’mores or just sitting around on a summer night. The manufacturer recommends storing it in a covered location to prevent rusting. Thanks to its 11 pounds, it is extremely easy to move it indoors.
Best Splurge: Bryndle Root Fire Pit
Two heat settings
Wide rim can hold beverages
Includes protective cover
Lacks propane tank cover
For a truly unique, natural-looking fire pit, the Bryndle Root Fire Pit is well worth the splurge. It features a rustic design aesthetic and is made of fiberglass composite material. Designed to look like logs, this model has a grained texture and multi-colored finish. Inside the “stump,” you fill the bowl with the included lava rocks. A wide rim around the bowl provides the perfect spot to rest your beverage or prop up your feet.
Propane fuels this luxurious fire pit, and the included 10-foot commercial-grade connector hose allows you to keep the fuel tank separate. The manufacturer offers a matching propane tank cover, sold separately, that resembles a stump. Alternatively, you can convert this fire pit to natural gas, but the conversion kit is also sold separately. When using this fire pit, you can choose between two heat settings, and at the end of the night, you can simply toss the included cover over the pit to protect it.
Best Propane: Hampton Bay Park Canyon 35 in. Steel Propane Fire Pit Kit
Base conceals propane tank
Wide rim serves as table
Controls are hard to access
A propane-powered fire pit is convenient, and the Hampton Bay Park Canyon is an attractive choice that also provides built-in storage for the fuel tank. The base can accommodate a liquid propane tank of up to 30 pounds, and its stylish design looks good on any patio. The design is a combination of resin and steel, and it can heat a space up to 215 square feet due to an impressive 50,000-BTU output.
This fire pit offers adjustable heat, although it can be somewhat tricky to access those controls, located inside the base. It comes with white fire glass you can use to fill the bowl on top of the table. The wide rim around the 35-inch top is ideal for holding beverages or plates. Plus, the covered pit can function as a side table when it's not in use.
Best Wood Burning: TIKI Low Smoke Fire Pit
Ash pan for easy cleanup
Weatherproof, powder-coated exterior
Includes stand and cover
Pricey for its size
You can enjoy the crackle of a real wood fire without inhaling smoke with the TIKI Low Smoke Fire Pit. The fire radiates warmth in a 4-foot radius around the pit, and its unique internal airflow system creates less smoke and ash. The fire pit is crafted from powder-coated stainless steel that’s extremely durable, and it comes with a stand to elevate it up off the ground. You can use this fire pit with traditional firewood or the brand’s wood packs, which are easy to light, and burn for 30 minutes.
The TIKI Fire Pit is just under 25 inches wide, but the bowl is on the smaller side, measuring just 16 inches deep and across. A slide-out ash tray at the bottom makes the pit incredibly easy to clean, and the included weatherproof cover enables you to store it outdoors. It's a bit pricey for its size, but an excellent low-smoke option.
Best Table: Yardbird Rectangular Fire Pit Table
Multiple shapes available
Includes natural gas conversion kit
Automatic fire starter button
More fire glass needed
The Yardbird Fire Pit Table does double duty in your outdoor living space, serving as a propane fireplace and a convenient coffee table. While this particular design is a 61.5 x 32-inch rectangle, you also can opt for a square or round shape, whatever best fits your space. This fire pit is crafted from commercial-grade aluminum, and a door on the base allows you to store a propane tank inside.
This fire pit table has a brushed stainless steel burner tray, and while the product includes clear glass rock beads, you likely need more glass to fill up the center. The table has an automatic starter button that runs on AAA batteries, and you can adjust the intensity of the flame. The lid covers up the burner tray when not in use, and the package includes a natural gas conversion kit. The manufacturer also offers a glass guard, sold separately.
Best Smokeless: Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit with Stand
Minimal smoke output
Wide range of accessories available
Cover not included
Burns through wood faster than other pits
Solo Stove is one of the best-known brands for smokeless fire pits. The Bonfire is the manufacturer's mid-size smokeless fire pit, and it’s extremely popular due to its sleek, stainless steel exterior, lightweight form, and near-smokeless burning. The pit’s specially designed baseplate allows more oxygen to reach the fire’s embers, helping burn wood faster and hotter for more complete combustion. As a result, the fire gives off noticeably less smoke than a traditional fire pit.
This particular Solo Stove is 19.5 inches in diameter, and it weighs just 20 pounds when empty, making it easy to travel with. In fact, we brought it camping and noted that setting up or taking it down only took about a minute each! A variety of accessories ranges from stands you can use on wooden decks, to grilling and cooking tools. While this product includes a carrying case, a true weatherproof cover for the fire pit is sold separately.
Best Portable: Fireside Outdoor Pop-Up Fire Pit
Low smoke output
Meets USFS and BLM fire pan regulations
Improperly assembled fire shield can melt
You can take your campfire on the road with the Fireside Outdoor Pop-Up Fire Pit. Not only is this fire pit extremely lightweight, weighing just 7 pounds, but it also meets the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management’s fire pan requirements. Plus, it collapses into a compact form, making it easy to carry around using the zippered weather-resistant carrying bag.
You can set up this pop-up fire pit in less than a minute, needing no tools, and it has a weight capacity of 125 pounds. The fire pit's screened bottom helps increase airflow for less smoke, and included Leave No Trace Heat Shield allows you to start a fire on almost any surface without damaging the ground. You can even use the pan to burn charcoal for grilling, making it a must-have accessory for avid hikers and campers.
Best for Cooking: Barebones Living Cowboy 23" Fire Pit & Grill
Adjustable-height grilling grate
Other cooking accessories available
Outdoor storage not recommended
For a fire pit that doubles as a grill, we recommend the Barebones Cowboy Fire Pit. This 25-inch fire pit not only is the perfect evening fire starter but it also comes with an adjustable-height grill grate that makes it easy to cook right over the flames. You can rotate the half-circle grate, mounted on a track system, over the pit, as needed. The manufacturer offers a variety of cast iron and steel cooking accessories.
This fire pit is crafted from solid steel, with a high-temperature coating, and three legs support its fairly simple design. Handles on either side make the grill compact and light enough to bring with you camping, or to move to a covered location for storage, as the manufacturer recommends.
Our best overall pick is the Hampton Bay Piedmont Steel Fire Pit, a freestanding steel fire pit with mesh sides that make the flames visible from all around. As an additional feature, an included cooking grate allows you to grill right over the flames. If you’re looking for a fire pit that doesn’t produce much smoke, consider the Solo Stove Bonfire, whose modern stainless steel design results in more complete combustion.
What to Look For in a Fire Pit
Fire pits are available in a variety of designs, from traditional circular styles to tables. When choosing one, consider the size of your outdoor space and how you plan to use the fire pit. If you're looking to entertain guests, larger styles and tables would make great additions. For smaller spaces or camping trips, portable designs that are easy to move and store are your best bet.
A fire pit's burn type is wood-burning or propane-each has its advantages and disadvantages. With wood-burning picks, you have a supply of dry wood handy, as well as deal with any soot and ash. However, those fire pits give you the traditional look and feel of a crackling fire.
When it comes to propane, you have to be mindful of gas lines and filling the propane tank. On the other hand, those types of fire pits have a cleaner burn and are much easier to clean since they don't produce ash and soot.
In addition to the pit, several options offer additional accessories to elevate your experience such as spark screens, fire pokers, and/or grates. Though you can purchase most separately, having them included makes it easier to enjoy your pit sooner.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester who has contributed to The Spruce since 2017. She owns the Solo Stove Bonfire, which serves as the perfect focal point on her backyard patio. For this roundup, she considered dozens of models of fire pits, evaluating each on its size, materials, versatility, and design aesthetic. Additional input was provided by Joe Raboine, Director of Residential Hardscapes at Belgard.
Can you put a fire pit on a deck?
Never use a wood-burning fire pit on a wooden deck without a fire pit mat as a heat-resistant barrier. Most propane fire pits and tables are built for safe use on wooden, composite, and concrete decks; however, the heat can cause discoloration.
What can I put around a fire pit?
A wood-burning unit should be 10 feet away from any structure. Consider the fire pit's proximity to nearby trees and the amount of wind on your property.
How do I clean a fire pit?
You can spray down stone fire pits with a hose and leave them to air dry. If your unit is steel or copper, hot soapy water and a soft cloth are effective. You also can use this on a gas fire pit, but be careful not to loosen the gas lines. If your pit is cast iron, use steel wool and hot water.