Enjoying your outdoor space can be more enjoyable in cool weather with a fire pit that eliminates almost all the acrid, uncomfortable smoke by making the blaze burn hotter. There are several ways a smokeless fire pit can do this, and we researched many of them, from top manufacturers, based on their heat output, durability, sturdiness, and portability.
Our top pick, the TIKI 25-Inch Stainless Steel Low Smoke Fire Pit checks all those boxes, is great for your budget, is large enough to heat a gathered group, and comes with everything you need to get started.
Here are the best smokeless fire pits to turn your regular backyard into an outdoor party.
Best Overall: TIKI 25 Inch Stainless Steel Smokeless Fire Pit
Includes everything to get started
Reliable burn time
Includes ash pan and cover
Can use firewood or wood packs
Additional wood packs add to cost
This sleek smokeless fire pit provides everything you need to enjoy a night of smoke-free enjoyment next to a warm fire. Its wood pack provides a reliable 30 minutes of burn time. Once you’ve used up the included pack of TIKI wood pellets, you can purchase more separately. You also can use any firewood, although make sure it is dry to maintain the smokeless aspect of the fire pit.
The 18-inch-deep smokeless fire pit, which provides up to 4 feet of radiant heat, is better suited for socializing rather than cooking since it doesn’t come with a grill or cooking surface. But it has an attractive finish with metal details. The included cloth cover is a nice touch: Put it on after the fire pit has cooled to ensure it stays nice and clean. The ash pans collect waste and empty easily by just sliding them out.
This isn’t the cheapest option out there, but it provides a great value, considering how much heat it gives and how easy it is to assemble and use. With the right maintenance, the TIKI fire pit can last for years.
Best Budget: Inno Stage Smokeless Fire Pit
Multiple sizes and colors
Finish dulls over time
This smokeless fire pit from INNO STAGE is a fantastic value, even for a large size. It comes in three sizes and two colors, stainless steel and painted black. The paint is fire-safe, although it can be dinged and damaged over time. It dulls to a natural patina after a couple of months which many people prefer over the inky black.
The handles on each side make this smokeless fire pit easy to carry and take with you, but you still need space for it since it doesn't come apart. The two-tier design helps maximize the oxygen supply to the fire inside without creating a lot of smoke. Its double wall also ensures that sparks and ash don’t jump out. You can use traditional firewood or wood pellets. You also need to separately purchase extra accessories such as grills and cooking surfaces.
Best Splurge: Breeo X Series 24 Smokeless Fire Pit
Virtually no smoke
Works with brick fire pit surround
Customizable size and color
Accessories add to cost
One reason so many people pay top dollar for Breeo smokeless fire pits is they really are virtually smokeless. The fire is elevated, allowing plenty of oxygen to create a hot blaze. The double-wall design traps gases and smoke and reburns them, resulting in almost no smoke. This does make the fire pit very heavy; we recommend assembling it where you plan to use it, so you don’t have to worry about moving it.
With this smokeless fire pit, you get multiple options and accessories. A lower-price bundle can customize your purchase with lids, covers, grills, and even parts to incorporate the fire pit into a brick surround. While it is expensive, the fire pit comes with a lifetime warranty, as well as high-quality construction and materials.
Best Portable: Fireside Outdoor Pop-Up Fire Pit
Heat shield included
Everything fits in carrying case
Creates some smoke, ash, soot
Flames can get high
Not very deep
The Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit is a great option that can fold up for storage and portability. It is also very affordable, perfect for occasional use at a campsite or on vacation. To use it, just pop up the legs, fill it with wood or charcoal, and start your fire. This is one of the few non-circular fire pits on our list.
Everything you need folds up and fits in the included carrying case. This includes a heat shield, which installs underneath the fire to protect the surface below (an important aspect of Leave No Trace outdoor fun). This fire pit isn’t as deep as others, so make sure you start your fire in a safe location and always have water nearby. It also creates more smoke, ash, and soot than some deeper fire pits on our list.
Best Smart Technology: Biolite FirePit
Bluetooth fan/flame control
Rechargeable battery for fan
Works with wood or charcoal
Foldable legs for portability
Carrying case sold separately
Generally, smokeless fire pits are low-tech items, but the BioLite FirePit+ has a Bluetooth connection that allows you to adjust the fan and flame intensity right from your phone. The fan’s rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours (low setting), 14 hours (medium setting), or 7 hours (high setting) of heat. If you need to recharge it, a simple USB connection cord does the trick.
The BioLite is also on the smaller side and best for camping rather than as a permanent fire pit at your home. But it comes with a grill grate for campfire cooking. You can use wood logs or charcoal as fuel. The legs fold for even better portability. A carrying case is available (purchased separately). For an already expensive fire pit, spending even more on the carrying case and any other accessories can make this item quite a splurge.
Best With Grill: Cast Master Bon 2000 Dual Purpose Bonfire Pit
Large grill grate
Low or no smoke
Wood or charcoal
Carrying case included
Difficult to stoke fire
No carrying handles
For a large grill surface perfect for steaks, veggies, or s'mores, the Cast Mater Bon 2000 is the smokeless fire pit to get. Its 19-inch-diameter grill grate fits right over the top of the fire pit. The grate is designed to work with this structure, unlike some options that have universal rather than custom accessories.
It can be tricky to stoke the fire and get larger flames, something many people want when cooking on an open fire; however, the design keeps the smoke under control. Air vents at the bottom bring in oxygen for a fire and lead to better use of the wood. Included is a charcoal grate you can place at the bottom of the fire pit to use that oxygen while maintaining airflow from underneath. This fire pit is technically portable and comes with a carrying case. But without carrying handles, it is tough to move around easily.
Best Wood-Burning: Solo Stove Ranger with Stand Portable Outdoor Fire Pit
Easy to move with case
Wood burns hotter
Cylinder contains mess
Easy to ignite
Burns wood faster
Not great at generating heat
Our tester loved the Solo Stove Ranger smokeless fire pit for how easy it was to use and clean. The fire pit pulls in oxygen from the bottom vents and generates extra heat over the top of the fire to keep the smoke at bay without using fans. We noted that it didn’t create as much radiant heat as expected, given how hot the surface became. But the design ensured that the fire used all the logs inside.
Solo makes a fantastic line of smokeless fire pits. There are some larger than this compact model, but we like this one for its portability and performance. If you are looking for something to be a permanent fixture in your space, you may want to go with a larger, although more expensive, model. This one is already quite pricey.
Best Propane: Hampton Bay Crossridge Antique Brass Gas Fire Pit
Easy to assemble
Can be used as a table
Steel and slate
Taller than other fire pits
Propane is added cost
Lacks wood-burning fire ambiance
With two configurations, the Hampton Bay Crossridge Antique Brass Gas Fire Pit burns clean and looks great. It serves as a focal point for your patio grouping and can go very easily from a smokeless fire pit to a serving or dining table. The slate top comes off to reveal the fire pit surface underneath. The flame is adjustable, so you can ramp it up or down as you like.
You need to purchase and supply propane to use this smokeless fire pit, something that adds to the overall cost. Also, the gas removes the traditional ambiance of a wood-burning fire. The steel table and slate top have an antique brass finish that works with a variety of styles and should hold up to the weather. It includes fire-safe lava rocks, although some people preferred to replace those after a time.
Our top pick is TIKI 25-Inch Stainless Steel Low Smoke Fire Pit. It includes everything you need to get started using it, including wood packs for easy burning. It is also a deep fire pit, helping with its smokeless technology and keeping ash and sparks from flying out. The Solo Stove Ranger with Stand Portable Outdoor Fire Pit is another great option for those wanting the traditional aroma and feel of a wood-burning fire without the smoke and soot that come with it.
What to Look For in a Smokeless Fire Pit
A smokeless fire pit uses wood, charcoal, or propane. Consider whether you want the ambiance of a wood-burning fire, which is often cheaper than propane. Many smokeless fire pits include manufacturer-supplied fuel pellets, but you also can supply your own wood. Charcoal heats evenly, perfect for cooking. Propane is the most expensive but is very easy to use.
Fire pits often are made of stainless steel and may be painted or finished with fire-safe surfaces. Make sure this is the case since any non-fire-safe materials may melt or burn away. Smokeless fire pits tend to burn hotter than other fire pits, making this happen even faster.
For a portable fire pit, look for a small size, such as a 15-inch diameter. Folding fire pits also are easier to move from place to place and work better for camping trips or cookouts at parks. Larger fire pits are great to install in your backyard if you plan them as permanent fixtures. These can be available in a variety of sizes and setups, all the way up to 33-inch diameters.
How do smokeless fire pits work?
Smokeless fire pits gather oxygen at the base of the fire to increase heat and trap smoke and gas to encourage re-combustion. This makes the fire hotter and reduces escaping smoke.
Are smokeless fire pits really smokeless?
Achieving a completely smokeless fire is impossible, but some products can be considered virtually smokeless. Typically, the amount of smoke is so low that it is unnoticeable.
Do smokeless fire pits keep you warm?
The exceptionally high heat of the fire in a smokeless fire pit will keep you even warmer than a traditional fire pit.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. To compile this list, she surveyed numerous products, including one tested by The Spruce.