Enjoying your outdoor space can be more enjoyable in cool weather with a fire pit that eliminates almost all the acrid, uncomfortable smoke. Enter: Smokeless fire pits. "Smokeless fire pits are built to produce very little smoke," says Larry Campbell, a licensed electrical contractor and member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board. "This is achieved via a double wall configuration where the wood is burned extra hot by air holes that feed the fire. This extra hot burn consumes the wood to a point that little to no smoke is produced." There are several smokeless fire pit designs on the market, so we researched many of them (plus, tested a few) from top manufacturers, based on their heat output, durability, sturdiness, and portability.
Our top pick, the Solo Stove Yukon 2.0 checks all those boxes, is great for your budget, is large enough to heat a gathered group, and is easy to use and transport. Here are the best smokeless fire pits to turn your regular backyard into an outdoor party.
Solo Stove Yukon 2.0
Easy to assemble
No smoke smell left on clothes or in hair
Emits smoke if incorrectly lit
No cover provided
Although we were initially skeptical of Solo Stove's claim that the Yukon 2.0 is indeed smokeless, we were not only pleasantly surprised, but also thoroughly impressed by this pit's capabilities. The Yukon 2.0 is easy to use and care for, fairly priced, and extremely durable, earning it our best overall spot in this roundup. The Yukon 2.0 doesn't require any assembly as it comes in three parts—a stand, the pit, and a ventilation ring—all of which easily stack on each other and require no additional tools.
Although the initial smoke test did not go well for this fire pit—we're attributing it to improper lighting techniques—once properly lit, we saw no smoke emission. Solo Stove's 360-degree Signature Airflow allows this fire pit to easily spark up flames and heats the drum to a temperature that helps limit smoke emission. We did learn that this fire pit does require plenty of wood, once lit, to continue burning, since the internal temperature is so hot. We were also particularly amazed by the lack of smoke smell on clothes and in hair after using this fire pit.
Although the Yukon 2.0 does not come with a Shelter—Solo Stove's structured fabric cover—you can purchase a Shelter separately or opt for the Yukon Backyard Bundle 2.0, which includes a shield, shelter, and a lid. Plus, this fire pit's compact size makes it ideal for camping trips or transporting for backyard barbecues. While this model is more expensive than other options on the market, we think it's fairly priced given the performance and durability of this model.
Price at time of publish: $450
Dimensions: 27 x 27 x 17 inches︱Material: Stainless steel︱Weight: 41.6 pounds︱Fuel: Wood︱Warranty: Lifetime
Inno Stage Portable 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.
Price at time of publish: $95
Dimensions: 7 x 15 x 12.5 inches︱Material: Stainless steel︱Weight: 16 pounds︱Fuel: Wood︱Warranty: None listed
Breeo X Series 24 Smokeless Fire Pit
Little to no smoke
Works with brick fire pit surround
Accessories add to cost
Many people pay top dollar for Breeo smokeless fire pits because they really are virtually smokeless, plus they offer an array of purchasing options to best fit your needs. We appreciated this pit's ready-to-go arrival, requiring only removal from its shipping box. This pit is elevated, which allows plenty of oxygen to create a hot blaze, and it has a double-wall design to trap smoke and re-burn it, resulting in almost no smoke. We want to note that this pit did have a little bit of smoke, but it was still far less than a traditional fire pit.
This fire pit is very heavy; we recommend unboxing it where you plan to use it, so you don’t have to worry about moving it too much. Breeo also provides several customization features including three size options and two finishes. You can also choose to bundle 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, although its high-quality construction and materials leave us believing you won't need to worry about its long-term durability.
Price at time of publish: $599
Dimensions: 14.75 x 22.1 inches︱Material: Stainless steel︱Weight: 47 pounds︱Fuel: Wood︱Warranty: Lifetime
Tiki Brand 25-Inch Smokeless Fire Pit
Includes everything to get started
Reliable burn time
Includes ash pan and cover
Compatible with 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—a pellet alternative to regular firewood—provided a consistent 30 minutes of burn time, and we did not notice any smoke during this time. Once you’ve used up the included pack of TIKI wood pellets, you can purchase more separately; however, you also can use any firewood, although we recommend ensuring it is dry to maintain the smokeless aspect of the fire pit. We also only experienced minimal smoke when using firewood.
This fire pit is 18 inches deep with a cone in the middle, which helps centralize its head and minimize the smoke from firewood. We felt consistent heat from 5 feet away, and TIKI claims this model provides up to 4 feet of radiant heat. Aside from its impressive heat output, we also appreciated its durable and heavy design, which prevents it from being toppled over in the case of heavy winds. The included cloth cover is also great for protecting the unit after it has cooled. The ash pan was easy to empty,but we recommend investing in a fire pit brush or ash poker to help the pellet (or wood) ash fall into the pan.
While this fire pit isn’t the cheapest option out there, it gives off an impressive amount of heat, plus it's easy to assemble and use. With the right maintenance, the TIKI fire pit can last for years.
Price at time of publish: $395
Dimensions: 24.75 x 24.75 x 18.75 inches︱Material: Stainless Steel︱Weight: 45 pounds︱Fuel: Wood︱Warranty: None listed
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 noncircular 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.
Price at time of publish: $120
Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 15 inches︱Material: Stainless steel and aluminum︱Weight: 7 pounds︱Fuel: Wood, charcoal︱Warranty: None listed
Best Smart Technology
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.
Price at time of publish: $300
Dimensions: 27.5 x 13 x 16 inches︱Material: Stainless steel︱Weight: 20 pounds | Fuel Type: Wood, charcoal︱Warranty: Not listed; 1 year of accident protection is $30.99
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 the fire and lead to better use of the wood. You can place the included 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.
Price at time of publish: $230
Dimensions: 22.25 x 22.25 x 14.75 inches︱Material: Stainless steel︱Weight: 32.2 pounds︱Fuel: Wood, charcoal︱Warranty: Not listed
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.
Price at time of publish: $349
Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 19 inches︱Material: Steel, slate︱Weight: 89.32 pounds︱Fuel: Propane︱Warranty: 1 year
Our top pick is the Solo Stove Yukon 2.0. It has a deep fire pit, helping with its smokeless technology to keep ash and sparks from flying out, plus it's easy to use and compact enough to transport. The TIKI 25-Inch Stainless Steel Low Smoke 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, which makes it ideal for cooking. Propane is the most expensive type of fuel, but it is very easy to use.
Fire pits often are made of stainless steel and may be painted or finished with fire-safe surfaces. Be sure to closely consider the material of a fire pit because any materials that are not fire-safe may melt or burn away. Smokeless fire pits tend to burn hotter than other fire pits, making construction material a priority purchasing factor.
You should also consider your fire pit's use when looking at the different materials available. "If you plan to move the pit often, the well-ventilated aluminum (solo type) is best," Larry Campbell, a licensed electrical contractor and member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board, says. Likewise, more permanent fire pits can be constructed from higher-grade and heavier materials. "If it is seldom to be moved, then the plate steal is best due to its weight. If you don't plan to move it at all, a stone type made from prefab interlocking paver stones made for a retaining wall is best."
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.
If you're looking for a more permanent solution, a larger and heavier fire pit is easy to install in your backyard—just be sure to purchase an appropriate weather cover for it. Aside from the fire pit's intended use, you should also consider the size of your yard, or dedicated outdoor space, the number of people you'd like to host around the pit, and the amount of fuel you're willing to burn during one sitting.
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.
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This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. She has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. To compile this list, she surveyed numerous products, including one tested by The Spruce. Emma Phelps, updates writer for The Spruce, refreshed this roundup to include testing insights for several of the products in this list. Phelps evaluated tester feedback to consider whether previous picks lived up to their titles and whether newly tested product should replace previously researched products. Larry Campbell, a licensed electrical contractor and member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board, also provided expert commentary for this roundup.
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