There is something compelling, almost primal, about sitting around a fire with friends and family at the end of the day. It’s almost a call-back to those days of old when people would sit around a campfire and tell each other stories and cook whatever they hunted that day. And that’s why purchasing the best fire pit available is at the top of many people’s backyard improvement lists. There’s nothing better than setting up one of them and enjoying them with friends and family. Let’s take a few moments to review some of the models that we liked, as well as talk about some of the things that people should consider before they purchase a new fire pit.
Quick Summary of Best Fire Pits
Best Overall: Kingso 2-In-1 Outdoor Fire Pit With Cooking Grate
Anyone looking for a quality fire pit might want to take a look at this model. This 30-inch fire pit from Kingso is a great product that will provide heat to outdoor spaces and give the consumer a way to grill their food. That’s because this product comes with a cooking grate that transforms fire pit to grill almost seamlessly. And because this model is designed with diamond-shaped holes all around it, so air can easily get to the fire. This allows the fuel to burn efficiently and hotter than what is possible with some of the inferior flame pits currently being sold.The ceramic cooking grate is removable and it can be swiveled a full 360-degrees so that the consumer can get the perfect grilling angle. The grate is also height-adjustable, so it can be adjusted to the proper level to cook food instead of burning it. Another thing that we liked about this cauldron was that it was made of gauge-steel that’s been painted with high-temperature paint for years of faithful service. This cauldron is weather-resistant, rust-resistant, and does an amazing job of holding up to just about any weather conditions.
It’s also worth mentioning that this product is easy to assemble, and not only comes with full installation instructions but also the tools required to put it together. Most people should be able to set this unit up in as little as 15-20 minutes. And that allows them to have it up and running for any outdoor activities that might be planned.
- This is a very nice looking product.
- It’s easy to assemble and setup.
- It has great ventilation that keeps the fire rolling.
Best Propane Fire Pit: Outland Firebowl Mega Outdoor Propane Fire Pit
For people who might be tired of cleaning ashes out of their fire pit, this propane model might be exactly what they need. This propane fire pit allows the consumer to enjoy a raging fire and do it without having to purchase firewood or wood pellets, and without having a huge ash mess to deal with afterward. This makes this product ideal for not only most people’s backyards or decks, but also good for people who are traveling in their RV, who are going camping with friends and family, or for tailgating parties. It’s a no-mess solution that we think many consumers are going to appreciate.This is a product that doesn’t require any assembly and comes with everything a person needs to get it running, except for the propane. This model comes with a pre-attached 10-foot hose that fits most standard 20-pound propane tanks, an adjustable regulator with a valve knob for setting the height of the flame, and a 6.6-pound natural lava rock set. It even comes with a weather-resistant and UV-resistant cover that the consumer can use to protect the propane fire pit when it’s not being used.
Although the flame of this model isn’t as high as we expected it to be, it does produce 58,000 BTU of heat, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Other features that can be found on this model include a steel construction that should hold up to regular use quite well and a stainless-steel burner.
- This is a 24-inch fire pit.
- This model comes with a weather-resistant cover.
- Comes with everything to get started (except propane).
- The flame is a little lower than expected.
Best Wood Burning Fire Pit: Sunnydaze Cauldron 34-Inch Large Fire Pit
This wood-burning fire pit is designed for people who are looking for a large wood-burning model that will not only be the centerpiece of their backyard area but will also provide them with years of faithful service. This model is made with heat-resistant steel that’s painted with high-temperature paint, so it will last for years without succumbing to high-temperatures or corrosion from the weather. This model has a traditional cauldron design that’s 34-inches large and comes with a round spark screen, a built-in wood grate, and a fireplace poker to tend the fire. It also has handles that make it easy to move–when it’s not in use, of course.If there is one complaint that we had about this product it’s the fact that it’s a bit more expensive than comparable fire pits. At the time of this review, this product was almost twice as expensive as comparable fire pits. Now don’t get us wrong, we do think that this is a high-quality unit that’s worth the price, but it might be out of the budget of some people. Just something for our readers to think about when they’re choosing a new fire pit.
- This product is made from high-quality materials.
- This product can withstand high temperatures.
- It comes with a spark screen and poker.
- This unit costs more than comparable fire pits.
Best Economy Fire Pit: Landmann Bromley Fire Pit
This product is designed for people who are searching for a product that not only provides them with a quality fire pit for them to sit around with their friends and family but is also for people who are looking to stay within their budget. Fortunately, this model is a well-built one that’s designed to hold up to just about any weather conditions and do it without costing the consumer an arm and a leg. This model is 7-inches deep and is 24-inches around, which is plenty big enough to meet the needs of most consumers.Even though this product is more than reasonably priced, it’s still a quality model. It’s made of high-quality steel and has diamond cutouts that allow air to get to the fire. It also features decorative legs with a support ring and a spark guard that keeps the burning embers inside of the fire pit. It even comes with a fire poker that gives the consumer the ability to move around burning wood while it’s being used.
Overall, we feel that while this isn’t as well-built as some of the higher-end models we’ve reviewed, it’s still well-built enough to last through years of use. It’s a cost-effective model that any consumer would appreciate having in their backyard area for entertaining.
- This product is a very budget-friendly model.
- It works quite well.
- It’s not as well made as other high-end fire pits.
A Guide To Buying A Fire Pit
Once a person has used a fire pit in their backyard, they’re going to want to continue using one, and this is especially true if the consumer has taken the time to buy the best fire pit possible. Unfortunately, every single day people end up buying either an inferior fire pit or one that doesn’t suit their needs, and as a result, they’re turned off to using them. And that’s a shame because we feel that everyone should be able to enjoy these products and add a bit of warm comfort to their yard.
To help our readers find a fire pit that serves their needs, we’ve included this guide on the subject at the end of our reviews. It’s our intention to present our readers with information that will help our readers narrow down their choices and choose the fire pit that works well for their needs. So without further delay, let’s get this guide started.
Type Of Fuel Needed
The first thing that the consumer is going to want to consider is the type of fuel the fire pit uses. These pits come in one of several different types including propane, natural gas, or wood-burning fire pits. And choosing the right one of these is not only a matter of personal preference but it might also be something that needs to be considered in order to comply with local laws.
Some areas don’t allow homeowners to have a fire of any type, even fire pits, so if the consumer lives in an area with these laws, they should avoid wood-burning models. They should also avoid choosing a wood-burning model in areas with high winds of low tree branches.
It also should be mentioned that current scientific knowledge recommends against consumers breathing in smoke from wood-burning, so if that’s a concern, then the consumer should also keep that in mind if they’re planning on purchasing a wood-burning model.
The Construction Of The Fire Pit
Another thing to think about is what the fire pit is made of. Fire pits are made from a variety of different materials including steel, cast iron, aluminum, and copper, so the consumer has a lot of options to choose from. In most instances, steel covered in a high-temperature paint or cast iron is the most durable choice and the ones that are sure to last the longest. They’re also the models that tend to look their best the longest as well. Aluminum and copper models also tend to be weather-resistant, but these materials can end up staining over time.
Permanent Or Portable?
The next thing that the consumer is going to want to think about is whether they want a permanent or portable fire pit. If the consumer wants a portable one, then they’re probably not going to want to choose a cast-iron fire pit—a model that can weigh up to several hundred pounds depending on size. Instead, the consumer might want to choose a propane model. These models are easy to carry on the road and only require a propane tank.
The Size Of The Fire Pit
Another thing to think about is the size of the fire pit. Fire pits come in a variety of different sizes, as small as 16-inch and as large as 32-inches or even larger. The size a person is going to choose not only depends on their needs and how many people they intend on sitting around it, but also on their budget. Naturally, larger fire pits are going to costs more but they’re also going to accommodate more people.
Consider The Fire Pit’s Style
Of course, no consumer is going to choose a fire pit without first considering the style of the unit. There are fire pits that have attached tables to them, pits that have to be buried into the yard, and models that sit on tables and other surfaces. When choosing a fire pit, make sure to keep in mind your outdoor décor before choosing a model to ensure that it fits in seamlessly with your design.
Consider The Fire Pit’s Cost
You’re also going to want to think about the cost of the fire pit as well. Naturally, you will want a fire pit that fits into your budget, but still has all of the features that you need it to have. Fortunately, even some of the most basic models come with a good assortment of features that make it useful to use.
Other Features To Consider
Before we conclude our guide, we wanted to list some of the other things that consumers might want to think about before purchasing their next fire pit. Below are some of the accessories that you might want to think about beforehand.
- Built-In Wood Grate
- An Ember Shield
- An Included Fire Poker
- Removable Legs