Summer was made for relaxing outdoors. Few things beat knocking back a few beers with some friends on a cool June night. For warmth and light, you’ll want a fire pit. Here are a few of the ones we’d recommend regardless of how much you’re looking to spend.
Propane Round Fire Pit
If money is no object, this is the fire pit we’d recommend buying. It’s stunning. It will also set you back a lot of money. The propane fire pit is available in a range of finishes that will run you anywhere from $2,240 to $3,140. The powder coated aluminum is available in 8 colors, or you can go with a natural rust or oxidized zinc. The large pedestal brings the fire bowl up to table height so you can lounge in some chairs while you get some heat, and you can even get it custom sized if you need to fit a certain set up. The wide rim on the bowl also makes for an ideal place to rest your beer between sips. It’s made from 14 gauge steel and is designed to last through freeze/thaw cycles and for the rest of your life.
Third Rock Fire Pit
If you are going to spend $1,600 on your fire pit, you probably want one people are going to pay attention to. Say hello to the Third Rock Fire Pit. Each of these globe fire pits is made by hand in the USA using ¼” thick steel, and is essentially a piece of functional art. You can choose between natural gas with a push-button ignition or a propane option that will work with either a small or large tank. On top of that, you can select either a natural rust patina or a high temperature paint in a variety of colors. Ready to blow some minds and some serious cash, this is the fire pit for you.
$501 – $1000
Vesta Fia 30” Gas/Wood Hybrid Fire Pit
You’ll get the best of both worlds if you opt to spend the cash on this stunning fire pit. With the ability to work with wood or with gas (choose either natural gas or propane) you don’t have to be locked into one way of starting a fire.The media grate which is positioned 5” from the bottom of the pit makes cleaning out ash extra easy and also serves as a platform for stones if you choose to go the gas route. The Vesta Fia Fire Pit is forged from 11 gauge Cor-Ten steel, and like others on this list, it will develop a rustic patina over time. The depth and diameter are both 30”, so you can burn a good size fire when you light it up.
The Fire Ring will add a dose of color to your outdoor space. Designed by Eric Pfeiffer and Loll, the steel ring can be completed with a recycled poly top in a variety of colors to make it stand out and function as a cocktail table when you’re not burning some logs. The three wide feet on the ring allow it to remain stable regardless of the surface you place it on. The steel is left unfinished so it will develop a patina with time and use, and the basic steel design means it will last a lifetime with minimal upkeep.
$100 – $500
Fulton Fire Pit
Each Fulton Fire Pit is crafted from pure, hand-hammered copper which makes for one attention-grabbing piece. The copper will take on some color after you’ve had a few fires going, but won’t chip away and peel like fake copper versions. It offers a wide opening and can be turned into a sweet-looking coffee table with the copper tray (not included). Exclusively sold at Grandin Road, the $399 fire pit is a great option when portability isn’t key but style is.
Oxidized Steel Fire Basket
If you want the ultimate in portability, a fire pit you can take with you wherever you go, this Oxidized Steel Fire Basket is king. Designed by Norm Architects, the piece blends the allure of a bonfire and the inviting look of a fireplace. The sharp little fire basket weighs just 10 lbs so you can take it with you to a friend’s place, the beach or wherever you want a little heat. The oxidized steel used in constructing the $200 fire basket will develop a nice patina over time so it will take on the appeal of a worn and memory-filled piece as you use it. Keep it in the backyard until you toss it in your trunk.
Bond 18.5” Portable Propane Campfire Fire Pit
It’s not the biggest fire pit around, but this tiny propane burner is perfect for taking with you when you’re doing some light camping. You’ll have to supply the tank and propane, but the fire pit does come with a smart locking lid to secure the included stones. The unit also looks more rugged than many cheap, similarly priced options, and the steel frame comes with a nice-looking bronze finish. For propane portability you can afford, it can’t be beat.
Landmann Crossfire 29” Round Fire Pit
If you’re looking for a basic wood or coal burning fire pit and you don’t want to break the bank, you can rest assured this is one of the best options around. The 29” round fire pit from Landmann is deep enough to load with plenty of firewood, and the cooking grate gives you the ability to fire up a few dogs while you’re sitting around it. Don’t let the price tag fool you, even though the steel unit is inexpensive, it’s durable, easy to clean and is honestly much better than other affordable pits around.