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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.
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.
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.
The answer wholly depends upon your deck you have and the fire pit you purchase.
You should never use wood-burning fire pits on a wooden deck without the addition of a fire pit mat to act as a heat-resistant barrier. Wood-burning pits can create problems for concrete patios too without such a barrier, from spalling and cracking to explosions. Brick patios and patio pavers should stand up to the heat just fine.
Most propane fire pits and fire tables are built for safe use on wooden, composite, and concrete decks; however, the heat can cause discoloration. It’s always best to consult the specifications of the particular model you hope to purchase.
Fire pits often serve as the focal point of your outdoor area, so it’s perfectly natural to arrange your seating around the fire—just be sure to keep seat walls no closer than 4 feet from the lip of the pit. A wood-burning unit should be 10 feet away from any structure. “Homeowners should carefully consider the placement of a fire pit, considering nearby trees and foliage, potential wind, and proximity to other structures,” says Joe Raboine, Director of Residential Hardscapes at Belgard. Also, Johnathan Brewer, The Spruce’s Home Improvement Review board member notes, “Keep your fire pit away from low hanging dry vegetation and if you’re burning logs, a grill to catch the embers is a safe consideration.”
Your first defense against a dirty fire pit is a good cover to keep it safe from the elements—sitting water can cause a pit to rust.
If your unit is steel or copper, hot soapy water and a soft cloth should do the trick. You also can use a bit of soapy water to clean a gas fire pit, but mind the gas lines and don’t loosen them in the process. If your pit is cast iron, do not use soap. Instead, steel wool and hot water should do the trick—and be sure to dry the surface immediately. You can spray down stone fire pits with a hose and leave them to air dry.
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.
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