Aside from providing warmth, fire pits have a way of making the outdoor living area feel and look very cozy while providing a place where family and friends can gather. Fire pits come in different designs with useful convenient features that can also serve a number of uses including cooking and decorating the outdoor area. Therefore, the best fire pit for you to buy will depend on what you want your fire pit to accomplish. But just a heads up, other than price, here are some things to consider when buying a fire pit;
Size of fire pit- Depending on what size of space you have available, the size of fire pit is an important factor to consider more-so in the case of a fire pit table or wood burning fire pit. For wood burning fire pits, the larger and deeper the fire pit, the more wood it will hold.
Accessories included- Check what accessories are included with the fire pit for example, a protective weather cover, spark screen for the embers, a poker for stoking the fire, fire glass to fill the burner for gas fire pits and such other accessories that could end up saving you money.
Convenience and functionality- Other than providing warmth, what else can your fire pit do for you, for example adding statement to your outdoor space. Say you’re buying a fire pit for camping, how easy is it to carry and move around the fire pit?
Looking for a fire pit to buy, here are some options that we think are totally worth the money;
Best Wood Burning Fire Pits
Preferred by those who love natural fires complete with smoke and crackling noises, wood burning fire pits offer a safe way to enjoy fires without all the dangers present with fires that are not contained. Another benefit of these fire pits is that they are the best for producing heat.
Best Wood Burning Fire Pit Overall
1. Landmann Big Sky Stars and Moons Fire Pit
When it comes to wood burning fire pits, Landmann is the the go-to choice for most consumers and it is with good reason. Being of superior quality construction and durable sure contributes to their popularity but other than that, Landmann wood burning fire pits feature unique cutout designs on the frame which makes them very attractive when lit.
So this particular Landmann fire pit is the most popular for the brand. It is made of durable sturdy steel and features stars and moons design cutouts on the frame for that attractive, eye catching look when lit a with black finish to increase durability and protect against the weather elements.
Measuring 29-1/2-inch in diameter and 23-inch high, the Big Sky fire pit is large enough to hold enough wood logs for a longer burn time without the need to keep adding more.
The thing about wood burning fire pits is that they can be used for a little bit of cooking and this one comes with a full size enamel cooking grate to help with just that.
With the Landmann Big Sky fire pit, you will never have to worry about flying embers starting fires or causing injury because a spark screen is included to keep the embers contained. Also included is a poker for rearranging the logs and safely lifting the spark screen.
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Best Compact and Lightweight
2. Char-Broil Portable Fire Pit
Char-Broil is perfect for those who want a wood burning fire pit that is small and light for easy carrying as this weighs just 16 pounds and measures 24 x 24 x 18 inches. Aside from being lightweight and small, the char-broil wood burning fire pit also has legs that fold easily for compactness which helps with making storage and transporting convenient and easy.
Made from steel with a matte black powder paint it is relatively durable if not left exposed to weather elements. It comes with a mesh screen to contain embers so you can enjoy the fires safely. Also included is a removable log grate that elevates firewood to facilitate airflow within the fire pit for consistent and better flames.
For carrying and even storage purposes a heavy-duty Campfire2Go travel case is also included. When you want to add logs or rearrange the wood logs, you can use a fire poker included to lift the mesh spark screen and stoke the fire.
Overall, if you’re looking for a compact fire pit for camping, tailgating of any other outdoor party, then this fire pit may just be what you’re looking for.
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Gas Fire Pits
Wood burning fire pits are great and all, but if you would rather not have smoke clinging to your clothes, deal with having to dispose off the ash and most of all, the hassle of starting a fire from scratch, then gas fire pits are the better alternative. The convenience of starting fires with just the push of a button is really welcoming and the fact that they burn clean and smokeless just tops the cake!
Take a look at our top picks for the best gas fire pits to buy in 2018
Best Portable Gas Fire Pit Overall
3. Outland Deluxe Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit
When it comes to portable gas fire pit, the Outland Brand is the most popular Brand.
58,000 BTU Outland Deluxe propane fire pit is the most popular in the Outland Brand and is made of superior quality steel with high temperature powder coating and protective enamel finish for durability. The burner and fasteners are also made of stainless steel.
It’s lightweight (23.3 pounds) and portable making it not only usable in the backyard, but also for camping, tailgating and any other outdoor adventure.
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Most Popular and Highly Rated
4. Heininger Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit
Heininger Propane fire pit is an Outland Fire pit distributed by Heninger. Best selling, this fire pit just like the one above is well constructed with quality steel to ensure durability.
It generates 58,000 BTUs, which is sufficient enough to keep a small gathering warm.
Weighing 22 pounds and measuring 19.2 x 19.2 x 11.5 inches, it’s light weight, easy to carry and move around. It comes with a 10 foot hose with attached regulator.
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Fire Pit Tables
When it comes to accenting the patio and making it more cozy and stylish, fire pit tables are best suited for this. They are usually bigger, more durable fire pits that also more expensive. They come in different shapes and price ranges, from $170 to $3500 depending on quality and the brand. So if you have a little more cash to spare, a fire pit table is worth considering, and to be honest, a better option for the patio.
Below we take a look at some good choices available;
Best Overall Fire Pit Table
5. Outland Propane Fire Pit Table
If you’re looking for a fire pit that is affordable, durable, generates enough heat to keep warm, attractive and therefore perfect for accentuating the look of your patio, then the Outland Fire Table fits the bill. Overall, this one would make a good addition to any backyard, patio, deck, poolside and any other outdoor living space! To attest to its quality, this fire table won the Silver Medal Winner in the 2016 International Design Awards for Best Design in Outdoor Patio Furniture!
Constructed from heavy duty aluminum with powder coat finish and resin wicker base, this fire pit table is sturdy and durable. The tabletop is made of 8 mm black tempered glass that is also durable. This stunning high quality fire table generates 35,000 BTUs, which would seem small compared to many other fire pit tables, but is indeed enough to keep you warm. It comes with an with auto-ignition system that makes lighting and flame adjustments a breeze.
For decorating the fire table and also for realistic looking flames, it comes with tempered clear fire glass. Also included is a pre-attached 3 ft hose with regulator. It measures L 44″ x W 32″ x H 23″.
The only thing not to like about this fire pit table is that is does not come with a lid cover for the burner for protecting the burner and converting it into a full table. You will have to purchase that separately, along with a tempered glass wind screen to guard flames against strong winds and a protective cover for the whole fire pit if you so wish.
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Top Highly Rated Fire Pit Table
6. Crawford Outdoor Square Liquid Propane Fire Pit
Crawford Propane fire pit is made of magnesium oxide and steel which not only makes this fire table long lasting, but also gives it that realistic, rustic look of natural stone. It comes with a battery ignitor for smooth lighting and flame adjustments is also possible.
40,000 BTUs highly rated fire pit table measures 32”D x 32”W x 24”H. Comes complete with lava rocks for realistic flames and a protective cover to protect against the elements.
This fire table seamlessly blends with environment which makes it perfect for most backyards and patios. It is also relatively affordable, retailing at under $600. No setup required
It does not come with a burner cover.
Best Affordable Fire Table
7. Blue Rhino Outdoor Propane Gas Fire Pit
For those on a budget, this fire pit table is one of the cheapest in the market. It is a 30,000 BTU fire pit table featuring twin-peak side panels with a resin mantel.
Easy push ignition button make lighting and flame adjustment easy and fast.
Does not come with a burner cover or protective cover for the whole fire table. Lava rocks are included though.
Best Luxury Fire Pit Overall
8. Oriflamme Giallo Fiorto Gas Fire Pit Table
If you want your luxury fire pit table unique, attractive, durable and functional then the Oriflamme fire table fire pit may be right up your alley.
Just like the picture this fire table is not only stunning as it durable, it also comes with some unique features that makes it the overall luxury fire table to go for. With a beautiful 100% granite tabletop with a beveled edges the frame of the Giallo Fiorto fire pit table is constructed from steel with powder copper vein finish that is of the highest quality to prevent any rusting.
The elegance 22” diameter burner design enables it to burn throughout the whole burner as opposed to just through just a small 6 inch ring as is the case with most fire pit tables. This means that you will more robust and elegant flames for that cozy warm feeling. To add to that it has one of the highest BTU ratings for a ready made fire pit in the market of 75,000BTUs on propane gas and 90,000 BTUs on natural gas. And yes, it can be converted to natural gas.
Now, one feature that Oriflamme fire tables are most unique for, is the dual tank system. This system allows the fire table to hold 2 self contained hidden 20 lb standard tanks within them which translates into double the burn time. This is convenient because you will you get to enjoy your fire for longer.
Comes complete with decorative Urban fire glass as well as a beautiful Oriflamme powder-coated steel lid in the same matching powder finish on the side of the fire pit table, you will find high to low control knob for flame control.
If you’re looking for an eye-catching fire pit to make that statement, then I would say you found it. Totally worth every cent!
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9. Napoleon Grills St. Tropez Rectangle Patioflame Table
Highly rated Napoleon St. Tropez Fire Table is crafted from high quality rust-proof durable aluminum. Not only is this fire table sturdy and durable but also stylish as well, making it perfect for any outdoor living space. It generates 60,000 BTU’s of heat for beautiful dancing flames and warmth.
To prevent gas leaks and wastage in case the flames are out, a thermocouple safety valve that is fitted cuts off the gas as a safety precaution. It is easy to light and puts out quite some heat. Does come with decorative fire glass glass for the burner but not a burner cover to protect the burner and convert it into a full table.
And that concludes our top picks for the best fire pits to buy in 2018. The thing about fire pits is that they can be used to not only provide warmth, but also complement other outdoor features including swimming pools, pergolas and gazebos. So no matter the design of your outdoor living area, you cannot go wrong with a fire pit!