Best For Cooking: Barebones Living Cowboy 23 Fire Pit & Grill
Outdoor storage not recommended
For a fire pit that doubles as a grill, we recommend the Barebones Cowboy Fire Pit. This 25-inch fire pit not only is the perfect evening fire starter but it also comes with an adjustable-height grill grate that makes it easy to cook right over the flames. You can rotate the half-circle grate, mounted on a track system, over the pit, as needed. The manufacturer offers a variety of cast iron and steel cooking accessories.
This fire pit is crafted from solid steel, with a high-temperature coating, and three legs support its fairly simple design. Handles on either side make the grill compact and light enough to bring with you camping, or to move to a covered location for storage, as the manufacturer recommends.
Size: 25 x 25 x 14.25 inches | Material: Steel | Fuel Type: Wood or charcoal | Features: Adjustable height grilling grate
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 youre looking for a fire pit that doesnt produce much smoke, consider the Solo Stove Bonfire, whose modern stainless steel design results in more complete combustion.
Our Top Pick Is The Hampton Bay Piedmont Steel Fire Pit
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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.
What Are The Best Fire Pits At Home Depot
A fire pit is a quintessential part of your backyard, making for long, relaxing evenings by the flames. Wood fire pits are classics and bring a bit of ritual to your evening. Natural gas and propane ones, on the other hand, are good no-hassle choices.
Home Depot has a range of fire pits in traditional and modern styles, at a wide range of prices.
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Best Budget: Singlyfire 22
Includes spark screen and poker
Outdoor storage not recommended
The SINGLYFIRE Fire Pit is an inexpensive freestanding fire pit with an extremely simple design. The shallow steel bowl is mounted on four sturdy legs, and its built-in log grate ensures that air can circulate around the wood. The bowl is coated with a high-temperature paint for durability, and the package includes a mesh spark screen, and a poker to tend the fire.
This fire pit’s bowl isnt as large as other options, but it can still hold up to 120 pounds, allowing you to pile it high with wood. Its ideal for cooking smores or just sitting around on a summer night. The manufacturer recommends storing it in a covered location to prevent rusting. Thanks to its 11 pounds, it is extremely easy to move it indoors.
Size: 22 x 22 x 20 inches | Material: Steel | Fuel Type: Wood | Features: Spark screen
Natural Gas Fire Pits
If you dont want to use wood and you have a natural gas line in your home, you could choose a natural gas fire pit. Using a typically cheaper fuel than propane, this can save you money, though if you dont have access to natural gas youll have to go with propane to avoid an expensive gas line installation. In most cases, you wont find natural-gas-only fire pits, but rather propane fire pits with an included converter.
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Best Fire Pits For 2022
Solo Stove Ranger: Squat, cylindrical, compact and made from stainless steel, the Solo Stove Ranger appears simple at first glance. Tucked away inside this pit, though, is the same sophisticated airflow system that its larger sibling, the Solo Stove Yukon, has. The system is designed to enable fire in the pit to burn hotter and consume more of its wood fuel.
We can confirm that the Ranger delivers on these promises. It starts fast, with its logs aflame in just 5 minutes, and it burns for hours. The fires we started in the Ranger also burned with incredible ferocity. The flames inside the pit focused into an impressive rolling vortex. Despite the conflagration, the Ranger emitted very little smoke.
The Ranger does have a few drawbacks. Its compact size means it can’t accept standard 15-inch firewood logs. It’s also not the best for large groups or families. More than two people roasting marshmallows at once quickly becomes a crowd.
The Kingso 22-inch fire pit is small and has poor airflow.
Kingso Outdoor Fire Pit : Though it’s a bestseller on Amazon, we don’t recommend purchasing the Kingso Outdoor Fire Pit. Its small size feels cramped. And since airflow throughout the small fire pit unit is poor, we consistently had difficulty both starting fires and keeping them lit inside this pit. It doesn’t come with a protective cover, either.
A good fire pit will ignite in minutes and stay lit for hours.
Best Propane: Hampton Bay Park Canyon 35 In Steel Propane Fire Pit Kit
Wide rim serves as table
Controls are hard to access
A propane-powered fire pit is convenient, and the Hampton Bay Park Canyon is an attractive choice that also provides built-in storage for the fuel tank. The base can accommodate a liquid propane tank of up to 30 pounds, and its stylish design looks good on any patio. The design is a combination of resin and steel, and it can heat a space up to 215 square feet due to an impressive 50,000-BTU output.
This fire pit offers adjustable heat, although it can be somewhat tricky to access those controls, located inside the base. It comes with white fire glass you can use to fill the bowl on top of the table. The wide rim around the 35-inch top is ideal for holding beverages or plates. Plus, the covered pit can function as a side table when it’s not in use.
Size: 35 x 35 x 26 inches | Material: Steel and resin | Fuel Type: Propane | Features: Automatic shutoff
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Best Table: Yardbird Rectangular Fire Pit Table
Includes natural gas conversion kit
Automatic fire starter button
More fire glass needed
The Yardbird Fire Pit Table does double duty in your outdoor living space, serving as a propane fireplace and a convenient coffee table. While this particular design is a 61.5 x 32-inch rectangle, you also can opt for a square or round shape, whatever best fits your space. This fire pit is crafted from commercial-grade aluminum, and a door on the base allows you to store a propane tank inside.
This fire pit table has a brushed stainless steel burner tray, and while the product includes clear glass rock beads, you likely need more glass to fill up the center. The table has an automatic starter button that runs on AAA batteries, and you can adjust the intensity of the flame. The lid covers up the burner tray when not in use, and the package includes a natural gas conversion kit. The manufacturer also offers a glass guard, sold separately.
Size: 61 x 32 x 24.5 inches | Material: Rust-resistant aluminum | Fuel Type: Propane or natural gas | Features: Adjustable flame
Upgrade Your Backyard With These Firepit Deals From Solo Stove Walmart Home Depot
Yukon Fire Pit. Image provided by: Solo Stove.
Now is the time to welcome summer by refreshing your outdoor space. To make that easy, weve found lots of firepits that are on sale now. Save up to 40% off Solo Stove fire pits that entertain your guest and upgrade your backyard. Find discounts on fire, gas, and wood fire pits. Home Depot has an assortment of fire pits, including spaces filled with lava rocks. Solo Stove has an upscale spring sale: get $320 off your Yukon purchase and get $100 off your Ranger purchase now. Walmart has free shipping and free 90-day returns.
Home Depot has all sorts of shapes and sizes to choose from if youre in the market for an outdoor bonfire spot or even some new accessories. If you are unsure which firepit fits your lifestyle, Solo Stove has a quiz to help you decide which fire pit is right for you. Solo Stoves provides a specialty shop experience. Only a select number of fire pits are available. Choices include: portable fire pits with carry cases which allow you to take your firepit from the backyard to the beach.
Walmart and Home Depot have larger selections of fire pits to choose from, whether youre looking for a cozy piece to warm up two people, or a larger bonfire setup that can be the centerpiece for big gatherings.
Here are some of the models we liked:
Better Homes and Gardens Carter Hills Gas Fire Pit. Image by: Walmart
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Best With Grill: Cast Master Bon 2000 Dual Purpose Bonfire Pit
Difficult to stoke fire
No carrying handles
For a large grill surface perfect for steaks, veggies, or smores, 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 a fire and lead to better use of the wood. Included is a 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.
Dimensions: 22.25 x 22.25 x 14.75 inchesMaterial: Stainless steelWeight: 32.2 poundsFuel: Wood, CharcoalWarranty: None listed
Best Propane: Hampton Bay Crossridge Antique Brass Gas Fire Pit
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.
Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 19 inchesMaterial: Steel, SlateWeight: 89.32 poundsFuel: PropaneWarranty: 1 year
Our top pick is TIKI 25-Inch Stainless Steel Low Smoke Fire Pit. It includes everything you need to get started using it, including wood packs for easy burning. It is also a deep fire pit, helping with its smokeless technology and keeping ash and sparks from flying out. The Solo Stove Ranger with Stand Portable Outdoor 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.
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Best Smart Technology: Biolite Firepit
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 fans rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours , 14 hours , or 7 hours 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 . For an already expensive fire pit, spending even more on the carrying case and any other accessories can make this item quite a splurge.
Dimensions: 27.5 x 13 x 16 inchesMaterial: Stainless steelWeight: 20 pounds | Fuel Type: Wood, CharcoalWarranty: Not listed 1 year of accident protection is $30.99
Best Portable: Fireside Outdoor Pop
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 non-circular 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 . This fire pit isnt 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.
Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 15 inchesMaterial: Stainless steel and aluminumWeight: 7 poundsFuel: Wood, CharcoalWarranty: None listed
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Best Budget: Inno Stage Smokeless Fire Pit
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. 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 dont jump out. You can use traditional firewood or wood pellets. You also need to separately purchase extra accessories such as grills and cooking surfaces.
Dimensions: 7 x 15 x 12.5 inchesMaterial: Stainless steelWeight: 16 poundsFuel: WoodWarranty: None listed
Patio Heaters Are Discounted Buy Them To Extend Summer And Enjoy Fall
Several patio heaters are on sale now. Prices go up in fall.
Its may be hot outside now but August is when you should be thinking about how to prolong that summer warmth into late September and even throughout October/November. Think patio heaters — tabletop for small dining areas and tall for conversation groupings. Well let you in on a little secret: Prices are expected to rise when fall arrives. Some heaters also are discounted now and will return to full price between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30 when the chill in the air arrives and people start ordering heaters en masse. So, the logical conclusion is to buy before prices go up.
Be sure to assess your outdoor space. If youre entertaining around a patio table, a compact and portable tabletop unit may meet your needs. These put out 10,000 to 11,000 BTUs and raise the air temperature around the table 10-25 degrees Fahrenheit in a limited area around the table.
If you want to provide comfort in a conversation area — about 1,500 to 2,000 square feet — consider one or two tall patio heaters. You may need more if youre warming a larger space, for example, a pool area. Tall heaters put out 40,000 to 48,000 BTUs. One heater will probably heat 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of covered space or a 20-foot diameter area of uncovered space.
If you want something commercial, youll pay $2,000 and up. For a home unit youll pay about $100 and up. Remember, these prices are expected to rise when fall arrives.
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Why Trust The Spruce
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.