There's nothing like a fire pit to help you make the most of an outdoor space on a cool summer night or keep things comfortable into the fall. While you can build your own or install something more permanent, a portable fire pit may be the way to go if you're prone to camping.
Here are seven fire pits that should meet anyone's needs, whether you want something super portable, gas or wood-burning, or low or high-end.
It one of the most expensive options, but the Kickstarter-funded Solo Stove Bonfire is one of the more unique portable fire pits available. That uniqueness is due to the unit's internal design as much as its outward appearance, which promises to both increase its wood-burning efficiency and cut down on the amount of smoke.
If you're looking to keep things simple and straightforward, it doesn't get much more traditional than this fire pit from Landmann. It's one of the better-reviewed pits among Amazon customers, a number of whom note that it's easy to assemble and deep enough to easily get a good fire going. A pair of handles add a bit to its portability, but they're likely best used for moving from the yard to patio than lugging on camping trips.
If convenience is your top concern, it's tough to beat a gas-burning fire pit like this one form Heininger. Just add a propane tank (a hose and regulator is included), turn it on, and you'll be toasting marshmallows in no time. That also means it'll burn cleaner than a wood-burning fire pit and, at 19-inches in diameter and around 20 pounds, it's more than portable enough to toss in your trunk and take with you on a road trip.
AmazonBasics products tend to be fairly dependable and affordable choices across the board and, yes, that even extends to fire pits. This one is both fairly shallow and has legs that fold up, which makes it a fair bit more portable than many wood-burning fire pits. The carrying bag is also included in this case, and there are no tools required to assemble the pit either.
Another option if portability is a top concern is a propane-fueled unit like Camco's Little Red Campfire. The smaller model measures just over 11-inches in diameter and packs down to the size of a smaller cooler when not in use. As the company notes, it's a good option for campsites with restrictions against in-ground fires, but you'll still want to check the regulations whenever you use it.
It may not have quite the traditional appearance many want from a fire pit, but Landmann's Heatwave Deluxe Fireplace does have one key advantage that most don't: wheels. They'll let you easily move the 28-inch diameter unit around your backyard or patio, and into the garage when you want to store it away. Customer reviews of the fire pit are also largely positive beyond the convenience factor, though some recommend a few upgrades like swapping in some better-quality wheels and applying a heat-resistant paint to the screen.
This isn't a fire pit for everyday use in the backyard, but you won't find many more portable options than UCO's Mini Flatpack, which can serve as both a grill and a fire pit. As its name suggests, the Flatpack folds flat when not in use, and it is small and light enough (1.5-inches thick and five pounds) to simply stuff in a backpack or the included carrying case. If the mini version is a bit too cramped for your needs, the is only ten dollars more and only about a pound heavier.