If you're still using an old rusted or crumbling fire pit as a centerpiece for backyard gatherings, it might be time for an upgrade. A portable fire pit is one option if you want a bit of added flexibility, and the more DIY-minded among us can always build their own. But a ready-made fire pit is the best idea for most.
You can choose between wood or gas-burning, and take your pick of a range of styles, like simple fire bowls or fancy tables with a built-in fire pit. Here are six options to consider that will meet any need or budget.
If you're looking for an alternative to a traditional fire pit, you may want to consider a table-style unit like this one from AZ Patio Heaters. It's generally well-reviewed by customers, though it does require a bit more assembly than simpler fire pits, and many recommend adding a cover to protect it.
Once assembled, though, you'll get 40,000 BTUs of heat output and none of the mess or clean-up required with wood-burning fire pits.
If black glass and slate tiles are more your style, this fire pit from Endless Summer should fit the bill. It gets largely positive reviews from Amazon customers, who note that it's relatively easy to assemble, though, like many large and heavy items, there's a chance it can arrive damaged.
Unlike some other units, it also comes with a cover—a rather flimsy one. Customers recommending investing in another.
Fire pits don't get much more solid (or simple) than this one from Ohio Flame. Built from heavy steel with no assembly or maintenance required, it will "last a lifetime" according to the company and is intended to darken and develop a natural patina over time. The 30-inch model at $375 will likely strike the best balance of size and cost for most people, but are available if you've got the money to spend.
It may be a tad big and heavy to be considered truly portable, but this copper fire pit from CobraCo is at least light enough (around 30 pounds) to easily be moved into a shed or garage for the winter. The unit itself is also considerably deeper than many other fire pits, so you'll have no trouble getting a good-sized fire going, and it includes both a screen to keep sparks from flying out and a vinyl cover to protect it when not in use.
This large table-style fire pit from Outland doesn't come cheap, but if the near unanimously positive customer reviews are any indication, few seem to have been disappointed with their investment. Many of them praise the table's high-quality construction and ease of setup. A slight drawback, however, is that the glass wind fence is an optional accessory at as is the cover that you'll likely want in order to protect the table.
If you aren't ready to go the full DIY route but are still looking for a bit of a project, you could consider something like this kit from Necessories. It comes with everything you need to build a solid, permanent fire pit that will last for years, including a heavy-gauge steel insert. The company says you should be able to put it all together in less than an hour, but just be sure you put it in the right spot because taking it apart is a bit harder than putting it together.
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