As temperatures start to drop during the day and well into the night, along with a stash of marshmallows and hot dogs that won’t roast themselves, you’ve got a perfect excuse to deck out your backyard or outdoor living space with a fire pit. That’s why the end-of-summer is the perfect time to invest in one. Plus, a fit pit can help extend the life of your outdoor space well into fall.
Prices range anywhere from $100 to $500, so no matter your budget, fire pits can be a great way to add a level of novelty to your space. They also function as a beacon of light quite literally bringing your friends to your yard (though hopefully at a distance). If you’re looking to take getting lit to a whole new level, these fire pits—which we at Reviewed have chosen based on their rave reviews and ratings—bring the heat in more ways than one.
1. This fire pit is out of this world
Boasting over 1,300 reviews on Wayfair, this top-selling wood-burning fire pit is the ultimate way to transform your backyard into a celestial paradise. Included in the 30-inch pit is a log grate, fire stoker, spark screen, and cover, which reviewers note are all usually added expenses. Powdered coated steel prevents rust, allowing you to enjoy its sleek design for years to come. One customer loves how the fire pit has gotten her through these trying times: “Have used it nightly with being on quarantine. Wonderful addition to our backyard oasis I am trying to make.”
2. This compact, travel-friendly fire pit
Easy to store and super sleek, the stainless steel Solo Stove is ideal generating heat with very little smoke. The brand claims the ranger burns wood so efficiently you’ll only be left with ultra-fine ash, making clean up as simple as discarding the ash. This one is safe for use on a wooden deck, so long as you provide your own heat-resistant barrier or ranger stand. One reviewer, who uses the fire pit outside her small apartment, says “I love how my Ranger looks between two nice black camp chairs. It’s a class act and a really good value for the money!”
3. This space-saving fire pit
Got a fire ban in your neighborhood or on your campground site? This CSA-approved fire pit with over 1,700 Amazon reviews is legal to use in most jurisdictions, and provides a clean, smoke-free burn that’s safe to use even in densely forested areas. It includes a 10-foot hose to keep your propane tank away from the action, a cover and carry kit for added safety and convenience, and a valve to adjust flicker and flame height. At 19 inches in diameter, it’s perfect for small spaces, while still packing the punch of an in-ground fire pit. Among its many positive qualities, customers appreciate how economical it is: “A 30lb propane tank ran it for around 16 hrs on the low setting (plenty of heat). I can fill that tank at Costco for around $10. That beats the cost of buying firewood.”
4. This minimalist fire pit
This sleek and modern fire pit adds an element of luxury to any outdoor space. The included spark screen, log grate and fire poker make it a one-stop-shop for all your fire-building needs (though wood is not included), while a detachable base and bottom drainage hole make set up and cleanup a breeze. Whether you plan on enjoying the fire with friends or family, this fire pit is built to last, according to one reviewer: “3 years later and we still use this on a weekly basis. It has held up like a champ. My teenage boys have used the heck out of this and it keeps asking for more. LOVE it.”
5. This classy copper fire pit
Shopping for the perfect fire pit is a bit like finding a needle in a, ahem, stack of firewood—but this one operates as much as a source of entertainment as it does stunning décor, making it a no-brainer if you’re looking for both fashion and function. If you plan on gathering for a round of drinks, treating your guests to a pit that matches your barware is the ultimate power move. Its comes with a water-resistant vinyl covering that shields it from the elements when not in use. Customers report loving how it creates a perfectly cohesive look when paired with copper furniture and that it doesn’t rust because of the material.
6. This campfire copy
There’s a certain novelty inherent in gathering around an in-ground fire pit surrounded by weathered stones of all shades, but if they’re prohibited in your region, the Grice fire pit mimics the experience beautifully. The pit might be lovely to look at, but it performs just as well. Ignite your fire with a single push of the button, and use the knob to adjust the breadth of your smoke-free flame that burns up to eight hours from 20 pounds of liquid propane gas (not included). One reviewer says that she enhanced her family’s experience with the fire pit by cutting a hole in her deck to hide the propane line.
7. This fireplace table
A more elevated fire pit is both easy on the back and on the eyes thanks to a handsome polished granite tabletop, wooden base, and stainless steel burner. Liquid propane provides an easy-to-control flame that runs for up to 15 hours on 20 pounds of gas. Thanks to its neutral, rustic design, it pairs equally well with outdoor spaces and indoor living rooms.
8. This portable fire pit
The most affordable fire pit on our list is also the most handy. Its 15-inch diameter allows you to create a bright focal point in virtually any area of your outdoor space like a dynamic centerpiece. It uses wood pellets to eliminate the need to collect heavy and costly firewood logs, while an included messenger bag-style cover facilitates transport. Customers say it’s incredibly durable given its size, and heats up quickly.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.