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The 12 best fire pits for 2024, top-rated and expert-approved

Extend the season with picks from professional chefs, landscape designers and outdoor enthusiasts.

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The best fire pits for 2024 — for chilling, for grilling — turn everyday evenings into memorable occasions. (Amazon)

Fire pits present one of the easiest (read: coziest) ways to extend the use of your backyard during the colder seasons and savor warmer months, a popular choice for people looking to upgrade their outdoor spaces and embrace nature with friends and family — and in the case of grilling options, enjoy some of their favorite fire-grilled foods — year-round. "About 60% of our designs now include fire pits," said Allison Messner, an avid fire pit user and co-founder and CEO of Yardzen, a virtual landscape and outdoor design company. "As noted in our annual trend report, we also saw a 40% increase in clients requesting outdoor fireplaces in their yards over the last year.”

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But with so many options ... how does one choose? We talked to campsite directors and renowned chefs who regularly use fire pits for grilling (including a James Beard-nominated barbecue king!) about some of the key features to consider before purchasing a fire pit — factors like size, smoke emission, price and fuel — along with the fire pits our experts rely on at home or on the move. Keep scrolling for their pro shopping tips and personal picks, along with more top-rated gas fire pits, smokeless fire pits, charcoal fire pits and wood-burning fire pits beloved by outdoor enthusiasts (backed by thousands of glowing reviews). Ready to turn your backyard into a true outdoor oasis? Consider incorporating one of our favorite grills or pizza ovens too, and don't forget an outdoor speaker for setting the mood.

Dimensions: 12.5"H x 12.5"D | Weight: 15 lbs | Fuel type: Wood

Solo Stove’s smokeless fire pits have garnered a cultlike following among campers and beachgoers, with the Solo Stove Ranger 2.0 among their most popular models. It's compact, intuitive and versatile (hence why it’s backed by nearly 3,000 Solo Stove site reviews). Just take it from Carolin Fuller, director of partnerships at Campspot, an online camping resource and directory. “My husband and I enjoy camping and exploring the wilderness in spots off the beaten path, so the size and portability of a fire pit are important to us,” she said. "The Solo Stove Ranger 2.0 is small enough to fit among the rest of our gear but big enough to throw off plenty of heat during cold nights in camp. It comes in a convenient carrying case, the removable ash pan makes for easy cleanups, and the smokeless design means we don’t have to play musical chairs to avoid stinging eyes.”

Fuller noted that many of her Campspot colleagues — and fellow nature lovers — appreciate all the accessories, like "a removable shield to minimize flying embers and a cast iron cooktop that turns your fire pit into a portable griddle — perfect for morning eggs and bacon!”

Pros
  • Fairly lightweight/portable
  • Compatible with grill top/hub
  • Smokeless, stainless steel design
  • On the more afforable side
Cons
  • One fuel type
$199 at Amazon

Dimensions: 22"D x 22"W x 14.75"H | Weight: 47 lbs | Fuel type: Wood

If you’re willing to splurge, the Breeo is another quality fire pit for those who want to recreate the campfire experience without the need for goggles or excessive cleanup (after all, less smoke equals more fun!). Available in rustic corten steel or sleek stainless, the X Series 19, in particular, is a whiz at filtering out extreme smoke and smells. Bonus: The pit is compatible with Breeo’s Outpost Grill and SearPlate Griddle (basically grill grates) for cooking up a hearty meal.

“The Breeo creates a smokeless fire, so you get all the benefits of a fire pit without the burning-eye sensation as you watch your marshmallow perfectly roast,” said Michael Scheinman, CEO of Campspot. “And the fire pit is not only beautiful but durable. I like how the thick walls guard it from excess wind and weather. My only word of caution is you will want all of the accessories, which will turn you into a grillmaster as well!”

Pros
  • Sizable ring
  • Compatible with grill grates
  • Smokeless, stainless steel design
Cons
  • Pricey
  • One fuel type
  • On the heavier side
$499 at Amazon

Dimensions: 24.75"D x 24.75"W x 18.75"H | Weight: 43 lbs | Fuel type: Wood

This modern-looking fire Tiki fire pit is among Amazon's Choice (meaning it's well priced, ready to ship and comes highly recommended, in this case with over 1,600 perfect reviews). The medium size is versatile; the black-coated steel frame stylish and durable. Even more, the Tiki Fire Pit comes with a stand and weather-resistant cover, along with an instant wood-light pack and removable ash pan for cleaning up ashes with ease.

“Great quality,” wrote one reviewer. “We assembled this fire pit in no time and used it as soon as we received it. We compared it with a competitive brand, and I am so glad I chose this one instead of the other. It is smokeless as stated. It is attractive and puts out the heat. The starter packs are great too. I highly recommend Tiki! My son is considering getting one now that he has seen ours. Good buy, highly satisfied!” 

“Better than expected,” affirmed another. “I was a little hesitant at first to get this since I had not seen it in real life. I’m really impressed. The build quality is good, and the fire is really nice. The wood packs make it really easy to start. I would definitely buy it again. I would recommend getting the grate and the tabletop if you have the means.”

Pros
  • Includes weather-resistant cover
  • Modern style
  • Smokeless, coated steel design
Cons
  • Pricey
  • One fuel type
  • On the heavier side
$295 at Amazon

Dimensions: 38"W x 38"D x 14"H | Fuel type: Propane

For larger spaces, Messner likes this luxurious fire bowl from Retreat, which brings natural beauty to the backyard and is built to endure. The fire bowl is constructed of weather-, UV- and rust-resistant concrete with a steel inner frame and promises rich, even flames for up to 22 hours (a bed of lava rocks adds to the allure, while a polyester cover offers protection when not in use).

“Its curved silhouette is made from glass-reinforced concrete, making it a durable, weather-resistant option. While gas fire pits don’t usually give off as much heat as wood-burning styles, this model includes eight jets to produce ample flames that will keep your guests or family warm,” said Messner, who noted the Retreat Outdoor Propane Fire Bowl is the third most popular pick among Yardzen’s design clients.

Pros
  • Sizable ring
  • Smokeless, concrete construction
  • Stylish design
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Heavy
  • One fuel type
$3,599 at Crate and Barrel

Dimensions: 32"D x 32"W x 25"H | Weight: 27 lbs | Fuel type: Wood

If you’re seeking a rustic fire pit for grilling up some grub, this top-rated model from Bali Outdoors could be your meal ticket. Over 3,000 outdoor enthusiasts recommend the unit for its sturdy, food-friendly design composed of FDA-compliant alloy steel and generous size. It features an adjustable, removable grate for firing up meats and veggies on the fly.

“ .... Fantastic, very adjustable, sturdy cooking rack. Up, down, side to side, easily removed. Fire-cooked food tastes better. Pit itself has a wire rack holding burning wood off the bottom …. ” wrote one reviewer.

“This was fairly easy to assemble and it gives off great heat … enough to keep 6-7 of us warm with one bundle of wood from the grocery store. I love the additional burner for grilling. We’ve cooked corn, burgers and steak on this thing, and so far, so good,” confirmed another five-star fan.

Pros
  • Lightweight/portable
  • Includes grill grate
  • Budget-friendly
Cons
  • One fuel type
$95 at Amazon

Dimensions: 8.25”H x 25.75”L x 15.25”W | Fuel type: Propane

The three-in-one Coleman 1900 is backed by a 4.5-star rating for its durability (cast-iron grates), portability (complete with handle), power (24,000 BTUs) and precision (two adjustable burners allow for added heat control). A removable cast-iron pan and aluminized steel cooktop also make for easy cleaning. While “less of a fire pit and more of a cooktop,” Kirby Farmer, a lauded graduate of the Culinary Institute and executive chef at the Gem, a smokehouse and bar located in Bolton Landing, N.Y., refers to the Coleman 1900 as “a tried-and-true classic.”

“I've used this model since back in the day, when I was a camp counselor and would lead multi-day culinary excursions in the mountains of North Carolina, outward-bound style,” he said. “I've also used it to cook up meats on the deck outside at the bakehouse at the Gem.”

Pros
  • Lightweight/portable
  • Tabletop-friendly
  • Includes removable cast-iron pan
Cons
  • Mid-price range
  • One fuel type
$159 at Amazon

Dimensions: 30”D x 72”W x 70”H | Weight: 75-lb basin | Fuel type: Wood

While it's on the pricier end, experts consider Cowboy Cauldron Co’s selection of handcrafted, steel-suspension fire basins a worthy investment. Or, as Rick Mace (aka "BBQ King"), a camping enthusiast, James Beard-nominated chef and co-owner of the Tropical Smokehouse restaurant located in West Palm Beach, Fla., likes to put it, “a buy once, cry once purchase."

"The Urban Cowboy Cauldron is constructed of thick plate steel that can hold up to many years of backyard fire tending,” said Mace. “Its design is smart and simple, with a heavy, round kettle suspended from a sturdy tripod that elevates the fire, making it more visible and less threatening to the grass. Accessories can turn this into a formidable live-fire cooking setup [that customers can enjoy] in addition to its fireside ambiance.”

Pros
  • Includes grill grate
  • Sturdy, chrome steel construction
  • Architectural design
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Heavy
  • One fuel type
$2,299 at Cowboy Cauldron Co

Dimensions: 49"H x 17"W x 17"L | Weight: 35 lbs | Fuel type: Wood

If you’re in the market for something outside the box (ahem, bowl), look no further than this geometric wood-burning chiminea from Terrain. It adds a layer of height and interest to any landscape, and its heat-resistant, pre-oxidized alloy steel develops a cool rustlike finish when exposed to the elements. “A timeless choice,” according to Messner. “It gives you more of a fireplace vibe. Its patina ... adds instant charm.”

She noted the sleek, narrow profile allows for use "in smaller spaces where you might not have room for a fire pit surrounded by a large circle of chairs." And, according to Yardzen’s design director and licensed landscape architect, Kevin Lenhart, the chiminea has remained the top fire pit alternative for the company's design clients over the past year.

Pros
  • Sturdy, alloy steel construction
  • Architectural design
Cons
  • Mid-price range
  • One fuel type
$398 at Terrain

Dimensions: 28"D x 28"W x 25"H | Weight: 57 lbs | Fuel type: Propane

When it comes to fire pit tables, more than 1,800 Amazon reviewers recommend this propane-fueled option from Ciays, which is perfect for smaller patios and cooler nights (it reaches 50,000 BTU for ample heat output). Lava rocks lend to the ambiance, while an external knob allows for added control. Out of propane or not in the mood to flame? Secure the lid to create a stylish table for serving or resting drinks and snacks. A “nice product for the money,” according to this verified buyer. “Simple to set up. The flame is adequate in size on low. Nice to have on the patio or deck. Highly recommend it if you're looking for a smokeless option. Propane is the way to go if you’re in the city.”

“Ordered this fire pit because it was an Amazon top pick, and I haven’t been disappointed with my choice,” wrote another. “Directions were very easy to follow, and the parts were well labeled. The unit is very sturdy and there’s some weight to it so it will stay secure …. “

Pros
  • Doubles as a table
  • Propane tank contained inside
  • Smokeless, steel design
Cons
  • On the heavier side
  • One fuel type
$155 at Amazon

Dimensions: 12''H x 39.9''W x 39.9''D | Weight: 83 lbs | Fuel type: Propane (not included)

For a more robust option, Messner recommends this top-rated fire pit table from Joss and Main, crafted of lightweight, weather-resistant concrete with an output of 50,000 BTU for keeping larger areas and groups cozy. It boasts an adjustable flame and comes fully assembled for easy setup (cover included; choose from light or dark gray). “If you’re all about simplicity and want a warm fire at the flip of a switch (or the light of a match), I’d recommend going with a gas fire pit,” advised Messner. “The push-button ignition makes this one easy to turn on, and it comes preassembled for an easy setup. The boxy silhouette works especially well in contemporary designs.”

Messner’s clients love it too: “This model is Yardzen’s most requested option among fire pits with an attached propane tank (and the second most used fire pit in Yardzen designs overall). It has a 60-inch fuel hose, providing multiple ways to orient or hide the tank and cover nearby.”

Pros
  • Sizable ring
  • Sturdy, concrete base
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Heavy
  • One fuel type
$750 at Wayfair

Dimensions: 5.1”D x 6.8”H | Weight: 1.4 lbs | Fuel type: Wood pellets or fuel

Turn any table into a fire pit table with the innovative Solo Stove Mesa, endorsed by over 12,000 site reviews for its signature 360-degree (smokeless!) airflow and compact stainless steel and ceramic design (available in six shades/patterns). Scott Fischer, president and CEO of Happy to Meat You, a provisional meat company and online store delivery service, owns this version and refers to it as “a little ball of contained fire.” “I use the Solo Stove Mesa for atmosphere and heat on my condo balcony," he said. "It's small enough to sit on an outdoor patio table even a two-seater bistro table and robust enough to emit a warm flame on cool summer nights, and cold winter nights as well.”

Being a chef and former catering owner, Scott notes that he looks for versatile products that fit into various aspects of his life. "My wife and I take the Mesa with us when we roadtrip to see our daughter and grandchild in Colorado. Camping is a must with our grandchildren, who love using the Mesa to make s’mores (with supervision, of course).” And, as other experts here have pointed out, you don't want to sleep on Solo Stove's accessories, "from chunk wood and fire starters to color packs that add a vibrant multicolor flame experience really cool!”

Pros
  • Lightweight/portable
  • Smokeless, stainless steel design
  • Many shades available
  • Supports several fuel types
Cons
  • Mid-price range
$63 at Backcountry
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$79 at Wayfair$80 at Amazon

Dimensions: 13”W x 27”L x 15.8”H | Weight: 19.8 lbs | Fuel type: Wood or charcoal

Last but not least, this pop-up pit from BioLite comes recommended by adventure seekers and barbecuers (including the Barbecue Lab) for allowing its users to fire up— and, thanks to a compatible griddle, grill — in a flash. A rechargeable battery pack fans your fire for up to 30 hours, while patented airflow technology works to minimize smoke and bluetooth integration enables you to control the flames from the palm of your hand. The intuitive, dual-fuel design also boasts foldable legs for easy carrying — just click and go!

A savvy purchase, according to this satisfied customer: “I love my BioLite fire pit and grill. It is exactly what they claim, a great camping tool. I love the fan for the fire. It keeps the smoke down and the heat up.” Added another, “Smokeless and efficient .... With its app-controlled airflow system, rechargeable battery and sustainable materials, the [BioLite] is a well-designed and reliable option for outdoor enthusiasts who want a hassle-free fire experience.”

Pros
  • Lightweight/portable
  • Bluetooth integration
  • Several fuel types
Cons
  • Mid-price range
$300 at Amazon

The first step in evaluating a fire pit when looking to make a purchase is to put some real thought into where and how you’ll actually use it. “Wood-burning fire pits are ideal for traditional fires, fire pit tables usually allow room for drinks when entertaining, and gas-powered fire pits offer convenience," notes Messner. "If you plan to move your fire pit around or take it on camping trips, you may benefit from a portable and lightweight option."

This also correlates with your preferred fuel type and taste (both as relates to the physical style and, in the case of grilling, flavor profile). “Wood-burning fire pits provide an authentic campfire experience but require a steady supply of firewood and tend to produce more smoke (meaning more cleanup). Gas fire pits offer cleaner and smokeless options but lend a different look and feel,” noted Messner. “Fire pits also come in a wide range of designs — from rustic fire bowls to sophisticated fire tables — so consider how it will complement your existing furniture or overall backyard aesthetic.”

It’s also important to factor in safety and space. Messner advises looking for “sturdy construction, a stable base, a spark screen or lid to contain embers (if burning wood) and safety shut-off valves (for gas-powered pits) to help prevent accidents,” avoiding discarding any foreign materials into the flame and ensuring the fire pit is properly secured and guarded when not in use. “Additionally, you’ll need ample room around and above the fire pit for air to flow, along with a solid, heat-resistant surface such as gravel or concrete below.”

We put a lot of elbow grease into this guide to ensure that where fire pits had a good amount of smoke, there was actual (enduring and, in several cases, smokeless) fire. As touched on in our intro, we culled through thousands of reviews — on respective brand sites, Amazon.com and other retailer forums — to review feedback from real customers, many of them noting having done their own research and comparative analysis, either based on their personal experiences with other fire pits or weighing various features online. We prioritized verified shoppers who used their hard-earned cash to make the investment (meaning they’d have high standards) and have owned their fire pits for at least a season, in many cases having put their fire pits through the ringer over the course of several years.

Then we talked to the experts, including outdoor landscape designers and campsite directors who’ve had access to a range of fire pit models and experience using fire pits for personal recreation; their knowledge relied upon by clients and communities nationwide. We also spoke to renowned chefs who regularly use fire pits for camping and especially grilling, including pit masters and barbecue kings who fire up their pits at home and on the go — for family outings, as well as for their restaurants and while leading professional cooking classes in the great outdoors. Lastly, we consulted Yahoo’s own shopping editors and writers, with many of the fire pits in this roundup having been tested (others heavily vetted) by members of our own team.

The National Association of Realtors recommends traditional fire pits be placed at least 10 — in some cases, local laws mandate up to 25 — feet away from your house, shed, deck and any vehicles, also steering clear of any low-hanging branches and other potentially flammable landscaping elements. We suggest opting for more compact, tabletop options (such as the Solo Mesa listed above) for smaller spaces, and consulting local authorities to better understand any specific laws that might be enforced in your area (of course, you’ll also want to heed caution when manning and enjoying the fire pit once it’s in place, ideally sitting at least a few feet away from any open flames and being extra diligent when children are in the vicinity).

A fire pit can be an investment — especially when you get into the multi-hundred or even thousand-dollar range — but a worthwhile one at that, as some landscape experts suggest a quality fire pit enhanced by a well-designed landscape can increase the value of your home. It’s easy to see how adding valuable structures and beautiful architecture to a property could render it more appealing to potential buyers. But, just as with installing a pool or planting trees, this is an instance where the beauty (or at least the practicality) is in the eye of the beholder.

Our research suggests that, at least for some customers, there’s also some concern around fire pits drawing bugs, mostly attracted by firewood (of interest to termites, carpenter ants and other wood-destroying insects) and, in the case of fire pits with grilling elements, fragrant foods. Outdoor pests typically come with the outdoor territory (after all, nature is their home too), but there are several things you can do. Opt for a wood-burning fire pit with a mesh covering for added protection, invest in some pest-repelling citronella candles, ultrasonics or bracelets (this will also help keep mosquitoes from biting you), and be sure to put firewood and food away — in a contained space — when you’re through.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.