There’s nothing quite like sitting outside in front of a crackling fire pit. Not only is just plain relaxing to watch but throw in a few hotdogs (or some smores for those with a sweet tooth) and you also have an outdoor treat to make your inner caveman proud.
The idea of a fire pit is simple enough, but the details have infinite variety. What shape is it? Does it come with a lid or other covering? How much space does it occupy? All are important points to consider when deciding which model is the one for your needs.
To make things a little easier, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite models that have the total package. Pick any one of them and you’ll be enjoying your outdoor space in a whole new way.
1. FDW Outdoor Fire Pit
Made from sturdy metal, this pit has an angular square silhouette with a handsome stone pattern molded into the top. Not only is it capable of burning wood, but it also comes equipped with a charcoal grate for those times when you’d prefer coals instead. Its generous basin measures 32 inches long by 32 inches wide by 14 inches high, so it can accommodate plenty of fuel to support a fire. Great for entertaining outdoors, it makes for an ideal gathering place during backyard barbecues and other festive gatherings. It comes complete with a fine mesh lid so you won’t have to worry about dangerous embers.
2. Peaktop Round Steel Fire Pit
Built for both charcoal and wood burning, this round fire pit has a diamond-patterned exterior lined with fine mesh so any blaze can get maximum circulation. Its shape makes it ideal for decks or patios where space is limited but its basin, which measures 29.5 inches long by 29.5 inches wide by 24.4 inches high, still holds plenty of material. For added safety, it has a ring that runs around the exterior as a reminder not to get too close to the hot metal and a mesh lid to prevent unwanted embers from floating away in a gust of wind.
3. BioLite FirePit+ Outdoor Smokeless Fire
Part of the appeal of a fire pit is how simple they are, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some technological innovation. BioLite’s pit includes a fan-powered airflow system that gets rid of smoke and gives you control over the intensity of the flames (though this means you’ll occasionally have to charge the unit). The pit, which works with both wood and charcoal, also includes a grill if you want to do any cooking. Rounding out an already attractive package are two easy-carry handles and foldable legs, so you can take it virtually anywhere.
4. Amagabeli Outdoor Fire Pit
Fire pits don’t come much simpler than this model from Amagabeli, but that’s a huge part of its charm. The brand’s pit has just two pieces—a 22.6-inch bowl and three-legged base. Simply place the bowl onto the base, fill it with charcoal, light it and you’re ready to go. It will last, too, as the bowl is made from durable cast-iron that’s also rust-resistant. On top of this, its clean and elegant design is sure to fit in with nearly any backyard setup.