Regardless of the weather, there are few more pleasant ways to end your day than gathered around a fire with your friends and loved ones. It’s one of the few activities that hold the same appeal for us today as it did for our ancestors.
Of course, the fires we’re sitting around now are a bit different from those centuries ago. Technology’s to thank for that. The main innovation we have to credit with making a fire nicer? The smokeless fire pit. Thanks to lightweight materials and modern construction techniques, the fire pits of today allow you to bring the beach bonfire to your own backyard, without all that pesky smoke.
If you’ve got a backyard and love the look and smell of a roaring fire, now’s the time to start taking advantage of it. Here are four fire pits to consider.
1. Cast Master Bon 2000 Dual Purpose Fire Pit
Cast Master’s well-made stainless-steel fire pit was built to withstand years of backyard fires and making s’mores on camping trips. That’s because the design emphasizes both durability and portability, something you can’t necessarily say for every model on the market. The one-piece pit features a series of well-placed holes that increase combustion and channel hot air, which results in nearly smokeless fires. It also comes with a 19-inch grate so you can enjoy grilled meats and veggies wherever you go. And if you enjoy the smoky taste of charcoal, there’s a special grid that allows you to use briquettes.
2. Hi-Flame Bonfire Fire Pit
The appeal of a smokeless fire pit is that it allows you to enjoy the joys of a fire in your own backyard, but Hi-Flame’s Bonfire Stove takes that one step further. Weighing in at just 42 lbs. despite being built from tough stainless steel, the company’s unit was designed with portability in mind, so any time you want to sit around the fire and trade ghost stories or join in on sing-a-long, you can. Its low-smoke design, lid and bottom stand also help ensure that each fire, whether you’re at home, the park, the campground or the beach, is a safe one. Unfortunately, that portability comes with a trade-off: Low smoke doesn’t necessarily mean no smoke here.
3. Esright Bonfire Fire Pit
Esright is particularly dedicated to the idea of a smoke-free fire. Its 21.5-inch stainless-steel fire pit is designed to keep smoke to an absolute minimum. It features an innovative secondary combustion system—including 35 vent holes along the top, and four vents down below—that keeps the fire going, while also burning away the overwhelming majority of smoke. It also features double-layer sidewalls that help reduce the risk of accidental burning, should you come in contact with the unit while the fire is still going. The only drawback? It prioritizes function over form, and its looks show.
4. Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit
Boldly referred to as the “world’s most unique fire pit,” Solo Stove’s option combines a chic minimalist design with ultra-efficient functionality. Want a fire that will last you 10 hours? The Bonfire has you covered, thanks to its double-wall design and array of well-placed vents and holes. These combine to ensure a complete and clean burn with little to no smoke. It also comes with its own bag, so you can bring it along with you on your next camping trip. Measuring just 19.5 inches in diameter, it won’t produce the biggest fires, but it does boast the best burn time on this list.