Don’t just put a circle of stones in your yard for a fire pit, when you can add a beautiful gathering place to your outdoor living area. Besides being safer and easier to manage, contained fire pits make any social gathering more fun.
From portable options to take camping and fishing, to those that combine ambiance and barbeque grills, warm up to some of our favorite fire pits right here.
Easy to travel
Bring the warmth of fireside fun to your next sporting event, camping trip, or fishing expedition with this portable fire bowl. With less mess, less fuss, and more s’mores – what more could you want in a fire pit? Since the Paleolithic era a few hundred thousand years ago, man has been making fire. This propane-powered fire bowl takes the mess and smoke out of your evening under the stars. Find your ideal riverside spot and this 19-inch circular-size fire pit sets up quickly. The more than four pounds of lava rock at the bottom provides a realistic flickering effect. The kit includes a 10-foot hose to attach to your standard propane tank, a cover, and a wrap-around carrying strap.
The Tiki is made to give your fire the perfect amount of ventilation, giving you more ambiance, more fire, and less smoke. Give your garden a focal point with this generously sized and classically designed fire pit. It’s over two feet across and 16 inches deep to give you a wind-protected, eye catching fire experience. It’s designed to heat an area extending out four feet! That means your friends and neighbors all get to stay warm. Crafted in 16-gauge stainless steel with black powder coating for weatherproofing, it burns wood or bags of included instant light wood pellets.
Lots of uses
Sturdy yet portable, this fire pit is the perfect size to roast hot dogs or marshmallows. Skip the circle of rocks in the ground fire pit at your campsite, beach, or RV park and opt for one that’s easier to use. The fire pit’s 22-inch diameter is large enough to keep everyone safe and toasty, as they gather around the wood-burning fireplace that’s covered with an included spark screen. If you want to mix it up a little, burning herbs helps to repel mosquitoes. CNET reported that burning thyme kept the bug activity down for 90 minutes. It’s a little smoky at first when all those essential oils are released.
With this fire pit not only will your friends be gathered around the fire, but they’ll also be able to watch your campfire cooking techniques. Start the day with a warming fire while grilling those just-out-of-the-stream rainbow trout. If you’ve got your cast iron skillet, make a frittata or egg scramble. End your day by finishing off the edges of that savory smoked brisket. This fire pit features an exclusive design combining a 32-inch fire with a fully adjustable 24-inch grill. We love the outer ledge to keep your tools or beverages within easy reach. The grill swivels in a complete circle and can be easily raised and lowered.
Bonfire of the hospitalities
No matter what the weather, you’ll find your guests gravitate to your large backyard fire pit. With three feet of fire circle, this family-sized fire pit is ready to go once you’ve attached the three legs. From wine-tasting to s’more making, the spacious bonfire will be the center of your outdoor entertainment area. Made to last from 1.7mm gauge steel coated with high-temperature paint, it’s resistant to rust and weather. Everything you need is included, with a large spark screen, a grate, a poker tool, and a weatherproof cover. If you find you use your firepit frequently, consider surrounding it with swings, game tables, hardscape seating, or appropriate landscaping.
Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Cyndi recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat.