Geometric designs in the vents and a stainless steel finish add to its aesthetics as well as its durability. It features a collapsible aluminum frame, flexible stainless steel mesh fire surface, and an insulated heat shield to protect grass or other sensitive ground cover. But forewarned is forearmed: If you’re sensitive to tales of helpless animals destroyed in grisly disasters, this entry is not for you. The kit did not include a stand, so this model would not be suitable for use on a deck or other sensitive surface without additional protection. You should remove embers that fall onto the FirePad as they will eventually damage the reflectiveness of the Z-Flex Fabric surface top layer. Within a minute or so, the surface was covered with flame, and a few minutes later, the flames reached about 18 inches above the pit and the secondary burn began. At that point, this Campfire Defender functioned like a breathable tabletop, elevating the fire about 12 inches above the ground. At 15 inches in diameter (other sizes are available), this fire pit is large enough for a backyard hangout while still remaining portable. If you already have a large patio, consider building a similar design in one of the corners.

With an easy-to-light design and no mess to clean up afterward, this Outland Living Mega Firebowl propane gas fire pit is a breeze to maintain. It arrived almost entirely assembled; we only needed to put it in place, install the lava rock, and attach a grill-size propane tank. We want our fire pits to do the job- put out a ton of heat- but also blend into the environment when they’re not in use. I absolutely want to have a finished basement. It doesn’t have the stainless steel construction of other more expensive models, and is made more affordable with its black alloy steel construction. An included stand allows users to raise the stainless steel fire pit to allow greater airflow. With its easy-to-clean 19-inch stainless steel grill grate, this bonfire pit from Cast Master functions as both a fire pit and a wood-fired grill. Structurally, the Cast Master Bon 2000 is quite similar to the Solo Stove Bonfire-as is the price. The Bon 2000 comes with a nylon carrying case with handles.

Also, each unit comes with a weatherproof cover to keep it debris-free when not in use, and shipping is free on orders over $99. Add the advantage of keeping all the heat, grease and humidity that comes with cooking outside your home, and the prospect of an open air kitchen seems downright mouthwatering. If you’re planning to incorporate the cooking area as a permanent component of your house, select a built in grill that can drop into a room on a cabinet with countertops that’s constructed on site. While we did not test cooking functionality, we noted that the grill grate rests directly on the rim and has no height adjustment capability, which we considered a downside. The added airflow and elevated height improved the visibility of the flame and seemed to decrease the smoke free patio fire pit we experienced while seated around the fire. A grate on the bottom and holes on all sides of the fire pit promote airflow for the heating chamber while eliminating smoke through secondary combustion. Within an hour, virtually all of the material in the chamber had burned up.

After about 3 hours, there was almost no material (coals or ash) left inside the burn chamber. In addition to the manageable weight, the base detaches from the firebox and fits inside it, and a carrying case with a shoulder strap holds everything. The Blue Sky logo that surrounds the base doubles as a vent to supply airflow to the firebox. Get the Blue Sky fire pit on Amazon, Tractor Supply Co., or Walmart. This Blue Sky fire pit weighs less than 20 pounds, but it’s large enough to warm a backyard living space or a tailgating event. Get the Outland Living fire pit on Amazon, Bass Pro Shops, or Cabela’s. If smoke-free burning is the top goal, then the Outland Living Mega Firebowl might be ideal. The Campfire Defender fire pit is an ideal choice to bring along on any outdoor adventure. Get the Campfire Defender fire pit on Amazon, Ace Hardware, or REI.