7 Best Outdoor Fire Pits for Backyard or Patio (2020)

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Best Wood Burning Fire Pit

Best Propane Fire Pit

Yaheetech Square Outdoor Fire


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Get this one if you like wood burning fires. A wood burning fire pit is best for the backyard, but might cause damage to a wood deck or patio. They’re great for sitting around to cook smores.

Endless Summer Lava Rock Patio Fire Pit


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Get this one if you don’t want to damage your deck or patio. It sits higher to cause less damage to your deck and uses propane which tends to spit out less embers onto your home.

Chris and I decided having a dedicated fire pit in our backyard would make having a backyard fire more comfortable, safer, and more visually appealing. The fire can often also burn much more smoothly because it’s raised and may allow additional oxygen to flow through the fire.

At the end of this review, we provide a buyers guide on things you need to consider when buying a fire pit – but we know you just want to see our recommendations.

So here are our picks for the best outdoor fire pits:

  • Yaheetech Square Outdoor Fire – Best Wood Burning Fire Pit
  • Tacklife Propane Fire Pit Table for Patio – Best Propane Fire Pit
  • “Bali Outdoors” Wood Burning Fire Pit – Best Fire Pit for Grilling
  • Bonnlo Outdoor Fire Pit with Firewood Rack
  • Endless Summer Lava Rock Patio Fire Pit
  • Sun Joe Cast Stone Base Wood Burning Fire Pit
  • Kingso Outdoor Patio Fire Pit

The Best Outdoor Fire Pits for your Home

1. Yaheetech Square Outdoor Fire – Best Wood Burning Fire Pit

Quick Review: Our pick for the best wood burning fire pit. If you’re looking for a low, wide fire pit for people to sit around on chairs, this is our recommendation.


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This fire pit is best for people looking for a fire pit that people sit around on chairs. It’s got a spacious feel to it and spreads the heat widely. 

The dimensions are 32’’ L x 32’’ W x 14.4’’ H. So it’s about 2-3 feet wide (80cm). Measure that out with your hands to get an idea of size before making up your mind. It weighs 30.4 lb (lighter than we expected!).

The pit itself for the fire can hold both wood and charcoal, but it’s best not to use accelerants like gasoline or fire starters (that’s pretty standard for fire pits – you don’t want to damage them).

The last thing on our list of ‘pros’ is the mesh lid. This is a great safety measure to prevent embers from popping out, and saves people from falling in too! The mesh gets hot when the fire is burning, so there’s also a poker that can help you remove the lid (and of course stoke the fire).

We also like that it comes with an excellent well-fitted cover. Sometimes when you’re looking for an after-market cover, it’s hard to find one that fits perfectly. So it’s great that this one has a purpose-designed cover. The cover helps minimize risk of rusting over time.

Now for the things we are weary about.

We love this design, but it’s low to the ground. If you want to stand around a fire pit we recommend a taller one. And you might also want to get a fireproof mat to place under it to prevent the heat from damaging the ground below.

The other thing is that it’s super hard to construct. The screw holes are too tight, and the paint seeps into those holes to make it even harder to screw it together. So even through the manual says take 20 minutes to construct, expect to spend a frustrating hour putting it together.

Why This Fire Pit

Keep in Mind

Great Center Piece for outdoor Seating Area: If you’re after a fire pit to sit around, here’s your one!

Decent Size: At 32″ x 32″, it’s not too big, not too small – good for people to sit around.

Comes with a Great Cover: The cover fits perfectly and is great for protecting the fire pit from the weather.

Mesh Lid: The mesh lid keeps the fire contained and prevents embers from spitting out.

Low to the Ground: If you’re after one you want to stand around, this isn’t for you – it’s designed for seating areas.

Hard to Construct: The holes for the screws are really tight, making construction pretty frustrating.

2. Tacklife Propane Fire Pit Table for Patio – Best Propane Fire Pit

Quick Review: Our pick for the best propane fire pit. Get this one if you’re after a propane fire pit that people can sit around on the patio. It doubles up as a coffee table when not in use. 


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The first thing that appealed to us about this one was that it has a nice smooth lid that you can place over the fire bowl when not in use. It can really simply turn into a coffee or drinks table for daytime – that impressed us.

It’s best as a fire pit for a seated area with tables all around it. It’s about the height of a normal coffee table or maybe a but higher – it sits at about 2 feet high. You can fit most 20 lb propane cylinders in the under section of it so it’s hidden and unseen. The full width is 28 inches by 28 inches but the inner fit pit is just 16 inches by 16 inches. That’s an okay size, we feel.

The dial for turning it on and off is as simple as you’d expect. Press in for ignition and turn the dial to increase or decrease the fire intensity.

The design also appealed to us. It’s not ‘loud’ or abrasive and can fit with most existing patio decors. It’s black (or dark brown – Chris and I are in disagreement over it!), but regardless, not a color that’s likely to clash with too much in your space.

There isn’t much we don’t like.

In terms of construction, it’s okay but not the easiest. You’ll need a philips head screwdriver and maybe 30 minutes to get it all together.

One other thing we did notice is that the edges are quite sharp – be careful with toddlers around.

Why This Fire Pit

Keep in Mind

No Mess: Propane fire pits have a lot less mess and are usually safer than wood fire pits.

Great Center Piece for outdoor Seating Area: If you’re after a propane fire pit to sit around, here’s your one!

Decent Size: At 28″ x 28″, it’s not too big, not too small – good for people to sit around. It’s also a decent height a 2 foot, or about the regular height of a coffee table.

Safe for Decks and Patios: The heat doesn’t radiate down to the feet. The manual also affirms that it will be safe for decks and patios.

Not a Full Cover: They state that there’s a cover – but it’s the lid for the pit itself, not a cover that covers the whole table.

Not a Wood Fire: We like the smell and feel of a wood burning fire.

Sharp Edges: Try not to hurt yourself!

3. “Bali Outdoors” Wood Burning Fire Pit – Best Fire Pit for Grilling

Quick Review: Our pick for the best fire pit for grilling. Get this one if you want a fire pit with a removable grilling plate.


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This fire pit is for people who want a genuine wood burning fire where you can roast your marshmallows and even cook a steak!

It’s the average height and dimensions for a fire pit – 32 inches in diameter and 25 inches high (about 2 feet tall). The one thing that does exceed average is that it’s nice and deep so you can fit lots of wood in there.

Plus, the walls of this pit are made of mesh to let air flow through the fire. So, the fire’s got tons of oxygen. This means it burns easier to and cleaner than an in-ground pit.

The cooking grill is amazing. It can be adjusted up and down and swivels 360 degrees. The swivel is great for once the food is cooked – just swivel it around so it’s no longer directly over the fire. When it’s swiveled away from the fire, you can let your cooked food sit and cool.

The one complaint we have about the grill grate section is it’s not that easy to adjust the height. We love that you can actually adjust the height, but’s hard to adjust the grill height mid-fire because … it’s too hot to touch!

Now for the things that concern us a little.

There isn’t a mesh lid to place over the fire while it’s burning. So, it’s not as good at holding in spitting embers than some.

It also doesn’t come with a storage cover, which we’d prefer.

Why This Fire Pit

Keep in Mind

Great for Wood Fire Lovers: It feels like a campfire in your back yard.

Deep Pit: You can fit a lot of wood in it.

Strong Burn: The sides allow a lot of oxygen in and around the pit to fuel the fire.

Removable Cooking Grate: You can place the cooking grate on, adjust its height, and swivel it – making it great for a cook out!

No Lid: There isn’t a mesh lid to prevent embers from spitting out like some others..

No Cover: We wish it came with a full storage cover to protect it from the elements.

Smokey: If you don’t want smoke, you’re better off going with a propane fire pit.

4. Bonnlo Outdoor Fire Pit with Firewood Rack

Quick Review: This fire pit with firewood rack is a great idea and looks good, but the build quality is questionable.


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We were initially very excited about this one. And we’re still suggesting you might like it! The concept is great.

The fire pit itself stands at 21 inches high, so slightly lower than average, and is 20 inches in diameter – again, slightly lower than average but not by much. You’ll be able to have a small fire in here for people to huddle around.

But the most appealing thing to us was it felt like a nice self-contained fire pit kit. It’s got a poke, firewood rack, and a nice mesh lid. We’re always fans of mesh lids because it can keep embers from popping out and causing a runaway fire.

We also thought it was great that they provided a grate at the base of the pit to allow air flow in under the fire which helps with creating a smoother, cleaner fire.

But … you knew there was a “but” coming.

We’ve seen a few too many complaints about the quality of the welding to inspire our confidence. And while it seems most people who purchase this product are pretty happy, just beware that you might be doing some welding touch-ups at some point in your future.

The other issues we had?

There’s no cover included – and we like covers for protecting your outdoor gear from the rain.

And there’s the small matter of potentially burning yourself when getting the wood from underneath as the bowl will get quite hot. So be careful you don’t burn yourself!

So our verdict: It’s still decent! But, just know the potential pitfalls (pun intended) before you press the buy button.

Why This Fire Pit

Keep in Mind

Mesh Lid: The mesh lid keeps the fire contained and prevents embers from spitting out.

Grate: We like that they have included a grate in the fire pit to allow for air circulation and a better fire.

Firewood Rack: You can store your firewood right under the fire pit.

No Cover Included: We prefer when the company sends you a full cover for protecting your fire pit when it’s not in use.

Don’t Burn yourself when Getting the Firewood: The bottom of the pit will get hot, so be careful when getting the wood from below.

Check the Welding: Check the welding when it arrives as we’ve heard some people have had trouble with the welding quality.

5. Endless Summer Lava Rock Patio Fire Pit

Quick Review: If you want a gas fire pit that’s easy to construct and no fuss, this one might appeal to you.


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This was our second pick for propane fire pits. It’s a nicely designed and well thought-out concept. It fits in the average size for a fire pit – 30 x 30 x 24 inches and you can fit a 20 lb gas cylinder in the cabinet underneath (cylinder not included). But we particularly like that there are no tools required for construction.

Something that’s great about propane fire pits is that they’re super clean. You have a simple push-button ignition and adjustable flame strength. There’s no smoke, the cabinet doesn’t get hot and you won’t get spitting embers. This all adds up to a smooth consistent fire without hassle.

What’s more – it comes with a cover, which as you can probably tell by now, is a huge tick in the pros column for us. It means you can protect it from the elements when it’s not in use.

There’s a lot we like.

So why isn’t it our top pick?

Simple, we don’t like the design as much as the other propane fire pit above. That’s all! Aside from that, it’s a great little fire pit. 

Why This Fire Pit

Keep in Mind

No Tools Required for Construction: It’s impressive that they’ve managed to create a fire pit that you can construct without tools.

No Hassle Propane Fire: You can turn it on and adjust the strength with the one dial.

Comes with a Cover: This will help you keep it clean and safe from the elements.

The Design: Just our personal preference, but we like the design of the other propane fire pit on the list (above) more than this one.

Not a Wood Fire: We like the smell and feel of a wood burning fire.

6. Sun Joe Cast Stone Base Wood Burning Fire Pit

Quick Review: If you like the look of a stone fire pit, this one’s for you. It’s also quite large compared to some other pits.


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This cast stone base fire pit has an appealing look, but it’s not for everyone. We can imagine some people with a more modern looking patio would prefer one of the propane pits. Others, though, would love this look in their garden. So it’s a matter of personal preference. When you first looked at it, did it jump out at you?

One of the best aspects of this one is its size. The fire bowl is 29 inches – that’s about the biggest we’ve got in this list. So, it means you can have a decent sized fire.

The trade-off for the size is that it weighs a fair bit. The weight comes in at 57 lbs. You might need a little help moving it into position.

As with the best fire pits on this list, this one comes with a wire mesh screen that you can place over the top while the fire is burning so it prevents embers from jumping out and causing spot fires. This is an important fire safety consideration. They also provide you with a hook poker that you can use to lift the screen during the fire (it gets hot, so you need the stick!).

You can see the user manual for this product here.

Why This Fire Pit

Keep in Mind

Large Fire Pit: This is one of the larger fire pits you can come across, allowing you to have larger fires!

Cast Stone Base: If you like the look, you like the look. If you don’t, you don’t. This is totally a personal preference thing.

Prevents Embers Jumping Out: The wire mesh screen can be placed over the fire pit to prevent spot fires.

Low to Ground: We worry that it’s quite low to the ground, so make sure you place it somewhere where you’re not going to burn something (i.e. don’t place it on a wood deck).

Don’t use Accelerants: The pit’s fire resistance is 1122F. That’s fine for wood burning fires, but gasoline burns at a higher temperature and may cause permanent damage to your fire pit.

No Cover Included: We prefer when the company sends you a full cover for protecting your fire pit when it’s not in use.

7. Kingso Outdoor Patio Fire Pit

Quick Review: A no nonsense fire pit that you can gather closely around. We also like that it’s lightweight so you can move it around.


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We wouldn’t quite call this a portable fire pit (we have a full review of the best portable fire pits). But we would say it’s more movable than most other fire pits you’d place in your back yard or patio.

The great thing about this fire pit is that it’s no frills. The frame is small unobtrusive so you can get closer to the fire..

Its dimensions are still decent though – 22 inches is a good width for a fire pit that you could huddle around in your back yard or at the beach. And at 20 inches high, that’s about normal, too.

Unlike other wood fire pits on this list, this one does come with a wire mesh lid to prevent embers from jumping out and causing spot fires. There’s a poker you can use to lift the lid as well as stirring the fire.

Why This Fire Pit

Keep in Mind

Light and No Nonsense: We like that you can move it around your backyard with ease.

Prevents Embers Jumping Out: The wire mesh screen can be placed over the fire pit to prevent spot fires.

Beware of heat on Decks: We’re weary of using a wood fired fire pit on decks as it radiates a lot of heat down.

Don’t use Accelerants: The pit’s fire resistance is 1122F. That’s fine for wood burning fires, but gasoline burns at a higher temperature and may cause permanent damage to your fire pit.

No Cover Included: We prefer when the company sends you a full cover for protecting your fire pit when it’s not in use.

What to Look for in an Outdoor Fire Pit

Mesh Lid Screen for Catching Embers

We like to see mesh lid screens on fire pits. The mesh lid should be placed on the fire while the fire is burning. This helps to prevent popping and spitting embers from jumping out of the fire. This is especially common when a wind whips up mid-fire. Rogue embers are one of the biggest causes of fires both outdoors and for indoor fireplaces. A mesh screen will catch most of these rogue embers, and may just save you from having to call the fire brigade.

Included Storage Cover

It’s always best to throw a storage cover over your fire pit after you’ve finished using it. Make sure you’ve given it a clean and let it cool completely before throwing the storage cover over the fire pit.

We like to see the companies providing a storage cover with the purchase. The cover should go over the whole fire pit so it’s protected from the elements. In particular, the fire bowl shouldn’t get water in it. That water will start rusting the bottom of the pit within weeks – so you need a cover for your pit! If you decide to get one without a cover, we’d recommend you buy a cover separately.

Height from Ground

Do you want to stand around the fire or sit around the fire? Most fire pits are designed for sitting around the fire.

Your main options are a 1 foot high or 2 foot high pit.

The higher pits are often preferred by people on wood decks, because it means the heat is higher from the ground. Read your fire pit’s manual about whether it can be used on a patio.

The height of the fire bowl from the ground is pretty important – especially if you’re using a wood burning pit. Wood burning fire bowls radiate heat down much more than propane fueled fire bowls.

Plus, for some reason, wood burning fire bowls tend to sit lower to the ground. It’s frustrating, but that’s the way it is.

You could consider placing a fireproof mat under your pit if it’s on a surface that is flammable. Again, read your manual.

Wood vs. Propane Fuel

There are two types of fire pits. Wood burning and propane.

The pro of a wood burning pit is that you get to have a real fire – with crackling wood that you play with, stir, prod, and feed. You see the smoke and smell the fire. If you like that, of course – get a wood burning pit!

But the con of a wood burning pit is that it radiates heat down. It’s not the best for a deck or patio – and we recommend propane pits on wood. They usually sit higher from the ground and radiate less heat down. Check your manual.

The other con of wood is that it requires more work. You have to keep an eye on the embers and maintain the fire regularly.

And that’s where propane works well.

If you just want a nice warm, consistent fire that you can let burn while you sit around it and chat – then propane’s a good idea. Propane pits sit higher, too, and is less likely to radiate heat down to your deck.

But we still just don’t get as much joy from a propane fire.

It doesn’t sparkle and flicker like a wood fire. You can’t prod it and play with it and chat and drink into the night with your friends while staring into the fire.

Cooking Grill Grate

A cooking grill grate is a great option – especially for a wood burning fire. Get a grate that sits above the fire and can be adjustable up and down. If you’re planning to cook over your fire, we recommend it. We also have a full review of cooking grill grates that you could read for more grate ideas.

Firewood Storage

The idea of having a fire pit that also has a wood storage section is awesome. We saw that one with wood storage and were really drawn to it. Otherwise, you might need a separate firewood rack. See our full review of firewood racks for more details. 

Grate

A grate is a panel that you place under a fire to raise it a little. It lets air come in under the fire to add oxygen to the fire. It lets the fire burn smoother and cleaner, meaning you’ll have less smoke and more flame. We like to see a pit that comes with its own purpose built grate. For more on grates, see our full review of fireplace grates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a Fire Pit on a Patio or Wood Deck?

This is a pretty common question. The answer is: it depends. Some companies recommend to absolutely not use their pit on the patio or deck as it’ll damage the surfaces. Others are okay with it if you use a fireproof mat or other fire resistant surface underneath – so it depends on your fire pit. If you’re worried, we’d recommend a propane fire pit for your wood deck or patio. They’re much less likely to radiate heat downward.

Can I use Fire Starters and Gasoline in a Fire Pit?

No! You’ll probably burn through the fire bowl. Fire pits are usually designed to hold wood only. Wood burns at a certain temperature. If you add gasoline or fire starters, you’ll be burning it at a higher temperature and you’ll likely damage or burn through the bowl – ruining your fire pit!

Final Thoughts

Our pick for the best fire pit for a backyard or patio depends! If you want a wood burning fire pit, consider the Yaheetech square outdoor fire pit. If you want a propane burning fire pit, consider the Endless Summer lava rock patio fire pit. Keep in mind where you’ll place your fire pit and whether you are more interested in the experience of sitting around a fire (wood burning) or the heat while you chat with your friends on the patio (propane).

We hope this review has been helpful for you – and remember to always follow the requirements and recommendations in your fire pit’s manual.

Cheers,
Rosie & Chris