10 Fire Pits Under $300 That Will Warm Up Any Backyard Hang
Just because the air is getting cooler doesn't mean your backyard/patio/rooftop lounging can't still be comfortable (and warm).
Having a backyard, patio, or even a tiny sliver of outdoor space these days is a luxury worth cherishing more than ever. There's something especially comforting about being able to create a little oasis outside to escape to whenever you're feeling cooped up (which, right now, is seemingly all the time). And while there are plenty of subtle touches that can quickly transform your yard/patio/rooftop into a go-to hangout, a fire pit is the one thing that will keep you wanting to step outside all year long.
If you've been on the lookout for the perfect fire pit to gather around this fall (and winter) as you sip cider cocktails and perfect your s'mores making, we've pulled together a selection of 10 budget-friendly options (including several that are city-friendly) that will take your outdoor area to the next level, no matter how much space you're working with.
A great low-smoke, city-friendly fire pit
Solo Stove Bonfire
If you live in a city or crowded neighborhood with limited outdoor space, the Solo Stove Bonfire is a great option that will give you the luxury of a proper fire pit without smoking out your neighbors. Solo Stove's innovative airflow design allows it to produce a good amount of heat by recirculating air (and minimizing smoke), plus it's a modest 20 inches in diameter (and just 20 pounds) so it won't overtake your patio.
If portability is key
Having a portable setup that you can huddle around with friends at a campsite (or in your backyard or favorite park) is a little luxury that goes a long way. This nifty model from BioLite makes it easy. It has a capacity for up to four standard fire logs but is engineered with patented airflow tech (via a battery-powered fan) that creates "hyper-efficient flames." Plus, it also doubles as a hibachi-style grill if you toss in charcoal and place the the included grill grate on top. You can even use a special companion app to control the size of your flames.
If you're looking for a fire pit you can also grill on
L.L. Bean Backyard Wildlife Fire Pit & Grill
This grill/fire pit hybrid from the beloved outdoor retailer gets you the best of both, with a sizable pit (30 inches in diameter) and a removable enamel grill grate. Plus, the basin features a selection of mesh-backed wildlife cutouts (a moose, wolf, fox, etc) that produce lively reflections when backlit.
If gas-powered is your go-to
Giantex Gas Fire Table With Lava Rocks
Although a wood-fueled fire pit is classic, a gas-powered version makes it a lot easier to enjoy the glow and warmth night after night without stocking up on logs (or fussing with getting it going). This handsome propane-fueled model ignites at the flip of a switch, and produces a good amount of heat and a radiating glow courtesy of the included "lava rocks" that glisten in the flames.
When you need something that lights quickly & easily (with minimal ash)
Tiki Steel Low-Smoke Fire Pit
From the makers of the traditional Tiki Torch, this hefty and highly rated fire pit is constructed from 16-gauge steel, and features a special airflow system that allows the fire to catch quicker, burn longer, produce low smoke, and minimal ash. Plus, it comes with a cover and a free Wood Pack included, and even features a removable ash tray so clean-up is super simple.
For something that adds a bit of rustic modernism to your backyard
August Grove Iron Wood Burning Chiminea
If you're interested in both flair and functionality, this chiminea provides both. The structure itself is inspired the traditional Mexican chiminea (they were typically made of clay and used to warm homes and bake food), but this one is made of iron and features a rusted patina that makes it look a bit broken in, in a good way. It's more outdoor fireplace than fire pit, but it's sure to keep you warm and illuminated in your backyard all the same.
If you're particularly into glowing orbs
Briarglen Fire Ball
Offering 360-degree views of your fire, this global pit looks a bit like a floating fireball. It's also entirely enclosed in a mesh cage (with a large pivoting door) so you can rest assured rogue embers won't float up or into your face, but you can also easily refuel with logs when needed.
A great fire pit that doubles as an end table
Lunar Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit
Whether you have limited space or just appreciate multi-functionality, this fire pit has you covered -- literally. When not in use, it serves as a stylish cocktail/garden table. But, when you remove the wooden top, it transforms into a modest wood-burning fire pit, with an internal fire "cage' that keeps its finish protected while giving off atmospheric lighting and heat.
If you're searching for the perfect large group fire pit
Gabrielson Backyard Patio Fire Pit
Part table, part fire pit, this 32"x32" setup is the perfect centerpiece for a larger crowd of gatherers. Its sturdy exterior metal frame acts as a lip to rest cocktails/snacks/s'mores fixins, while the the mesh-covered center part provides plenty of area to get a nice big wood-fueled fire burning. Plus, it comes with a poker to help you keep it properly stoked, and a cover to keep it protected from the elements when you're not using it.
If you're in the market for a sculpture garden-worthy fire pit
Peaktop Wood Burning Outdoor Concrete Fire Pit
If the look you're going for in your backyard is austere sculpture garden, then this concrete half moon-shaped pit should be on your radar. At 30 inches in diameter, it's a substantial center piece for any backyard hang, comes with a grilling grate, barbecue grill, and spark screen, and can be fueled with either charcoal or wood. Plus it comes with a poker, to help you keep the fire stoked and thriving.