Fire Pits to Make Any Backyard Into an Oasis

Transform your outdoor space into a charming, cozy spot.

Close up of grilling marshmallows over fire pit
S’mores not included.Unsplash

Outdoor spaces run the gamut from sprawling backyards to patios just big enough to fit a table and chairs. No matter what comprises your outdoor space, there is likely a fire pit perfect for your needs, whether that’s a wood-burning option or one that runs on propane; a small, compact version or something more decorative that complements your existing space. Here are a few features to look for in your new fire pit.

Landmann Barrone Fire Pit
The crosshatch pattern encourages air circulation for a longer-lasting fire.Landmann

Fire pits are fueled either with wood or propane. Wood-burning options are great if you like the process of building and maintaining a fire as much as sitting beside one. Key components of a well-crafted fire-burning product include a deep fire bowl to safely stack enough wood, a built-in wood grate and a spark guard to control flying embers. Ideally, you should be able to easily assemble and maneuver the fire pit if you want to relocate it at different points during the year. And a poker is a nice-to-have accessory to shift the wood around for a long lasting and lively fire.

Endless Summer 30" Outdoor Propane Gas Black Glass Top Fire Pit
Instantly enjoy a fire without any hassle.Endless Summer

Propane fire pits are a great solution for people who don’t have space to store wood (or the desire to clean up ashes). They burn clean (no smoke), are easy to light and the fire will last as long as you want it to.

Pop-Up Fire Pit, Portable and Lightweight
An easy-to-assemble fire-to-go for use on the beach, camping or in your own backyard.Campfire Defender Protect Preserve

Want the flexibility to build a cozy fire pretty much anywhere? Look for a portable fire pit. Some models weigh in at under 10 pounds, are no larger than a camping chair when collapsed and can open in a matter of minutes without tools. A heat shield is a good accessory to look for, too, to prevent surface damage when using a fire pit on a deck or patio.