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The Best Fire Pits for Giving Your Outdoor Space the Ultimate Glow Up

Allie Flinn

Photo: Getty Images/Thomas Barwick
Though they may sound intimidating and expensive, fire pits aren’t just for fancy people with Instagrammable backyards who can spell bougainvillea correctly on the first try. They’re actually a relatively easy and, in some cases, affordable way to give your outdoor living space a glow up. They create a cozy, inviting places for people to gather, with the added bonuses of keeping you warm and being a better means of roasting marshmallows than your stovetop—you can even grill on some of them. As such, we rounded up the best fire pits at every price point, starting at just $50.

1. Solo Stove Bonfire + Stand, $300 (originally $420)

solo fire pitThis compact fire pit is designed to reduce the amount of smoke given off from the flames, meaning no more smelling like smoke. It’s also portable, so you can take it from your backyard to a campsite with ease. The bundle also includes a stand, which keeps the heat from damaging whatever surface you put it on.

Shop now: Solo Stove Bonfire + Stand, $300 (originally $420)

2. Tiki Stainless Steel Low-Smoke Fire Pit, $350

tiki fire pit

Another option if you don’t want to smell like a bonfire, this pit uses an airflow system to reduce smoke and ash. You can burn your choice of firewood in it, but the brand does offer its own wood packs that are easy to light and become a full fire in five minutes. The packs contain little pellets that are made from the sawdust that’s a byproduct of lumber manufacturing that otherwise would have been thrown away.

Shop now: Tiki Stainless Steel Low-Smoke Fire Pit, $350

3. Endless Summer 30″ Outdoor Fire Pit, $265

endless summer fire pitPrefer a fire pit that runs on propane? Here you go. This one ignites with the push of a button, and the tank is easily hidden by the panels so it isn’t an eyesore. The included steel insert transforms the pit into a table (when it’s not in use, obviously)

Shop now: Endless Summer 30″ Outdoor Fire Pit, $265

4. Kingso Fire Pit, $50

kingso fire pitProof that you don’t need to spend a ton of money for quality, this more-affordable fire pit is a top seller on Amazon and boasts 4.4 stars and nearly 10K reviews. It’s on the smaller side, making it better suited for intimate gatherings. It’s also  portable and easy to assemble.

Shop now: Kingso Fire Pit, $50

5. Hampton Bay Piedmont Fire Pit, $99

hampton bay fire pitFor those who want to roast more than marshmallows over their fire, consider this fire pit/grill hybrid. It comes with a cooking grate that easily turns it into a grill. The simple design makes it versatile across a variety of home decor styles.

Shop now: Hampton Bay Piedmont Fire Pit, $99

6. Terrain Weathering Steel Pular Chiminea, $448

terrain fire pitWeathering steel, the material this is made from, takes on a pretty, rust-like finish—so basically it’s just going to keep looking better and better over time. Something else that makes this one of the best fire pits? The storage space at the bottom for extra wood.

Shop now: Terrain Weathering Steel Pular Chiminea, $448

7. Necessories Grand Fire Pit Kit, $579

necessories fire pit Despite how complicated it looks, this fire pit actually comes together in about an hour. (You will need to have a caulk gun, level, shovel, and gravel or sand on hand, though.) From edge to edge it measures four feet, with the diameter of the fire bowl being around two-and-a-half feet. It comes with a grill plate, so you can also use it to cook.

Shop now: Necessories Grand Fire Pit Kit, $579

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