ISSUE 10  |  California Cool

10 Easy Pieces: Portable Fire Pits

March 10, 2015 1:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Cooking outdoors and sitting around a fire with friends are two of life’s greatest pleasures. In anticipation of warmer months, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite portable fire pits–to use in the yard or to take along if you go camping or to the beach.

We’ve limited our list to wood or charcoal burning fire pits; they are smokier than propane but give off more heat. And remember: safety first. Use a fire pit on a non-flammable surface such as gravel, pavement, or dirt and keep it away from the house.

Above: Portable and yet “built to last a lifetime,” a large steel Daze Fire Ring is 31 inches in diameter and has a thermal ceramic coating. It sits on three 14-inch-high legs and is $834 from Haskell.

Above: Made of oxidized steel, a Fire Basket fire pit measures 22 inches wide and 24 inches high and the basket has an 11.8-inch diameter; $200 from Cool Material.

Above: A compact 15-inch Smokeless Wood Burning Fire Pit has double steel walls to capture smoke and ignite it before it escapes. It weighs 46 pounds and is $239 from Ultimate Patio.

Above: From Ikea, an affordable option is the Brokí¶ Fire Basket. But don’t get excited if you’re in the US; it’s not available here. If you’re in the UK, it’s available for £25.

Above: From Danish design house House Doctor, a two-piece Black Firepit has a metal fire bowl that rests on a three-legged base is €360 from Living and Company.

Above: A metal wok from India has a grill and sits atop a three-legged metal base. A Portable Kadai Kit also comes with a duffle bag for storage and is £125 From Burford.

Above: A portable brazier, the metal Brasero Sahraoui measure 24 inches tall and 24 inches wide and weighs 22.7 pounds when assembled; €129.90 from  Maisons du Monde.

Above: From Landmann, a short-legged steel Halo Fire Pit has a 24-inch fire bowl and comes with a metal spark screen and poker. It is $57.99 from Amazon.

Above: A 22-inch steel Folding Portable Fire Pit has four legs and comes with a spark screen cover and poker; $59.81 from All Modern.

Above: A 26-inch Campfire2Go Fireplace by Char-Broil has a matte porcelain enamel bowl and will burn wood or charcoal. It comes with a mesh screen; $60.99 from Amazon.

For more of our favorite ways to spend time outdoors cooking, eating, or lounging, see: