Portable fire pit

jenn(SoCal 9/19)June 7, 2010

We are looking for a portable fire pit for a small patio area in our back yard. We have a large main patio with a table, chairs and glider, as well as a smaller patio in the corner with a lattice cover and plants around it. We'd like to put the portable fire pit in the center of the small patio, with chairs around it.

We don't sit out there often but we'd like to use this area while entertaining family and friends.

Having no experience with these, I'm seeking advice about features to look for (and avoid) that ensure a durable item we can enjoy for years. I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions.



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deviant-deziner(Oh zone)

I'd suggest that you find the cheapest one that you can, say one from Walmart or Target.
Why ? Because chances are that you will use it once or twice and then it will sit quietly on the patio for the rest of its life until you turn it into a planter.

Unless you like your hair and clothes smelling like a smoky campfire you'll not find the thing too alluring.
You'll have to have your kids take a bath or shower after sitting around the campfire or their bedsheets and pillow will stink of smoke until you wash them.

The firepits that seem to get the most continual use are those that are run by clean burning gas.
You can find these at the large department stores. You simply replace the propane cannister just like a propane bbq.

If you do choose a wood fired pit, check your local code compliances. In many locations ( especially california and other progressive anti- pollution states) you are restricted in using wood burning appliances/ pits.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 6:35PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Thank you. Propane was suggested by others with experience, those who use them a lot.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 10:23AM
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We're happy with ours, and we use it quite a bit. We purchased it from a high-end store that specializes in outdoor furnishings. The feature I recommend most is what ensures that ours gets a lot of use. It's the height of a coffee table, with the table top made of polished stone. There's a circular removable section at the center, so you can remove that piece to use the fire pit, but it's always usable as a coffee table. It's held up well (outside year-round) for about 6 years so far.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 3:06PM
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Wow, that Lava thing is $1400!

I second Still_Lynnski's advice, get one that can double as a table & has a cover. Wet ashes are never any fun. The propane ones are very nice as well, I just happen to like the way wood smoke drives mosquitoes away. My choices are usually to smell like a campfire or smell like bug spray. I haven't tried to OFF! clip ons at night to see if they are powerful enough for that job (they work well during the day).

Good luck no matter what you choose, even if its the $1400 behemoth :)

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 10:47PM
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