These are the best fire pits for every type of backyard, deck, and patio.

By Hillary Maglin and Madeline Diamond
May 17, 2020
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While nothing about 2020 has been normal, one thing is certain: we've all been spending more time than usual at home. And even as summer turns into fall, there's still the inevitable desire to get out of your home and into the great outdoors — even if that just means your backyard. With COVID-19 restrictions likely continuing over the next several months, most travel plans are headed toward postponement — or worse, cancellation.

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But that's nothing a backyard fire pit can't fix.

Reminiscent of starry-skied camping trips and evenings spent making s'mores, a good, sturdy fire pit exhibits all the best elements of a homemade log fire, plus some aesthetic and minus some work. Whether you have a patio, deck, driveway, or backyard, a fire pit is the perfect piece to elevate any home gathering and add an off-the-grid vibe. These are our favorites.

Real Flame Sedona Liquid Propane Fire Table

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Who said fire pits have to be small and circular? If you're looking for an option that fills a slightly larger space, opt for this elongated pit from Real Flame. Not only will this faux stone table throw off plenty of heat for cooler nights, but it'll also add an element of sophistication to your home.

To buy: bedbathanbeyond.com, $1,600

Ainsley Outdoor Modern Concrete Propane Fire Pit Table

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This modern concrete fire pit table will easily become the centerpiece of your patio, even when the fire's not on. Inside the table you'll find a hidden propane take, which powers the fire. Plus, its rectangular shape makes this fire pit ideal for larger families or groups, since several people can comfortably gather around it at once.

To buy: wayfair.com, $500 (originally $560)

Yaheetech 32-inch Metal Outdoor Fire Pit

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This square fire pit is a simple and versatile option if you're looking to incorporate a little warmth into your backyard this fall. Plus, a mesh spark screen adds safety and security so you can gather around the fire all night long.

To buy: amazon.com, $105

Kingso 22-inch Wood Burning Fire Pit

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This classic wood-burning fire pit with mesh screen allows you to get the feel of a rustic campfire with less mess and maintenance. It also has a classic shape and is made from steel, so it won't take up much space on your patio or in your backyard.

To buy: amazon.com, $54

Loon Peak Concrete Propane Fire Pit

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This lightweight pit from Loon Peak is perfect for families with children, thanks to its low-flame design. But don't let that fool you: This fire pit provides all the heat and light a nighttime gathering could ever need. Plus, it's constructed with a hidden propane tank holder.

To buy: wayfair.com, $640

Endless Summer Gas Portable Fire Pit

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Looking for a portable option? This easy-to-maneuver fire pit from Endless Summer has you covered. Made with an aesthetically pleasing lattice design, this pit keeps lava rocks in place and ash away from your guests. And at 17 inches tall and 24 inches wide, this affordable piece may just offer you the most bang for your buck.

To buy: wayfair.com, $128

Bali Outdoors Outdoor Chiminea Fire Pit

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If you want all the perks of a fire pit but want to avoid the mess (and your clothes and hair smelling like smoke at the end of the night), this is the pick for you. This chiminea-style fire pit is not only a stylish addition to any backyard, but its shape also protects the fire from the elements and funnels smoke up and away from you and your guests.

To buy: amazon.com, $170

Latitude Run Aghi Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit

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This wood-burning fire pit is made from rust-resistant, powder-coated steel, and its chevron design makes it a stylish decorative piece even when it's not in use. But when you do light a fire, you'll be transfixed by the beautiful warmth and light it gives off.

To buy: wayfair.com, $149

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