Bringing that cozy campfire feeling to your own backyard, a fire pit is a great way to add some atmosphere to your garden and serves as an excellent focal point for your next wintery gathering. Did somebody say s’mores?!
Portable models are even better, as you can pack them up and take them with you for an easy, safe way to generate heat outdoors, though knowing which model to go for can be tricky, especially if you’ve never had one before!
Never fear, fireside novices - we’ve done all the tricky parts for you. First of all we’re pleased to present you with our top five portable propane-fueled fire pits, all of which are highly rated, with plenty of range to suit a variety of customers and tastes.
Should you wish to know more about the form and function of pits before you hit add to cart, the Buyer’s Guide shows five reasons you’ll benefit from #PitLife, as well as several features to consider to make an informed decision.
If that wasn’t enough for you, we’ve also trawled the net for the most common questions asked by customers also seeking fiery fun and provided answers based on our own research. Hit up the FAQs to learn more!
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OUR TOP PICK
Attractive, compact and mess free, we have absolutely no reservation in offering up this Outland Firebowl as our number one choice when it comes to portable pits, especially at such a budget-friendly price!
Wave a fond farewell to annoying ash and stifling smoke, eliminating the need for firewood by providing a clean yet realistically burning propane campfire, which is installed in a few minutes with absolutely zero tools required.
High quality steel and a protective enamel finish promise durability, as do the superior stainless steel burner and fasteners, so this is an investment you can rely on and enjoy with friends and family for years to come.
The all-weather bowl creates a beautiful burn and looks lovely in your garden, on your decking or even - if there’s enough space to be safe - sitting on the balcony.
It’s even CSA approved for use during a fire ban, to protect forestry and campgrounds.
Including a cover and carry kit, pre attached 20 foot propane hose (tank not included), and 4.4lb natural lava rock set to enhance the natural flickering aesthetic, you’ve got everything you need to get set up, right out of the box.
- Durable steel and stainless steel construction
- Comes with all accessories including hose and carry kit
- Suitable for use during fire bans - CSA approved
- No mess, no fuss
- Propane sold separately
In stylish steel or beautiful bronze, this powerful Aurora pit from Bond Manufacturing packs a whopping 54,000 BTU of efficient outdoor heat to keep you and your loved ones toasty warm whatever the season.
An artisanal, high quality design boasts a gorgeous antique copper metal finish that looks delightful in any backyard, with a stainless steel control panel featuring a useful auto-ignition system that makes starting and adjusting your flames a breeze.
Eliminating the detritus brought about by wood-fuelled fires, the gas creates a clean burn with no noxious smoke to inhale and zero mess or fuss when it comes to maintenance, so you can enjoy a tranquil fire guilt free.
No assembly is required, as it’s tool free, lightweight and easy to erect in a matter of minutes.
There’s also a convenient easy-carry handle for effortless transportation, whether you’re headed to a friend’s barbecue or deep into the wilderness.
Each purchase comes with a lockable carry lid cover, ten foot propane gas hose, a propane tank shelf and even a back of pumice stone filler to bump up the flicker-factor and create a realistically roaring campfire anywhere.
- Auto-ignition and height adjustment using the handy stainless steel knob
- Locking lid to allow easy storage or relocation
- Comes with all the accessories required to get started
- Attractive design that suits any style
- Customers report the auto-ignition takes some getting used to
Although it’s pricier than some of our other selections, you absolutely get what you’re paying for when you choose this Redwood portable pit from Camp Chef, which is designed to be as convenient as it is attractive.
With a ginormous 55,000 BTU output per hour, you’ll achieve a smokeless propane fueled flame, though this pit is adaptable for use with natural gas if you’d prefer.
The ignition is matchless and features a fully controllable flame adjustment dial.
Utilizing adorable pine tree cutouts on the centerpiece to really maximize the feeling of being in the great outdoors, the heavy gauge steel bowl is beautiful to look at and plenty sturdy too, as are the nickel coated steel safety rings.
At thirteen inches tall and nineteen inches in diameter, it’s a relatively small piece of equipment but it certainly packs a punch.
Ideal for use when camping and at tailgating parties as well as in your backyard, you really can take it anywhere.
Also included as part of your purchase are four extendable roasting sticks for the perfect marshmallow roast, as well as a carry bag, regulator and five inch propane hose and tank support stand.
Everything you need for set up!
- Converts to natural gas
- Manufactured from heavy gauge steel
- Fully adjustable flame control dial and auto ignition
- Accessories include carry bag, extendable roasting sticks, hose and tank stand
- Lava rocks may need to ‘cure’ for ten minutes before effective use
Bringing warmth and wonder to any occasion, even in your own backyard, with an almighty 58,000 BTU of power, the Heininger 5995 pit from Destination Gear is an all-weather unit, lightweight and easy to carry at only nineteen inches in diameter.
Simply hook the device up to your propane tank using the included ten foot hose and you’re ready for a clean, smokeless fire you and your loved ones are happy and safe to sit around all day and into the evening.
Having been CSA approved, it’s safe and legal to use within the majority of campfire bans, though the manufacturer (as do we!) recommends checking with current fire restrictions in your state to be safe.
Your purchase also includes some decorative stones, which not only enhance the appearance of your pit and make for even more beautifully flickering flames, but reduce the possibility of damage to the floor beneath.
Whether you’re using it from the comfort of your backyard or taking things deeper into the woods, it’s a safe, secure and environmentally friendly way to enjoy the ambience of a fireside chat with none of the mess or fuss.
- 58,000 BTU output - the highest on our list
- Sturdy yet lightweight design
- Attractive as well as functioning well
- CSA approved for use during fire bans
- Rocks can take a while to heat up - customers suggest adding additional rocks to increase heat
Last but certainly not least is this stunning copper design in all black, a sturdy and super safe fire pit from Camco rated at a staggering 65,000 BTU per hour of output, for keeping warm on those truly freezing winter nights!
No need to gather firewood or deal with the resulting ashy mess, as this baby is fueled by propane (tank not included), ideal for use on your patio or porch as well as in the great outdoors, for a clean and guilt-free burn.
An elevated 6 1/2 inch fire tray and full burner ring creates a realistic fire, whilst the Piezo ignitor makes starting your fire as simple as possible, without the need to risk singing your eyebrows (or worse) by starting with a lighter!
Assembly is minimal and achievable without the use of tools, and every purchase includes a storage cover, standard 10 foot propane hose and a 12 lb bag of lava rocks: everything you need for your first fire, right out of the box.
The adjustable regulator allows you to adjust the size of your flame whenever you like, as well as extinguish it instantly as soon as you’re ready to turn it off, so it truly is far more convenient than a wood-fuelled pit.
- Piezo auto ignition and extinction using the handy regulator
- Small size but mighty in its output
- Elevated tray to keep heat away from the ground
- Lava rocks, gas hose and storage bag included
- Pricier than other options on our list
Five reasons to get a fire pit
If you’ve been considering taking the plunge and purchasing your very own portable pit but still need convincing, consider our five reasons you stand to benefit from doing so, from simple and fun to genuinely life changing!
- Simultaneously casting a warm orange glow and providing plenty of warmth, a fire pit serves to provide atmosphere and ambience for every occasion. Whether you’re cozying up with family or having a few drinks with friends, it’s the perfect setting.
- Whilst you might equate a toasty outdoor fire with summer nights and buzzing skeeters, the majority of pits are usable all year round. Drink irish coffee and bask in the flames in winter, or toast with an ice cold beer in summer: whatever, whenever!
- Though only some units come specifically with grates for grilling included, all fire pits can be used for outdoor cooking if you’re a fan of that classic smokey barbeque flavor. Don’t worry if yours doesn’t have one supplied - you can find plenty online!
- Not only are they lovely to look at, but from a practical standpoint, fire pits can also extend the length of your outdoor event or gathering by keeping everybody nice and toasty for the whole evening. Now not even Mother Nature will crash your rager!
- Are you prone to stress and anxiety? Sitting by the glow of a flickering flame has been proven to reduce our blood pressure and leave us feeling calmer and more sociable, according to a study by an anthropologist at the University of Alabama.
Features to consider
With any product that involves an open flame, safety is your number one priority and should not be rushed over!
First and foremost, a ‘spark screen’ or other kind of protective shield to cover the open flames is imperative.
If you’ve ever been singed by a stray ember, you’ll know how unpleasant the tiniest little hot fleck can be, so protecting your friends and family from anything that might be bouncing away from the flames is super important.
Of course, being portable pits, all of the above products we’ve chosen are designed to be as convenient as possible, size-wise, but it’s still an important factor.
Not everyone is blessed with a huge outdoor space, so make sure you measure up!
There’s nothing worse than getting hyped for a new purchase only for it to arrive and be far too big or disappointingly small, so ensure you know exactly what to expect before you click check out.
Double or triple measure your yard, just to be sure!
What’s the point in buying a fire pit that’s especially designed for transportation if it’s not fit for purpose?
At the very least you’re going to want a carry case to be included, as buying a suitable bag separately might prove tricky.
Less of an imperative and more of a handy bonus, wheels will also make your life a whole lot easier, whether that’s moving the pit around to change your garden’s aesthetic or relocating the whole unit entirely.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are propane fire pits ok during a fire ban?
Under a fire ban - legislation that is occasionally put in place in certain states or provinces - the only units that can be used are those fuelled by liquid or gas, which can be manually switched off as opposed to having to be extinguished.
This means that even during a complete ban, propane fuelled portable pits are still allowed to be used, although that doesn’t mean you are entirely safe.
We recommend using extreme caution when operating your pit during a ban.
Additionally, there may be different rules for individual locations, so we would also suggest contacting your local authorities or council in order to determine whether it is 100% legal to run your pit during the ban.
It’s always best to be on the safe side!
Are propane fire pits safe on decks?
Whilst we cannot guarantee that absolutely every propane-fuelled pit is suitable for use on decking or other wooden surfaces, the majority of portable units will be absolutely fine for usage as the chance for unintentional ignition is very low.
When properly installed, a gas pit should not produce any sparks, so you won’t be at risk there. However, preventing cosmetic damage from the incredibly high temperatures is possible using a heat-resistant barrier placed beneath the pit.
Should you be worried about a fire’s impact on your carefully curated backyard, then we’d suggest picking up a deck insulation kit, which serves as an extra barrier of protection between the fire and your floor.
Remember: you should always ensure there is an adequate distance between your home and any other adjoining structures, and minimize the number of potential hazards around the pit in general. Take care and be safe!
What do you put under a portable fire pit?
Depending on the location of your fire pit, if it isn’t purposely built to sit long-term outside, you’re going to want to establish a safe zone around the perimeter of and directly beneath it, to protect your grass, wooden decking or patio, and stay safe!
Most if not all portable pits will come with a stand that is sturdy and capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions, but you should consider replacing yours if it doesn’t feel strong enough as a matter of urgency.
If you’re planning on keeping your pit in the same place then you could build yourself a platform made of bricks or other patio pavers, to serve as a stable place for it to rest, as well as protecting the ground beneath from damage.
You might also benefit from purchasing a protective fire mat, which is designed to serve as an additional layer between the heat of your flames and the ground, as well as catching any embers that happen to escape.
Composed from heat-resistant materials, you don’t necessarily need one, but we would highly suggest investing for peace of mind. After all, how can you relax around a fire if you’re worried about it spreading?
The most important thing to remember is that when out camping in the wild, fire can spread incredibly quickly and it only takes a single second of error, so always take the maximum amount of precautions when using your portable pit away from home.