Best Cheap Fire Pits 2018
Cheap fire pits can give you the warmth and spectacle they are known for without breaking your bank. While there are many options that cut the quality of the units substantially in order to lower the price, some others manage to deliver great units that are simple but effective and well-built. It was a long road of trial and error but over the years I’ve found a few great ones that I’ll share with you right now.
There are two types of fire pits – gas and wood burning – with the latter having a larger array of cheap options since they’re simpler and easier to produce. Even then, you can get some great cheap propane fire pits as well.
While this guide will focus on affordable choices, you can click here to read its “parent” article that shows you the overall best units you can get.
Now, while inexpensive fire pits that offer excellent value are hard to find, that’s exactly what you’ll find below – a carefully curated selection of the best cheap fire pits ever made. Enjoy!
Cheap Fire Pits
These are the best cheap fire pits for sale on the market today, thoroughly compared for you.
|Fire Pit||Endless Summer Gas Fire Pit||Best Choice Products Stone Fire Pit||Blue Rhino Fire Pit||AZ Patio Heaters GS-F-PC||Endless Summer Slate Tile||Landmann Bromley Fire Pit||Landmann Big Sky Firepit||Landmann Savannah Fire Pit||AmazonBasics Stone Fire Pit||Sunnydaze Fire Pit Cauldron||Esschert Design FF90|
|Type||Propane||Propane||Propane||Propane||Propane||Wood Burning||Wood Burning||Wood Burning||Wood Burning||Wood Burning||Wood Burning|
|Heat Output (BTU)||30,000||30,000||30,000||40,000||30,000||Wood||Wood||Wood||Wood||Wood||Wood|
|Special Feature||Hidden Tank||Faux-Stone||Hidden Tank||Hidden Tank + Burner Lid||Hidden Tank + Real Tile Top||Includes Spark Screen & Poker||Includes Spark Screen & Poker||Includes Spark Screen & Poker||Includes Spark Screen & Poker||Large + Unique Cauldron Design||Excellent Quality + Lasts a Lifetime|
|Warranty||1 Year||60 Days||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||2 Years||2 Years||2 Years||1 Year||1 Year||Contact Manufacturer|
Cheap Fire Pit Reviews
Below you can read in-depth reviews of the very best cheap fire pits of both propane and wood burning categories. Let’s begin!
Cheap Propane Fire Pits
These beautifully cheap gas fire pits are safe and versatile, allowing you to use them indoors or outside.
This all-steel Endless Summer fire pit is simple and cheap but effective. Standing at 24” of height with a 30×30” top and 50 lbs of weight, it’s a sturdy regular sized unit that is capable of storing a 20 lb propane tank inside. The steel mantel on top offers enough space to place a few drinks on it while the burner builds a wave of warmth. The maximum output of 30,000 BTUs isn’t enough to get you through very cold nights but you’ll still feel the flames and it creates a nice mood. The construction is great and the all-steel body, even if not impressive, is sturdy and will endure use. It’s easy to setup and use, with the straightforward controls being hidden inside. It comes with a set of dark glass rocks and with a cover that you should use whenever it rains. It’s not immensely impressive, having quite the simple looks and slightly weak heat output, but it’s still a solid and extremely cheap gas fire pit.
One of the cheapest propane fire pits you can get, this round faux-stone piece manages to provide you with solid usability and design at a very inexpensive price. Even with a few shortcomings such as the off-putting flame controls, inability to hide the propane tank inside and below-average heat it’s still a good-looking and decently sized fire pit (28” diameter x 9.1” of height). It has a fair maximum output of 30,000 BTUs and uses a 20lb propane tank (not included) which I recommend you place inside a deck box to hide it discreetly, making your surroundings look much more beautiful. For the price it has a surprisingly sturdy body and good construction quality, something that positively impressed me. It’s easy to set-up and even easier to use due to the 1-step ignition button and straightforward flame control knob. As a bonus it’s also easily moved around, weighing 40lbs and comes with a set of lava rocks. If you’re looking for a cheap gas fire pit that looks unique and performs well, this is a good choice.
Another entry from the Endless Summer line, this fire pit takes the good qualities from the first one and elevates it to another level by replacing the steel mantel with a handsome decorative resin one and adding sleek lines to the side panels. It’s 24” high with a 32×32” top, which allows it to store a 20 lb propane tank inside (along with the controls). It features the same 30,000 BTU burner that all units of this line have which makes it decent, even if not powerful, and it comes with a set of good-looking lava rocks to complement the flames (blue and copper fire glass also available). It’s well-built and sturdy, although the resin mantel is slightly brittle so be extra careful not to bang anything into it or it might chip. It also comes with a cover which you should definitely use if you keep it outside in order to protect the fire pit from rain. Some people have trouble with the igniter although it has never happened to me. It’s also available with the same top but with a “wicker” metal base if you like it more. With good care, it’s a solid cheap fire pit that gives itself a touch of class with the good looking top.
It’s popular, it’s good-looking and it’s cheap. AZ Patio Heaters successfully combined great heat output with sturdy construction to deliver this famous and very inexpensive fire pit. It’s 29” tall and the top measures 38×38”, making it quite large and able to easily store a 20 lb propane tank inside. The heat output is the highlight of this unit, the 40,000 BTUs create a warm and cozy atmosphere around it that is sure to keep you and your guests comfortable. It’s well-built and quite sturdy, although the finish might start to get damaged if left outside in the rain or humid places so I highly recommend that you cover it whenever the weather gets rough. It comes with 1 year of warranty, a set of beautiful glass beads and a matching lid for the burner. A feature I liked was the thermocouple flame failure device, it’s a nice bonus for safety. If you follow the instructions, the setup is quick and easy and the controls are straightforward and effective. In short, it’s one of the best budget fire pits you can get.
The best of the Endless Summer line, this all-black fire pit has an incredibly elegant mantel that sets it apart from the rest. The build quality, heat output and durability are all exactly the same as the other models from this product line but the mantel looks so stunningly good that I had to put it on the list. To recap, it has a fairly decent heat output of 30,000 BTUs, a solid and sturdy base that holds a 20 lb tank inside and still holds an attractive price tag. The dark slate mantel on top completely evades the chipping issue that the previous model had by featuring a nice protective cover on the sides. It comes with black fire glass, a cover and 1 year of warranty.
Cheap Wood Burning Fire Pits
These cheap outdoor fire pits are sure to make you smile while giving you natural, earthy comfort in style.
The cheapest fire pit I’ve ever seen. Don’t worry about the ridiculously low price, it’s still a nice little unit. The drawbacks are what you’d expect – it can’t hold much wood, it’s somewhat flimsy due to the thin metal and it will rust quickly if left unprotected. That said for such a low price it’s still decent, featuring an attractive decorative cutout and offering a spark screen and fire poker for free. It measures 25.8” in diameter, stands at 20” of height and weighs 12.7 pounds making it very easy to move around. A cover (not included) is essential for this unit since rain will make it rust very quickly. It won’t endure much use but if you’re looking for a good-looking cheap fire pit, this is still a decent choice.
Landmann is one of the best at making cheap but sturdy fire pits and this unit is no exception. With a unique starry sky design and solid construction, it’s a surprisingly good fire pit for the price. It’s 29.5” in diameter and 23” tall, giving it a fairly deep bowl that can hold a decently sized fire. The build-quality is great for the price, with good steel and a nice fit and finish. It includes a cooking grate, a spark screen and a fire poker, which are always appreciated. While the fire pit will hold up, the paint might start to flake with high temperature and rain but this can be prevented. Simply put a layer of sand on the bottom and, if you want to further protect it, another layer of fire bricks on top. This will effectively protect the bottom from the corrosive ashes and greatly extend the life of the unit. It’s also available in different sizes and colors, although this is the cheapest option. It’s a solid fire pit that, with proper care, will give you a lot of enjoyment.
Yet another great entry from the team at Landmann, this is in my opinion the best looking of their set. It features the same construction quality and finish as the one shown previously but it has a much more handsome design. The attractive cutouts and detailing make it look like a much more expensive unit. It’s 23.5” in diameter, around 28” tall (with spark screen) and weighs 22 pounds, making for a decently sized and sturdy fire pit. I highly recommend that you put a layer of sand and firebricks at the bottom, like I’ve mentioned in the pervious entry, to further extend its life. As always, the spark screen and fire poker are included. The Savannah is a great and good-looking option, although it needs proper care to last long.
AmazonBasics delivers a very inexpensive tile top fire pit that doesn’t disappoint. It’s 34” in diameter and 21.5” in height, making it a great size to use as a chatting table (to place drinks for example). The fire pit has a black steel base and bowl and features a beautiful natural stone mantel that makes the whole unit standout. It also has good-looking curved legs that give it a great touch of class. The materials aren’t top-shelf, of course, but can still handle use and weather if properly covered. It comes with a spark screen, a log grate, a fire poker and 1 year of warranty. It can’t handle huge fires and isn’t super resilient but for the price it’s one of the classiest and most elegant fire pits you can get.
Big and deep, the “Cauldron” fire pit gives you great performance and looks without breaking the bank. Standing at 23” of height and 34” of diameter, it allows you to easily build some pretty big fires that will comfortably warm you and your guests. The construction looks great and is also sturdy and resilient, featuring decently thick steel (even though it only weighs 28 lbs). Both the bowl and the leg base have high temperature finish to further protect them from the punishment of big fires. Even with all these treatments, it will still rust if left uncovered so always protect your fire pit when not in use. It comes with 1 year of free warranty, a spark screen, a log grate and a fire poker. If you want a big wood burning fire pit that has a beautiful design and can take a beating, this is a great and fairly inexpensive choice.
Not what you’d have in mind when talking about “cheap” but the sheer value and quality that you get out of this beautiful, lifetime-lasting fire pit is too good to pass up at such an attractive price. Units of this size and quality usually go for nearly double the price due to their fantastically durable 3/16” thick steel. This durable steel construction makes it invincible against rain, snow and anything else you can throw at it – even if left uncovered outside. The most that can happen is the steel getting a nice patina which is purely visual and can even improve the looks. It’s 31” in diameter and 11” tall, perfect to create big fires, and due to its low height it spreads the heat in a large area around it. It’s simple, it’s beautiful and it will last a lifetime. By far the best bang for your buck you can get.
As you can see, you don’t have to pay premium to get a great unit – these inexpensive fire pits all deliver in both quality and performance while being offered at highly reduced price-tags! It’s been a pleasure to help and as always, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!