Best Wood Burning Fire Pits 2018
Classic wood burning fire pits are hard to beat, they’re beautiful in their simplicity, offering unmatched durability and heat output at excellent prices. While they’re “harder” to use than a propane one, the sheer heat you get from them is incomparably more powerful and of course, only these can deliver that unique comfortable feel that we get from wood fires. The best wood burning fire pits are characterized by their extreme durability – making able to withstand rough use and weather without protection – and by their attractive, stunning designs that make your patio radiate class and comfort.
While the durability improves considerably with higher-end options, all of the fire pits listed offer superb value. One of the big advantages of wood burning fire pits is that they are much more affordable than their propane counterparts, making it possible to get excellent units at mind blowing prices. All of the options listed have been personally tested by me in a thorough manner to ensure that you only get the very best – my standards are very high.
Firstly you can take a look at the comparison table to get a quick overview of all the fire pits and how they compare with one another and after that you can read in-depth reviews of each individual unit. I’m sure that this will help immensely in finding the perfect one for you, let’s get to it!
Best Wood Burning Fire Pits
These are the best outdoor fire pits you can get, compared.
|Fire Pit||Landmann Savannah||Landmann Big Sky Wildlife||Landmann Super Sky||Sunnydaze Large Cosmic Fire Pit||CobraCo Copper Mission Fire Pit||Esschert Design FF90||Catalina Creations Mosaic Fire Pit||Solo Stove Bonfire||Double Flame Patio Fire Pit||Titan 100% Copper Fire Pit||Ohio Flame Fire Pit||Manta Ray Fire Pit||Fire Pit Art Asia Fire Pit|
|Bowl Size (H"xW")||12.5x23.5||12.5x23.5||10.5x36||10x36||12x30||11x30||9x30||14x19.5||16.5x22||8x40||10x30||18x36||14x48|
|Special Feature||Copper Bowl||Super Bang for Buck||Real Tile Mantel||Nearly Smokeless||Tank-Like Durability + Nearly Smokeless||100% Solid Copper Bowl + Beautiful Design||Nearly Indistructible||Nearly Indistructible||Nearly Indistructible|
|Warranty||2 Years||2 Years||2 Years||1 Year||n/a||n/a||n/a||Lifetime (Conditions Apply)||n/a - Won't Need It||1 Year||Lifetime||10 Years||10 Years|
Best Wood Burning Fire Pit Reviews
The Landmann Savannah is unbelievably cheap, surprisingly solid and features an attractive design, standing out as a good option for those that want a wood burning fire pit on a strict budget. The construction quality is decent and it’s made of steel, albeit a bit thin, giving it good resistance to heat. It stands at 28.5” of height and the diameter is around 24” making it capable of holding quite a lot of wood. The Savannah fire pit also comes with a few goodies such as a free fire poker and a spark screen although I’d heavily recommend that you get a cover to protect it from rough weather. The drawbacks are what you’d expect from entry-level fire pits, the thin metal can easily rust and break if it gets rained on and the paint will quickly start to crack if it gets too hot. These issues can be amended by always covering it or moving it inside when it rains and by painting it with heat resistant paint (cheap and effective). The Savannah offers a basic wood burning fire pit experience at an extremely inexpensive price and while it won’t last forever, you’ll get good value out of it if you take the necessary precautions.
Another Landmann entry on the list and quite similar to the Savannah one as well with one big difference – the variety of the visuals. While the construction quality and materials, for better and for worse, are the exact same, the amount of designs (stars and moons, wildlife, tree leaves) and colors (black or clay) available make it good enough to rank as I know some people absolutely love these shapes on their fire pits. The cut-out designs are made with laser-like precision and they offer a unique and personal flare to the fire pit. The pricing is roughly the same – all quite inexpensive – but the precautions to take are the same as well – covering it, painting it with heat resistant paint and as the manual suggests, putting sand (and firebricks on top for extra protection) at the bottom of the pit to protect it from the corrosive ashes. Don’t skip these recommended steps because if you do, the paint will flake very quickly and the thin metal will rust away and fall apart. It comes with a spark screen and a fire poker too. Although it has the same quality issues as the one before it, it remains an equally good cheap option.
This is my favorite Landmann wood burning fire pit of them all, the Super Sky. Yes, it has the same trademark drawbacks such as thin steel and non-resistant paint but if you take the necessary steps to ameliorate these issues (mentioned in the reviews above), you get a huge and solid fire pit at a mind-blowing price. The moon and stars design looks great when the flames shine through it and the kids absolutely love it. It’s much larger than the previous Landmann entries, measuring 36” (43” if you count the outer handle ring) and about 24” in height with the spark screen (the bowl itself is 10.5” deep) which allows you to use large logs and create a really big fire. It’s available in a nice clay color and comes with a free spark cover and fire poker. Apart from the usual quality drawbacks, it’s a huge fire pit that can deliver hours of warm fun as long as you take proper care of it – all while being super inexpensive. It’s also available in black although it’s a bit more expensive and sold by Sunnydaze.
In short, this Sunnydaze wood burning fire pit is the better and dark-toned version of Landmann’s Super Sky fire pit which was already good for the price. It has a better finish and treatment making it able to resist rust and high-heat much better and the steel is slightly thicker making it more durable. It’s 23” tall and 42” wide, just like the other, and comes with a free spark cover and fire poker as well. It also has 1 year of warranty for free. The price difference is really small too so if you like the popular starry sky design on your fire pit, this is the best one you can get.
CobraCo’s Copper Fire Pit delivers a fantastically eye-pleasing and sturdy piece with its dark steel and copper fire pit. This combination of materials is stylish and elegant while still being resistant to use and weather. The fire pit measures 30” in diameter and almost 12” in height, giving you plenty of room to create a big fire that ensures a perfectly warm atmosphere around it. The quality is surprisingly good for the price, with solid construction and resilient materials that will endure a lot of use and handle the rough weather very well. Since the bowl is made of copper, it will start to change when exposed to the elements such as rain but unlike other materials, it’s a welcome change due to the beautiful patina it creates (which doesn’t affect the quality or sturdiness, it’s simply visual). The bowl has a classic look to it and features a beautiful lip that gives the unit a unique touch that I quite enjoy. The feet and rings are made of steel that can handle high heat and rough use without bending or cracking – just how it should be. It comes with a spark guard, a fire poker and a vinyl cover which you should use to further protect it. If you use it often and hard (very high temperatures), the copper might develop a black layer on the outside which can be cleared by cleaning it with vinegar and salt. Now, there are some things that could be improved such as the somewhat thin copper, the lack of drainage holes and overall construction (some holes and screws don’t align for example). Even then, this beautiful wood burning fire pit offers quite a bang for your buck and at this price it’s a steal. EDIT: It ran out of stock temporarily so I replaced the recommendation with a similar one from the same family – it features the same concept and quality, just with a slightly different design. Keep an eye out for the original (if you prefer the look) as it will probably get re-stocked eventually.
Beautiful in its simplicity, Esschert Design’s fire bowl offers a high-quality and elegant addition to your patio that looks good and will last a lifetime. Featuring a heavy all steel body that is 3/16″ thick and weighs 87 pounds, it can handle fire, rain and any other punishment with ease. It’s 11” tall and nearly 31” wide, making it big enough to carry roaring fires that will keep you and your guests not only entertained but also very cozy throughout the night. A truly incredible purchase at this price, the FF90 fire pit will withstand use and abuse, giving you years upon years of enjoyment. One of the best bang for your buck fire pits you can get.
There are many mosaic tile style fire pits out there but in my experience only this one, by Catalina Creations, is good enough to be recommended. With real tile, great construction quality and handsome design, it beats any other copy on the market even if it’s a bit more expensive. It’s 15.4” tall and 40” in diameter, with the 9” deep and 30” wide stainless steel fire bowl sitting right in the middle. The slate top is as beautiful as it is sturdy, the craftsmanship and attention to detail is instantly noticeable. Its steel base and accents are thick and heavy (the fire pit weighs around 80 pounds) and make for an extremely solid and resistant structure that features elegant curves and detailing as well. The fire pit comes with a log grate that sits at the bottom of the bowl and a spark screen along with a tool to lift it up. Among all of the same rounded mosaic style, this one stands at the top as the best wood burning fire pit of them all.
Simple, effective and popular, Solo Stove’s Bonfire is a super modern take on the classic fire pit that boils down its main elements into a unique and very well-designed solution. Its minimalistic look isn’t for everyone but if you enjoy the style, you’ll love this fire pit. One big advantage is that it has absolutely no setup, it’s all in one piece so you can use it right out of the box and its modest size (14” tall and 19.5” wide) and weight (20 lbs) makes it very easy to move around as well. The construction quality and design are both top-notch, it’s made of hard stainless steel and the “insides” feature a variety of performance improving details that create a unique and highly effective airflow system to keep the fire going strong and best of all – nearly smoke-free. It’s impressive and effective, if you love the minimal look and want a portable solution then the Bonfire is a great little fire pit for you.
Double Flame Patio Fire Pit | Wood-Burning, Smoke-less, Portable, Stainless Steel Fire Pit for Backyard | Made in America
This fantastic piece by Double Flame blows its minimal-styled competition out of the water by delivering a seemingly indestructible and fiercely effective wood burning fire pit that is 100% American made. This thing’s big (22” wide and 16” tall) and insanely strong, the heavy-duty stainless steel is so thick that you wouldn’t be able to damage it if you wanted. This type of steel is guaranteed to withstand rust and corrosion for more than 15 years in an outside environment exposed to the elements – with proper care it will last a lifetime. It has a unique airflow system that keeps the flames going strong and burns the wood more effectively, producing more heat output and less smoke. One thing I’ve noticed is that after a couple of months of use, it started to develop a beautiful golden patina that made the fire pit look even better! You can also get a matching swing-away grilling accessory which is something that some of you will certainly enjoy using and it’s also a fantastic candidate to insert into a previously made fire pit hole. I bet you can feel my enthusiasm as you read this fire pit’s review and it’s with good reason, it’s one of the best wood burning fire pits that I’ve ever owned. If you like the minimal style, do yourself a favor and get it. It will give you a lifetime of powerful service and look good while doing it. Plus, you’re supporting a fully American company, from its workers to its steel. It doesn’t get any better than that!
One of the best wood burning fire pits of all time. With a truly high-quality and stunningly beautiful solid copper bowl, this master piece by the All-American company Titan excels in both quality and visuals. The fire pit is 14” tall while the bowl itself is 40” wide, 8” deep and comes with a super resistant ¼” thick steel grate for logs. The construction quality is as good as it gets and the materials used are all thick, polished and highly resistant to use. The copper is naturally fantastic against the elements, simply getting a good-looking patina, and the heavy and thick iron base is powder coated to prevent corrosion. Overall it weighs around 66 pounds and I’ve seen it being used as an insert into previously made fire pit holes with beyond great results which is always a bonus. As you might have noticed, I love this fire pit. It’s one of the few that really lived up to its promise – especially the 100% solid copper bowl (most of the competition is just plated). The only things I’d change would be the iron base (would be better if it was stainless steel) and the copper bowl could be even thicker even if it made the whole fire pit more expensive. Extremely beautiful, high-quality and 100% made in America – highly recommended.
Ohio Flame’s Patriot steel fire pit combines excellent craftsmanship with tank-like durability to offer a super heavy-duty, 100% American made beauty. It’s available in a variety of sizes, from 30” wide (the one I got) to a massive 48” wide fire pit – all with the same level of perfect quality, materials and design. When I say tank-like I mean it, this thing’s so thick, heavy and durable that it will outlast any other fire pit I’ve ever owned. In fact, Ohio Flame is so sure of it that they offer a no questions asked lifetime warranty. The 30” bowl gives you plenty of room to start a big fire and due to its low height (14.5”), it’s a spectacle to watch the flames. It also has a drain hole at the bottom so it will never fill up with rain. The fire pit will never wear out, even if left outside year-round without protection and can withstand any level of heat that you put it through. Over time the steel will develop a natural oxide patina that I enjoy tremendously, making it look even better. The Patriot wood burning fire pit is a marvel in quality and durability and considering its lifetime of service, it has an incredibly attractive price-tag.
Handmade from scratch in America with care and excellence, the Manta Ray is a beautifully done piece by the talented team at Fire Pit Art that combines an interesting and unique design with the long-lasting quality of high-end wood burning fire pits. It’s big and it makes a statement, you can instantly notice the quality just by looking at its beautiful curves and thick steel. Standing at 22” of height and 36” of width, this thing’s huge and can easily hold large and eye-catching fires that heat a large area around them. The 1/4” thick carbon steel makes the body nearly indestructible and while the inside is coated with heat-resistant paint, the outside has a rust patina finish that will only improve in looks with time. Each of the Manta Ray fire pits come individually signed and numbered by its designer Rick Wittrig, a classy detail. The durability is just as good as you’d expect – it will last a lifetime of use even if left unprotected. Handcrafted, resilient and unique, the Manta Ray is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a high quality fire pit that stands out from the rest.
From the makers of the Manta Ray comes the Asia fire pit. It’s just as good in terms of quality – handmade, thick super durable steel and great construction, but while the height (of the bowl) stays the same at 14”, it increases the width to a monstrous 48 inches. It’s among the largest wood burning fire pits I’ve ever seen and its shape makes for incredibly beautiful fires that propagate heat over a very wide area. It uses the same tank-like 1/4″ thick steel and the finish is equal too – heat-resistant paint on the inside and natural oxide patina on the outside. The fire pit also features the designer’s signature and number of the piece on a brass plaque. If you’re looking for the best and the biggest, this is it.
As you can see, wood burning fire pits truly do offer excellent bang for your buck. Their simplicity allows the manufacturers to price them very competitively, bringing you superb units at attractive prices. I hope I was able to help you and that you’ve found your new fire pit!
Feel free to check out the original best fire pits article, it will show you my top pick for each type of fire pit available.
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