A cast iron fire pit is a heavy-duty, durable and rust-resistant type of fire pit that adds warmth a unique ambiance to your outdoor space and outdoor living.
10 Best Cast Iron Fire Pits
Here are the 10 best heavy duty cast iron fire pits:
We have filtered through the dozens of cast iron fire pits available in the market and have selected the 10 best cast-iron fire pits that you can buy.
Cast Iron Fire Pit Benefits and Disadvantages
Cast iron is one of the most durable materials and is the choice of homeowners who want their outdoor fire pit to be able to withstand harsh weather with minimal maintenance.
They are available in many different designs and styles but most will have a cast-iron bowl or cauldron to hold the wood logs.
The main benefits of a cast iron fire pit are its durability, sturdiness, rust-resistance and heat transference.
Due to the heavy-duty nature of cast iron, these fire pits are able to withstand the elements much better than other types of fire pits like copper fire pits. Their weight allows them to be steadfast even in high winds.
Cast-iron also heats up nicely and can more effectively deliver heat to its surroundings as well as hold heat longer than other materials. This means that outdoor area will be heated up warmer and longer than other types of campfire fire pits.
On the downside, the cast-iron fire pits are heavy so most are not very portable. Cast-iron can also become discolored if exposed to moisture too frequently. A fire pit cover is a good way to keep your cast-iron fire pit looking new.
In addition, because it is metal and holds heat longer, it can be hot to the touch for longer periods of time.
Cast Iron Fire Pit Key Features
Cast iron fire pits are usually wood-burning fire pits and as a result, include a fire pit bowl or cauldron to hold the wooden logs. Cast-iron propane fire pits or gas fire pits are not as popular.
The depth and width of the cast iron bowl will vary and some will have unique aesthetic and functional elements like cut-outs to promote air flow for the wood fire.
A few cast-iron fire pits will include a spark screen for additional safety. Other related features could include a screen lifting tool, log grate, and a protective outdoor cover.
Legs vs Base
Most cast-iron fire pits will have 3-4 legs beneath the fire pit bowl. Some fire pits will even include a shelf to hold the wooden logs for added convenience. Some fire pits will not have legs but will have a base to rest on. These are mostly for aesthetics but we prefer legs for added sturdiness.
Cast Iron vs Stainless Steel Fire Pits
The Catalina Creations heavy duty cast iron fire pit is constructed from sturdy heavy duty iron with a rustic bronze coloured heat resistant finish, making it durable and able to withstand harsh weather conditions and extreme temperatures. This iron fire pit cauldron has three sturdy legs for stability. The moon and whimsical star cutouts are fashionably designed for added beauty and elegance as well as to promote air flow. This cast iron fire pit cauldron comes complete with a deep bowl for large fires, a wire mesh spark screen for safety, a screen lifting tool, log grate, a protective cover, and a one year warranty.
If your outdoor living space is suitable for a single fire pit bowl to entertain guests, versus bulky patio heaters, this cast iron fire pit cauldron is a great addition to your backyard. The Esschert Design FF90 is a giant black fire bowl with a secure base constructed from heavy duty gauge metal for durability. The extra large fire bowl allows this cast iron fire pit cauldron to hold large fires for a whole night. The big pot on the Essechert Design will enable you to sit anywhere around the pit and still feel the warmth. This iron fire pit cauldron comes in color black.
The Sunnydaze Round Cast Iron fire pit cauldron is constructed from durable thick steel and colored cast iron material that brings out a rustic style. This cast iron fire pit cauldron measures 16 inches high x 9 inches deep x 34 inches diameter, making it ideal for many people to gather around for a large bonfire. The Sunnydaze fire pit comes with convenient handles that allow you to move the fire pit anywhere in the backyard or carry it when going camping. This fire pit cauldron is not only easy to assemble but also easy to tend to and maintain. Sunnydaze Décor gives you a one year warranty on this fire pit.
The Global Outdoors 31″ cast iron fire pit cauldron is built with heavy duty gauge steel construction coated with high-temperature paint making it durable, weather resistant and able to handle very high temperatures. This fire pit comes with a mesh wire cover for high-temperature protection, a fire safety poker, and weather resistant cover. The Global Outdoor iron fire pit cauldron measures 30″ x 31.5″ x 31.5″ which means it is big enough to warm up quite a number of your friends during a social gathering. This fire pit comes in color black.
The CobraCo FB6102 Round fire pit cauldron is designed with a classic brick pattern, a black-finish steel base with gently curved legs for stability and elegance, making the fire pits a perfect addition to your backyard. The heavy duty, cast iron construction ensures the fire pit lasts for years to come while giving a high-quality performance. This cast iron fire pit cauldron features a deep round-shaped bowl which can hold enough firewood to go late into the night. This fire pit comes complete with a mesh wire screen cover finished with a high-temperature paint that restricts flying embers, and a protective vinyl cover that prevents water from entering the bowl.
The MagJo fire pit is built out of heavy duty cast iron for extended lasting functionality. This cast iron fire pit cauldron is naturally oxidized to provide a weathered rustic look. The 6 inches deep and the 30inch full bowl is enough to accommodate a massive fire late into the night. The MagJo features three legs, 10 inches each, which are sturdy and provide stability to the fire pit. This iron fire pit cauldron comes with a one year warranty but does not come with any accessories. The MagJo fire pit is easy to assemble and also has a small drain hole which drains the bowl when filled with water.
The Sunnydaze fire pit with built-in wood storage underneath is a perfect addition to your backyard. This cast iron fire pit cauldron is constructed of heavy duty 5mm thick iron material to ensure long lasting strength and usability. The Sunnydaze fire pit is designed with handles on sides, a built-in log holder, and a wrought iron stand which raises the fire pit above the ground for added stability. This 30″ diameter fire pit comes with a 6″ deep bowl which is suitable for large and medium fires. The wood cubby is perfect for keeping kindling on hand and drying out the wood. The Sunnydaze fire pit cauldron comes complete with a one year warranty.
This CobraCo cast iron fire pit features a basket-weaved steel base design with a bronze finish that adds beauty and allegiance to any backyard. This durable fire pit also features a high quality, heavy duty cast iron bowl that retains heat quite well. The CobraCo fire pit comes complete with a heavy duty spark guard cover to prevent sparks from flying towards you and your guest, and a vinyl cover to prevent rain or leaves from entering the bowl when not in use. This fire pit measures 29″ in diameter and 25″ high meaning it can be used to burn large fires for long periods. At 40 pounds, this CobraCo fire pit is freestanding and fully portable for when you’re planning to go camping or move it around the backyard.
The Best Choice Products Large Rustic Fire Pit is constructed by weather resistant heavy duty cast iron to ensure it lasts for many years to come. This iron fire pit has a Wild West frontier inspiration, designed with an oxidized, rustic look for added beauty and elegance in your backyard. This Best Products fire pit measures 29.5″ by 16″ meaning it is big enough to allow you to burn large fires late into the night. This fire pit cauldron comes complete with a heavy duty cover to protect the dome of the fire pit during inclement weather or when not in use. The two handles featured on either side of the bowl allow for easy transportation and movement of the fire pit.
The Sunnydaze Small Iron fire pit is constructed with durable, heavy duty cast iron to ensure usability for years to come, and has a dark grey finish for a sleekly modern look. This cast iron fire pit has a stand which raises the fire pit bowl for added stability and decorative element. The Sunnydaze Small fire pit is fully portable and can be carried during camping trips or when moving around your patio or backyard. The 24″ size is enough to ensure all your family and friends can gather around and enjoy the warm backyard fire. The Sunnydaze Small Fire Pit comes with a one year warranty.
We have researched a variety of cast iron fire pits based on size, fuel type, functionality e.t.c. After carefully considering all these, we fell in love with the Catalina Creations, 29″ Heavy Duty Cast Iron Fire Pit. It checks off all the boxes in terms of what we look for; as it is sturdy, durable, stylish, and easy to use.
But all the iron fire pit models we reviewed were great for their own use. Whether you want to use the fire pit for cooking and entertaining, or you want to lounge about and stare at the flames while feeling the warmth, you will find whatever suits you best on the list above.