Cast Iron Fire Pit: Top 10 Heavy Duty Iron Fire Pit Reviews

There is something magical about sitting around a fire, watching the glow of embers, and feeling the warmth on your face while you sip a drink and roast marshmallows. Did you know that you can enjoy sitting around a fire late into the night without having to go camping in the wilderness? A cast iron fire pit cauldron can add warmth and bring about a visual appeal to any backyard or patio as well as serve as a focal point during social gatherings. Heavy duty cast iron fire pits have a few advantages over fire pits made out of other materials. The main benefits of a cast iron fire pit are durability and sturdiness. Cast iron fire pits also tend to conduct heat better than other materials, are weather resistant, and great for cooking.

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Selecting a heavy duty cast iron fire pit may seem like a simple task with no thought required; however, that is not the case. The fire pits come in different shapes, sizes and have different functionalities. Thus there are many things you should consider when purchasing an iron fire pit. First, the material used to construct the fire pit should be strong and durable. Second, how convenient it is to use should be considered, as some produce a lot more soot and ash than others. Third, how you plan to use the cast iron fire pit should also be put into consideration. Lastly, the size and portability of the fire pit is also an important consideration. After considering the different forms and types of fire pits, we have compiled for you below, a list of the best cast iron fire pits. 

Top 10 Heavy Duty Cast Iron Fire Pits

Here are the 10 best heavy duty cast iron fire pits:

Cast Iron Fire Pit ModelDimensionsWeightPrice
Catalina Creations, 29" Cast Iron Fire Pit
Editor’s Choice
29.5 x 29.5 x 19.745 lbs Check Price
Esschert Design, FF90 Cast Iron Fire Pit30.9 x 30.9 x 1180.2 lbs Check Price
Sunnydaze, Bonfire Cast Iron Fire Pit34 x 34 x 1635 lbs Check Price
Global Outdoors, 31" Cast Iron Fire Pit30 x 31.5 x 31.5 Check Price
CobraCo, FB6102 Cast Iron Fire Pit30 x 30 x 2234 lbs Check Price
MagJo, Rustic Cast Iron Fire Pit30.5 x 29.9 x 7.533.8 lbs Check Price
Sunnydaze, Outdoor Cast Iron Fire Pit30 x 35 x 2440.6 lbs Check Price
CobraCo, Woven Cast Iron Fire Pit32 x 32 x 2538 lbs Check Price
Best Choice Products, Rustic Cast Iron Fire Pit29.5 x 29.5 x 1625 lbs Check Price
Sunnydaze, Portable Cast Iron Fire Pit24 x 24 x 1110.8 lbs Check Price

Catalina Creations, 29″ Heavy Duty Cast Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • Thicker gauge steel for durability
  • Deep bowl for large fires
  • Includes a mesh spark screen for added safety 
Cons
  • No mesh behind cutouts
  • Need to purchase ash-bucket and scoop separately 

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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. 

 

Esschert Design, FF90 Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • Large bowl for big fires
  • All-weather design
  • Low profile 
Cons
  • No screen or stoker
  • Prone to rust 

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If your patio décor is suitable for a single fire pit bowl to entertain guests, this cast iron fire pit cauldron will be the perfect 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. 

 

Sunnydaze, Round Bonfire Heavy Duty Cast Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • Durable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to maintain 
Cons
  • Prone to rust
  • The cover is purchased separately 

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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. 

 

Global Outdoors, 31″ Heavy Duty Cast Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • Durable
  • Spark screen for added protection
  • Comes with poker and PVC cover 
Cons
  • Prone to rust
  • Assembly is tricky 

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The Global Outdoors 31″ cast iron fire pit cauldron is built with heavy duty gauge steel 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. 

 

CobraCo, FB6102 Round Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • heavy duty cast iron bowl for long lasting, high quality performance
  • Spark guard
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Protective vinyl storage cover 
Cons
  • Screen is flimsy
  • Prone to rust 

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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. 

 

MagJo, Rustic Heavy Duty Cast Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • Durable cast iron construction
  • One year warranty
  • Big deep bowl for large fires 
Cons
  • Does not come with any accessories
  • Rusts 

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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. 

 

Sunnydaze, Outdoor Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • Durable, heavy duty construction
  • Easy to assemble
  • Comes with a one year warranty 
Cons
  • Can expose you to harmful chemicals like Benzene
  • A spark screen cover is purchased separately 

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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 fire pit 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. 

 

CobraCo, Woven Base Heavy Duty Cast Iron Pit

Pros
  • High quality iron bowl
  • Spark guard cover and protective vinyl cover included
  • Easy to clean and maintain 
Cons
  • Spark cover is whimsy and allows flames to shoot through
  • Prone to rust 

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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. 

 

Best Choice Products, Rustic Heavy Duty Cast Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • Durable
  • Comes with cover
  • Fully portable 
Cons
  • Can expose you to chemicals like carbon monoxide
  • Rusts easily

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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. 

 

Sunnydaze, Portable Outdoor Iron Fire Pit

Pros
  • Fully portable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Has one year warranty
Cons
  • Can expose you to chemicals like Benzene
  • Cover and spark arrestor are purchased separately 

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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 fire. The Sunnydaze Small Fire Pit comes with a one year warranty. 

 

Conclusion

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. 

 

FAQs

1. Is cast iron or steel better for a fire pit?

Cast iron is a better material for a fire pit than steel because of advantages it has over steel such as; iron fire pits are more durable, get hot quicker, and retain heat better than steel. Steel fire pits are more prone to rust than those made of cast iron. 

2. Will a cast iron fire pit rust?

If left exposed to rain for a long time, it will start experiencing rust. The best way to prevent this is by painting it with high-temperature paint and covering it with a fire pit cover when not in use. 

3. How do you clean a cast iron fire pit?

The iron fire pits’ solid structure and bucket-like design mean they require little to no maintenance. All you have to do to clean a fire pit is to pour out the ashes and debris. 

4. Can I paint a rusty fire pit?

Yes, you can. All you need to do is thoroughly clean the fire pit with an all-purpose degreaser and then apply the new paint. 

5. Can you burn rust off cast iron?

No. you cannot burn rust off cast iron. You can, however, use alternatives like abrasive grill scrubbers, vinegar & baking soda paste, detergents, or naval jelly to get rid of the rust. 

6. What wood is best for a fire pit?

Fire pits are designed to allow you to use any wood provided it is dry. 

7. How do you remove rust from a cast iron fireplace?

Rusts on a fireplace can be removed by thoroughly scrubbing it using abrasive scrubbers, hard detergents, or naval jelly. 

8. How do you keep cast iron from rusting?

You can prevent your fire pit from rusting by painting it using high-temperature paint, and covering it when not in use. 

9. Is rust on cast iron dangerous?

No, rust on cast iron is not dangerous. The rust, however, may spoil the design of the fire pit. Rusts on fire pits can be removed.

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