A portable fire pit is useful to have around when you want a heating source or cooking platform on the go; whether you’re tailgating, on the beach, or camping.
10 Best Portable Fire Pit Comparison Table
Here are the 10 best portable fire pits:
The best portable outdoor fire pits are wood-burning or propane gas fire pits and feature a lightweight design that not only provides heat and cooking options but is also quick to set up and disassemble.
We’ve identified the 10 best portable fire pits to provide warmth, cook on the beach, prepare a meal when camping or in our backyard with friends and relatives.
Portable Fire Pit Features To Consider
The most important feature of a portable fire pit is its portability.
Portability, in this case, means two things: lightweight and it’s ease of assembly and disassembly.
A portable fire pit is only good if it is light enough to carry to and from your car. Ideally, it should be light enough for one person to carry. Anything more than 30 pounds is probably too heavy. Material is very important here, which means fire pits made out of heavy duty materials like cast iron are not as attractive. Stainless steel is more attractive as it is lighter weight and almost as durable. Some portable fire pits will even include a carrying bag for greater ease of transport.
The design of the fire pit is also key to its ease of assembly and disassembly. You will not want a fire pit with too many moving parts. It should take less than 5 minutes to setup and disassemble the fire pit. Folding fire pits are popular as are fire pits with simple and singular construction.
Durability, rust and being weather resistant is not as important in a portable fire pit. You will seldom use a portable fire pit in rainy or bad weather.
However, if you are looking for a fire pit that can be used as a backyard fire pit as well as a fire pit on the go, durability and weather resistance does become important. In this case, stainless steel fire pits work very well.
Propane Gas vs Wood-Burning
Another feature to keep in mind is the fuel source, as it affects portability and convenience.
Wood-burning fire pits are going to be more portable for two reasons: first, you will not need to carry around a propane tank and second, wood can more easily be found so you may not need to bring too much wood with you to the campsite. Wood-burning fire pits also burn hotter than propane gas fire pits which can be good for cooking.
A portable propane fire pit will have the benefit of convenience and being smokeless. It is much easier to light up a propane fire pit and it will also work in rainy weather. In addition, it will be much easier to control the heat and flame level, which can be convenient especially when cooking or grilling.
Deciding between a wood-burning and propane gas portable fire pit can be tricky, and it will depend on your personal comfort level between the trade off of portability and convenience. If you are comfortable with starting wood fires and favor portability, go with a wood-burning fire pit. If you are not comfortable with starting wood fires and would rather sacrifice portability for convenience, go with a propane fire pit.
This wood burning, low smoke and portable stove is ideal for patios, backyards, porches and also tailgating. The purchase comes complete with a durable carry case / cover. It has a double wall, which equals more flames and less smoke. It burns the wood more efficiently with less smoke and ashes to throw away.
We picked this as the editor’s choice as it such an efficient stove, all the wood is burned with minimum amounts of ash and smoke. It is simply awesome at burning wood, it is highly portable, and all we need to find is a level surface to put it on. It is the ultimate in portable outdoor fire pits, better than a lot of propane gas fire pits.
The Heininger is an efficient fire pit for camping use, backyards, patios as well as tailgating. It includes a fire bowl, 10 foot hose and regulator. The total diameter is 19 inches and it is made of lightweight metal.
I like how much heat this little propane fire pit gives out, it adds real warmth to camp fires on a cool evening. I regularly use this for camping, especially if I know that it will not be convenient to find enough fuel to use a portable wood burning fire pit.
This is a truly portable Pop-Up Fire pit, 24 inches by 24 inches, and weighing 8 lbs. Made from strong stainless steel means that it will not rust. It sets up in 1 minute, and can be out away 90 seconds after the fire has been put out.
We were curious about how quickly you could put up the fire pit and how fast it could be put away after use. We found that the claims were right, a super fast portable fire pit for sure. It burns everything rapidly and with hardly any smoke.
The UCO is available in the regular and mini sizes. The regular is 13 inches by 10 inches, and the mini is 9 inches by 6.75 inches in terms of the grilling area. Either size I can be set him in 30 seconds, and the mini weighs a mere 2 lbs.
We brought the mini UCO to try as a grill and as a portable fire pit. In terms of food it can readily cook for three of us on short camping trips. It is good at cooking while the fire is kept away from the ground.
This 19 inch diameter outdoor portable propane fire pit produces an impressive output of 58,000 BTU with an auto-ignition function provided. It also includes a cover and a carry kit. That carry kit provides a 10 foot hose, a 4.4 lb natural lava set plus the carry bag.
I enjoy using the Outland Fire Bowl s the lava rocks make it look like a real fire without any of the smoke to breath in, and ash to clean up. I have cooked with it, and also just used it as a campfire to relax around. Either way I use the Outland, it is still a fine outdoor portable gas fire pit.
This 23.5 inch diameter portable outdoor is in black with wildlife cutouts. The wildlife cutouts means it is good for night time campfires as a portable outdoor fire pit for camping.
We think that the wildlife cutouts make it extra special for camping at night. When we know that we are going on a camping trip with small children we take this fire pit as they love the animal cutouts in the campfire light. We have cooked tasty camp food and BBQ food with this reliable portable outdoor fire pit.
This portable fireplace has a steel frame and a steel spark screen complete with cooking grate and also a wood grate. There is also a handy bottom shelf for storage, and the wheels make it more portable.
I did not buy the old version of this Landmann fireplace as I was not convinced that it was sensible to have plastic wheels. But i bought the new version with the steel wheels recently and it serves me well as a portable outdoor fire pit for my backyard. I’ve already used it a couple of times to cook BBQs in the garden, and its been great. I’m sure it would also work well for use on a camping trip or at the beach.
This is a collapsing steel mesh fireplace, which makes it ideal for use in the backyard, camping trips and garden. It is lightweight and foldable to fit in the supplied carry bag. The portable outdoor fire pit when it is in use measures 22 inches in length, is 22 inches in width, and is 12.6 inches high, the weight is 2.25 lbs including the carry bag.
I like this as a wood burning highly portable outdoor fire pit for camping though I admit it looked fragile. I found that it goes up rapidly without having to use tools and it is good for cooking on. The mesh does its job so there is not much effort needed to clean it up either.
This folding portable outdoor fire pit has a 29 inch diameter and does not need tools to put it together. It includes a log grate, food tool and a cooking grate. It s made of lightweight steel.
We were drawn to buy it by the simplicity of the design. The steel construction is sturdy and it cooks well. We would only use this for camping or the beach as we would use other fire pits for BBQs.
This tailgate friendly gas fire pit measures 18.7 inches in length, 18.7 inches in width and is 14.6 inches tall. It produces 50000 BTU, and it includes a 10 foot hose, lava rocks and a regulator.
I have found this to be very powerful that provides plenty of heat and light. It is portable enough to be used when camping and on beaches. Enjoyed using it to cook for small numbers of people at camps and on beaches.
After completing the review process we selected what we considered the Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit to be our Editor’s Choice. After going through all of our different criteria we decided that the Solo Stove was the best all round portable fire pit for camping and other outdoor activities. Even though it is a wood burning fire pit we decided that it outperformed other portable gas fire pits.