If you don’t want to dig, don’t have much space, or just don’t love commitment, then keep your fire feature aboveground. There’s a premade fire pit suited to almost any style and location.

By Petra Guglielmetti
August 18, 2020
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$300, homedepot.com

Solo Stove Round Stainless Steel Fire Pit
This wood-burning (yet smoke-free) stainless-steel bonfire is portable, and it can be combined with a stand that makes it safe even when placed on grass.

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$388, homedepot.com

Real Flame Anson Wood Burning Steel Fire Bowl
This sleek fire bowl with legs comes with a vinyl cover, spark screen, and poker.

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$119, target.com

Project 62 Pipestone 17-Inch LP Fire Column
This little option requires just 10 inches of floor space and features a knob for adjusting flame and heat level.

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$80, terraflame.com

Terra Flame Table Top Fire Bowl
This one runs on convenient cans of gel fuel (subscription optional), so you can put it just about anywhere.

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$2,145, dwr.com

Plodes Geometric Fire Pit
Landscape designers get hot and bothered over this sleek and angular wood-burning beauty.

It’s a Gas

A gas-fueled pit gives you fire at the flick of a switch. (And you can turn it off and sleep easy with another flick of the switch.) This kind of convenience doesn’t come cheap, however, since it will require hiring a plumber to run the gas line from either your kitchen appliances’ supply or a dedicated liquid-propane tank installed in your yard. The initial outlay can be upwards of $1,000, but you might recoup some of that over time, since gas is generally more affordable than seasoned firewood.