8 Best Fire Pits under $100 – Reviews and Buying Guide

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While it does seem like there’s not a lot to them, getting good value for money in a fire pit for less than $100 can be difficult. This is because the best fire pits under $100 are mixed in with a couple of bad choices, and in some cases, it can be tricky to tell them apart.

That said, you can educate yourself on the fire pit features to look out for. One of these features is the fuel type. It would be best if you chose a fuel type that’s easily accessible to you. Next, the fire pit should be built to last, and thus it makes sense to check out the construction of various models. Also, find out what accessories will be provided with the fire pit. Ask yourself if these accessories come with any tangible benefits. You can even look at the dimensions and weight. After all, the device won’t work for you if it doesn’t fit in your backyard. Lastly, we’ve curated below a list of eight of the best fire pits under $100 that you can consider for purchase.

Top 8 Fire Pits under $100 Review 2021

1.

Zeny 32-Inch Outdoor Fire PitEditor’s Choice

Features
  • Fuel: wood
  • Material: black coated metal
  • Size:32” x 13” x 32”
  • Weight: 26 lbs.

More features: rust-resistant, multipurpose, safety mesh cover

The Zeny 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit is one of four square-top fire pits to make it onto the list and suffices as our editor’s choice product. As you would expect of any high-caliber fire pit, this tool is designed for the outdoors.

The tool features metal construction, which is then coated to protect it against rust and heat. That said, if you don’t make full use of the provided rain cover, the lifespan of your purchase will be reduced.

Additionally, the square table-top has ornamental faux stone lines, which make looking at it a bit more pleasing. Notably, the fire pit is also relatively portable. As such, you can experiment with a few positions in your backyard before deciding on a permanent home.

Another thing to note about the fire pit is that it comes with a BBQ shelf. Consequently, you can use the tool to grill some burgers or make a meal as you chill near the fire pit. In addition to the BBQ grill, other accessories include a fire grate, mesh lid, and a poker for tending the fire.

The mesh lid is especially important as it keeps sparks in the fire pit. This, in turn, makes your experience safer, and you don’t have to worry about embers from the fire hurting you. When hot, you should avoid touching the mesh lid. Instead, you can use the poker to remove the lid whenever you need to stoke the fire.

Also, remember that this is a wood fire pit. As such, if you don’t have a constant supply of firewood or a suitable alternative, you should avoid it.

What we liked:

  • The barbeque grill may come in handy when you’re hosting. Another thing we liked is the mesh screen that keeps you safe from the fire. There is a rain cover provided, so your fire pit doesn’t come into contact with water.

What could be better:

  • While it does seem the design of the fire pit is simple, some users have complained that putting it together may be a headache.
2.

Endless Summer GLT1343SP Gas FireplaceBest Propane Fire Pit Under $100

Features
  • Fuel: LP
  • Material: metal
  • Size:11” x 11” x 15”
  • Weight: 18.74 lbs.

More features: 10,000 BTU stainless steel burner, hidden control panel, electronic ignition, black fire glass

The Endless Summer GLT1343SP Gas Fireplace fire pit is another option you could look into getting. The fire pit uses LP gas as its source of fuel, and as such, it needs a propane tank to function. Something to remember is that the propane tank is not included in the purchase. As such, setting aside some money for its purchase seems like a good idea if you choose this fire pit.

This fire pit offers electronic ignition, and consequently, you won’t need to worry about using a lighter or a matchbox. It also helps to avoid the waste that is associated with the latter. However, when looking at the device from the outside, you won’t see the control panel or any propane tank connections. This is because they are well hidden inside the fire pit.

At its maximum heat setting, the device should provide 10,000 BTUs of heat, which is impressive for a gas fire pit. This heat comes from the stainless steel burner. Lastly, the black fire glass should be positioned above the burner to give your flame a more natural campfire outlook.

What we liked:

  • We liked the high levels of heat production expected from the fire pit. The design is attractive and is made even more so by the hidden control panel and LP gas tank storage space. The fire pit features an electronic ignition.

What could be better:

  • One major problem with this fire pit is that compatible LP containers are not refillable, which leads to waste. Also, you have to lift the whole device to remove or put in a gas tank, which can be a hassle.
Features
  • Fuel: wood
  • Material: 14-gauge carbon steel
  • Size: 21″x 21″ x 27″
  • Weight: 47.4 lbs.

More features: extra reinforcement with crossing support, antique patina vintage finish

An option with amazing aesthetics is the SuperHandy California Bear Christmas/X-Mas Tree Fire Pit. As shown above, the fire pit has cutout designs of a bear, paws, antelopes, and Christmas trees.

The 14-gauge carbon steel construction deserves praise as well. This material is thick, durable, and if well-taken care of, you won’t need to replace the fire pit for quite a while. Also, this might explain why the fire pit is so heavy in comparison to the other options.

As for the extra reinforcement and the crossing support, these features allow the device to bear the heat and weight of the burning wood easily. Also, the components of this fire pit can easily be put together or taken apart. This might make transportation easier, despite the heavy weight of the overall device.

Lastly, since this product is meant to improve its patina finish the more you use it, you can scrap deterioration due to rust from your list of worries.

What we liked:

  • The fire pit has a very attractive design. Also, it features durable carbon steel construction. Aside from that, the patina finish should improve the more you use the fire pit. Lastly, putting the fire pit together or taking it apart seems to be a cinch.

What could be better:

  • The fire pit is relatively heavy when assembled.
4.

Vnewone 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit Best 3-in-1 Spark Screen

Features
  • Fuel: wood
  • Material: powder-coated steel
  • Size: 32″ x 32″ x 14. 4″
  • Weight: 25 lbs.

More features: 3-in-1, easy-to-clean, protective fire screen lid

Shape and design-wise, the Vnewone 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit is remarkably similar to the Zeny 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit. The pit’s weight and dimensions are not too different either. If you are hosting in your backyard on a cool evening, this option can add warmth to the setting and improve the ambiance.

The parts of the fire pit, including the legs, table-top, and the bowl, are all made from powder-coated steel. Also, this coating provides a relatively high degree of protection from rust. The fire pit is also easy to clean after an evening of use.

Like the editor’s choice, you also get a mesh screen with your purchase of the Vnewone 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit. That said, you should be careful with your handling of the mesh pit as it gets hot. You can use gloves or even the poker to remove the mesh lid from the fire if you want to add wood.

What we liked:

  • The fire pit is easy to clean after use. The construction seems durable and solid enough for most people’s needs. Also, the coating provides some protection from weather elements. Lastly, you get a protective mesh lid.

What could be better:

  • Those who want to use the pit for food may need to buy a barbeque grill.
5.

Vnewone Outdoor Fire PitBest Exterior Design

Features
  • Fuel: wood
  • Material: alloy steel, metal
  • Size:24” (diameter), 23” (height)
  • Weight: 20.4 lbs.

More features: celestial pattern cutout, protective fire screen lid

Next, we have the Vnewone Outdoor Fire Pit with its cylindrical shape. Like the Vnewone 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit, the fuel type of choice is wood. Notably, you should cut the wood into small pieces to fit into the pit’s 24” diameter.

Given the fire pit’s simple design, it should prove a relatively easy affair to assemble the purchase. Of course, once you are done with the assembly, you can appreciate the fire pit’s aesthetics. The celestial pattern cutout is very impressive in this regard.

You can also add barbeque capabilities to the list of things the purchase can do. However, a BBQ shelf is not included in the purchase, and thus you’ll have to buy it separately. What is included are the legs, a fire bowl, and a spark screen.

What we liked:

  • This fire pit is presented as an easy-to-assemble purchase. Next, you are provided with a spark screen. Lastly, the fire pit has some impressive aesthetics.

What could be better:

  • Just like in the Vnewone 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit, you’ll have to think of a barbeque shelf as a separate purchase.
6.

Fire Sense Folding Fire Pit Best Foldable Spark Screen

Features
  • Fuel: wood
  • Material: steel
  • Size:22” (diameter), 15” (height)
  • Weight: 7 lbs.

More features: foldable and collapsible, high-temperature paint, comes with basic accessories

The Fire Sense Folding Fire Pit comes fully assembled, which reduces the workload for you. Notably, the purchase is foldable and collapsible. In addition to that, it comes with a bag so you can easily transport or store it whenever you need to. It might also help that the fire pit only weighs seven pounds making it ideal for camping trips.

Additionally, you get all the accessories that you might need to use alongside the fire pit. These include a mesh screen, a poker/screen lift tool, and a wood grate. Lastly, the fire pit’s construction is covered with high-temperature paint.

What we liked:

  • The accessories provided might prove useful. The fire pit being foldable and lightweight makes it easy to transport and store.

What could be better:

  • The fire pit is relatively small, which is not to everybody’s liking or needs.
7.

Kingso 22-Inch Fire PitBest Value

Features
  • Fuel: wood
  • Material: alloy steel
  • Size:22” x 22” x 20”
  • Weight: 12.27 lbs.

More features: black heat-resistant coating, multiple uses, rustproof

Next, we have the Kingso 22-Inch Fire Pit, which uses wood as its primary fuel source. As you can see, the tool doesn’t have many components. The ones that are there include the legs and an outer rim. As such, putting this fire pit together should be a cinch. Also, taking it apart so you can take it with you during camping trips should be an easy matter.

Another significant component is the spark screen. As you will be using wood with this fire pit, it is expected that there will be sparks and embers flying out of the device. In rare cases, there could also be debris. However, as long as you have the spark screen over the fire, you’ll be safe.

The construction of the fire pit includes alloy steel for the legs as well as the bowl that holds the wood. Notably, the load-bearing capabilities of the leg and bowl are quite commendable. These elements are also covered with a heat-resistant coating. The last accessory in this purchase is a wood-handled poker for tending to your fires.

The manufacturer also recommends that you put out the fire and store the fire pit indoors after use.

What we liked:

  • The body of the fire pit is covered with a heat-resistant coating. Also, you get a wood-handled fire poker alongside a protective mesh screen with the purchase. The fire pit also seems very easy to assemble. Lastly, the fire pit’s lightweight nature means it can be moved around easily.

What could be better:

  • The lightweight nature could be a double-edged sword as it can lead to the fire pit being unsteady where strong winds are the norm. Also, if you leave it out, the chances of the pit rusting are quite high.
8.

Best Choice Products 22-inch Outdoor Fire PitBest 22-Inch Spark Screen

Features
  • Fuel: wood
  • Material: steel
  • Size: 22″(diameter), 18.5″(height)
  • Weight: n/a

More features: steel mesh screen, heat-resistant finish, versatile design, multipurpose

The Best Choice Products 22-inch Outdoor Fire Pit also has impressive attributes that need to be mentioned. First is the tempered steel body with a heat-resistant finish. Next is an easy-to-assemble design.

Also, the steel mesh screen has not been left out of this purchase either. Some might say the fire pit’s compactness is an asset, especially if you plan on moving the device around after assembly.

Lastly, you have a dual purpose poker in that it can stoke the fire and remove the mesh screen from the setup when hot.

What we liked:

  • The assembly of this fire pit seems like a walk in the park. You get a poker and a mesh screen with this purchase. Also, the steel used to make this fire pit comes with a heat-resistant finish.

What could be better:

  • Leaving the fire pit outside is detrimental to its lifespan as it may fall prey to rust. Also, the whole setup is not very sturdy due to its lightweight nature.

Things to Сonsider

Just so we ensure you get good value for your money, we have included a buying guide below. With this, you’ll no doubt have an easier time selecting one backyard accessory from the eight fire pit options listed above.

What to expect from a fire pit under 100?

Admittedly, the fire pits you get for a budget of under $100 are not top of the line purchases. However, they are functional, well-built, and often light enough to take with you on camping trips. Additionally, most of them come with heat resistant finishes.

We would recommend that you store these fire pits indoors once you are done with them. This will ensure they don’t come into contact with the rain and moisture, which then protects them from rust. Also, some of them come with various accessories, including fire pits, pokers, and barbeque shelves.

8 Best Fire Pits under $100 - Reviews and Buying Guide

Features to consider when choosing the best fire pit under $100

Notably, there are some high-quality fire pits in this price range if you know where and how to look for them. We do recommend that you make the purchase after considering what features the fire pit comes with. This is because the features listed will dictate how you use the fire pit. Also, the list of features you might find as you review fire pits priced at below $100 is given below. Use it as a reference point, and it will keep you from forgetting anything.

Fuel source

There are currently up to four different types of fire pits with regard to the fuel types they use. The most common in this price range, as seen in the list above, is the wood-burning option. You also have the liquid propane option like the Endless Summer GLT1343SP Gas Fireplace.

The last two options are ethanol and natural-gas fire pits. Due to what some might call the unnatural flame shape from the burner, the natural gas, ethanol, and liquid propane fire pits come with accessories such as fire glass, lava rock, and more. These accessories give the flame a more realistic campfire look.

Material

The list above also shows that varying materials have been used to make the different fire pits. As such, there are varying degrees of durability in each option. The SuperHandy California Bear Christmas/X-Mas Tree Fire Pit is particularly impressive since it uses 14-gauge steel. Another one of its impressive attributes is that it has a patina finish that will only improve over time.

While still on the matter of finishes, you should get one that is heat resistant, and it’s also a bonus if it is rust-resistant. If the finish fulfills both of these requirements, the fire pit should last you longer.

Safety of use

Also, since you’ll be dealing with fire, a small mishap can lead to major problems. However, since you and your family don’t want to get burned, you should check on the device’s safety. Notably, sturdier and heavier options are harder to tip over, even in cases of strong winds.

Additionally, you don’t need to get close to the pit if you have a poker to stoke the fire. This device also allows you to lift the mesh screen without touching it. If you find other features that make the fire pit safer to use, they should add to the pros of your purchase as well.

Burner

The burner types you encounter in potential fire pit purchases will also be different. This is in terms of design and shape as well as the flames they produce. Some popular designs in the market include round burners, square burners, crossfire burners, and more. Of course, for wood burning fire pits, which make up the bulk of our list above, they don’t need any burners to function.

Design and shape

Also, check whether the design and shape of the fire pit are in line with your needs. As shown in the above list, the two most dominant shapes for the top of the fire pit are square and circular options. However, the shape varies a lot when looking at the area between the top and bottom of the fire pit. Some are cylindrical, others are cuboids, and you get a few other shape options as well.

Additionally, the design of the body of the fire pit varies a lot. As you can see, fire pit options like the Vnewone Outdoor Fire Pit and the SuperHandy California Bear Christmas/X-Mas Tree Fire Pit feature a cutout design. Others have plain exteriors, while a few have faux stone lines with the example of the Zeny 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit. Any of these design patterns is acceptable as long as you find it attractive and a perfect fit for your backyard.

Portability

8 Best Fire Pits under $100 - Reviews and Buying Guide

Some would say that portability is a crucial selling point for the Fire Sense Folding Fire Pit. This purchase option is light, collapsible, and is provided with a bag for easy carry. As such, if you ever need to go for a camping trip, fitting this in the trunk of your car alongside other luggage should be a cinch.

However, an option like the SuperHandy California Bear Christmas/X-Mas Tree Fire Pit may be significantly more challenging to carry thanks to the extra weight. Consequently, it might be more suited to a person who doesn’t plan on taking the fire pit out of the house.

Ensure you buy a fire pit that is perfect for your needs in this area as well.

Cooking area

Fire pits can also double as barbeque grills if they have the right accessories with them. An example is the Zeny 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit, which comes with a barbeque shelf making it easier to prepare meals in your backyard. Most of the other options don’t have such an accessory, although admittedly, you can get one from a third party seller.

If grilling some food in your fire pit is essential, you should look into the cooking area as well. This will allow you to know how many burger patties or sausages you can fit into it.

Warranty

Ideally, your fire pit will also come with a warranty. This will ensure the backyard accessory can get repaired or replaced at no extra cost if it gets damaged within a specific time frame. This can save you some money and help you avoid some headaches post-purchase.

FAQ

You have a few options that you can line the bottom of your fire pit with. They include sand, dirt, lava rocks, fire glass, and gravel. The first two options are cheaper but require higher maintenance. The next two work well for fire pits but will need you to fork out some money. As for the gravel, its availability and cost are dependent on where you live.

This depends on the type of fire pit you choose. As for most of the options listed above, you should be good to go even without a liner.

Depending on the material used in your patio, it might or might not be safe to place your fire pit on it. As such, we don’t recommend it. Additionally, placing your fire pit on your patio in some areas is against city code.

Our Verdict

As evident from the fire pits list above, our top three options are the Zeny 32-Inch Outdoor Fire Pit, Endless Summer GLT1343SP Gas Fireplace and the SuperHandy California Bear Christmas/X-Mas Tree Fire Pit.

As far as all-rounded fire pits go, the Zeny is an excellent option. A BBQ shelf is also included, even though it is omitted from most of the other offerings listed.

The Endless Summer GLT1343SP Gas Fireplace is the only gas option included. As such, it is worth purchasing if you want to avoid the smoke associated with burning wood. Also, some of you may find wood to be harder to find than propane gas.

Last in our top three fire pits is the SuperHandy California Bear Christmas/X-Mas Tree Fire Pit. We liked this option because of the extremely attractive exterior. Also, the patina finish works well with an outdoor fire pit like this one.

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