If you want a fire pit that has the best of both worlds—one that adds ambiance to your outdoor space and can be a heat source for grilling—smokeless is the way to go. Smokeless fire pits are fueled by wood but burn clean, plus they’re durable and easy to maintain. Designs range from utilitarian to modern, and there’s a size and to suit every setup. Whether you’re looking for something inexpensive and portable or are splurging on a centerpiece for your patio or deck, here’s a lineup of options that look great and will keep you toasty on chilly nights.
What to Consider
First, you need to manage your expectations about smokeless fire pits because none are 100 percent smokeless—but they come darn close. They produce a lot less ash than traditional wood fire pits and aren’t as messy, plus they won’t leave a smoky smell on your clothes. You can use firewood or wood pellets, which light faster because they have less moisture, but either way, smokeless fire pits are extremely efficient and can generate heat up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Most are made from stainless steel, which can handle high temperatures, and some are portable.
How We Chose
Our selection covers different styles and sizes of smokeless fire pits across price points, all with a rating of four stars or more. While they typically don’t come cheap, we’ve included several midrange picks and looked for options that offer value. There’s very little setup for smokeless fire pits, but there are features we took into account that can make them easier to use, such as trays for ashes that aren’t cumbersome to empty, side handles, and carrying cases.
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Innostage Smokeless Fire Pit
$115.95 (32% off)
With an eye-catching design and carrying case thrown in, this smokeless fire pit offers excellent value for just under $100.
The geometric shape and diamond cutouts on the base and top tier add an element of style, plus help to feed the flames for an energy- efficient burn. This one is constructed from stainless steel, with bottom holes for venting and two side handles to use for setting it in place and for shaking out the ashes after the fire is out.
Best Overall Design
TIKI Low-Smoke Fire Pit
This fire pit is a standout for its attractive design, with streamlined horizontal slats and angled midcentury-modern legs. Crafted from 16-gauge stainless steel, the weather-resistant fire pit is powder-coated in black, with a pull-out tray at the bottom to empty the ashes.
It weighs roughly 45 pounds and takes regular firewood, but the pack of wood pellets that are included light more easily and have an estimated 30-minute burn time. The fire pit also comes with a carrying case, which is a nice extra, and gets high marks, with an average 4.8 stars from nearly 200 customers.
Flame Genie Smokeless Fire Pit
$199.00 (13% off)
For a lightweight fire pit with a small footprint, look no further than this option, which is just over a foot high. It’s crafted out of stainless steel, with a tiered top, a narrow base, and holes on both sections to maximize airflow. You can use regular firewood, though it may be awkward to get logs inside considering the fire pit’s petite size. Your best bet is to use wood pellets, which are a cinch to pour in, and they burn longer and hotter. The fire pit is also portable, weighing less than 15 pounds. The wood pellets and the carrying case shown in the photos are sold separately.
Great for Large Spaces
Blue Sky Outdoor Living Fire Pit
Blue Sky Outdoor Living
This smokeless fire pit is roughly 2 feet wide, which is plenty of room to accommodate standard fire logs—and make no mistake, when filled, it produces high flames and a tremendous amount of heat. Wood pellets can be used as well, but with a fire pit of this size, keep in mind that you might run through a bag quickly.
The fire pit is constructed out of steel and coated in high-temperature black paint, with a faceted design around the outside that elevates the overall rustic look. There’s a removable pan hidden underneath that collects the ashes, which makes cleanup a snap.
The Rustic Pick
Titan Corten Steel Smokeless Fire Pit
TITAN GREAT OUTDOORS
If you’re in the market for a fire pit with rustic vibes that’ll improve with age, this one fits the bill. It’s made from alloy steel that oxidizes over time and develops a rich patina, taking on a weathered look that gives it character. The angled cutouts around the base draw in oxygen to fuel the flames and add visual interest to the piece.
One word of advice: Decide in advance where you’re planning to put it, because it weighs a hefty 85 pounds.
Smart and Portable
BioLite Smokeless Fire Pit
We tested several portable fire pits and this one from BioLite is our Editors’ Choice. There’s a lot to love, as it has an exceptional lineup of features for the price. For starters, it runs on a lithium ion battery, which gives you 24 hours of burn time on a single charge, and it can be juiced up via USB (or, an awesome-looking solar-powered carrying case sold separately). Plus, the flames can be controlled manually on the power pack or using BioLite’s free Bluetooth app.
At night, the fire pit looks like a freestanding fireplace, as it holds four standard fire logs that can be seen glowing through its mesh body. It’s coated in high-temperature black enamel and comes with a grill grate for hibachi-style barbecuing with charcoal. There are four fan speeds, though it does put out a high-pitched whine, which may be a drawback for some.
Solo Stove Yukon Stainless Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit
We tested the granddaddy of the ever-popular original Solo Stove, and there’s no better smokeless fire pit to invest in if you’re going for a splurge.
The craftsmanship is top-notch, with high-quality stainless steel and an incredibly efficient burn. It can hold fire logs up to 22 inches long and is safe to use on a wood deck with a heat barrier in between. A few minor issues were that the kindling slid around in the base and its depth made stoking the fire a bit of a challenge, but it performed well overall. You may want to keep furniture at a distance because it produces high flames and a ton of heat.
Esright Smokeless Fire Pit
Of all the smokeless fire pits on our radar, this is the sleekest and most modern of the bunch. The low cylinder and square feet at the base give it a streamlined, upscale look. Plus, at nearly 30 feet wide, it has enough presence to be the centerpiece of your outdoor space. A heat shield is recommended if you want to use it on a wood deck. Pro tip: To add some sparkle to your evening, place glass stones around the top rim and they’ll reflect the flames.
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