Fire pits are a great inclusion for any backyard, but especially in places where the weather turns cool in the evenings. They not only add warmth, they also add beauty and interest and extend the use of the patio throughout the year. They are great for parties, family time or simply enjoying a good cigar on a cold winter night. The best fire pits of 2014 are:
1. Landmann 28345 Big Sky Stars and Moons Fire pit
This is a very attractive, portable steel fire pit with a black finish. It has a cooking grate as well as a spark screen and poker. There is a safety ring around the circumference so it can be easily moved. The fire bowl is 23 ½ inches. The star and moon cutouts glow in the dark creating added beauty to the warmth of the fire. It is very lightweight at less than 35 pounds and can be taken camping or to the beach.
2. Blue Rhino GAD860SP LP Gas Outdoor Firebowl with Marble and Slate Mantle
This Blue Rhino model has a steel porcelain pit. It has a handcrafted mantle of marble and slate that gives it an elegant appearance and it can be showcased in any outdoor venue. The flame looks like a wood-fueled fire without the mess of ashes and soot. It starts from a hidden control panels with electronic ignition. It also includes a protective cover. The 20-pound liquid propane tank is not included.
3. Fire Sense Roman Fire Pit
This fire pit has a classical look with a 35-inch high tempered steel pit that looks like antique bronze. It also has a hammered lip and steel legs that are brush painted. The fire screen is mesh and has paint that can withstand high temperatures, and the wood grate and screen lift tool are included.
4. CobraCo Diamond Mesh Fire Pit with Screen and Cover FB8008
The diamond pattern makes this fire pit an attractive addition whether it has a fire or not. It is made from sturdy steel and will last for years. There are built-in risers to get maximum air flow. The cover also has the diamond design. There is a five inch edged where drinks and snacks can be kept. It comes with a vinyl cover to protect it from rain and snow as well as debris. This is a good model for a smaller backyard for sitting around, and will add atmosphere to a larger celebration.
5. Fire Sense Mission Style Square Fire Pit
This Fire Sense model has a wide mantle of Tuscan stone tiles for mugs of coffee, hot chocolate and is wide enough for a full plate of food. It’s also a good place to put cold feet. The design is very stylish with arches for stability and beauty. The screen lift tool and wood grate are included so it is easy to add fuel. It measures 35.8 inches square and 15.8 inches tall. Eight people can easily gather around this pit.