The 10 Best Portable Fire Pits | Ultimate 2020 Guide

When enjoying the outdoors away from home, having an easily transportable fire pit is a great advantage for both heat and cooking ability.

Based on the time of adventures you find yourself on, there are a few different styles worth considering.

This list includes portable fire pits that mimic permanent backyard pieces, foldable mini fire pits that can be tucked into a backpack and durable propane models that you can set up like a portable bonfire when camping or enjoying an evening at the beach.

All of the options on this list are fan favorites with great reviews.

Final Sear

The Final Sear: The Outland Firebowl 893 is my favorite portable fire pit. Compact and easy to transport, set-up takes just a couple of minutes and the porcelain-coated stainless steel bowl produces a smokeless flame

This list is a compilation of our favorites with a complete spec breakdown to help narrow the field.

The 10 Best Best Portable Fire Pits in 2020

  • Fire Sense 29-Inch Folding Fire Pit
    Product Name
  • 4.0Rating
  • 29"Pit size
  • Woodfuel
  • 17 x 29 x 29 inDimensions
  • $Price
  • Outland Firebowl 893 Deluxe Outdoor Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit
    Product Name
  • 4.8Rating
  • 19"Pit Size
  • Gasfuel
  • 18.5 x 18.5 x 10.5 inDimensions
  • $Price
  • UCO Flatpack Portable Stainless Steel Grill and Fire Pit
    Product Name
  • 4.7Rating
  • 13 x 10"Pit Size
  • Woodfuel
  • 13.5 x 10 x 1.5 inDimensions
  • $Price

1. Outland Firebowl 893 Deluxe Outdoor Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit

I love this option from Outland because it is SO functional and designed specifically for outdoor excursions. It is a great pick for camping and travel when you’re looking for an easy, no-mess option.

The propane feature is a serious advantage over wood as it is so easy to maintain and doesn’t produce ash or smoke.

The 893 is compact and easy to transport, set-up takes just a couple of minutes and the porcelain-coated stainless steel bowl produces a smokeless flame and a solid amount of heat. This model has a single burner with an output of 58,000 BTUs.

This model is also approved for use during most campfire bans because it burns so cleanly.

The kit includes a cover, lava rocks, hose and an adjustable regulator. Total size is 24’’ x 24’’ x 13’’ and weighs about 24lbs. Outland makes this style in a variety of sizes so you can select the dimensions that work best for your needs.

2. Fire Sense 29-Inch Folding Fire Pit

For a solidly cost effective portable fire pit with no frills and a budget price tag, this is our top pick.

This is as basic as they come, a simple bowl wood-burning style with folding legs and a slim profile so it can be transported easily.

It includes a stainless steel grate and comes with a domed mesh spark shield and fire tool for re-positioning the logs and lifting the spark shield when hot. A vinyl carry bag is also included to make transport easy.

Because this fire pit is so compact it makes a great companion in RV travels where space is at a premium, and for camping trips. Total dimensions are 17” x 29” x 29” and the weight is around 10lbs.

3. UCO Flatpack Portable Stainless Steel Grill and Fire Pit

If you’re looking for ultra-portable, you’ve found it with this fully collapsible model from UCO.

What is unique about this model is that it can be completely disassembled to lay flat, taking up almost no space a t 1.5’’ thick. It is small enough to stow in a backpack and is great for longer backpacking or boat trips.

It comes in two sizes, the standard is 13’’ x 10’’ and the mini is 9’’ x 6.75’’ – just enough for a solo camper or a small crew (6 servings for the standard).

The base is stable for grilling on, but keep in mind, this is not propane powered so getting your fire going requires a little extra time. The construction is stainless steel and the sides serve as a windbreak. A canvas travel bag is included.

4. Landmann USA 28051 28″ Heatwave Outdoor Fireplace

I like the design of this wood-fueled fire pit, with open mesh side guards and a Weber-esque domed top.

This isn’t a collapsible model but it is lightweight and compact with wheels for easy transport. The 360 degree spark screen gives you full heat access to the fire and the set up includes both a wood grate and a cooking grill.

A bottom rack is included for some basic storage and the fire bowl feels roomy at 28’’ in diameter.

The construction is primarily stainless steel with a porcelain coated lid and fire bowl. Bakelite handles stay cool even when the fire is going and all materials are designed to withstand high temps and all weather.

5. Pop-Up Fire Pit

Another collapsible model, this fire pit from Campfire Defender resembles a mini easy-up in terms of how it functions.

Capable of handling both wood and charcoal, this model packs down smaller than a camp chair and total weight comes in at under 8 lbs.

The build is mainly aluminum which conveniently has a quick cool-down time at under 90 seconds. Using a special fire mesh technology, fires burn hotter with less smoke so you’re not constantly moving around the fire as the wind direction changes. The mesh does have to be replaced an estimated once per year.

It includes a carrying case and is a great pick for the beach or camping.

6. Outland Firebowl 823 Mega Outdoor Propane Gas Fire Pit

The larger 893 model takes our top spot for this category but I also wanted to highlight this size because it’s a great option that’s slightly more compact at 19’’ in diameter.

It includes all the other features of the larger model including the powerful 58,000 BTU burner, easy set-up, 10 ft hose, regulator for adjusting flame intensity, and lava rocks.

We recommend purchasing the separate carrying bag for easy packing and transport.

7. SanSwee Flatpack Portable Fire Pit and Camping Stove

An alternate collapsible fire pit, this is multi-functional as a camping stove and can be fueled by charcoal or firewood.

It is foldable to 2’’ thick and can fit in most backpacks for slim transport. Set-up is quick, estimated at about 30 seconds and requires no additional tools.

An included grill grate converts it into a camping stove, or it can be used as a compact outdoor fire pit. High airflow allows for a more complete burn and eliminates most of the smoke from other fire pits.

Construction is a highly durable stainless steel that resists corrosion and can take a beating on all your outdoor adventures. Total weight is about 5.5 lbs and the cooking area is 8” x 8”.

8. Rootless Large Portable Outdoor Fire Pit : Collapsing Steel Mesh Fireplace

This is a uniquely designed outdoor burner with a rollable steel net and folding legs.

This model is designed to roll up into a 2.6lb bundle and is the lightest option on our list. It includes a small carrying bag and can be packed along on pretty much any adventure.

The weight of the wood logs for the fire create stability and the mesh net is fine enough to keep ash and sparks contained. The fully assembled dimensions are 22” x 22” x 12.6” and no tools are required for assembly.

It is recommended that this be used on a fairly level surface and it is wood-burning only.

9. Fire Sense Sporty Campfire Portable 15 Inch Gas Steel Fire Pit

This is a pretty stylish design for a portable style fire pit. It is designed with some decorative features and uses heat resistant painted steel.

This is a gas-powered model and requires a standard 20lb propane tank. It comes equipped with a domed lid, propane stand, lava rocks, regulator and hose.

The stainless steel burner has an output of 60,000BTUs and the flame intensity is adjustable.

Dimensions measure a 15’’ diameter and the legs are collapsible for ease of transport. This is ideal for use as an outdoor heater and isn’t intended for any actual grilling.

10. Bali OutdoorsTailgate Gas Portable Fire Pit

Meant for tagging along on tailgates and outdoor adventures, this is a solid non-collapsible fire pit option.

The design is lightweight and portable with a 50,000 BTU burner output in the fire bowl. Overall construction is a durable corrosion-resistant stainless steel with a protective enamel finish.

The unit includes a locking lid, gas hose, regulator, and lava rocks for heat preservation. The auto-ignition makes for quick start ups and the flame intensity can be adjusted to suit your needs. It burns totally clean and has no smoke so you can enjoy using it hassle-free, no clean up required.

Total dimensions are 18.7” x 18.7” x 14.6” and the overall weight is about 18 lbs.

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About the Author Craig Rinde

I am a grill freak! It's hard to pick my favorite thing to grill, but if I had to choose... it is still a tie between pork ribs and a juicy beef burger. I am currently grilling on a Weber S210(I live in a small space) but my dream grill is definitely a summit. Those things are bad ass. Anyways I would love to hear from you, leave a comment or question below!

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