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Fact: Humans love fire. Candles are one of the most unconsciously collected items on the market today due to their bountiful scents and warming atmospheres, and a fireplace is always an item on the wishlist during house hunting. Making a fire outdoors, however, is tricky unless you’re a certified eagle scout. Hence, the creation of small fire pits.
Fire pits provide a hospitable playground for cracking embers and dancing flames to work their magic on groups of humans who wish to roast marshmallows, dance and/or have deep conversations. Outdoor fireplaces do the same thing, and firewood racks make scavenging for logs a thing of the past. There are fire pits powered by propane for the grill-lovers out there, as well as pop-up fire pits that make setting up and taking down easy. And, like anything humans love, we’ve decided to make it small and adorable — via the invention of small fire pits.
Small fire pits take everything we love about regular-sized fire pits and delivers it in a more portable package. Whether you need a more smaller version of your at-home fire pit or your outdoor space is limited to a fire escape, mini fire pits can provide the atmosphere you’re craving without the concern you’ll burn down your house. Like any trendy at-home accessory, there are a few different options. Some are simply smaller versions of your typical outdoor fire pit, while others are made of concrete. There are even soot-free options for indoor use.
To be included, the “mini” fire pit had to be:
- Less than 20″ wide and 15″ tall
- Easy to set up
Here are the best small fire pits for indoor, outdoor and portable use.
1. FLIKR Fire Personal Concrete Fireplace
This small fireplace is tiny. It’s made of durable concrete, which adds both a sleek aesthetic and protection from damage. It’s easy to set up and runs only on rubbing alcohol, so it won’t create soot. Just five ounces of rubbing alcohol creates 50 minutes of burn time, and it’s completely safe for cooking. It works just as well inside as it does outside, and it has felt on the bottom for protecting surfaces.
2. Solo Stove Bonfire
This small fire pit from Solo Stove is a slightly bigger than some of the other options, but it’s still much smaller and more travel-friendly than other fire pits. It’s designed to be low-smoke with a trademarked 360 Airflow Design for a secondary burn and minimal ash. The pit itself is made of durable stainless steel that can travel anywhere and it’s log-friendly, so you still get that genuine fire pit feel. It only weighs about 20 pounds and is easy to set up and take down.
3. Radiate Portable Campfire
BEST FOR CAMPING
While this fire pit isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as the other ones, it’s perfect for outdoor adventures where you’re less than confident in your ability to build a fire. It was featured on Shark Tank and received three offers, so you know it’s good. Radiate weighs only four pounds and is only 8″ wide. It uses recycled soy wax and paper briquettes to burn for three-plus hours while minimizing carbon footprint. All it takes is a match to light, and you can snuff out the flame with the lid. It reduces the chances of sparking a wildfire with a stray ember, and it’s designed to accomplish our collective goal in nature: leave no trace.
4. Blue Sky Outdoor Fire Pit
This small fire pit from Blue Sky is made for quickly packing up and easily storing. It’s designed to burn efficiently with little to no smoke, ash, sparks or unpleasant odors. It’s high heat, so make sure you use it in an outdoor context with plenty of space. Very little assembly is needed to set it up and get it going. It comes with its own carrying case and is designed to leave no trace.
5. Colsen Tabletop Fire Pit
This firepit from Colsen burns rubbing alcohol, so it’s a clean burn that’s designed for convenient use rather than crackling embers and the smell of a fire. It’s light, small and super easy to place anywhere you’d like a little bit of ambiance. It lasts about 40-50 minutes on a single round of rubbing alcohol.
6. JHY DESIGN Indoor/Outdoor Portable Fireplace
This mini fire pit from JHY DESIGN includes a windshield made of temperature-resistant glass designed to help protect the flame outdoors. It also conveniently adds an extra safety measure around kids and animals. This mini fire pit is fueled by clean-burning bio-ethanol, is vent-free and easy to set up right out of the box. The sleek black metal body looks great contrasted with the flames, and the fire pit is also available in silver.
7. TACKLIFE Tabletop Fire Pit
This fire pit has glass panes to prevent a strong gust from extinguishing either your miniature flame or the vibe. It has a cement base for a sturdy structure and black glass stone framing the flame. It runs on bio-ethanol that is clean, dust-free, smoke-free and completely odorless This fire pit is ventless and designed to be portable, so it can go anywhere and spread ambiance.
8. Threshold 11″ Round Outdoor Tabletop Fire Pit
Unlike other mini fire pits, this one includes a knob for adjusting the intensity of the flame. It’s 11″ wide and designed to be used outdoors, and comes with lava rocks that frame the flame. It’s made of weather- and heat-resistant materials and runs on propane. It comes with a stand you can use to prop it up or you can place it directly onto outdoor furniture, making it a great addition to an outdoor seating area.
9. Pipestone Tabletop LP Fire Pit
This is a low-lying fire pit made of stone with a control knob so you can adjust the intensity of the flame. It has a matte finish that’ll look great in your outdoor space, and the materials are heat- and weather-resistant so it’ll maintain its durability over time. One thing to note: This fire pit is designed to be used on a table with an umbrella hole for easy access to the propane tank underneath.
10. Wrought Studio Black Delshire Wood-Burning Fire Pit
BEST FOR BACKYARDS
This fire pit is wood-burning and therefore designed to be used outdoors. It also takes up a bit more space than other models at 22″ high, 16″ wide and 16″ deep. While it doesn’t quite fit into our small fire pit dimension criteria, it is smaller and slimmer than other fire pit options. It’s made of faux fiberglass stone underneath and comes with a metal bowl for safely handling the fire. It has a minimalist design to let the fire speak for itself, and is easy to set up and take down.
11. Lit & Knight Tabletop Fireplace
EASIEST TO USE
This mini fire pit is from a newer brand we’re not super familiar with, but we love the design and it seems very easy to use. It has a clay beige concrete base with decorative glass rocks on top, a perfect centerpiece for your dining room table or outdoor patio. It uses rubbing alcohol to burn so it’s clean-fueled, and it’s lightweight and easy to move around your space. It has soft rubber padding underneath to keep it from slipping or sliding, and it’s made using premium materials designed to last a while.