When it comes to an outdoor fire pit, sometimes a classic design is simply the best way to go. The Sunnydaze 42 Inch Large Cosmic Outdoor Patio Fire Pit is a very traditional wood burning fire pit that is built to last. With iconic moon and star cutouts and an included ember screen and poker it has a lot more to offer than first meets the eye.
When purchasing a fire pit one of the key things to look for is ease of assembly, there is nothing worse than getting something that doesn’t fit together just right. The Sunnydaze fire pit is a clear winner in this regard as it takes only five to ten minutes to fully assemble and is nearly impossible to mess up. Being made a thinner /75mm steel material, it weighs in at only 34 lbs. and is very easy to move around the backyard or drag under a deck for long term storage. We were also a fan of the raised leg design, this allows the fire pit to be elevated from the grass and prevent scorching, something that is a problem with lower sitting fire pits.
The all steel construction is also great for heat resistance and for longevity, but on the flip side, it is quite prone to rust, especially in the humid south. The Sunnydaze fire pit ships with a rust resistant coating, but we suggest you give it an added coat of some high temperature rust proof paint. We have seen in the past were fire pits rust though their original coating and a second or third paint layer goes a long way to helping you enjoy your outdoor fire pit for years to come.
In addition to the main fire pit, Sunnydaze has provided a spark screen and a fire poker. The spark screen in particular is very nice to have and with its fine 1/4″ mesh, only the smallest of embers can escape. During our tests we found that any sparks that managed to fly out were quickly extinguished before they had floated more than a few feet. This is great, especially in areas that require all fire pits to have an ember screen due to fire concerns. The moon and star cutouts are also completely closed in by fine mesh to ensure that no errant sparks escape out of the side of the fire bowl either. If your concerned with burning your grass, this is the fire pit for you. Many alternatives have a much coarser mesh and allow larger embers to pass by which can easily start your grass ablaze.
We were pleased to see that the Cosmic Outdoor patio fire pit came with a pre-drilled drain hole to let water out and prevent the fire pit from rusting. However a few extra drain holes could have gone long way with this unit. We suggest drilling three or four additional holes around the original as the single holes can easily get clogged with ash and prevent the fire bowl from draining properly. Due to the elevated design we determined that sand is not needed on the bottom of this outdoor fire pit. There was just enough clearance from the grass to make sure it didn’t get scorched during use. We would recommend however that if you are planning on using this fire pit on a wooden deck to place a few 2″ cinder block stones underneath it to prevent any premature drying of your deck wood or burn marks from appearing.
Size wise this outdoor fire pit is incredible. Being 42″ around you are able to comfortably fit ten people around the Sunnydaze cosmic outdoor patio fire pit and have room to spare. The ring that surrounds the fire pit is perfect for kicking back and relaxing. It does not get too hot during use so you can rest your shoes and feet on it to enjoy the warmth of the fire from your head to your toes, quite literally. Because of the 10″ depth of the fire bowl it is very easy to put larger logs inside which really help to increase the heat output and create those larger fires that are perfect for roasting hot dogs and cooking s’mores. Speaking of s’mores the ring is a perfect resting place for roasting sticks and allows you to quickly rotate them to the desired position so you don’t set your marshmallows alight.
One thing to be aware of when buying this outdoor fire pit is that it is possible the bottom of the fire pit will be dented upon arrival. While this does not affect the performance of the fir pit in any way we just wanted to note that it can happen, but Sunnydaze Decor is great about shipping a replacement fire pit very quickly to ensure you can get the maximum enjoyment on those cool fall nights. Also if you happen to have problems with the unit rusting or falling apart later on, it comes standard with a 1 year warranty so you can be sure that your fire pit will never be out of action for long.
This outdoor fire pit does not include a cover so you’ll want to pick one up at the same time. We’d recommend the Terrazzo Fire Pit Cover from Classic Accessories as it fits perfectly on the Sunnydaze fire pit, almost like it was designed for it. The Rain-Tie protective fabric will keep your fire pit dry in even the most intense rain storms and the included dual ventilation ports will stop condensation from building up inside.
Overall the Sunnydaze 42 Inch Large Cosmic Outdoor Patio Fire Pit is the perfect blend of rustic charm with modern functionality and safety features. Its large fire bowl makes burning bigger logs a snap and the exterior ring is perfect for putting your feet up after a long day. This is a great fire pit for people who like to have evening parties under the open stars or for families who just want to roast a tasty sausage or make some s’mores. Whatever your reasons are for choosing this fire pit, know that you made a great choice and this will be a patio feature that will be well worth its price.