If you’re looking for the ultimate in maintenance free backyard fire pits, you’ll definitely want to go with one that is made of stainless steel. Not only are they elegant to look at, a stainless steel fire pit is inherently rust resistant, extremely durable and has an extended outdoor lifespan, especially when compared to carbon steel or cast iron varieties. In the past, we’ve reviewed many of the best fire pits and chimineas for patios, but today we’re going to put only the best stainless steel fire pits head to head and see which one comes out on top.
For reference we’ve put together the below table so you can quickly compare our top choices and easily choose the best stainless steel fire pit for you.
Best Stainless Steel Fire Pit, Solo Stove Bonfire
When it comes to quality, durability, longevity and design, the Solo Stove Bonfire has it all. This stainless steel fire pit is specifically design with an innovative double wall design which helps to promote airflow and reduce wood smoke. Plus, the overall look of this fire pit is exceptional, with clean edges, minimalist details and a roomy 19.5” fire pit opening this is looks incredible on a dark chilly night. We were equally as impressed with the portability of this unit. Weighting in at 20 pounds the Solo Stove Bonfire is incredibly easy to move around and doesn’t take up too much space in an RV or car for your next camping trip. If you’re looking for a great outdoor fire pit that can be used just as easily in the backyard as it can in the woods, the Bonfire will do the trick
Overall this is an incredible stainless steel fire pit and is number one our list. It has the features you’d expect from a premium fire pit, is made of solid stainless steel and simple look amazing with crackling flames under a starry sky. Read more reviews or Read our full review
Fire Sense Stainless Steel Urn Fire Pit
While a stainless steel fire pit by itself may look incredible, a few additional design elements on such piece go a long way to making it the focal point of any outdoor space. The Fire Sense Stainless Steel Urn is a perfect example of this. With a beautifully pewter finished base wrapped in scrolling steel bars it is a jaw dropper to say the least. We love the rustic yet modern look of this fire pit and it’s the perfect addition to any backyard. Plus, with the included wood grate, spark screen cover and lift tool you’ll have everything you need for a roaring nighttime fire right out of the Box. With a large 30” diameter these is ample room for friend and family to gather around the flickering flames for an evening of fun. Portability wise the Fire Sense Urn Fire Pit is only 22.7 pounds making it easy to reposition around your patio or backyard to accommodate more guests.
This is a great choice for those who are looking for a stainless steel fire pit with a more rustic feel to it. The included extras, incredible design and large size make a great fire pit for entertaining guests and family alike. Read more reviews
Double Flame Patio Fire Pit
The Double Flame Patio Fire Pit is very similar to the Solo Stove Bonfire in almost all regards. It has a similar double walled design to superheat incoming air and increase the efficiency at which is burns wood. Not to mention the hotter burning temperatures reduce smoke output to almost zero for a great wood fire experience. It differs in that this fire pit is a bit larger at 22” in diameter and is made from stronger stainless steel, making it more resistant to damage, but less portable at 42 pounds. The quality of the Double Flame Patio Fire Pit is exceptional however and the toned-down design and simplistic operation make it a great fire pit choice. We were also super please with the optional 15” swing-away grill as it made cooking on this fire pit a breeze and was super easy to detach and clean after we were done.
When it comes to the Solo Stove Bonfire vs. Double Flame Patio Fire Pit, they both have their pros and cons, if you’re your less interested in moving your new fire pit around and prefer a larger flame while cooking, the Double Flame is the way to go. Read more reviews
Portable Stainless Steel Fire Pit, Cataline Creations 26” Heavy Duty Portable Folding Stainless Steel Fire Pit
As an ultra portable stainless steel fire pit, the Catalina Creations 26” Heavy Duty Portable Stainless Steel Fire Pit is an incredible addition to this list. With a whopping 26” diameter burn surface and coming in at 13.2 pounds this is extremely large, yet very light option for people who are on the go, yet want a more traditional fire pit. Even better, this unit comes with a canvas carrying case to make taking it with you an easy option as well as eliminating any soot stains on vehicle interiors. We also enjoyed the high quality spark screen and lift tool that came included. The only downside to this unit is the rather thin stainless steel that makes up the fire bowl. We prefer our fire pit to be a bit more robust to better take the high heat and inevitable bumps and bangs. However, the lower price tag reflects this and makes for a great budget option.
In the end though, the Catalina Creations Fire Pit is a portable fire pit with high marks. It has a load of included extras, minimal weight and a wonderful look making it one of the best budget stainless steel fire pits around. Read more reviews
Compact Stainless Steel Fire Pit, Unique Arts 18-Inch Stainless Steel Mini Fire Pit
Last up on our list for the best stainless steel fire pit is the compact, yet stylish Unique Arts 18-Inch Stainless Steel Mini Fire Pit. As the name suggests this micro size fire pit is only 18 inches in diameter and is perfect for smaller spaces and apartment patios. At only 10 pounds it is easily carried around to any part of the yard or quickly stashed in a trunk for easy transport. We also like this thick wall design which allow you to use both wood and charcoal for a variety of fuel choices. As you can expect the small size also comes with a small price tag and the Unique Arts Fire Pit is a perfect option for those of you on a budget. However, you won’t be getting a spark screen or lift tool so you’ll need to pick those up separately.
In general, this is a great little fire pit that is made from high quality stainless steel is fit wonderfully as an accent piece or a focal point for a small outdoor space. Read more reviews