8 Best Smokeless Fire Pits of 2023
If you love a good campfire but hate the sting of smoke in your eyes, our roundup of the best smokeless fire pits is exactly what you're looking for!
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Smokeless fire pits let you enjoy a fire without shifting around to avoid wind-blown smoke.
All work on the same basic concept: Two-walled construction draws air in the bottom of the outer wall, then vents the now-heated air into the top of the fire. This natural bellows effect creates an oxygen-rich environment, producing secondary combustion that burns the smoke particles to nothing before they can escape the fire pit.
Best Overall Smokeless Fire Pit
Blue Sky Outdoor Living Portable Fire Pit
The Blue Sky Portable Fire Pit is an excellent entry-level product. It weighs less than 19 lbs. and measures 12-1/2-in. in diameter, big enough for two or three campers to gather around.
Pellet stove burns wood pellets, making it easy to bring a fire pit and fuel along on your adventures. Pellets are made of mostly wood-manufacturing byproducts like sawdust and small wood chips. Tightly compressed, they burn well.
- Available in multiple sizes, at a variety of price points
- Lightweight and portable
- Sleek, modern appearance
- Some users notice rusting over time
Best Affordable Smokeless Fire Pit
Colsen Tabletop Fire Pit
At less than $100, the Colsen Tabletop Fire Pit proves that even those on a budget don’t need to settle for an unattractive, barely-functional fire pit. Its small size also makes it a great portable fire pit, and its minimalist concrete design spruces up a patio or adds ambiance to a picnic table.
Family Handyman’s senior affiliate editor, Megan Mowery, can vouch for the product firsthand. “I love that it runs on just rubbing alcohol, so I don’t have to keep any specialty fuel on hand,” she says.” “And assembling the fireplace couldn’t be easier. All I had to do was take it out of the box and fill it with the rubbing alcohol I already owned.”
- Clean burning fuel
- Made with inexpensive materials
Best Smokeless Fire Pit for Backpackers
Solo Stove Lite
If you want an ultra-light efficient burner for camping, the Solo Stove Lite is a great choice.
This model is intended for a solo backpacker or camper who wants enough heat to boil water, cook dinner and maybe roast a marshmallow or two. Weighing in at a shockingly light nine ounces, the Lite burner is a phenomenal addition to your camping kit.
Camping with a friend? Then scale up to the Solo Stove Titan or Campfire. It puts out more heat with slightly more carry weight.
- Lightweight and portable
- Long lasting
- Some users note difficulty cleaning
Best Durable Smokeless Fire Pit
Huckberry Scout Fire Pit
What if you want a campfire that can take some abuse? Light your firewood without durability concerns with the Scout fire pit.
The Scout’s 17-inch diameter is larger than most other portable units, but the designers didn’t sacrifice convenience! The white oak handles make it easier to pick up and move. Good thing, because this fire pit is not light. At 43 pounds, it offers a commanding presence in a busy campsite or on your patio.
It’s heavier due to its scaled-up size and thicker steel than you’ll find on most other dual-walled fire pits. That means it can take a beating. And as long as you clean out the ashes and allow rainwater to drain out the bottom, it should last for years.
For smokeless fire pit that maintains a factory fresh look, Burly offers the Gather. A larger, heavier log burner, it’s coated in high-temperature paint that can be touched up.
- High-quality, durable construction
- Safer burn
- Easy to carry with handles
Best Stylish Smokeless Fire Pit
Tiki Stainless Steel Smokeless Fire Pit
Sure, aesthetics are subjective. But the distinctive segmented ribs of the Tiki Fire Pit give it a matte-black tiki-torch feel that adds a sense of fun to any outdoor gathering spot. Just imagine sitting around this fire pit, enjoying some beverages (with or without tiny umbrellas) and watching the flames dance skyward, all without the smoke-avoidance shuffle.
The wood- or pellet-fueled fire gives off heat in a four-foot radius, making it a perfect party centerpiece. Even better, it’s got an easy-access ash pan so after-party clean-up is a breeze.
- Matching accessories included
- Patio size
- Easy to clean
- Less portable than other options
Best Splurge Smokeless Fire Pit
Breeo X30 Smokeless Fire Pit Insert Bundle
This splurge is the Cadillac of fire pit cooking. The Breeo X30 insert makes maximum use of every conceivable cooking surface. It includes the smokeless fire pit and an insert ring, and it’s also available in two smaller sizes if space or budget are concerns. Breeo web site reviewers say it arrives quickly, starts fires quickly and produces virtually no smoke.
- High-quality, durable construction
- Great for cooking
- Multiple size and finish options
- Not portable
Best High-Tech Smokeless Fire Pit
The idea of a high-tech fire pit seems contradictory, but once you see the BioLite FirePit+ you’ll understand its appeal. We love the all-mesh body that showcases its flickering flames; the rectangular design that holds standard-size firewood logs; and the ability to burn charcoal when you’re ready to grill.
The real standout feature? The battery-powered three-speed fan that lets you control the amount of air pumped into the fire. There’s also a corresponding smartphone app so you can tend the fire without giving up your seat.
If you’re thinking of taking the BioLite on a camping trip, consider picking up the solar charger (sold separately).
- Bluetooth app control
- Foldable legs for portability
- USB rechargeable power pack
- Can’t get wet
Best Pellet-Fueled Smokeless Fire Pit
Flame Genie FG-16-SS
While the Flame Genie FG-16-SS isn’t the only pellet-fueled smokeless fire pit on this list, it does offer a terrific balance of size, price and durability.
It’s slightly larger than the Blue Sky pellet-burner we told you about earlier. giving it bonus points for portability. The optional stainless steel finish provides an extra layer of protection.
- No need to worry about transporting firewood
- Easy to use
- More expensive than other options of the same size
What to consider when buying a smokeless fire pit
While the smokeless fire pits on this list don’t eliminate all smoke, they do an extraordinarily good job of reducing it to the point most people will hardly notice the occasional whiff. In short, a smokeless fire pit makes a campfire more enjoyable.
To find the right smokeless fire pit for you, consider these factors:
How much do smokeless fire pits cost?
There’s a big price range for smokeless fire pits, from $70 for something basic to thousands of dollars for high-end models. For a smokeless fire pit large enough for a group of friends to gather around, $300 to $600 is a reasonable budget.
What kind of fuel do smokeless fire pits use?
A smokeless fire pit burns solid fuels like wood, charcoal or wood pellets. Most can burn multiple fuel types if needed, but manufacturers often design the venting and clean-out for one specific fuel type. Note that gas-burning fire pits are always smokeless.
How do you plan to use your smokeless fire pit?
If you think you’ll be taking the fire pit on a road trip, consider opting for a portable smokeless fire pit, one that’s lightweight convenient to carry. Does it have handles? Also consider the ease of clean-out, because you don’t want to put an ash-covered pit in the back of your car.
Do you have a specific purpose in mind for this fire pit? Whether you plan to entertain a crowd or backpack solo through a national park will impact the size and capabilities of the ideal smokeless fire pit for you.
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