12 Best Propane Fire Pits

Cool or warm evenings, roasting hot dogs or marshmallows, small or large gatherings — fire pits are the ultimate hangout spot. Discover which gas fire pit is the right fit for your outdoor space and what to consider before buying.

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Updated on March 14, 2024

Our Top Propane Fire Pit Picks

A fire pit instantly makes your backyard a destination point to gather with people you love or to simply have a moment to yourself. However, the reality of getting kindling to light, cleaning up ashes and smelling like smoke long after the embers are out might be a deterrent to hanging around the flames. Instead, consider a fire pit that runs on propane gas.

Not only do they offer the same warmth and ambiance as their wood-burning counterparts, but they also have the additional benefit of burning cleaner, not emitting smoke or creating sparks, being easier to light and, best of all, getting a fire going in mere seconds.

How to Choose the Best Propane Gas Fire Pit

Start by looking at your outdoor space to figure out which size and shape will work best. Gas fire pits come in any shape (round, square, rectangular) and size, from small tabletop to oversized gathering spots. While bigger fire pits will create more square footage of heat, keep in mind the all-important heat output.

Heat Output

You don't sacrifice warmth with gas fire pits. Each is rated with a heat output that's measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). The higher the BTU, the more heat your fire pit will produce. Most gas fire pits range from 30,000 to 60,000 BTUs, though they can go up to 100,000 BTUs.

Fuel Source

Typically powered by a 20-pound propane tank, propane fire pits are easy to light and extinguish with a simple turn of a knob. The propane tank is either hidden inside the fire pit or connects to a line separately. When you need to refill or replace your propane tank, head to your local hardware or grocery store — they'll have you covered. While propane tends to be much more expensive than natural gas, it burns more efficiently. Not to mention, propane fire pits are customarily simpler to install.

How to Light Your Fire Pit

No gathering kindling or buying fire starters to get your flames going. Propane gas fire pits run off ignition systems. For a manual ignition, open the gas valve and use a match or lighter to start the fire. A spark ignition uses a push-button that creates a small spark to ignite the gas. Electronic ignition is the most user-friendly and only requires the flip of a switch, turn of a knob or even a remote.

Best Overall Propane Fire Pit

$229.99
Amazon
What We Like
  1. Easy to light
  2. Portable
  3. Weather-resistant cover included
What We Don't Like
  1. Smaller size
  2. Propane tank sits separately

With a heat output of 40,000 BTU, this natural-looking fire pit is a warm, rustic addition to your backyard. Lava rocks cover the burner to keep it safe, as well as create a uniformed flame. The easy-to-operate fire pit has a one-step ignition button and knob for adjusting flame intensity. An included waterproof cover protects the fire pit when not in use.

  1. Material Stainless steel, stone
  2. Ignition Type Adjustable knob
  3. Weight 52 pounds
  4. Heat Output 40,000 BTU

Best Value Propane Fire Pit

$149.89
Amazon
What We Like
  1. Affordable
  2. Doubles as a table
  3. Hidden propane tank
What We Don't Like
  1. Assembly required

Conceal your propane gas tank within this top-rated fire pit, which is sturdy and tall enough to hide it. The square fire table has a stainless-steel burner hidden by blue fire glass, which helps preserve heat production, while a streamlined control panel ignites with the push of a button. For less than $150, this is a smart buy that doesn't break the bank.

  1. Material Stainless steel
  2. Ignition Type Push button
  3. Weight 48 pounds
  4. Heat Output 50,000 BTU

Best Concrete Propane Fire Pit

$2,399.99 $799.99
Target
What We Like
  1. Good heat output
  2. Doubles as a coffee table
  3. Concealed propane tank
What We Don't Like
  1. Heavy

This two-in-one outdoor fire pit has a removable lid that allows you to use it as a fire pit or coffee table, and a door in the side allows you to hide away the propane tank. With 50,000 BTU, the fire pit will warm up your outdoor space with the simple click of the ignition.

  1. Material Concrete, stainless steel
  2. Ignition Type Push button
  3. Weight 125 pounds
  4. Heat Output 50,000 BTU

Best Propane Fire Table

$500
Amazon
What We Like
  1. Durable
  2. Easy to ignite
  3. Hides propane tank inside
What We Don't Like
  1. Wind guard not included

Fire pits that double as furniture instantly maximize the functionality of your outdoor space. This linear all-weather resin wicker table features a central fire pit on a bed of glass rocks surrounded by a black tempered glass tabletop. One side of the table easily pops down to access the propane tank when needed and closes up to store it away.

  1. Material Stainless steel, aluminum
  2. Ignition Type Push button
  3. Weight 96 pounds
  4. Heat Output 50,000 BTU

Best Propane Fire Pit Coffee Table

$4,899 $4,409.1
West Elm
What We Like
  1. Push-button ignition
  2. Stylish and durable
  3. Weather resistant
What We Don't Like
  1. Expensive
  2. Propane tank sits separately

This contemporary pedestal-base centerpiece has a steel burning pit in the center and is surrounded by a wide surface area for drinks, snacks or putting your feet up. The glass fiber structure is reinforced by a concrete frame and then finished with a weather-resistant, industrial-grade sealant.

  1. Material Glass fiber reinforced, hand-finished concrete frame
  2. Ignition Type Push button
  3. Weight 230 pounds
  4. Heat Output 65,000 BTU

Best Propane Fire Pit for Traveling

$207.99
Amazon
What We Like
  1. Lightweight
  2. Long hose to keep tank out of sight
  3. No assembly required
What We Don't Like
  1. Smaller size makes it better for travel rather than backyards

Enjoy a cozy campfire without the hassle of smoke in your face, dirty ash and piles of firewood. Designed with a stainless steel burner and a chrome valve knob to adjust the flame height, this CSA-approved fire pit is able to emit 58,000 BTU per hour and is sure to provide an efficient and stellar campfire experience. Natural lava rocks for an enhanced flickering effect, a 10-foot hose and a weather-resistant cover are included.

  1. Material Alloy steel, stainless steel
  2. Ignition Type Adjustable knob
  3. Weight 34 pounds
  4. Heat Output 58,000 BTU

Best Rounded Fire Pit

$944.99 $479.99
Amazon
What We Like
  1. Easy to adjust flames
  2. Concrete look without the weight
  3. Stainless-steel burner
What We Don't Like
  1. Concrete finish harder to keep clean
  2. Propane tank sits separately

Add chic curves to your outdoor space with this light gray fire pit with a concrete finish. Featuring a lovely circular bowl shape, this elegant centerpiece is a perfect accent to set the mood with the perfect amount of ambient light and a cozy warmth. The adjustable flame can start a fire whenever you're ready to gather around.

  1. Material Faux concrete
  2. Ignition Type Adjustable knob
  3. Weight 70 pounds
  4. Heat Output 50,000 BTU

Best Aluminum Propane Fire Pit

$426.94 $386
Amazon
What We Like
  1. Weather resistant
  2. Durable
  3. Doubles as a table
What We Don't Like
  1. Lower heat output

Whether you're hanging out in your backyard or on your wooden patio, you can't go wrong with this weather-resistant, hidden tank table. Capable of releasing 37,000 BTU, you and your guests are sure to enjoy long and comfy nights outdoors. Not only is the coating heat-resistant, but clear fire glass and a protective cover are included.

  1. Material Aluminum, metal
  2. Ignition Type Adjustable knob
  3. Weight 47 pounds
  4. Heat Output 37,000 BTU

Best Double-Duty Propane Fire Pit

$819.99
Wayfair
What We Like
  1. Can sit on wooden deck
  2. Good airflow
  3. Doubles as a table
What We Don't Like
  1. Assembly required
  2. Cover not included

Centered in this slatted bronze table is a square fire pit that features a stainless-steel burner under clear fire glass. Not just for gathering around the fire, a cover fits seamlessly over the fire pit to create a usable solid surface for dining or entertaining. Unlike a lot of fire pits, this one can safely sit directly on a wooden deck.

  1. Material Aluminum, stainless steel
  2. Ignition Type Piezoelectric integrated valve
  3. Weight 150 pounds
  4. Heat Output 42,000 BTU

Best Propane Pit For Small Spaces

$459.99 $239.99
Target
What We Like
  1. Lightweight and portable
  2. Rain cover included
  3. Perfect for petite spaces
What We Don't Like
  1. Lower heat output

Column fire pits are ideal for on-the-small-side outdoor spaces. The narrow design not only fits comfortably between two chairs or in the corner, but a control knob allows you to adjust the flame for the right temperature. With 30,000 BTUs of heat, the tiny but mighty fire pit is topped in lava rock that creates the look of glowing embers. Note: The propane tank is sold separately.

  1. Material Ore powder, steel, stainless steel
  2. Ignition Type Push button
  3. Weight 44 pounds
  4. Heat Output 30,000 BTU

Best Luxury Propane Fire Pit

$3,440
Williams Sonoma
What We Like
  1. Three fuel-type options
  2. Weather-, stain- and scratch-resistant composite concrete
  3. Tempered glass fire screen included
What We Don't Like
  1. Expensive

Made from composite concrete, this grand fire pit provides a ton of space for setting out drinks and appetizers. Height-adjustable feet allow you to customize the fire pit for your space and it comes in three colors: bone, graphite or natural. The Ark 40 operates with three fuel types, too: natural gas or propane for outdoor use or eco-friendly bioethanol that can be used indoors or out.

  1. Material Composite concrete
  2. Ignition Type Push button
  3. Weight 137 pounds
  4. Heat Output 65,000 BTU

Best Low-Profile Propane Fire Pit

$749.99
Wayfair
What We Like
  1. Full assembled
  2. Tank holder included
  3. Easy to clean
What We Don't Like
  1. Ignition can be unresponsive
  2. Propane tank holder sits separately

Take a seat fireside with this chic contemporary fire pit. Surrounded by powder-coated iron, the fire pit has a heat output of 50,000 BTUs and also comes with a separate tank holder.

  1. Material Lightweight concrete, powder-coated finish
  2. Ignition Type Push button
  3. Weight 84 pounds
  4. Heat Output 50,000 BTU

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