The Best Smokeless Fire Pits of 2023, Tested by HGTV Editors

Enjoy the inviting warmth of a campfire without the accompanying face full of smoke and watery eyes with one of these editor-approved, low-smoke fire pits.

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February 10, 2023

Our Top Smokeless Fire Pit Picks

Gathering around a warm, crackling fire pit is an ideal outdoor activity no matter the season, from summer night s'mores to chilly fall evening chats. Until you get a face full of smoke, that is. And we of course can't forget the smell it leaves saturated in our clothes and hair. Our solution? Smokeless/low-smoke fire pits. Smart design and construction help these pits burn fuel extremely efficiently, producing minimal smoke and making cuddling around the fire that much more enjoyable. These innovative outdoor accessories are growing in popularity, with many on the market to choose from. We researched, read reviews and tested the best ones firsthand to help you decide which model is best for you and your space.

How Smokeless Fire Pits Work

Smokeless fire pits are able to create a low-smoke experience because of their double-walled design. While the fire is burning, cool air enters through strategically placed holes in the bottom of the pit, rises through the dual-wall structure (getting heated by the fire on the way up), and is forced out through holes on the inside rim of the pit. That hot air pushes smoke, embers and debris back into the active fire and it's all burned again during a process called secondary combustion. The end result is a large, hot flame and very little smoke. Since smokeless fire pits are designed to burn every bit of fuel produced, they are exponentially hotter than regular fire pits and should not be left unattended.

Are Smokeless Fire Pits 100% Smokeless?

No, smokeless fire pits are not completely smokeless (where there's fire, there's smoke). They are, however, very low-smoke. An abundance of smoke is usually caused by either using the wrong fuel, lack of heat or lack of oxygen. Smokeless fire pits are designed to solve those problems. In our testing of the different fire pits, we found they produced the most smoke when lighting and building the initial fire. Once the fuel was burning for about 10 minutes, the smoke disappeared entirely.

What to Consider When Searching for a Smokeless Fire Pit

Material: Because smokeless fire pits burn hotter than traditional ones, you'll want one that can handle the heat. Most smokeless fire pits are constructed from stainless steel since it can withstand heat as well as the elements and is extremely durable. Other pits may feature coated steel or high-temperature paint. If you're worried about the longevity of your pit, opt for a company that offers a warranty on its products.

Fuel Type: Smokeless fire pits can burn a variety of fuel types such as wood, charcoal, propane and hardwood pellets. Wood and wood pellets will burn the hottest and produce the most ash, while charcoal is ideal for cooking over your fire pit. Not all fire pits are designed to burn every type of fuel, so read your pit's instruction manual or the manufacturer's website for the exact types yours can burn.

Size: If you're wanting to take your fire pit on the go, opt for one that is lightweight, foldable or comes with a carrying case. A few of the fire pits on our list are heavier and bulkier, making them less than ideal to transport. Besides portability, also consider the fire pit's size for where you'll be using/storing it, how many people can gather and enjoy it at one time, and how much fuel it will take to create a sufficient flame.

Features: Consider any additional features that may make your fire pit safer, multipurpose or easier to use. Screens or shields can make a safer experience for young ones or pets. Also consider what surface the pit can safely be used on as some are unsafe for wooden decks or lawns. Accessories such as covers, stands, heat deflectors, grill tops, fire pokers and more can boost the ease of transporting, storing and enjoying your fire pit but usually come at additional costs.


The Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 takes our "Best Overall" spot thanks to its versatility, ease of use and thousands of positive consumer reviews. Built for long-lasting enjoyment, the Bonfire 2.0 boasts a 19.5-inch diameter and is constructed of 304 stainless steel that is durable, lightweight and dependable. And whether you're a novice or a pro, creating a fire in the pit is a breeze. For our testing, we used fatwood fire starter sticks and dry oak branches. We found that the flame started out fairly large and did produce smoke, but after about 10 minutes of burning, the smoke cleared entirely and the fire pit became smokeless for the remainder of the burning time. The smokeless experience is because of Solo Stove's Signature 360° Airflow that circulates and heats air to burn off any smoke. A removable ash pan makes clean-up a simple task, but our tester did notice some ash still made its way underneath the pan and had to be dumped out. Thanks to the pit's light weight (23 pounds to be exact) and the included two-handle carrying case, the Bonfire 2.0 can safely be enjoyed camping, tailgating, at the beach or just in the backyard. The simple and sleek design of the stainless steel complements any design style, and our tester loves the way it looks in the middle of her outdoor seating area. Solo Stove backs its fire pits with a lifetime warranty and offers many accessories to get the most out of your fire pit including a lid, shield, shelter cover, stand to use your pit on heat-sensitive surfaces and even cast iron cooktops.

Our Editor Says: "A lot of fire pits look a little too traditional for my taste, but I love the sleek exterior of the Bonfire. Plus, I live in a wooded area with a lot of leaves and sap, so I love that I can keep it protected with the included carrying case."

$299.99 | Amazon $259.99 | Solo Stove $299.99 | Walmart

With its sleek appearance, efficient burning capabilities and low-smoke design, the Cuisinart Cleanburn Fire Pit is a great addition to any backyard. The fire pit quickly assembles by twisting the bowl into the ash-collecting base — no tools required. We used wood logs to build our fire and really enjoyed the large, hot flame that was created, easily being able to warm six to eight people. We found that the curved, insulated bowl allows the wood inside to burn extremely efficiently and only leaves ashes behind. Bottom vents pull oxygen in, while the top holes allow hot air to escape and burn any smoke and debris created by the flames. This design allows for very little smoke to actually reach you, and our tester appreciated how you could sit anywhere around the fire and not get a face full of smoke. It should be noted that this fire pit can only be used on brick, stone or concrete. We found that the base does get very hot and should not be placed on grass, wooden decks or asphalt. While this fire pit isn't marketed as portable, our tester noticed that it was lightweight and compact and could easily be moved or taken on the road if wanted. To clean up, simply let the fire pit cool completely, then unlock the pit from the base where the ash is held and dispose. Simple as that! One downside that our tester noticed was that since there was no cover included, the fire pit filled with rain water and leaves when not in use and had to be dumped out before using again. While there are no accessories included with the fire pit, there are a few add-ons available at additional costs such as a cover, riser/stand and fire poker.

Our Editor Says: "I was honestly surprised by how high the flame was and how much warmth came off of the fire considering how compact the fire pit is. You could sit anywhere around it and you wouldn't get smoke in your face, which I think is pretty amazing!"

$276.99 | Amazon $276.99 | Walmart $276.99 | Target

Keep smoke at bay while relaxing fireside with the Breeo Y Series Smokeless Fire Pit. Made in the USA, this heavy-duty fire pit is constructed entirely of 304 stainless steel and is backed by a lifetime warranty. The double-wall technology allows cool air to enter through the bottom of the pit and rise through the walls, getting heated by the fire inside. That hot air then exits through holes around the inside rim to create a secondary burn that reduces any smoke. A Y-shaped, raised air intake vent sits at the bottom of the pit and allows oxygen to continue feeding the fire even as ash accumulates. While Breeo's best-selling X Series fire pit is great as a stationary centerpiece in the backyard, the new Y Series is designed for portability and taking the fun on the go with its lighter weight, easy-carry handle and collapsable legs for stowing. Our tester appreciated how the fire pit's legs can also be adjusted to a fireside height and a cooking height, making it both versatile and sturdy. We used regular firewood for our testing and found that the flame produced was hot and robust and could easily warm multiple people when gathered around. Unlike other fire pits, the Breeo Y Series comes equipped with a built-in heat shield that allows you to use the fire pit on all surfaces, including heat-sensitive ones like wood decks and grass. Also unlike other pits, this one can burn regular wood, lump charcoal and pellets, making it the most versatile option on our list. One inconvenience we noticed when testing is getting rid of the ash. You either have to scoop it out or pick the fire pit up and dump the ash out, both of which were not ideal but also not difficult. If you're a grill master or just love to cook over an open flame, then this fire pit is definitely for you. Breeo offers a wide selection of cooking attachments such as the Outpost Grill grilling system, the SearPlate Griddle and the Breeo Cast Iron Kettle. They also offer other accessories to boost your fireside experience including a heat deflector and spark screen. While the Y Series is the most expensive smokeless fire pit we tested, we think its built-to-last quality, versatility and top-notch performance make it worth the money.

Our Editor Says: "This fire pit is so enjoyable to cuddle around. The flame produced was not only toasty and bright but also completely smokeless after lighting. My favorite feature is the built-in bottle openers on the handle. They look unsuspecting but are a fun party trick to show off."

$495 | Breeo $495 | Amazon $495 | The Home Depot

If you're on the hunt for a smokeless fire pit that is both aesthetically pleasing and performs well, then look no further than the Tiki Smokeless Fire Pit. An internal airflow system in this fire pit allows for a large, robust flame to be produced but with less smoke, ash and waste left over. Boasting a four-foot heat radius and a 25-inch outer diameter, the pit is ideal for both outdoor patios and outdoor seating areas. A stylish stand attaches to a stainless steel bowl, with the hardware included to do so. Also included with the purchase of the fire pit are a weather-resistant cover and a wood pellet pack to get your first flame started. During our testing, we used both the included wood pellets as well as regular wood logs and noticed both produced a large, hot flame but the pellets burned out much faster than the logs. We also noticed that there was smoke produced at first, but it was a low-smoke experience overall. Weighing in at 43 pounds, this fire pit is suited more for stationary use and is, realistically, not portable. One aspect that really drew us into this pit was the appearance. The black powder-coated steel exterior looks high-end yet casual, and the interior of the fire pit is a nice copper hue. The hairpin-style legs on the stand give it a midcentury modern feel, but we feel like this fire pit could work with any design style. Clean-up was an easy task thanks to a removable ash pan. Our tester did experience a little sticking when trying to remove the pan but appreciated how easy it was to dispose of the ash without making a huge mess. Keep in mind that this fire pit should not be used on any combustible surfaces such as wood, dry grass, mulch, etc. and should be placed 15 feet away from any structures or low-hanging branches. Tiki offers a fire pit screen and poker bundle as well as their own wood pellet packs for additional costs.

Our Editor Says: "I LOVED the aesthetic of this fire pit. I think it's such a fun addition to my patio that is stylish but also useful, and I know we'll get a lot of use out of it come fall. I also loved that the ash was contained and could be removed with no mess – a much nicer setup than the normal in-ground fire pit situation."

$395 | Amazon $395 | Tiki Brand $395 | The Home Depot

Take the cozy, smokeless fireside experience on the road with the INNO STAGE Smokeless Fire Pit. This fire pit takes our "Best Portable" title thanks to its extremely light weight of 16 pounds — the lightest fire pit on our list — and an included two-handled zip storage bag. The pit features a base and a fire bowl that stack on top of one another, with the base acting as an ash collector pan. Available in two finishes (black and silver) and three sizes (small, medium and large), there's an option for every lifestyle. The inexpensive price tag is also a major plus for us since it can be difficult to find a smokeless fire pit under $100 that actually performs well. We tested the medium size in the black finish and appreciated its compact size and portability potential. The fire pit features a double-walled design and bottom and top vent holes that allow the fire inside to provide efficient warmth without all the pesky smoke. To get a fire going in the pit, our tester used fire starter sticks along with a bag of wood pellets since this pit's fuel source should only be pellets or small pieces of wood. After about 15-20 minutes, a large flame was produced that extended straight out of the bowl. Because of the fire pit's smaller size and 11-inch inner diameter, it will only warm about four people but is ideal for roasting marshmallows on the beach or hot dogs at a tailgate. We also think this fire pit would be great for renters or people who would only use a fire pit a few times a year as storing it is a simple task. While our tester liked the octagon shape and overall design of the fire pit, she did notice that it could be a little top-heavy and advised sitting it firmly on level ground when in use. It also should not be used on wooden or other combustible surfaces. Overall, this fire pit performed exactly as advertised, with smoke only being produced when starting the fire but being completely smokeless after that.

Our Editor Says: "This fire pit is perfect for camping. When in the carrying case, the fire pit is basically the size of a large hat box, so it can easily stay inside your motorhome or camper. Or, if you're car camping, you'll be able to squeeze it and a bag of wood pellets in the trunk."

$94.95 | Amazon

We love a good smart product here at HGTV, and the BioLite FirePit+ fits perfectly in that category. This advanced smokeless fire pit allows you to control the fire's airflow and flame via your smartphone. While typical smokeless fire pits have a double-wall design to increase airflow, the FirePit+ has a power pack (controlled via a Bluetooth-enabled app) with a fan inside that injects oxygen into the fire via 51 strategically placed air jets in the burn chamber. This process improves combustion and, in turn, burns away any smoke or debris before it reaches you. The power pack can run up to 30 hours on a single charge and charges back up via USB, while the easy-to-use app not only shows the battery life of the pack but also allows you to control the pack's fan with low, medium, high, max and off settings. Before starting your first fire, our tester found BioLite’s instructional video to be extremely helpful as it includes all the info you need to get started. As with other smokeless fire pits, there was smoke when building the fire but once things started going and the airflow pack was turned on, the smoke was non-existent. Our tester utilized the app's different settings and found that the air jets did an amazing job of increasing/decreasing the heat and flame size as well as maintaining it. However, when on the high setting, the jets did make a loud rattling noise. Other highlights of the fire pit include a mesh body for 360 degrees of warmth, folding legs for ultimate portability, a bottom chamber door that opens to release ash and an included grate top for grilling over charcoal — all of which make this fire pit ideal for camping or taking on the road. We recommend storing the FirePit+ indoors due to the power pack and using it only on heat-safe surfaces. We loved how warm and cozy the fire pit is, how seamless the smart tech is and how well the technology aspect works to make it function better.

Our Editor Says: "This firepit may seem like a gimmick, but it really works and is great for those who aren't the best at starting a fire. The technology is a simple addition that doesn't take away from the experience, so even if you aren't a fan of smart tech but would like some help with building a better fire, I think this is a great option!"

$299.95 | Amazon $299.95 | REI Co-Op $299.95 | L.L.Bean

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