The Best Smokeless Fire Pits of 2023
Want the backyard fire pit experience without all the smoke? We tested the best smokeless fire pits for backyards, camping and tabletops.
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There’s just something about gathering around the fire that calms the soul. No matter the season, gathering around a fire pit to cook or simply just spend time together will never become a thing of the past. But it’s time the backyard pastime got an upgrade. Enter smokeless fire pits.
The benefits of smokeless fire pits are endless: no more ashes and sparks flying in your face, no bonfire-scented clothes, plus safer flames all around. While the unique engineering and technology behind smokeless fire pits make it possible to enjoy a nearly smokeless experience, it’s important to remember that some smoke is involved when lighting the fire.
But once it really gets going, these specialized pits “flow more air to the fire to make it hotter and increase its ability to burn off the smoke before it can escape the fire,” explains Executive Culinary Director, Sarah Farmer. “As the fire gets more intense, especially along the inner wall, the reburn (aka second combustion) starts and you’ll notice less visible smoke.”
Whether you’re looking for a sleek pit to complement your patio furniture, a portable pick for camping or something to elevate your outdoor experience altogether, we thoroughly tested and reviewed the best smokeless fire pits for every budget, style and need. Read on for our top picks.
The Best Smokeless Fire Pits
- Best Overall: Solo Stove Bonfire
- Best Smokeless Fire Pit Grill: Breeo X Series
- Best for Easy Cleanup: East Oak Smokeless Fire Pit
- Best Smart Technology: Biolite FirePit+
- Best for Small Backyards: Tiki Patio Smokeless Fire Pit
- Best Portable: Blue Sky Outdoor Living Ridge Portable Fire Pit
- Best Tabletop: Solo Stove Mesa
Solo Stove Bonfire
Topping our list of smokeless fire pits, we can’t think of a more spot-on pick than the popular Solo Stove Bonfire. Boasting five sleek color options (including stainless steel), this versatile pit isn’t just smokeless, it’s ideal for toting around to all of your outdoor events, whether you’re camping, hosting a s’mores night in the backyard or heading to the beach.
Because it wouldn’t be the best smokeless fire pit without easy peasy cleanup, we’re happy to report there’s nothing to be intimated by when setting up. “The Solo Stove Bonfire comes with four main pieces: the fire pit body, an ash pan, a base plate and a flame ring,” says Senior Shopping Editor, Katie Bandurski. “I opted for the model that includes a stand for safe burning on (almost) any surface. To assemble, simply put the fire pit base on the stand, place the ash pan in the bottom center of the fire pat and nestle the base plate above the ash pan with the dome pointing up—that’s it!”
While you can certainly add on Solo Stove’s fire starter accessories to light it up, you can also build a fire the old-fashioned way by nestling some leaves, twigs and small wood pieces in the base and stacking large logs on top. “Watching fire in the Solo Stove is incredibly mesmerizing, thanks to the double-walled design,” says Katie. “Plus, in addition to no smoke, there were no blowing ashes or sparks. I was able to get very close to the Solo Stove without fear of being burned by rogue flyaways. The fire itself gave off an amazing amount of heat, which, on a chilly night, was much appreciated.”
Finally, this outdoor essential takes it to the next level by offering safe flames to cook over. “In true Wisconsin fashion, I couldn’t complete a Solo Stove Bonfire review without cooking a brat over the open flames,” adds Katie. “I loaded up my skewer and started turning. In just minutes I had a beautifully blistered sausage. Marshmallows, with the help of some telescoping sticks, also toast like a dream.”
Fuel source: Wood | Weight: 25 pounds | Dimensions: 19.5 x 17.5 inches
- Truly smokeless
- Burns cleanly and evenly
- Evenly disperses heat without producing a lot of ashes or sparks
- Wood burns down completely
- Compatible with cooking accessories
- Comes with carrying case and stand, making it portable
- Removable ashtray
- Available in five colors
- Additional tools and accessories sold separately
- Stainless steel exterior gets very hot while burning
- No great way to extinguish the fire
Best Smokeless Fire Pit Grill
Breeo X19 Smokeless Fire Pit
For a smokeless fire pit that offers the best of both worlds, the Breeo X Series is our top pick. “Upon opening, I was thrilled to discover my Breeo X19 arrived fully assembled,” shares Executive Culinary Director, Sarah Farmer. “There’s nothing I had to put together, no diagrams to follow and I didn’t have to grab any tools from the garage. (I didn’t even need to grab my husband to help!)”
Sarah adds, “The Breoo is specifically designed to flow more air to the fire, which makes it hotter. The hotter the fire, the better its ability to burn off the smoke it just produced before it can escape the fire pit (and cling directly to your clothes and hair). The key is to start small with a bundle of twigs, branches or kindling (make sure it’s all dried) and gradually build the fire by adding bigger logs. As the fire gets more intense, especially along the inner wall, the reburn (read: second combustion) starts and you’ll notice less visible smoke,” says Sarah.
Not only is the X19 model perfect for gathering around an evening fire with three to four of your closest friends, but it’s also a dream to cook traditional campfire treats and more over the flame. “Now, I’m at the point where I’m cooking steaks and potatoes right over the flames using the grill grate accessory,” adds Sarah. “I’m planning to order the sear plate griddle next to take my cooking to the next level.”
As for clean-up? “Well, even though the Breoo can burn strong even with some ash build-up in the fire pit thanks to its unique airflow design, I personally prefer to clean it out before each new fire (Breeo recommends cleaning at least every three to four uses.),” says Sarah. “It’s not difficult to scoop out the cold ashes, you just need to work around the X-shaped metal at the bottom.”
Pro tip: Sarah notes it’s essential to add on the Breeo base or get pavers as the fire pit will crack the concrete when placed directly on it.
Fuel source: Wood | Weight: 47 pounds | Dimensions: 22.13 x 14.75 x 18.5 inches
- Durable and high-quality
- Effectively reduces smoke output
- Sleek design
- Available in corten steel or stainless steel
- Clever cooking system and grill accessories
- X Series is available in three sizes
- On the pricey side
- Requires heat-resistant base to prevent concrete from cracking
Best for Easy Cleanup
East Oak Smokeless Fire Pit
Sleek and portable, the East Oak Smokeless Fire Pit is easy to move around a patio or backyard. “I have the medium-sized, 21-inch fire pit, and it’s perfect for a gathering of about five to eight people,” says Shopping Editor, Mary Henn. “There’s basically no assembly required with the East Oak Fire Pit, either. Simply unbox the pit, pop in the removable ashtray and insert the lip at the top of the pit. You’ll want to make sure the metal lip is flipped upward, as this helps funnel smoke and fumes upward instead of outward, keeping the fire pit smokeless.”
The real kicker? “I love that the East Oak fire pit comes with a long poker that makes it a breeze to handle the fire and remove the ashtray for cleaning,” adds Mary. “The poker hooks onto the top loop of the ashtray to lift it out of the fire pit hands-free! There’s no need to reach into the fire pit or worry about knocking it over to remove ash and debris.”
While you can cook over the East Oak fire pit as you would any other campfire, Mary explains East Oak does not have all the fire pit cooking accessories that some other leading fire pit brands have. Overall, if you’re looking for a sleek, easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain fire pit for your backyard, this is it.
Fuel source: Wood | Weight: 19.4 pounds | Dimensions: 21.26 x 21.26 x 14.95 inches
- Unique, visually interesting design
- Smokeless and portable
- Ashtray is easy to remove and clean
- Decent heat output
- Built-in stand
- 100% 304 stainless steel
- Comes with long fire poker
- Multiple color and size options
- On the pricey side
- East Oak doesn’t make as many fire pit accessories as other leading fire pit brands
Best Smart Technology
A smokeless fire pit is smart. But a smart smokeless fire pit is pure genius. BioLite’s Bluetooth-enabled FirePit+ is just that and more—and it doubles as a grill. It’s extremely lightweight, and thanks to its carrying handles and collapsible legs, it’s also easy to transport.
“Set up was incredibly easy and I appreciate that the re-chargeable battery comes partially charged for immediate use,” says Senior Shopping Editor, Nancy Snyder. “All I had to do was install the handles, download the app and pair my phone to the fire pit. (Connecting to Bluetooth is completely optional, and you can still operate the fire pit without it).”
The FirePit+ includes a fuel rack for wood or charcoal and a grill grate for hibachi-style cooking. “To test mine, I set it up in the backyard and utilized leftover firewood, some sticks and twigs I gathered from the yard and a multi-purpose lighter,” adds Nancy. “From there, I set the fan to low and watched the fire pit’s internal air jets and clean combustion technology take over to provide a fuel-efficient burning fire without the smoke.”
Nancy explains that while a few embers sparked upon initial fueling, she was impressed to find that the fire was truly smokeless. Even more impressive? Adjusting the size of the flames by changing the fan speed from her phone.
“At one point I noticed the fire dwindling, and at the touch of a button, I was instantly able to bring the fire back to life,” says Nancy. “When it was time to put the fire out, I turned the fan off and waited as the last of the embers burnt off. This was the only time that I witnessed any smoke, and I’d say that’s a fair trade-off for the hours of smokeless enjoyment that it did provide.”
Fuel source: Firewood or charcoal | Weight: 19.8 pounds | Dimensions: 27 x 13 x 15.8 inches
- Bluetooth capability allows for adjustable fan speed and flame size (and monitoring battery life)
- Smoke-eating combustion technology makes for a truly smokeless experience
- 51 internal air jets help fuel fire so it burns stronger and more efficiently
- Doubles as a grill
- Lightweight fire pit with handles and collapsible legs makes it easy to transport
- Rechargeable battery
- X-ray mesh siding allows warmth to radiate out while providing beautiful views of glowing fire and embers
- Versatile enjoyment for camping, tailgating or backyard entertaining
- Carrying case and other accessories are sold separately
- Clean-up can be messy, and I found the bottom trap door to be rather flimsy
- To put out the fire, you must wait for embers to burn out completely (no water!), and then the fire pit must be stored in a cool, dry place after it has cooled down
Best for Small Backyards
Tiki Patio Smokeless Fire Pit
Want a backyard showstopper? Say hello to the Tiki fire pit. We’re smitten with its sleek look—offering a chic, black exterior and slim hairpin legs that outshine traditional stainless steel smokeless fire pits. Plus, it’s not just pretty. This fire pit is practical too.
“This fire pit feels high quality,” says Senior Shopping Editor, Katie Bandurski. “It’s nicely packaged and includes the fire pit, wood pack, cover and instructions, which made for super convenient assembly. Speaking of, assembly took less than five minutes—all you have to do is attach the stand to the body of the fire pit and secure it with the three screws. My fire pit came with a wood pack, so all you have to do is light the corners to fire it up.”
In Katie’s testing, she found the Tiki fire pit took mere seconds to light and produced a robust flame. (As with all fire pits, make sure you are several feet away from any flammable structures or surfaces). “The flame is truly smokeless—to an extent,” explains Katie. “Windy conditions can cause smoke, as can the fire when you’re first getting started. I’ve also tested the Solo Stove Bonfire and they’re about the same in terms of lack of smoke. The medium size of the Tiki fire pit is a wonderful option for smaller backyards. I would not want this too close to my house—it’s better with plenty of clear space around it,” says Katie.
While there is no designated grate, the fire is hot enough to cook over (hello, s’mores!) and emits heat from several feet away. You can also upgrade your pit with Tiki’s griddle accessory bundle. Cleanup is simple. No need to dig down into the grates and scoop up all that dust—just pull out the included ash pan and dump.
Fuel source: Wood | Weight: 43 pounds | Dimensions: 24.75 x 24.75 x 18.75 inches
- Medium size is ideal for small backyards
- Stylish look elevates your backyard aesthetic
- Easy to light and clean
- Several people can fit around the rim
- Truly smokeless; no bonfire scent
- Gives off a fair amount of heat
- Wood packs are pricey
- Flames are high and a bit difficult to control when produced with the wood pack
- Fire pit should not be used under a patio roof, low hanging branches or near combustible surfaces like dry grass
Blue Sky Outdoor Living Ridge Portable Fire Pit
For outdoor adventures that call for cozying up by the fire (or cooking on it), the Blue Sky smokeless portable fire pit is a smart pick. At just 15 pounds, this compact pit comes with a carrying bag to easily travel with it on foot or in the car. Plus, it boasts an attractive price point for such a high-quality pit.
Just like the best smokeless fire pits, the Blue Sky pit generates a lot of heat to keep smoke, embers and ash at bay. The burn chamber can exceed 1400 degrees—so yes, it will certainly keep you warm on cold camping trips. A heat-resistant, black powder-coated finish proves this pick was truly made for outdoor use. It withstands the elements time and time again. The dual fuel design makes it compatible with firewood, wood pellets or a mix of the two.
Fuel source: Wood | Weight: 15 pounds | Dimensions: 12.5 x 15 x 15 inches
- Lightweight and compact for easy traveling
- Comes with carrying case
- Distributes significant heat while keeping ash, embers and sparks at bay
- Heat-resistant, black powder-coated finish withstands the elements
- Affordable price point
- Only ideal for one to two people to gather around at a time
Solo Stove Mesa Smokeless Fire Pit
No backyard? No problem. For anyone who wants to enjoy the experience of smokeless fire pits but only has a small balcony or patio to work with, the Solo Stove Mesa is for you. Available in two sizes: Mesa (5-inch diameter) and Mesa XL (7-inch diameter), the impressively compact smokeless fire pit is just the right size to enjoy on an apartment balcony or small-scale outdoor space.
Not only does the Mesa series boast signature 360 airflow and duel fuel capability (all it takes is firewood or pellets and fire starters) to maintain a smokeless flame, but you can also roast campfire snacks over the fire. Just like all of Solo Stove’s pits, assembly is incredibly easy. Equipped with three parts, just pop the included stand-up, place the pit base on top and set the flame ring on top—it’s that easy. Bonus: it comes with a carrying case.
Fuel source: Wood | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Dimensions: 5 x 6.8 inches
- True tabletop size (only 1.5 pounds!)
- Comes with carrying case
- Smokeless fire keeps sparks, embers and ash at bay
- Safe to cook over the flame
- Mesa series is available in two sizes
- Available in five colors
- The Mesa size is very small, which is ideal for one to two people; if you want something a touch bigger, spring for the Mesa XL
Do smokeless fire pits actually work?
According to our Executive Culinary Director, Sarah Farmer, “It’s helpful to start with an understanding of what ‘smokeless’ really means when you’re talking about smokeless fire pits. It means less smoke, not zero smoke.” In our testing, we found that these pits produced some smoke (emphasis on some here) while lighting the fire, but once the flames got going the clever engineering behind the pits made them truly smokeless and more enjoyable all around.
Are smokeless fire pits safe to use indoors?
No, we wouldn’t recommend using a smokeless fire pit indoors. This type of pit features special airflow technology to fuel more heat to the fire to keep smoke at bay, so they tend to get quite hot. Plus, the open flames are a fire hazard indoors. We only recommend these for outdoor use only, and it’s important to read the safety instructions for your pit to ensure it’s enjoyed safely.
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A writer and editor since 2017, I’m a home-obsessed shopping editor who has produced content for various print and digital lifestyle publications including Taste of Home, Reader’s Digest, The Family Handyman and Better Homes & Gardens. Whether it’s cleaning gadgets, furniture, decor or fire pits, I’m constantly testing the best homewares to help readers level up their space.
How We Found the Best Smokeless Fire Pits
We evaluated the best smokeless fire pits based on overall experience, assembly, size and value for the price. Bonus points went to products with problem-solving features like easy cleanup and portability. We enlisted fellow Taste of Home shopping editors, along with Executive Culinary Director, Sarah Farmer, to test almost every fire pit on this list. Our firsthand testing helped us discover the benefits and disadvantages of each fire pit to determine the absolute best ones whether you’re camping or upgrading your backyard furniture.