Go modern: The top 10 fire pits for summer entertaining

Go modern: The top 10 fire pits for summer entertaining
This steel fire ring ($811) from Loll Designs doubles as a cocktail table, courtesy of a recycled plastic top, when not in use. (Loll Designs)

Dads are not just about beer, power tools and electronics. They like to go outside too. And not just to barbecue. With Father's Day fast approaching, we decided to compile a list of some of our favorite modern fire pits for dads who enjoy being outdoors not just on Father's Day but every day:

Ixtapa fire table
Ixtapa fire table (RH Modern)

The handcrafted Ixtapa fire table from RH Modern is an elegant choice made of smooth, heat-resistant, glass-fiber-reinforced concrete. A match-lit burner system has adjustable flame control for your choice of natural gas or propane. Includes decorative black lava rock. It's 48 inches wide. Regularly $6,295; currently on sale for $4,405. Available online and at RH Modern Gallery, 8772 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood.

Helios fire bowl
Helios fire bowl (Skagerak)

The cast iron Helios fire bowl by Skagerak Denmark Collection measures 22.83 inches in diameter and comes with a grill for cooking, which is sold separately. Features two handles for easy transport. Fire bowl, $375; steel grill, $115.;

Loll fire ring with to
Loll fire ring with to (Loll)

The unfinished steel fire ring by Loll is 3 feet wide and made with 1/8-inch-thick steel. Two horizontal cutouts help in moving the fire ring to different locations. A plastic top, shown above, comes in 10 colors and allows the fire ring to double as a cocktail table when not in use. Fire ring with top, $811; top, $148.50.

Wok fire pit
Wok fire pit (Potted)

Made of reinforced concrete in a natural cement finish, this the wok fire pit can be used with wood or plumbed to use with gas. All fire pits come pre-drilled with a 1.25-inch hole in the bottom center for gas plumbing unless you request otherwise. Starts at $425. A stainless steel fire ring is available for $146. Call Potted for pickup and delivery details: (323) 665-3801.

Geometric fire pit by Plodes Studio
Geometric fire pit by Plodes Studio (Design Within Reach)

John Paul Plauché's handcrafted geometric fire pit is available in two sizes and two metals – A36 low-carbon steel or Cor-Ten steel – and can be used with wood or charcoal. A cedar top, shown above, or grate can turn the fire pit into a table or grill. $1,195 to $2,145 at Design Within Reach.

Astrofire (Modfire)

This midcentury-style fireplace from Modfire can also be filled with decorative rocks or fire glass, if desired. Fuel options include natural gas, propane or wood. If you are purchasing a propane model, a stylish Modpod $375, hides the fuel tank and doubles as a side table. $1,750. Additionally, a recycled plastic top from Loll, $350, works on this model. Astrofire diameter is 36 inches; plastic top diameter is 40 inches.

Hemi (Solus Decor)

The Hemi concrete fire pit by Solus Decor is available in three sizes, 10 colors and three fuel types with manual or electronic-start options. Dads will like that all of the fire pits are fully certified and come with warranties on parts and performance. Starting at $2,595, currently 25% off.

Loo (Brown Jordan Fires)

The nautical Loop from Brown Jordan is wrapped in 2-inch-thick, marine-grade nautical rope and features optional accessories such as a protective glass screen and matching stools or side tables. Includes stainless steel burners and decorative lava rock. $4,795.

Solfire (Modfire)

The propane- or natural-gas-fueled steel pedestal fireplace comes in seven colors. It's 24 inches in diameter. A patterned fire screen surrounds a 14-inch fire box containing a 75,000 BTU stainless steel star burner. River rocks not included. $1,150.

Real Flame Mezzo round fire pit table
Real Flame Mezzo round fire pit table (Target)

The weather-resistant, all-steel Real Flame Mezzo round fire pit table can be started with a push-button igniter. A removable lid, stand and lava rock are included. It’s 42.25 inches in diameter. A 20-pound propane tank is sold separately. $823.99; on sale for $741.59 at Target.  


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