Complete Guide To Portable Fire Pits for Camping 

One of the prime reasons for having an RV is that you can travel just about anywhere you please. And when camping in National Parks, or just stopping in a remote and deserted spot, one of the things that you will normally want to have is a fire. Portable fire pits are not only cleaner but safe to operate.

The problem is that building a traditional fire with wood is such a chore and a hassle. First, you have to gather the wood, which is near impossible in some places, or the surrounding wood is soaked due to previous rains.

 Enter the Word of Portable Fire Pits. 

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Fire Sense 62133 Sporty Campfire Portable Gas Fire Pit 60000 BTU - Dark Bronze
  • This fire pit has been made using heat resistant painted steel.
  • The firepit for outside makes use of a standard 20 pound LPG propane tank.
  • This propane fire pit comes with a lid, a propane stand, a regulator, and a hose.
  • The outdoor fire pit measures 15 inch with foldable legs for easy portability.
  • This outdoor heater is perfect for your porch or any other outdoor venue.
Lineslife Pop up Fire Pit for Camping Wood Burning, 12.8" Portable Folding Stainless Steel Charcoal Campfire Grill and Fire Pit with Garry Bag for Outdoor Cooking BBQ
  • Premium Material: Lineslife portable grill and fire pit is made of high quality food-grade stainless steel. It is rust-proof, anti-corrosion, strong and durable. It's not easy to be deformed to ensure long-term use.
  • Foldable Design: Open size: 12.8x12.8x11.6inches/32.5x32.5x29.5cm. Folded size: 14.2x13.4x1.6inches/36x34x4cm. Net weight: 8.6lbs/3.9kg. Suitable for 2-6 people’s gathering. It can be folded to 1.6” thick and fits in a backpack.
  • Unique Details: There are 8 air vents around the sides of flatpack grill body, which improve the cooking efficiency. Besides, the removable charcoal mesh and ash pan facilitate the cleaning of the grill much. Also designed with a stable base to safely contains fire and keeps fire off the ground.
  • Multifunctional Use: The collapsible camping fire pit can be worked as bbq charcoal grill or outdoor fire pit. It is suitable for starting a BBQ outside or setting up a warm bonfire to enjoy a pleasant night with your family or friends. Ideal for camping, traveling, hiking, picnic, patio, garden, party and so many occasions.
  • Portable & Quick to Setup: The backpack grill only contains 4 parts. Because of its tool-free installation process, you can set up and fold it with seconds. Compact and lightweight, it can be stored in your backpack to carry to anywhere you want.
Solo Stove Yukon Portable Fire Pit for Wood Burning and Low Smoke Great Camping Stove for S'Mores and Hot Dogs | 27x17 Inches Outdoor Fire Pits
  • Largest Solo Stove - Coming in at 27 inches, the Yukon out measures all other Solo Stove fire pits, creating the hottest and most effective fire to make time with your friends and family richer.
  • Secondary combustion - The camping stove has double wall design maximizes airflow and burning process. Bottom vent holes allow oxygen to the feed the fire from below while simultaneously channeling warm oxygen up between the walls of the stove and back into the fire.
  • A more efficient burn - A more complete burn means the little particles that would have been smoke are burned up by the top vents. It also means no more half burned logs to deal with.
  • No more shuffling from smoke - Since the Bonfire burns with almost no smoke, you'll spend less time dodging smoke and your clothes won't smell like campfire. You'll have more backyard or camping memories around the spectacular Solo Stove portable fire pit.
  • Easy to use & portable - This camping stove singular construction completely removes the need for parts and assembly! Bring it from your backyard patio to camping, or tailgating! Great for RVs and campers! 27x17 inch size camping fire pit.
Adreak 18 inch Fire Pit, Outdoor Portable Firepit with BBQ Tray, Detachable Camping Steel Fire Pits for Backyard, Patio, Picnic, Bonfire, Garden
  • Ideal Portable Steel Fire Pit: Keeping you fire off the ground and contained means you’re able to use the Adreak fire pit at those campsites that don’t allow fires on the ground and the tough 3mm thick steel means you know it’ll last.
  • Take It Anyway: Four-plate design with laser-cut slots means that packing away, storing and transporting is easy. Comes with premium canvas fire pit bag to make transporting your fire pit even more convenient.
  • Set up in Seconds: Simply slot each of the four pieces into each other, and you've got your sturdy fire pit ready to fill with firewood and light!
  • Cooking Tray: Comes with cooking tray for outdoor heating and barbecue. Cooking tray made of ceramics can be freely disassembled and has the characteristics of harmless, anti-sticking, healthy, easy to clean and anti-rust. It is a material specially used for barbecue.
  • Multiple Uses: Can be used as fire pit, BBQ grill, bonfire pit, perfect for your backyard, camping, bonfire, campfire, outdoor entertaining, beach, parties. Ideal gift for your friends or family.
Pop-Up Fire Pit - Portable Outdoor Fire Pit and BBQ Grill | Packs Down Smaller than a Tent | Two Carrying Bags Included | X-Large Grilling Area (Fire Pit, Heat Shield, and Quad-Fold Grill Included)
  • The Pop-Up Fire Pit is the first truly Portable, Full-sized Fire Pit & Grill. The Pop-Up Fire Pit & Grill packs into two separate bags that are smaller than a tent. This combo package weighs just 16 lbs. but opens to an outstanding 24"x 24" fire pit with a Quad-folding Grill on top. Large enough to keep the whole party warm and fed! With the added heat shield you can have fires on any surface without worrying about damaging the ground.
  • CAMPFIRE & GRILL - Cook your favorite meals over charcoal and then remove the grill grates, throw on some logs and enjoy your food Fireside.
  • DUAL BAG DESIGN - The Pop-Up Fire Pit and Grill Grates come in their own separate bags. This ensures that after use your greasy grill grates are stored separately from the rest of your gear.
  • KITCHEN GRADE COOKING - 4mm Food-Grade Stainless Steel Bars make up the 441sq inches of cooking area of the grill. Open Design means cooking with pots and/or pans is easy! Weight capacity up to 85lbs.
  • FIRESIDE GUARANTEE - While limited in its lifespan, the Fire Mesh comes with our unique 50 fire/1yr minimum guarantee. Heat and weight will stretch your Fire Mesh over time. Replacements can be purchased for $19.95 and will renew your warranty. Lifetime Guarantee On Frame and Ember Guards.
Portable Plug Fire Pit, 15.8 Inch Collapsible Firepits for Outside Wood Burning, Folding Outdoor Indoor Accessories for BBQ Camping Travel or Picnic, Foldable Fire Pits Bonfire of Backyard Patio
  • 【Safe & Secure】Crafted from heavy-duty iron, fire pit features a black coating that can resists high-temperatures. Sitting in front of a fire pit is a surprising way to unwind and relax, and you don't need to be a hiker or committed to camping in order to enjoy a good bonfire.
  • 【Exquisite Design】The fire pit is divided into 6 pieces. The flame hole at the bottom ensure efficient combustion of wood or charcoal. The spark screen is surrounded by hollow elk, as if you are in nature. When you are camping outside, the beating sparks and elk can bring warmth
  • 【Easy Assembly】Simple design, easy to assemble under the manual enclosed. All tool and accessories of the backyard fire pit you need are included. Overall dimensions: 15.8” (W) × 7.8” (H) × 15.8”(L)
  • 【Perfect Gift】You can take this portable flame fire pit as a gift to your friend. If the firepits is too small for you, it’s also available in an L version.
  • 【Take IT Anywhere】The INNOSTAGE outdoor fire pit has a diameter of 15.8”, allowing for easy transportation to your next bonfire, camping trip, party or outdoor picnic; The INNOSTAGE comes with a waterproof cover,when you no longer use it, you can easily store it
Titan Great Outdoors Steel Fire Ring with Cooking Grate 24" Campfire Outdoor
  • Heavy duty 10ga thick rolled steel Grill swivels 180 degrees
  • Two 1/2" thick anchor pins allow the Fire Ring to tip back for easy cleaning and to prevent theft
  • 5 Lower Drain Holes to prevent rust and ventilate fire Upper draft holes provided ventilation for the fire High Temp Paint will prevent rust for years
  • Cooking grate: 15.5" x 19.5" (300 Sq. in.) Height: 7 3/4"
  • Available in three different sizes.
Flame King Outdoor Portable Propane Gas 19" 58K BTU Fire Pit Bowl with Self Igniter, Cover, and Carry Straps for RV, Camping, Backyard
  • PERFECT NO MESS CAMPFIRE: Sturdy fire pit is easy to use and portable; quickly set up in minutes with no tools required. All-weather fire bowl delivers a clean and smokeless flame with cozy warmth and a beautiful evening ambiance. Measures L 19” x W 19” x H 11” with a total output of 58,000 BTU/HR.
  • Includes pre-attached 10 ft hose with regulator to easily reach and connect with your standard BBQ propane tank cylinder. Fully adjustable dial with chrome valve knob for varying flame height, and natural lava rock set designed to enhance flickering effect. Convenient UV & weather resistant cover protects fire pit when not in use, fabric strap handle for easier and more comfortable transport. Propane Tank stabilizer ring to keep tank to keep tank from falling while fire bowl is in use.
  • SELF IGNITING - No need to purchase a lighter for this fire pit as it will come with a self igniting piezo system
  • 1 Year Manufacturers Defect Warranty

Last update on 2022-08-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

 

What is a portable fire pit? 

A portable fire pit is a close-knit cousin to barbecues. Although you don’t cook over them, you enjoy the warm ambiance. Portable fire pits, typically around 20 to 40 inches in diameter, resemble a short, stubby barbecue without the grill.

In most cases, they have a steel enclosure that lifts the fire off the ground and then has a mesh metal screen surrounding the fire. 

There are fundamentally two types of fire pits: wood and portable propane fire pits.

While at home, many traditionalists often prefer wood fire pits. However, in an RV, since you do not have to worry about rounding up wood while roaming the countryside or taking up space in your RV for firewood, propane fire pits are much more popular.

 

What about safety? 

Another reason that propane fire pits are preferred is due to fire safety. The minute you turn the gas off on a propane fire pit, the fire goes out. While with a wood fire pit, the wood continues to burn and could potentially get out of control.

When it comes to fire safety, you, first of all, need to know the law. Each park or national forest area is allowed to set its regulations, and during times of high fire danger, you often cannot use any fire device.

However, the sole exception is that there are often areas set aside for creating a fire at designated areas within the campgrounds, and in these cases, propane fire pits are ideal. 

If you stay at a private campground, these campgrounds will often have separate rules, but they are usually allowed since propane fire pits offer so much fire protection. 

And in many locales, even when there is a fire ban on wood fire pits, propane fire pits are allowed.

How much do propane fire pits cost? 

Typically, a propane fire pit at the low end will run around $120 to around $150. And naturally, at the higher end, there are plenty of propane fire pits in the $200 or higher range.

However, keep in mind that larger fire pits are generally designed for home use, and on the road in an RV, space is often limited. Therefore, you might prefer one of the smaller models. 

 

How does a propane fire pit work? 

The fire pit is connected via a hose to a refillable 20-lb propane cylinder to the burner.

The burner sits in a pan, and it’s usually surrounded by lava rocks, ceramic logs, or fire-resistant material. 

To start a propane fire pit, you turn on the gas from the control valve, just as you would turn on a propane burner, and then light it with a portable fire starter.

You can use a wooden match, but a footlong, portable fire starter is safer. 

A 20-pound propane tank will typically last from 3 up to 6 hours for a fire, and a refill will run you roughly around $20. So theoretically, if you have that fire burning for two hours, it will cost you roughly $5 per fire. 

 

Can you make your propane fire pit? 

Yes, you can, but there are caveats. 

To create your own DIY propane fire pit, you need to find the right burner, have the right ventilation, and have the right flex lines for the whole thing to work properly.

There are numerous YouTube videos on creating such a propane fire pit, but the average RVer wants something that is extremely well made and controls the fire perfectly. 

Therefore, we highly recommend you spend a few dollars more and buy rather than attempt to make your propane fire pit. 

Many propane fire pits on the market are independently approved for fire safety, so when you buy a CSA-approved fire pit, you know you are getting the very best. 

 

How long can you expect a portable fire pit to last? 

As long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, you can expect a portable propane fire pit to last several years. Just be sure to get all the propane fittings checked out annually. 

 

How much heat does a propane fire pit give out? 

Typically, even the less expensive propane fire pits will put out 50,000 or more BTUs. However, that is not extensive. It’s about the equivalent of having a gas barbecue with all four burners lit at once.

Sitting fairly close to the firepit will be ideal for a small family, but it won’t heat enough air for ten or more at an outdoor party.

But part of the problem is that the more BTUs you have burning, the faster your propane tank will drain, and in addition, if you want to have a lot of BTUs, it’s not suitable for an RV.

 

Are there different types of propane fire pits? 

Besides the different styling and the different sizes, fire pits have different starting methods.

More expensive propane fire pits operate with electronic ignition. You turn on the gas, and an electric switch lights the fire pit automatically. So the fire with a fire pit with electronic ignition is instantaneous.

With a manual ignition propane fire pit, you have to light up the burner after turning on the propane. 

When purchasing a portable fire pit for camping, you need to consider the ignition system. 

Most RV campers go with a manual ignition model because they are much cheaper. 

SaleBestseller No. 1
Portable Propane Fire Pit, Camplux Outdoor Gas Fire Bowl for RV Camping Backyard Party, FP19MB 19 Inch Diameter, Black
  • 【NO SMOKE & ASH】: Propane fire pit offers a clean, smokeless and adjustable campfire. Burns off the chill on cool mornings, rainy days, or even in the winter. Assemble it easily and put it in your campsite, backyard, patio and garden.
  • 【PORTABLE & EASY CARRY】-- Portable gas fire pit, compact size, lightweight and save space. Safe for wood decks and great for RV road trip, camping or tailgating. Size: 19.29in x 19.29in x 11.42in
  • 【ETL APPROVED & SAFETY DEVICE】- - No spark propane campfire for environmental protection, more friendly to campgrounds and forested areas. Please check with the current fire restrictions in your area.
  • 【PERFECT OUTDOOR CENTERPIECE】-- Provide warmth and creates an atmosphere for backyard talking, camping heating, RV travel, beach party, tailgating party and patio. Share the good times with family and friends in comfort. 52,000 BTU
  • 【SIMPLE SET UP & STORAGE】-- Set up in minutes and no tools required. High quality steel construction and enamel design for long-lasting use. Includes CSA certified 10 FT gas regulator hose, 8.4 lb natural lava rocks and 4 pcs cylinder holder. Ignition Type: Manual
Bestseller No. 2
Odoland Folding Campfire Grill, Camping Fire Pit, Outdoor Wood Stove Burner, 304 Premium Stainless Steel, Portable Camping Charcoal Grill with Carrying Bag for Backpacking Hiking Travel Picnic BBQ,Quadrilateral
  • Multi-usage Collapsible Grill - The collapsible camping grill can be worked as campfire grill gate or camping fire pit. You can use it for open fire cooking, or at an adventure into the great outdoors. It's great for any occasion. A welcomed addition to your hiking accessories, camping cookware, bushcraft gear, or emergency survival kits.
  • Easy to Use - It contains 5 parts. You can easily set up or tear down it in less than 1 minute. Get your chef on and grill everything from chicken, meat to veggies. Ideal for camping, hiking, picnics, patio, indoor, outdoor parties, traveling, holiday, park, garden, beach with your friends or families.
  • Perfect for Carrying - Measured 12.2"x12.2"x8.3"(LxWxH)when unfolded and 14"x7.8"x2"(LxWxH) when folded. With carrying bag, it's convenient storage and carrying.
  • Durable Material - The camping grill is made of durable stainless steel. It is anti-rust, heat-resistant, scratch-resistant, corrosion resistance and it's not easy to be deformed to ensure long-term use. Funnel-shaped grill, with excellent wind-resistance, can provide high-efficiency heat collection. Airflow holes and the mortar board which separates the carbon and dust help charcoal burn effectively.
  • Great Benifit - All parts are rounded smooth, avoid hurting your hands. It has a non-stick grilling surface and can be cleaned easily after grilling saucy ribs or juicy chicken.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Outland Living Portable Propane Fire Pit, 21-inch, 58,000 BTU with Fire Pit Cover & Carry Kit, Smokeless Gas Firebowl | Perfect for Camping, Patio, Backyard, Tailgating, Deck, RV| Black 863 Cypress
  • Perfect no mess campfire: with our fire pit say goodbye to dirty ash, expensive firewood, and bothersome smoke and enjoy a clean realistic propane fire pits for outside. The perfect outdoor fireplace for camping trips, RV travels, tailgating get-togethers, beach parties, and family evenings on the backyard patio.
  • Compact and easy to transport: Travel size fire pit is lightweight and portable; Easily set up in minutes with no tools required. Lower profile increases the functional heat radius while new Helios burner technology ensures a fuller and more natural flame. All-weather fire bowl, outdoor fire pits delivers a clean and smokeless flame with cozy warmth and beautiful evening ambiance. Measures L 21” x W 21” x H 9.5” with total output of 58,000 BTU/HR.
  • Beat the campfire ban: CSA approved fire pit is safe to use during most campfire bans; Always check with the current fire restrictions in your area. Spark free propane campfire helps protect campgrounds and forested areas with a safer easy-to-use fire option. No assembly required
  • Complete fire pit kit: Includes cover & carry kit, pre-attached 10-ft hose to keep your standard 20-lb propane tank cylinder (not included) safely out of sight, fully adjustable regulator with chrome valve knob for varying flame height, and 4.4-lb natural lava rock set designed to enhance flickering effect. Optional accessory of Cypress carry bag 762 available separately.
  • Signature outland living quality: Durable high-quality steel construction with protective enamel finish for dependable longevity; Superior stainless steel burner and fasteners. Outland Living has outdoor living perfected so you can create the perfect ambiance to share stories and good times. Make new memories with family and friends, in comfort and style anywhere outdoors, with the outland firebowl premium propane fire pit.
Bestseller No. 4
SINGLYFIRE 24 Inch Portable Folding Fire Pits for Outside Small Firepit Bowl Outdoor Wood Burning Steel Fire Pit for Camping RV Trip Backyard with Carrying Bag, Screen Cover, Poker, Log Grate
  • 🔥PORTABLE: Foldable design,assemble within 20s. With carry bag, perfect for camping, Rv Trip.
  • 🔥RURABLE & RUST RESISTANT: Made of Durable heavy-duty steel frame, and coated with high heat paint. Can be use for a long time.
  • 🔥SAFETY: Equipped with fire poker and spark screen. Use poker to move wood,lift the lid will be safer.Spark screen can avoid potentially dangerous fly ash.
  • 🔥SIZE: Overall Size: Dia 24" x 20" H; Load Capacity: 100lbs,suitable for 3-5 people.
  • 🔥WHAT YOU GET: SINGLYFIRE 24-inch folding fire pit, fire poker, mesh spark screen,log grate, installation instruction❤ Our 1-year warranty service & 24/7 friendly customer service. ❤
Bestseller No. 5
Flame King Outdoor Portable Propane Gas 19" 58K BTU Fire Pit Bowl with Self Igniter, Cover, and Carry Straps for RV, Camping, Backyard
  • PERFECT NO MESS CAMPFIRE: Sturdy fire pit is easy to use and portable; quickly set up in minutes with no tools required. All-weather fire bowl delivers a clean and smokeless flame with cozy warmth and a beautiful evening ambiance. Measures L 19” x W 19” x H 11” with a total output of 58,000 BTU/HR.
  • Includes pre-attached 10 ft hose with regulator to easily reach and connect with your standard BBQ propane tank cylinder. Fully adjustable dial with chrome valve knob for varying flame height, and natural lava rock set designed to enhance flickering effect. Convenient UV & weather resistant cover protects fire pit when not in use, fabric strap handle for easier and more comfortable transport. Propane Tank stabilizer ring to keep tank to keep tank from falling while fire bowl is in use.
  • SELF IGNITING - No need to purchase a lighter for this fire pit as it will come with a self igniting piezo system
  • 1 Year Manufacturers Defect Warranty

Last update on 2022-08-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

 

Are there other elements to consider? 

One of the important elements is hose length. You want your hose to be around 8 to 10 feet from the propane tank. If the hose is shorter, you risk a disaster.

Another element to consider is the base. The base should be strong to prevent your fire pit from tipping over.

Most of the cheaper propane fire pits have a simple round, circular base at the bottom of the unit, which is okay but should be supported. Always carry about two heavy rocks with your portable camping unit to ensure that there is no chance the unit will tip over.

Also, pay attention to the size of the tank the unit uses. The standard-sized tank is the 20 lb propane tank. But some of the smaller units use smaller tanks. 

This may be ideal if you don’t use your fire pit a lot because you want to save space in your RV. Just realize, however, that when you have a fire pit with a smaller tank, you will not be able to sustain the fire as long, and most units with smaller tanks are not interchangeable with larger tanks.

Finally, as we mentioned earlier, buy a CSA propane fire pit. They are the gold standard for safety. And above all, at least once a year, have your unit checked to ensure there are no propane leaks.