Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — but the reverse doesn’t necessarily have to be true. There are specially designed smokeless firepits that, while not technically completely smokeless, do a good job of reducing the amount of smoke they give off. 

Smokeless fire gpits work by funneling air up into the fire pit through openings on the bottom or side of the pit. Not only does this minimize smoke, but it also means the wood burns down all the way to ash, making it easier to clean up afterward.

Smokeless fire pits come in all shapes and sizes. That makes it easy to find one that’s right for your specific needs — once you sift through the wide array of choices available today. We can help there. Whether you’re looking for a portable option you can take camping or to the beach or you want a beautiful one for your backyard, we’ve teed up some options for you here. 

We researched and compared smokeless fire pits by pricing as well as features like burn type and opening width to come up with our No. 1 choice and other honorable mentions.

Key features:

  • 24.75″ x 24.75″ x 18.75″
  • Good design for patios
  • Burns wood packs or standard firewood

First off, you have to give TIKI some credit for honesty. They own up to the fact that their fire pit is low-smoke, not smokeless, which most other companies don’t do. And with its patented internal airflow system, you really can expect very little smoke — and less ash. Plus, when you do need to clean up the ash, the pull-out tray at the bottom makes it a breeze.

This TIKI fire pit offers flexibility. You can use the TIKI-brand wood packs if you want an easy-to-start fire that lasts about 30 minutes. The company includes one with your fire pit purchase, so you can give it a try. All that said, you can also use the wood you have on hand with this fire pit. 

The TIKI fire pit is made from 16-gauge stainless steel, then powder-coated to make it durable and weather-resistant. It also comes with a weather-resistant cover to help it last through the years. All of this amounted to it winning the 2021 Edison Best New Product Awards®.

Pros: 

  • Weather-resistance
  • Ash pan for easy cleanup
  • Cover included
  • Award-winning design

Cons: 

  • Price
  • Spark screen and poker sold separately
  • Water pools in the middle of the cover when it rains

Key features:

  • 12.5″ x 15″ x 15″ 
  • Portable design
  • Burns wood pellets or standard firewood

The Ridge can burn traditional firewood or wood pellets, generating heat up to 1,400°F. To ensure the fire pit can hold up, its grate is specifically designed with high-quality welds and the ability to flex as the temperature changes.  

Blue Sky Outdoor Living developed this fire pit with heavy-duty steel and high-temperature paint, but the company says that because the fire burns so hot, you should expect a patina to develop over time. 

When you’re done using your fire pit (and it has sufficiently cooled), it breaks apart into two pieces so you can dump the ash, stow one piece inside the other, and pop it into its carrying case. 

If you want to show some team spirit, Blue Sky Outdoor Living also sells The Ridge branded for different NFL and NHL teams.

Pros:

  • Easy-to-assemble two-piece design
  • Carrying case included
  • Designed to burn hot

Cons: 

  • Patina develops over time
  • Only safe for use on hard, fireproof, flat surfaces
  • Spark screen and poker sold separately

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Key features:

  1. 27.5″ x 27.5″ x 14.75″
  2. Two finish options
  3. X Airflow design for minimal smoke

Manufactured in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this fire pit delivers a clean, modern design to your patio. It comes in two corrosion-resistant, thick-gauge, industrial-grade options: corten steel or 304 stainless steel. If you want the latter, you’ll pay nearly $200 more. The corten steel arrives with a blue steel finish but develops a patina over time. While that might be undesirable in other fire pits, this one offsets the patina with stainless steel legs to give it a textured, contemporary look. 

This Breeo is recommended solely for use with traditional firewood. It features a double-walled X Airflow design that allows airflow to feed up through the walls, limiting the smoke your fire produces. Its large interior lets you build bigger fires than a lot of the other smokeless fire pits on the market today.

The main drawback of this Breeo pit is the cleaning. It’s too heavy to tip over easily, so you’ll probably need to shovel out the ash. 

Pros:

  • Made in the USA
  • Large capacity
  • Modern design

Cons:

  • Hard to clean 
  • Price, especially if you want the stainless steel option
  • Cover, spark screen, and poker sold separately

 

Key features:

  • 12.2″ x 12.2″ x 8.7″
  • Two-piece, portable design

Since we just touched on a low-smoke option that’s an investment, it’s worth talking about the other side of the spectrum. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly choice, the INNO STAGE Fire Bowl Pit delivers. With its small size coming in at roughly $42, it gives you the low-smoke fire you want without the high price tag.

With a footprint of just over 12 inches, a fire pit might be an over-exaggeration. But if you want an option that’s easy to grab-and-go on your next excursion, this fire bowl can easily be toted along. Like The Ridge, this INNO STAGE option comes apart in two pieces, which lets you break it down to easily dump the ash out of the bottom section and pack it small. 

Now, the downsides. While you can choose from a painted black finish or stainless steel for bigger sizes of this fire pit, the small INNO STAGE only comes in black. Additionally, this fire bowl is only recommended for use with wood pellets — but because it’s so compact, you’d probably have a hard time finding firewood that fits, anyway. 

Pros:

  • Affordability
  • Portability
  • Waterproof carrying bag included

Cons: 

  • Limited heat due to small fire
  • Only burns wood pellets
  • Small size only comes in black finish