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How do I Choose the Best Portable Fire Pit?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 30 June 2018
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A portable fire pit can be a nice item to have when camping or picnicking. If you plan to use it for one of these activities, make sure you get one that is not too big to transport. You might want to choose a model with casters on the bottom if you plan to move it over rugged terrain. Make sure there is an opening along the back or on the bottom of the fire pit for removing ashes easily.

Choose a portable fire pit that fits easily in your vehicle. Consider any other items you might be transporting such as coolers, tents, or lawn chairs, and make sure there is enough space left over for these things. Lift the fire pit to see how heavy it is, as it could be difficult to load and unload if it weighs a great deal.

You may want to move a portable fire pit around in your yard or at a campsite. If this is the case, look for one that has wheels on the bottom. Slide the model back and forth to see how easy it is to move. Check to see that the casters are securely attached so the fire pit will not fall when you place wood inside it.

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Moving a portable fire pit with ashes in it can be both messy and hazardous. For this reason, you should make sure the model you choose will allow you to clean them out easily. Look for a trap door that opens up so you can scoop ashes out of the fire pit. This is normally located on the back of the device, but might instead be on the bottom.

It is often a good idea to choose a portable fire pit with a lid on it. Most lids are attached to the back of the fire pit with a set of hinges and lock tightly into place. Some of them are made of heavy screen so they can be closed while a fire is burning in order to keep sparks from flying out. This can be a good idea if you plan to burn wood in a very dry location.

A portable fire pit set might be made of stainless steel, aluminum, or clay. These materials do not rust easily and can generally withstand a variety of weather conditions. The cost of each type varies greatly, so the material you select can depend largely on your budget and individual taste.

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