Published: December 17, 2010
All in the Family
Photo by Weber Stephen Products Company
With its domed lid, porcelain-enameled finish and solid construction, this new firepit shares a family resemblance with its next of kin, the iconic Weber Kettle. But unlike the industrious charcoal cooker, this fun guy is the center of attention and life of the party. Party poopers can use the lid to easily extinguish the fire when it’s time for bed. Weber Stephen Products Company, $160, (800) 446-1071, www.weber.com.
Rising from the Ashes
Photo by Wittus, Inc.
This vertical hearth takes the outdoor firepit to dramatic new heights. Its soaring Cor-Ten steel frame mimics the rising licks and spikes of flames and naturally oxidizes to a rustic finish. No wonder it’s won a prestigious design award.
Wittus, Inc., $1,290, (914) 764-5679, www.wittus.com.
Photo by Plow & Hearth
Dancing Bears Outdoor Firepit
Strike up the band (or at least the iPod) and join the conga line of dancing bears around this whimsical firepit. A safety guardrail keeps you from getting too close and screening prevents forest fires from errant sparks. (Smokey would be pleased.) Use the grilling grid accessory to cook up a snack after kicking up your heels.
Plow & Hearth, $170, (800) 494-7544,
Art of Fire
Photo by Firegear
Ironwood Sculpture for Fire
The warmth may draw you to this firepit, but its beauty will keep you lingering. With the forest as his muse, artist Jarrett Bertoncin takes over 100 hours to painstakingly and individually handcraft each piece from steel, creating realistic details like peeling bark, pinecones, twigs and leaves. Natural or propane gas fueled, the firepit sculpture slowly rusts over time to a natural patina. And, just like fires themselves, no two units are alike.
Firegear, $7,500, (888) 220-4333,
Great Balls of Fire
Photo by Landmann USA
Ball O’ Fire Outdoor Fireplace
Goodness, gracious, this firepit looks like a great ball of fire! The see-through globe offers unobstructed views of the flames, but fortunately, the sturdy, steel, mesh surround keeps sparks contained. At only 47 pounds, this fireball is lightweight enough to follow the party from patio to poolside to boat pier.
Landmann USA, $400, (800) 321-3473,