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Featured Image: "Bella Vita" Wood Burning Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art


Imagine a chilly evening made cozy and luminous. Your loved ones surround you, each familiar face aglow, as the crackle of firewood inside a steel fire pit provides a delightful auditory backdrop—this could be the backyard upgrade you've been dreaming of. 

Adding a fire pit to your outdoor area is a fantastic way to enhance the fun and functionality of your backyard, and allows you to make full use of these spaces during cooler weather. With a steel fire pit as a warm and inviting centerpiece, you can enjoy the outdoors year-round and make every season perfect for gathering, entertaining, or simply unwinding.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the features of our steel fire pits that make them so beloved. From the practical benefits of weather resistance and low maintenance to their aesthetic appeal, we'll cover everything you need to know to make an informed decision. 

Additionally, we'll showcase a selection of the seven best steel fire pits of 2024, highlighting their features, pros, and cons, to help you find the perfect product to transform your outdoor space into a year-round retreat.


Emperor Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art

The design of the "Emperor" fire pit pays homage to old world luxury. 

What are Steel Fire Pits Known For?

Steel fire pits are known for several key qualities that make them a popular choice for outdoor spaces. Let’s explore each feature in depth:

1. 1/4 Inch Steel Fire Pits are Durable and Weather Resistant 

Both carbon steel and 304 stainless steel—the material that all fire pits sold by Fountaintful are made with—are naturally resistant to rust and corrosion. Our collection features fire pits crafted from ¼ inch thick steel—an exceptional density that resists abrasion and maintains its shape over time. Plus, the convenience of leaving your fire pit outside all year eliminates the hassle of finding storage space in your garage or shed.

Carbon Steel Fire PIt

USA made carbon steel and stainless steel fire pits are built to last a lifetime. Fountainful's Fire Pit Collection features Fire Pit Art creations with 1/4" thick carbon steel construction.

2. Outdoor Steel Fire Pits are Low Maintenance

Steel fire pits are less demanding than other materials in terms of upkeep and maintenance. Compared to cast iron or clay, a steel fire pit will not warp, crack, or degrade nearly as quickly. Their ability to retain (and radiate) heat at high temperatures also significantly reduces upkeep and ongoing maintenance requirements.

Tips for Cleaning a Steel Fire Pit:

  • Remove ashes and debris after each use
  • Wipe down with a damp cloth
  • That's all!

The sleek surface of steel prevents soot and residue from adhering easily, and significantly reduces the time required for cleanup compared to porous materials like stone or concrete.

➤ Gas Safety Note: When using a gas-fueled fire pit, it's crucial to prevent water from entering the burner components as this can lead to the accumulation of hazardous pressure. If you think there's water in the burner components, call a licensed technician for inspection prior to the pit's next use.

Manta Ray Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art

The "Manta Ray" fire pit is photographed here at the edge of the customer's backyard lake.

3. Gas and Wood Burning Steel Fire Pits are Safe and Versatile

Both gas and wood steel fire pits are available at Fountainful. Regardless of your preferred fuel type, a steel fire pit is highly adaptable to its surroundings. 

Steel Fire Pits for Family Time

The Fire Pit Collection by Fountaintful showcases exquisite creations crafted from carbon steel and stainless steel by the talented team at Fire Pit Art, available in both wood-burning and liquid propane/natural gas options.

Position it in any location deemed safe for burning, and exercise the same caution as you would with any open flame. Never use a fire pit in an enclosed space; this includes campers, tents, houses, or vehicles. If you want extra protection for the surface beneath the pit, consider a Limestone Fire Pit Base quarried from the mountains of Tennessee.

➤ Pro Tip: do not tarp a fire pit, as the tarp can cause the patina to blacken and stop the oxidation process. In many cases, the color of the tarp will transfer to the new steel. A canvas cover is best!

4. Our Diverse Selection of Steel Fire Pits

Steel fire pits come in a wide range of designs, from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional, allowing them to fit into various outdoor decor styles. Many of our fire pits offer additional options for customization in terms of color finish, enabling homeowners to find or create a fire pit that perfectly matches their outdoor space.

Because gas fire pits do not get as hot as wood burning units, the steel can be powder coated with a color finish from the available palette to make your pit even more unique.

Fleur de Lis Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit ARt

Design and style choices abound, from a traditional pattern like the Fleur de Lis Fire Pit (shown here), to the commanding presence of Africa's Big Five Fire Pit (see below).

As of this posting, gas fire pits from Fountaintful can be ordered in:

  • Iron Oxide Patina
  • Bronze
  • Mojave
  • Silverado
  • Speckled Oak
  • Tuxedo Black

Fire Pit Art Colors for Gas Fire Pits

When a gas model is selected, your steel fire pit can be additionally finished in a color powder coating. 

5. Some Steel Fire Pits are Portable 

Steel is lightweight and easy to clean. Some fire pits, like the Fire Surfer Fire Pit, are even designed to be portable, offering flexibility in outdoor arrangement and the ability to take the fire pit on the road.

6. Steel Fire Pits are Aesthetically Pleasing 

Steel as a material allows for intricate designs, and it can develop a unique patina as it ages that adds character to the piece. Each fire pit from Fountaintful is built in the United States to heirloom-quality specifications by the skilled metalsmiths at Fire Pit Art.


Asia Steel Fire Pits by Fire Pit Art

The "Asia Series" of fire pits is inspired by traditional cooking woks. With their low profile and large breadth, every viewing angle is the best!


The stunning patina that steel fire pits acquire over time is further enhanced when you choose the Iron Oxide Patina finish from Fire Pit Art. During the first fire, the natural orangish finish of the iron oxide will begin to darken into a rich mahogany. This maturing process will continue with use and the pit will preserve this darker look for the remainder of its lifetime.

Third Rock Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art

 A "Third Rock" fire pit beautifully displaying the natural darkening process of the iron oxide patina finish that will remain a deep mahogany. 


 8 Best Steel Fire Pits

 1. The Crown Jewel: Africa’s Big Five Wood Burning Heavy Duty Steel Fire Pit

Africa's Big Five Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art


The Africa's Big Five Wood Burning Fire Pit is a stunning tribute to the wildlife of the African continent, featuring intricate cutouts of the lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and Cape buffalo. 

Crafted with care and precision, this fire pit is a work of art that is sure to spark conversations during your gatherings. Its robust, carbon steel construction and unique steel tusk base design make it a durable and eye-catching centerpiece for any outdoor space.



Type & Fuel: Outdoor - Wood Burning (Africa’s Big Five Gas Fire Pit also available)

Material: 1/4" Thick Carbon Steel

Finish: Iron Oxide Patina

Dimensions: 41" bowl diameter x 28"H; Longest width: 58" (tusk to tusk)

Weight: 700 lbs

Warranty: 10 years for all fire pit components from the date of purchase by the original owner



  • Unique and striking piece of art featuring large cutouts of Africa's “Big Five” animals
  • This pit has heirloom potential – its robust construction and unique design make it a piece that can be passed down through generations


  • At 700 pounds, it is quite heavy, requiring a solid, stable placement area
  • Its substantial size may not be suitable for smaller outdoor space.

2. Modern: Bella Vita Gas Outdoor Steel Fire Pit

Bella Vita Stainless Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art


The Bella Vita Gas Fire Pit series combines modern elegance with timeless durability. Crafted from high-grade 304 stainless steel, this fire pit is designed to enhance any outdoor setting with its spherical profile, ensuring everyone can enjoy the warmth and beauty of the flames. 



Type & Fuel: Outdoor - Liquid Propane or Natural Gas

Material: 304 Stainless Steel

Dimensions and weight: Ranges from (BV 34) 34" bowl diameter x 12"H / 100 lbs to (BV 70) 70" bowl diameter x 18"H / 340 lbs

Burners: Includes H-burners ranging from 125K to 400K BTU, depending on size

Warranty: 10-year warranty for all components; 100-Year Guarantee on materials and craftsmanship; HPC Penta Burner with a lifetime warranty



  • Available in four sizes to fit any outdoor space
  • The matte bowl finish contrasted with a brightly polished base offers a sophisticated look
  • Match Lit System included, with options for grid tank conversion for portable grill tank use


  • High-quality materials and craftsmanship comes with a premium price tag
  • Special order item – availability of American-made 304 stainless steel can fluctuate, potentially leading to extended lead times or adjusted costs

3. Minimalist: Crater Wood Burning Steel Fire Pit

Crater Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art

The Crater Wood Burning Fire Pit epitomizes simplicity and elegance. Its classic, unadorned design focuses on the raw beauty of the flames, making it a purist's choice for outdoor warmth and ambiance. 

Crafted from durable carbon steel and weighing 190 pounds, this fire pit is designed to be the centerpiece of your outdoor gatherings, offering warmth and a captivating campfire vibe with its 3-foot diameter bowl.



Type & Fuel: Outdoor - Wood Burning

Material: Carbon Steel

Color: Iron Oxide Patina

Dimensions: 36" bowl diameter, 30" base diameter x 7"H, Total weight: 190 lbs.

Warranty: 10-year warranty on all components



  • Constructed from ¼ inch thick carbon steel for heirloom quality and longevity
  • Traditional and simplistic aesthetic appeal to match any space 


  • As a wood-burning model, it may not be suitable for all areas due to fire regulations
  • The minimalist design might not suit those looking for more decorative or elaborate fire pits

4. Asian Inspired: Wok-Style Gas Steel Fire Pits

Asia Series Steel Fire Pits by Fire Pit Art


The Wok-Style Gas Fire Pit serves up a modern design influenced by Eastern aesthetics. Its low profile ensures that everyone seated around can enjoy a full view of the mesmerizing flames. This series is available in four sizes, accommodating any outdoor space with weights ranging from 110 to 375 pounds of carbon steel, blending dramatic aesthetics with timeless appeal.



Type & Fuel: Outdoor - Liquid Propane or Natural Gas

Material: Carbon Steel

Color: Iron Oxide Patina (various finishes available)

Dimensions: Ranges from 36" to 72" in diameter, with heights from 12" to 20"

Weight: Ranges from 110 – 375 lbs

Burners: Includes HPC Penta Stainless Steel Burner, with BTUs ranging from 125K to 400K

Warranty: 10-year warranty on components, 100-Year Guarantee on materials and craftsmanship, Lifetime warranty on HPC Penta Burner



  • Available in four versatile sizes to fit any outdoor setting
  • Offers a uniques aesthetic for lovers of Eastern inspired art and decor


  • The transformation requires exposure to fire, which may not be immediately appreciated by all users
  • Professional installation is recommended for gas connections

5. For the Hunter: Antlers Gas Outdoor Steel Fire Pit

Antler Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art

The Antlers Gas Fire Pit is a stunning tribute to the majestic white-tailed deer, featuring large antler cutouts around its 3-foot diameter bowl. This 185-pound carbon steel pit is an ideal centerpiece for individuals in search of a unique, premium feature to infuse their outdoor space with a touch of wilderness flair.



Type & Fuel: Outdoor - Liquid Propane or Natural Gas

Material: Carbon Steel

Color: Iron Oxide Patina (various finishes available)

Dimensions: 36" diameter x 24"H; Base: 19"W x 6"H

Weight: 185 lbs

Included: HPC Penta 24" 200K BTU Stainless Steel Burner, whistle-free flex line, Dante valve & key, burner plate, 65 lbs. lava rocks

Warranty: 10 years for components, Lifetime for HPC Penta Burner



  • The antler cutouts offer a unique, rustic aesthetic that pays homage to nature
  • Available in various finishes to match any outdoor decor


  • The antler design may not fit all tastes and preferences
  • Connecting to a natural gas line requires a professional, adding to the overall cost

6. For the Rancher: Longhorn Wood Burning Steel Fire Pit

Longhorn Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art

The Longhorn Wood Burning Fire Pit celebrates the spirit of Texas and the Southwest with its distinctive bull head cutouts. Crafted from durable carbon steel and weighing 185 pounds, this fire pit is a robust addition to any outdoor setting. It not only serves as a functional piece for cool evenings, but also as a striking decorative element that pays homage to the rugged beauty of the Wild West.



Type & Fuel: Outdoor - Wood Burning

Material: Carbon Steel

Color: Iron Oxide Patina

Dimensions: 36" bowl diameter x 24"H; Base: 19"W x 6"H

Weight: 185 lbs

Warranty: 10 years for components



  • The longhorn cutouts offer a unique and captivating visual, perfect for rustic or southwestern decor
  • More affordable than other models on this list


  • As a wood-burning model, it may not be suitable for all areas due to fire regulations

7. The Wild Card: Vesuvius Wood Burning Steel Fire Pit

Vesuvius Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art

The Vesuvius Wood Burning Fire Pit, inspired by its towering Italian namesake, is designed specifically for narrower spaces, and elegantly channels smoke and flames skyward. This 150-pound masterpiece boasts a trilateral design that not only projects the fire away from the wind but also minimizes the spread of embers and sparks, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable outdoor experience. Crafted from durable carbon steel and finished in a rich Iron Oxide Patina, the Vesuvius fire pit transforms from rust to a deep mahogany with use, enhancing its rustic beauty.



Type & Fuel: Outdoor, Wood Burning

Material: 1/4" Thick Carbon Steel

Finish: Iron Oxide Patina

Dimensions: Base 24"W x 7"H, 

Weight: 150 lbs

Warranty: 10 years for all components from the date of purchase by the original owner



  • Unique trilateral shape ideal for wind protection and narrow spaces
  • Lighter weight than other models may allow for easier repositioning


  • While it will fit in narrower spaces, its height and heat projection still need careful consideration when placing

8. Fire Surfer Portable Steel Fire Pit

Fire Surfer Stainless Steel Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art

The Fire Surfer Fire Pit by Fire Pit Art is where style meets practicality. With its 2.5-foot diameter surface adorned with wavy openings, this wood-burning fire pit allows flames to elegantly dance through, creating an enchanting ambiance. 

Crafted from sturdy 11-gauge (⅛ inch thick) steel, this fire pit is not only durable but also portable. At only 40 pounds of weight, the Fire Surfer is a perfect model to take with you and be the hit at any beach or holiday party!



Type & Fuel: Outdoor - Wood Burning

Material: 304 Stainless Steel

Dimensions: 30" bowl diameter x 12"H / 40 lbs. Base footprint: 12"

Warranty: All fire pit components are warranted for a period of 10 years after the date of purchase by the original owner.



  • Weighing just 40 pounds, it's easy to transport, and allows you to enjoy cozy fires wherever you go
  • Also available as a liquid propane or natural gas model, catering to different preferences


  • Made of ⅛ inch thick stainless steel, known for its resistance to corrosion and rust, but may not be as durable as the ¼ inch steel used in other models

Steel Fire Pits for Sale at Fountainful!

Start creating cherished memories today with a pit from Fountaintful's Fire Pit Collection. We'd be honored to assist with your selection. Explore our entire collection of exceptional fire pits online at

Questions about our products? Contact us today at 214-901-7275!

Steel Fire Pits FAQ

Is steel good for a fire pit?

Yes, steel is an excellent material for fire pits due to its durability and heat resistance. It can withstand high temperatures, making it ideal for the intense heat generated by a fire pit. Steel fire pits are versatile in design, fitting various outdoor aesthetics from modern to rustic. With proper maintenance, they can serve as a long-lasting centerpiece for outdoor gatherings.

How long will a steel fire pit last?

The lifespan of a steel fire pit can vary depending on the type of steel, thickness, and whether it's been treated or coated to resist the elements. Generally, a well-maintained fire pit can last from 5 to 15 years or more. High-quality, thicker steel fire pits that are properly cared for can last even longer, becoming a durable fixture in your outdoor space.

Do steel fire pits rust?

Steel fire pits can rust over time, especially if exposed to moisture and not properly treated or maintained. However, many steel fire pits, like those from Fountainful, are treated with a rust-resistant coating to extend their lifespan. Stainless steel options offer enhanced resistance to rust and corrosion.

What kind of metal do you need to make a fire pit?

The most common metals used to make fire pits are steel, stainless steel, and cast iron. Each has its advantages:

  • Steel is widely used for its versatility, durability, and heat resistance. It's suitable for both traditional and modern designs.
  • Stainless steel offers the added benefit of being more resistant to rust and corrosion, making it a great choice for longevity and low maintenance.
  • Cast iron is known for its excellent heat retention and rustic appearance but is heavier and more prone to rust if not properly maintained.

Choosing the right metal depends on your preferences for durability, maintenance, and aesthetic appeal. 


Referenced Resources
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