Portable fire pits are great. You can use them to get toasty in the backyard, load them in the car for a camping trip, and even turn them into a functional grill in a pinch. If you like your portable fire pit to be as compact as possible, we imagine you’re going to be interested in the Pyro Camp Fire Pit.
Measuring just 18 x 14 x 9 inches (length x width x height), it’s one of the most compact products in the category, allowing you to easily squeeze it into the boot of your car even with a load of stuff already in there. Whether you’re solo camping, pitching a tent for two, or car camping with a small group, this thing should build a hot enough fire to keep you toasty under the cold night skies.
The Pyro Camp Fire Pit has an enclosure clad in an octagonal prism shape like a smaller version of the BioLite FirePit, with steel mesh body panels on all sides, allowing you an unobstructed view of the fire inside from any angle. The perforations on the mesh are small enough that it should be able to contain all sparks and burning embers inside the pit, ensuring you won’t get any of those things burning through your clothes, while open windows on either end allow air to flow freely, providing exceptional airflow that keeps the fire burning hot while minimizing smoke. The same windows on the side, by the way, allow you to add firewood without coming close to the flame, so there’s no risk of burning yourself whenever you throw in more fuel.
The shape and size of the fire pit allows for an interior large enough to accommodate 16-inch firewood, so you don’t have to chop your logs down into smaller pieces to use them comfortably. It also includes a detachable ash tray, which catches all the powdery residue of your fire (the bottom body panel also uses steel mesh), making it easy to clean up once you’re finished.
The Pyro Camp Fire Pit has a top that’s screwed down using a quartet of fasteners that can be loosened and tightened using just your hands, allowing you easy access to the open flame if you want to roast some hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire. If you want to do some proper cooking, they also offer a grill kit that comes with a cooking surface that combines a griddle on the left and a grill on the right, allowing you to cook steaks for dinner, roast chicken for lunch, and even fry an egg in the morning. Aside from the cooking surface, the grill kit includes a cutting board, a set of cooking utensils, seasoning oil (for the cooking surface), and its own storage bag.
Construction for the fire pit is 304 stainless steel, which, the outfit claims, will deliver high corrosion resistance and an excellent tolerance for the highest temperatures. That means, this thing shouldn’t look like a rotting piece of junk after a few camping trips, although you’ll still need to do some regular maintenance if you want it to stay looking good. Despite the robust build, the whole thing weighs just 14.5 pounds, so you can easily move it around from spot to spot around the camp.
The Pyro Camp Fire Pit is available now, priced at $249 for the fire pit alone and $349 with the grill kit included.