Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a part of the United States with warm weather year-round, there’s a part of your property that goes unused when winter rolls around. Backyards and patios become barren when the temperature stops to drop, but the outdoor enjoyment doesn’t have to end if you have a bit of heat. While patio heaters and fire pits are obvious choices for the outdoors, the best fire pit table can keep an area warm and outlast other types of heat sources when properly maintained.
- The Best Fire Tables for Backyards and Patios
- Fire Table Pit Buying Guide
- Final Thoughts
The Best Fire Tables for Backyards and Patios
- Fuel: Propane
- BTU: 42,000
- Dimensions: 30”W x 24”H
- Weight: 67 lbs.
- Warranty: 1-year
- Fuel: Natural Gas
- BTU: 45,000
- Dimensions: 83”L x 39”W x 31”H
- Weight: 385 lbs.
- Warranty: 1-year
Fire Sense Toulon
- Fuel: Propane
- BTU: 50,000
- Dimensions: 33”W x 24”H
- Weight: 80 lbs.
- Warranty: 90 days
- Fuel: Natural Gas
- BTU: 45,000
- Dimensions: 60”L x 27”W x 17”H
- Weight: 176 lbs.
- Warranty: 1-year
Best Choice Rustic Fire Table
- Fuel: Propane
- BTU: 50,000
- Dimensions: 48”L x 27”W x 13.5”H
- Weight: 84 lbs.
- Warranty: 1-year
Bali Outdoors Fire Pit Table
- Fuel: Propane
- BTU: 50,000
- Dimensions: 28”W x 25”H
- Warranty: 1-year
You can walk into a number of local shops and scoop up a fire pit, and you certainly won’t have a problem finding one online. Fire tables are a different story, however, as they are larger and not quite as popular as their smaller counterparts. With that in mind, we chose six fire pit tables that stand out from the rest, including portable and semi-permanent models.
#1 Hiland Hammered Bronze Propane Fire Pit Table
The Best Fire Table for Small Patios
AZ Patio Heaters is responsible for keeping millions of Americans warm during the colder months, and they make some of our favorite outdoor fire features. They have a number of fire tables as well, including the sleek and modern Hiland GSF-PR-PC.
Fire tables are simple by design, but some systems excel when it comes to the little things. The company engineered this fire table with that in mind as it’s sturdy with a solid steel frame and a weight of 67 pounds. You can access the propane tank through a door with a stainless steel handle, which pairs nicely with the matching lid when the table isn’t in use.
This hammered bronze fire table has a modern sense of style that will go with almost any type of outdoor décor. It has a wider ledge than comparable tables but still remains stable because of the weight. It does have an anti-tilt safety shut off, however, along with a feature that shuts things down if the thermocouple ever fails.
With a rating of 42,000 BTU, this fire table can provide enough warmth for a small area. It has a piezo ignition system and is 25” tall and 30” in diameter. The actual fire pit section is 10” x 10” and 4” deep, so it can hold plenty of fire glass. The company has included clear glass with this table along with a CSA regulator and hose.
This is another propane system with a great price point but a completely different style than most budget-friendly tables. It doesn’t look or feel cheap, and the ledge is deep enough to provide some legroom as well. We didn’t notice any significant complaints from consumers on the Hiland GSF-PR-PC aside from a few common quality control issues.
#2 Elementi Sonoma Outdoor Fire Pit Table
The Best Fire Table for Dining
While every item on our list is technically a fire “table,” some serve that purpose better than others. If you’re looking for an actual table you can dine on our play cards around outdoors, the Elementi Sonoma should be the only fire table on your shopping list.
This fire table has an elegant design with real wooden legs made from solid Ashwood and a cast concrete top. It will be the centerpiece of your patio but has a design that’s just as stunning indoors. It’s capable of producing flames between 18” to 20” high, and your guests will remain safe as the flame pit is surrounded by a removable glass shield.
The Sonoma is one of the larger fire tables on the market at 83”L x 39”W x 31”H and definitely not in the portable class with a weight of 385 pounds. The burner and pan are made from 16 gauge stainless steel as well, so it’s built to last whether it’s used indoors or outside. It has an electronic ignition with a safety shut-off switch and is rated at 45,000 BTU.
Elementi has included 13.2 pounds of lava rock for the burner pit, but you can use suitable glass or other media if you prefer a different look. There is a 5-foot hose to connect to your fuel source, but you will need to find a way to disguise the tank if you choose the propane edition of this table. This model comes with a canvas cover, but windscreens and other accessories are also available.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find any homeowner that wouldn’t love to have the Sonoma sitting on their patio, but the price tag automatically rules it out if your budget is tight. If you want a fire table your family can enjoy for decades instead of years, you should seriously consider this system, however. It’s available in both natural gas and propane variants but cannot be converted for use with other fuels.
#3 Fire Sense Toulon Antique Bronze Fire Pit Table
The Best Aluminum Fire Table
When you’re building a fire indoors in your fireplace, cast iron is among the best materials for grates and other accessories. It isn’t ideal for the outdoors, but you can enjoy the look of cast iron on a fire table through models like the Toulan from Fire Sense.
The Fire Sense Toulan fire pit table is made almost entirely from cast aluminum. While this material resembles iron, it’s lightweight, durable, and can handle the weather with ease. At around 85 pounds, this system is still hefty but far more manageable than something of this size made from solid cast iron. It’s also designed to be used as an outdoor table when not in use.
Fire Sense has included a removable lid with this table that matches the antique bronze finish found on the exterior. The ornate design doesn’t hide propane tanks as well as units with a solid base, but that’s a minor complaint given the decorative nature of this fire table. It’s of average size measuring 38”W x 24”H, with a large fire bowl that’s close to 20” in diameter.
While Fire Sense put a lot of thought into the style and design of this fire table, they overlooked the controls. It has an electronic ignition, but several homeowners found the tanks tricky to load and hook up. Forgoing the use of the tank holder will give you a bit more wiggle room to work with, but it’s a tight fight beneath this system nonetheless.
This attractive fire table has an eye-catching design, and the fact it’s made from cast aluminum is a huge bonus. You’ll have plenty of surface area to work with on this table as well, whether it’s in use or has the lid attached during warmer months. Just keep the tight-fitting tank in mind along with the price tag when considering the Fire Sense Toulon.
#4 Elementi Granville Outdoor Fire Table
The Best Concrete Fire Table
Our second fire table from Elementi has a completely different design than the first, although it’s just as stunning when lit. The Elementi Granville fire table is built like a tank, and the best option when you want a large weatherproof fire table for the outdoors.
This fire table is comprised almost entirely of concrete. The strong cast concrete has been finished and has a simple rectangular design that will blend in with any outdoor patio. You’ll want to make sure you have room for this large fire table and pick a permanent spot for it, considering it weighs 176 pounds.
Elementi used a 41” pit for this table with a burner and pan made from 304 stainless steel. While it’s 11” wide, there is still plenty of room around the table to make it usable. Overall, this fire pit table measures 60”L x 27”W and is 17” high. That’s a bit lower than the standard chair height, so keep that in mind when planning seating for this table.
The Granville has the same rating as the Sonoma at 45,000 BTU and has an electronic ignition. The flame height is considerably higher, however, with a maximum of 24” to 26”. The company has included 13 pounds of lava rock to get you started and a canvas table cover. While we chose the natural gas version of this Granville, a propane variant is available as well.
This fire pit table is constructed to last for a lifetime. The burner and other steel parts can be replaced down the line if needed, and the resiliency of concrete speaks for itself. We would have like to have seen a matching lid or windscreen for this system given the price, but that’s really the only knock on the Granville.
#5 Best Choice Products Rustic Farmhouse Fire Pit Table
A Discreet Propane Fire Table
Whether you are interested in a fire table with a modern design or one with a Roman-inspired style, there are dozens of options to choose from. If you want something rustic, the options are a bit more limited with a handful of systems, including this two-piece setup from Best Choice Products.
This is one of the more unique fire tables on our list, and we’re big fans of its functional design. It’s made to work with a standard 20-pound propane tank, but you won’t have to worry about hiding those unsightly canisters. Instead, you can use the included side table to cover up the tank. While it’s not suitable for seating, it’s a great place to sit your drinks or a sound system.
As for the table itself, it is 48” long and 27” wide with a height of 13.5”. That’s shorter than a traditional fire table, something to keep in mind when planning seating. It’s well-made from a mixture of steel and cast wood with a rustic finish. The matching propane tank housing measures 20.5”H x 15.5”W. Both have handles built into the side and will have no problem dealing with the elements outdoors.
With a rating of 50,000 BTU, this propane fire table is in-line with the rest of our picks. You can adjust the heat through a dial on the side, and the unit fires up in seconds with a push-button ignition system. Best Choice Products has included brown glass rocks with this fire table along with a weather-resistant cover.
If you don’t mind the low height of this fire pit table, it’s an interesting alternative compared to models made from thin steel or concrete. The side table is a stylish way to keep the propane tank out of sight as well. Some homeowners said the surface is prone to scratches, but the company has included touch-up paint to take care of those.
#6 Bali Outdoors Gas Fire Pit Table
The Best Budget-Friendly Fire Table
If you have a smaller patio or covered porch, finding a fire table small enough to still accommodate seating can be challenging. That’s where smaller models like this fire table from Bali Outdoors come into play, and it’s one of the more affordable models on the market as well.
At only 42 pounds without a tank attached, this fire table is light enough to move around a patio and designed to leave a small footprint behind. It is of average height at 26”, but only 28” wide. There is a ledge around the pit that’s wide enough for a small plate or drinks, but as you’d expect, it’s not sturdy enough to hold any real weight.
Bali kept the weight and price down by using thinner powder-coated steel. There are matching accents around the base with decorative paint, and a door opens to allow access to the propane tank. That tank hooks up beneath the table and is out of sight at all times. The fire table itself is rated at 50,000 BTU with a control knob that allows you to adjust the heat.
This fire table isn’t as well-made as models with a higher price tag but is well worth a look if your budget is tight or you need a smaller fire table for your patio. It comes with 15 pounds of blue fire glass and a matching lid. You will want to pick up a cover for this table, however, if you plan to leave it on your patio throughout the year.
Fire Table Pit Buying Guide
Buying a new piece of patio furniture for the outdoors can be exciting, but choosing the best fire table can be an endeavor. The options are somewhat limited compared to traditional wood-burning or gas fire pits, and manufacturers like to use the word table on systems that don’t quite fit that bill. In this guide, we’re going to provide a few tips to help you find the perfect pick for your patio.
Where will you use your fire table?
Fire tables are often used on patios and porches, but you can find certain models indoors or incorporated into the landscaping as well. The first step in finding the perfect fire table for your home is to think about where you’ll use it.
If your fire table will be exposed to the elements throughout the year, you need to consider a model made from a weatherproof material. Even the best fire table cover won’t keep your system immaculate outdoors. Anything that sits in the yard, instead of on your patio, will require more maintenance overall as well.
For fire tables that will be used on a covered patio, consider the flame height. In most cases, it shouldn’t be an issue as these systems don’t produce a great deal of heat, but some high-end models can easily put out 12” to 24” flames. While only a handful of systems are built for use indoors, flame height indoors can be an issue as well, along with ventilation.
Natural Gas vs. Propane Fire Tables
Choosing a style of fire table is the hardest decision most homeowners will make, but deciding between natural gas or propane is a close second. If you’re already using natural gas in your home, the decision may seem easy, but it isn’t nearly as clear-cut as you think.
Natural Gas Fire Tables
Most fire tables that use natural gas have a distinct style. They can also be considerably larger or smaller than their propane-powered counterparts, as no tanks are required. The biggest advantage of using natural gas is the fact you never have to buy a tank or propane or figure out how to hide those unsightly tanks.
On the downside, you need to get natural gas from a gas line that’s run to your home. If you already have one in place, you can pay to have a separate line run to the location of your choosing. That can significantly increase the overall cost of your fire table. Running a new line just for a gas fire pit when you don’t already have gas in your home isn’t cost-effective for most homeowners.
- Cheap to operate
- No tanks to deal with
- Ease of use
- Requires a professional installation
Propane Fire Tables
Any fire table designed to work with propane will use a standard 20-pound tank. Even the most affordable fire tables provide homeowners a way to hide that tank, although some companies handle this much better than others. You can find some fire tables with natural gas and propane variants, but this type of fire table outnumbers gas-based systems by a wide margin.
You’ll have more of a selection with propane fire tables, and while they are inexpensive, they aren’t as cheap to use over time as natural gas. There are several portable systems in this class; however, and most can be moved with relative ease using only two people. On average, we found propane fire tables to be somewhat cheaper as well.
- Wide variety of styles and price points
- Simple installation
- No permanent connection
- Refilling and purchasing tanks can be a hassle
Fire Table Styles
We’re not going to spend a lot of time here as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While we feel all the fire tables we chose for our list are stylish enough for anyone’s home, there are hundreds of options you can choose from locally and online.
With that in mind, the most popular style of fire pit table are the simple systems with a steel base and a square or rounded top. The propane tank sits inside the base of these tables, and they typically weigh under 80 pounds. Most are sized at around 30” in diameter, with models topping out in the 46” range.
Fire Table Sizes
Wondering what size fire table you need? That’s a common question many homeowners ponder when looking for the best fire table for their patio or deck. There are two things to keep in mind with any fire table, whether it’s made from aluminum, thin sheet metal, or a foot of solid concrete – height and legroom.
Height is a specification we included for every fire table on our list and something you should have no trouble finding with other models. Legroom is a different story, however, and a specification you’re unlikely to find. If you intend to use the ledge for something other than propping your feet up, pay attention to the size of the burner in comparison to the usable parts of the fire table.
Materials Used in Fire Table Construction
What your fire table is made from has an impact on how long it will last. In most cases, a fire table will be made from the materials we’ve listed below or a combination of them. You won’t find any fire tables made entirely from concrete or steel, as the burner and other parts require different types of materials.
Most mid-range to budget-friendly fire tables are mainly comprised of steel. It’s the most popular option for the base of a table, but the thickness can vary wildly from one model to the next. Steel is durable but should be powder-coated if you want it to do well outdoors. Thicker steel will drive up the price but will make your fire pit table more stable while lengthening its lifespan.
While steel needs to be powder-coated or painted to stand up against the weather, that’s not a problem with stainless steel. This shiny metal has an unmistakable appearance and is used in fire pit burners and as accent pieces. There are several fire pits that are entirely made from stainless steel, but it’s not cost-effective for larger fireplace tables.
From a distance, aluminum can be confused with stainless steel, but these materials couldn’t be any more different. Both are built for the outdoors, but aluminum extremely lightweight and durable. As with stainless steel, it’s rare to find a fire pit table made entirely from aluminum, although a few cast and extruded models are available. Aluminum tables are more expensive but built to last.
Fire tables made from woven materials bring a unique look to any outdoor space. Rattan has been used in outdoor furniture for decades, and it is a popular option that is used in the base of fire pit tables as well. It’s a highly resilient material that excels in outdoor environments but is pricey compared to the other materials on our list.
There are many types of synthetic stone material used on the exterior of fire tables, but none are a substitute for concrete. When you want a fire table that’s a permanent fixture outdoors, this is the best option. Concrete fire tables are expensive, however, and can weigh anywhere between 180 to 800 pounds.
Fire Table Safety
In our research, we found that most homeowners have their fire tables on covered patios or outdoor decks. Unlike a wood-burning fire pit, they are designed for these types of areas, but you still need to proceed with caution when using propane or natural gas.
Leaks are the top fear for many consumers when using any type of gas-based fuel. Well, gas and propane have a chemical called mercaptan mixed in, which gives it a distinct odor that smells like rotten eggs. It will definitely get your attention in the case of a leak, which should never be a problem with a properly installed tank or gas line.
Propane tanks can be turned off, but natural gas leaks need to be reported immediately after you leave the area. Given the design of some outdoor patios, ventilation could potentially be an issue as well. It’s dangerous to use any gas-based heater or fire table in an enclosed area, but that shouldn’t be a problem with open patios and screened-in porches.
Fire Pit Warranties
Whether your budget allows for a fire table that costs thousands of dollars or just a few hundred bucks, nobody wants a system that breaks down after only a few uses. The good news is that fire tables are not complicated devices, and what few parts they do have can usually be replaced.
That’s a good thing, considering that most manufacturers only provide their consumers with a 1-year guarantee. Extended warranties are always an option but aren’t necessary for some types of designs. If you are concerned about longevity, you can always check on replacement parts beforehand as well.
A fire table may require more room than your standard fire pit, but they are the best option for entertaining outdoors. They are more versatile as well, considering there are models the size of a dining table along with systems you can easily carry to the garage in the off-season. If you are interested in something smaller, check out our list of the best outdoor propane fire pits.