There are a handful of portable fire pits on the market these days, but most of them fall short. They’re too small to generate enough heat for a group, and frankly, many of them look unsafe to me. One thing I know for sure is that none of them are as versatile as the Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit.
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I’ve been using the Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit for about a year now, and every time I set it up I get questions and comments from onlookers. They’re 1) surprised that it fits into a small carrying case, and 2) can’t believe that it can handle such a large fire.
What I like most about it is how versatile it is. My favorite use has been to let the fire die down a bit, toss the cooking grate on for lunch, and then remove it to get a solid campfire going again. It only weighs 7.8 lbs so I can tote it anywhere. This winter I’m looking forward to a few snowshoe hikes with brats and burgers for lunch in the middle of nowhere. I also used it last winter on several ice fishing trips and it’s absolutely perfect for that.
Last thing I’ll add is that it’s an excellent Leave No Trace option for a campfire. The heat shield is remarkably effective, meaning no scorched ground. Yes, you’ll have to dispose of water soaked coals somewhere, but it’s far better than permanently altering a patch of ground.
If you like campfires and grilling as much as I do, and you’re looking for portable solution, you’re not going to do better than the Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit.