Gas fire pits make are a great addition to backyard BBQs, camping trips, and tailgating parties alike. Not only useful for providing heat on chilly days, they have an ambiance that both you and your guests will enjoy.
They can also become the focal point of an outdoor patio space. Adding a gas fire pit can change the mood and overall look of your backyard or patio.
Adding a portable gas fire pit takes the enjoyment to another level. Your fire pit can be easily moved around on your patio to suit your needs and brought on your next outdoor event or even to a friend or family member’s house.
Our team has researched the top three portable propane fire pits, all under $200 so you can stay cozy without breaking the bank. Not sure if a gas fire pit is right for you? Check out our full gas fire pit guide
#1 The Outland Firebowl 893 Deluxe Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit
This is by far one of the most popular fire pits on Amazon; Outland sells over 4500 units a month. It’s not hard to see why.
For the price, you get the steel fire pit, stainless steel burner system, lava rocks, a 10ft hose, chrome knob for adjusting the flames, a cover, and a carry kit. The unit measures 19″ x 19″ and is 11″ high; it weighs 23 pounds.
The burner is rated at 58,000BTUs, and it’s CSA approved. In most areas, it’s approved to use during most campfire bans.
Outland has proven itself time and time again with quality products, and this one is no different. This unit is sold over 4500 times a month, and reviewers love it.
This unit has 4.8 out of five stars and over 3500 reviews. Reviewers say it’s easy to use and lightweight for easy transportation. They love using it for camping, especially when in areas wood fires have been banned.
Reviewers also say that it produces a great amount of heat and that they’d recommend it to friends and family. The one thing this fire pit is missing is automatic ignition.
If you’re in the market for a few other accessories, Outland also sells a carrying case
#2 Heininger 5995 Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit
Let’s to the point here. I’ll go into more detail later, but overall this model is very similar to the Outland 893. The main difference is that the flames produced by this model are larger and a darker gold color.
I personally find this a bit prettier, but beauty is subjective. Is it worth the additional cost? If you’re planning on turning this into the focal point of your patio space
This unit is a little bit larger than the Outland (19.25″ by 19.25″ and 11.5″ high), but it weighs a pound less at just 22lbs. This makes it slightly easier to carry around.
It comes with a 10ft hose and lava rocks. It’s 58,000BTU burner burns smokeless and is CSA approved to use during most campfire bans. As mentioned before, this may be the unit to buy if you’re planning on keeping it mostly at home, especially since it doesn’t come with a carrying kit or cover.
Heininger sells over 600 units monthly, and this fire pit is rated at 4.8 out of five stars with almost 1000 total reviews. Reviewers say it’s easy to use, even though it has to be lit manually. Reviewers are also impressed by the amount of heat produced.
Overall, this fire pit will be a gorgeous addition to a patio space and a practical help on cold nights. Backed by hundreds of monthly sales and great reviews, this is a quality purchase sure to last for a long time.
#3 Bond Manufacturing 67863 Aurora Fire Pit
This is the only fire pit we’ve reviewed so far that has a choice in color: bronze or black. Plus the cover doubles as the carrying feature! This way you only have to keep track of one extra piece, which I find super helpful.
The unit is 18.5″ in diameter and 14.7″ high; I appreciate that the flames (and the heat!) is a little further off the ground and a little closer to me. Plus it is only 18 pounds and super easy to carry around.
The unit is smaller and produces slightly less heat: 54,000BTUs but that’s a small sacrifice to make for the significantly lighter unit. This unit comes with the lid/carrier, pumice stones, a flame regulator knob, and a 10ft hose.
This model is sold over 1500 times a month and is rated 4.8 out of five stars with over 500 reviews. Reviewers say that simple features can make a big difference. The lid/carrier keeps all the rocks in the fire pit during transportation, and this unit comes with a steel ring to keep the propane tank upright and steady.
Reviewers also say this model was easy to set up and was better than expected.
Overall, this model’s middle-of-the-road price, clean burning set up, and attractive design (especially compared to the other units we’ve looked at today) make it a quality purchase.
Bottom line, I recommend:
…the Outland for the on-the-road buyer: tailgating parties, camping trips, and other outdoor adventures meet their match in this affordable model. Click here to purchase.
…the Heininger for the patio enthusiast: if you’re looking to dramatically improve the ambiance of your patio or backyard space, the gorgeous fire produced by this model is just what you need. Click here to purchase.
…the Bond Manufacturing for the buyer who wants both: this model is lightweight for easy transportation, but highly stylish in a color and style that the other models don’t stand up to. Click here to purchase.
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