5 Backyard Fire Pits You Can Actually Cook On

You don't have to go camping to cook over an open flame.

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July 14, 2021
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This summer is all about spending as much time outside as possible. And one of the ways to make that happen well into fall is by investing in a fire pit. Sure, it's nice to have one that looks pretty and can keep you warm, but we want a fire pit that does more.

While we love roasting marshmallows over a fire pit with our family and friends, we wondered if we could find fire pits that function more like a campfire. We wanted options that could handle chicken skewers, hot dogs on a stick and even a Campfire Lasagna. Here's what we found.

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This 32-inch pit comes with an adjustable grill that can turn a full 360 degrees, perfect for kebabs, grilled steaks and even veggies. There's a collapsible triangle frame on the inside of the pit to hold logs in place for better ventilation. If you're interested in cooking on embers with a Dutch oven, collapse the frame beforehand.

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A fire pit table is designed with cooking for a group in mind. This model comes with grates that fit over the pit when you're ready to roast over an open flame. The mesh lid comes in handy if you're worried about sparks or debris. Plus, when you're not using the pit for cooking, you can add ice to the center and make it a cooler for drinks.

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Portability is the name of the game with this pit-grill combo from L.L.Bean. The 30-inch pit weighs 24 pounds and can be packed up to bring with you on your next camping trip or to a friend's backyard. This pit comes with a set of grates and a poker for stoking the flames. Keep in mind, this pit is not meant to be used on a wooden deck — stick to stone or masonry surfaces.

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This compact pit-grill is the smallest model on our list, but comes with smart features that'll make cooking with it a lot easier. The Cowboy pit comes with a pole that allows you to adjust the grill grate to a wide variety of heights. Plus, the steel design is sturdy enough to handle wood or charcoal for cooking over an open flame or embers.

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On the flip side, this extra-large fire pit is perfect for cooking for a crowd. The 27-inch grilling area can hold burgers, hot dogs and buns and adjusts for controlled cooking. This pit also comes with a charcoal pan holder that helps maintain a controlled flame. Plus, the included PVC cover ensures your pit stays like-new all summer long.

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