If you're thinking about purchasing a portable propane fire pit, do it. Propane fire pits are an excellent way to enjoy most of the benefits of a campfire without the hassle of one.
But, with so many options on the market, what is the best portable propane fire pit?
Let’s get to the point; the best portable propane fire pit is the Outland Firebowl 893.
This fire bowl is simple, straightforward, and of excellent quality. You get it all with this fire bowl – a perfect price point, durability, and rave reviews.
There is something magical about being in the woods, sitting around a fire with your friends and family. The campfire is my favorite part of any camping trip.
Unfortunately, you can’t always have a campfire, whether that's because of fire bans, lack of access to firewood, or a handful of other reasons.
That’s what makes portable propane fire pits so great – you can still have a campfire despite the obstacles.
On top of that, you can enjoy all the benefits of a propane fire pit, like no smoke, no ash, and (obviously) portability.
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15 Best Portable Propane Fire Pits
Outland Firebowl 893 – Deluxe Fire Pit
If you're looking for an excellent quality, affordable, and reliable fire pit, you've found it in the Outland Firebowl 293, also called the Outland Deluxe Fire Pit.
This fire pit is simple, straightforward, and no-fuss. Weighing 23.3 pounds, this fire pit is great for car or RV camping. That weight is also quite impressive considering that this is a 19’ bowl. There is plenty of space to seat several people comfortably.
The Outland 893 Firebowl comes completely assembled, so you don’t have to worry about attaching the hose or messing with any parts.
Along the lines of ease, it also comes with a fitted lid and a carry kit. The lid will protect your rocks and burner from the outside elements while also keeping everything inside the bowl while traveling.
In addition, it comes with straps to make carrying the fire bowl super simple. The only thing it's missing is a cover to protect it from the elements. You can purchase a cover separately.
Users say that the Outland 893 Firebowl will forever replace a traditional campfire for them because it is so user-friendly, quiet, smokeless, and reliable.
- Great size, weight, and price
- Portable at only 23 lbs
- Great size for 3-5 people
- Durable and reliable
- Carry case comes separately
Bond Manufacturing Aurora Firebowl
Versatility and practicality get my vote every time, and that's what you get with the Bond Manufacturing Aurora Firebowl.
This 18' diameter fire bowl is gorgeous and highly practical, weighing only 18 pounds! Unpacking the car to the campsite is always my least favorite part about camping.
However, the Aurora Firebowl is so lightweight, it really isn't a big deal to bring it along.
The bowl produces 54,000 BTUs of heat and has beautiful glowing pumice stones to set the mood for warmth. It comes with a locking lid, adding to its practicality.
Most fire pits are manual ignition, which requires you to start the flames with a lighter or match.
However, the Aurora bowl is auto-ignition. That means, at the push of a button, the fire will start with no assistance.
However, users of this fire bowl mention that the starter is complex or doesn't work every time.
You can also purchase a separate hideaway table or a tote to enhance this fire bowl's look.
The Aurora Firebowl can be placed on any surface because its legs do not get hot. It comes with plenty of stones and creates plenty of heat. It is an excellent replacement for a natural fire at any campsite or home deck.
- Easy to carry around with a locking lid and handle
- Can be placed on any surface
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Auto-ignition does not always work
Flame King 19”
The Flame King is a great budget-friendly option that doesn't skimp on quality.
This 19" bowl is great for traveling and moving around. Despite its portability, it heats pretty well, offering a 58,000 BTU output. Even on its lowest setting, the Flame King will produce a nice amount of heat and keep you warm.
The Flame King is exceptionally nice because of its self-ignition rather than manual ignition. So, instead of burning off your hand hairs and getting another fire bowl started, this one begins with the push of a button.
This fire bowl also comes with a lid and a carry strap for extra ease when moving. The cover will keep your fire pit UV and weather resistant as well.
A common complaint among users of the Flame King is the need to purchase more lava rocks to fully cover the burner. Adding more rocks to a fire bowl will also add to its heat.
- Easily portable at 18 lbs
- Included lid
- Requires added purchase of lava rocks or ceramic logs to boost the heat and cover the burner
Note: You’ll see many Outland fire bowls pop up when you’re searching for a portable fire pit to purchase. It’s kind of confusing, so let's break down each one:
This is the smallest fire pit that Outland offers. Its compact size and square shape make it highly portable and easy to store.
If packing your car for camping feels like the game Tetris, the Firecube will be great for you.
Its square shape makes it easy to load into the car with other square-shaped objects, such as your totes and stove.
The Firecube is 19.4 pounds and has a 14” diameter. This small fire bowl gives off great heat at 58,000 BTU.
This fire bowl (or square) will comfortably keep two people cozy and warm on a cold night. It can accommodate up to four people, but they probably wouldn't get super warm from it; the fire would be more for aesthetics.
Users rave about the design of this Firecube, as it is compact and easy to pick up and use.
- Durable, well made, and lasts
- Fits into storage and car spaces easily
- Compact and portable
- Quiet burning
- Stays cool on the underside
- Small – will provide heat for only two people
- Pricier for the size
The Outland 823 is the OG (as in, the original) of the Outland Living Firepits. It is also called the Standard Fire Pit.
This original fire pit is straightforward and easy to use. It does its job, and it does it well. The Outland 823 can comfortably seat two to four people around it.
One of the most significant downsides to this fire pit is that the cover and carry kit must be purchased separately. That's an additional cost that other fire pits have included.
However, users of the Outland 823 love that it doesn’t go through too much propane and that it sets up quickly.
- Quick set up
- Great price for quality
- Looks like a real campfire
- Comfortably heats two to four people
- Cover and carry kit come separately
The next model up from the 823 is the 893. However, since we’ve already covered that, let’s skip ahead to the Outland 870, or the Premium Fire Pit.
This 19” fire pit comes with a cover and carry kit, 10’ hose, regulator, lava rock set, and propane tank stabilizer ring.
The Premium version of the fire bowl is very similar to the Standard. The difference is that the Premium version comes with the cover and carry kit and has an auto-ignition instead of a manual ignition. Users love this upgraded feature.
- Comes with cover and carry kit, unlike lower models
- Auto ignition for easy lighting
- Small and light enough to easily transport
- Quickly heats up to a full flame
- Some users report low-quality starters that break easily
The Outland 863 Fire pit, or the Cypress Fire Pit, is the next biggest size and model. This 21" bowl is perfect for larger parties and big family camp trips.
The bowl comes with a cover and carry kit, a 10’ hose, a regulator, lava rocks, and a propane tank stabilizer ring.
An upgraded feature of the Cypress fire ring is its Helios burner. Instead of the regular circular or square burner in the bowl, the Helios burner is X-shaped. This helps the fire look and feel more natural, like an actual wood fire.
The Cypress fire bowl is sleek, low to the ground, and perfectly balanced between modern and rustic.
- Accommodates larger parties and families
- Great for RV camping
- Helios burner for a more natural flame
- A lower profile increases the functional heat
- Due to its larger size, it might not fit well into a car
The Outland 883, or the Mega Fire Pit, is the largest Outland Living fire pit we'll look at today.
One more model is larger, but it is incredibly unrealistic to bring camping because of its size, so we'll finish off with the Mega Fire Pit.
The Mega Fire Pit is perfect for big BBQs, lots of people, and a large outdoor space.
The fire pit is excellent for RV-ers or for staying on your patio all year. You can even use it both at home and while camping throughout the year, as it is so portable.
This fire pit has the largest width on this list, 24 inches. It's also the heaviest, at a whopping 34 pounds.
However, with that size comes the fantastic opportunity to have a great party with lots of friends and family to enjoy the fire's warmth.
- Great for RV campers
- Can be used at home regularly
- One 20-gallon propane tank will last a few nights
- Easy to no setup required
- Heavy and oversized to store
- Takes a longer time to heat up
Fire Sense Portable
The Fire Sense Portable offers a small-sized fire pit that gives off great heat and is extremely pleasant to sit around.
This small fire pit, with its 15" diameter, is perfect for two or three people to sit around and enjoy. It gives off 60,000 BTU, which is excellent for warming up on a cool night.
Users do say the ignitor is tricky to work with. Either it’s hard to get started and ends in a fireball once lit, or it has a hard time lighting in freezing weather.
However, once the burner is lit, the pit produces a nice amount of heat and feels very much like a real fire.
- Easy to use
- Very easy to store and transport
- Practical and durable
- Attractive finished look
- Snap-on lid
- 8-10 hours on one propane tank
- Hose is too short
- Hard to light in below-freezing temperatures
- Takes practice to light and manage the flames
Propane Fire Ring
Honestly, I almost chose this option for Best Value because this propane fire ring is just so versatile.
This propane fire ring is a simple 24” stainless steel burner. It can be attached to either propane or natural gas.
The ring uses flame jet nozzles that allow for higher flames while compressing the gas flow.
To add to the impressive features of this simple fire ring, it can reach a maximum of 296,000 BTUs.
Users do have complaints about needing to light each line individually. This is time-consuming and difficult. The burner will also whistle when brought to its highest setting, which can be annoying and ruin the mood.
This fire ring can be used to replace an existing ring that has worn away, or it can be used to create a new fire bowl altogether.
To make it more aesthetically pleasing, you can add lava rocks or ceramic logs over this fire ring.
The ring also comes in 12", 18", 30", and 36" sizes, so you can customize your fire.
- Flame jet nozzles
- Made of high-quality material
- Can add lava rocks or ceramic logs
- Can replace a fire ring in a pre-existing fire bowl
- Can be confusing and more expensive to do a self-made fire pit
- Each line must be lit individually
- Whistles on its highest setting
Camco 58031 Little Red
The Camco Little Red Campfire is excellent for those with limited space who want to enjoy a nice, warm fire. Its size is perfect for car campers, tailgaters, and owners of tiny homes.
This little fire bowl packs quite the heat, producing 65,000 BTUs. However, because of its small size, only two or three people can sit comfortably around it.
The retro-funky lid is excellent for aesthetics and also great for portability. It latches on and makes transporting super easy.
Plus, at only 15.6 pounds, this pit is great for sitting on top of picnic tables.
One of the biggest complaints from users is that the Little Red makes a hissing sound, especially on higher settings. The higher the flame, the louder the hiss.
However, some like the sound, while others drown it out with music or conversation. Either way, it's not a deal breaker for how great this little fire is.
- Tiny but feels like a real campfire
- Great for places where space is limited
- Fairly light for moving around
- Fuel regulator
- Locking lid
- Creates a fairly loud hissing sound
Camp Chef Gas Fire Ring
The Camp Chef Gas Fire Ring is a great budget-friendly option for campers. It’s small enough to pack in for car camping but big enough to warm two to four people comfortably.
This 15’ ring comes with a carry case, a five-foot hose, and two roasting sticks. It has legs that fold in, which is great for packing up and fitting it into the car with gear.
The fire ring looks a bit more rustic, which to some is just perfect for the woods.
Users of this fire ring say that it doesn't produce a tremendous amount of heat and that you must be pretty close to it to warm up.
However, they love how easy it is to set up and get going at the campsite.
- Legs fold under for easy storage
- Very quiet
- Very low priced
- Carry bag
- Does not generate enough heat to rely on
- Short hose line
The Heininger 5995 is a wonderful mid-sized fire pit with a punch! This fire pit is sure to keep you warm on a cold night.
At 22 pounds, it is relatively light and easy to carry around, making it great for car and RV camping.
The base of this fire pit doesn't get hot, so you can place it on many different surfaces, and it will be fine.
The flame on this fire pit takes a little while to get going – about 15 minutes to heat the rocks and reach a full flame.
However, once it's warmed up, the fire pit has a lovely flame and lets off an impressive amount of heat.
Users love this fire pit because it works great everywhere – even at places at higher elevations and in extreme cold.
The 19" diameter fire pit is excellent (especially for its weight) and can comfortably seat three to five people around it.
- Mid-sized fire pit that throws off a lot of heat
- Great size for car and RV camping
- Can place it on many different surfaces
- Durable and reliable for many uses
- Must purchase extra lava rocks or ceramic logs to boost the heat
- Goes through propane quickly
- Lid sold separately
LIMOR Fire Pit Table
The LIMOR Fire Pit Table is marvelous for a modern aesthetic backyard, party, or glamping setup.
The sleek, round design is perfect for impressing your friends and creating a campsite that feels high-quality.
Users say that this fire pit throws off a nice amount of heat and they love the look of the red lava rocks.
This portable fire pit is designed for deck use and comes in quite heavy, at 33 pounds.
However, despite its weight, the pit is reasonably easy to maneuver around because of its handles.
This short fire bowl is only 14.2 inches from the ground, which is excellent for an intimate fire with a few friends where you can rest your feet on the bowl and warm up.
- Gorgeous design
- Gives off a good amount of heat
- Comfortably sits 2-5 people around it
- Adjustable flame with a switch
- Waterproof cover for protection
- Easy set up and installation
- Not super car-camping friendly due to its hefty weight
- Not a reliable source of heat for survival
UKIAH Tailgater II
This dual fire table/speaker is great for anyone wanting the ultimate glamping experience.
The portable fire pit is a bit heavy, weighing 30 pounds. However, it has a rockin' built-in speaker system with excellent sound quality.
The UKIAH Tailgater II has four different modes that allow you to pick and choose how you want to use your table. You can use it as just a speaker on the “music” setting or as just a “fire” once quiet hours start at the campsite.
Of course, there’s also “music/fire” so you can have both music and fire at once.
The most charming setting, though, is “beat to the music.” Incredibly, the flames will move up and down to the beat of your music! Users call this mode "mesmerizing" and say it’s a party pleaser.
Sadly, the ultimate glamping fire pit does come with some downsides. One is the price point – this fire table is not for the camper on a budget.
It’s also not for the camper looking for a reliable heat source. The UKIAH doesn’t radiate much heat outward, but produces quite a bit of upward heat.
On your next trip, you’ll wow your crew with this Insta-worthy fire pit.
- Great for a party or glamping
- A fire that dances to your music
- Sturdy construction
- Not a reliable heat source for camping
What to Look for When Buying a Portable Propane Fire Pit
Buying a portable propane fire pit can feel overwhelming. Consider these things before purchasing;
You'll want to assess the size of a fire bowl before purchasing it. Think about your typical camping trip.
I know my typical trip is just two people – my husband and me. This means I would have very little reason to purchase one of the larger fire bowls on this list.
However, if you're a large camping family, you might need a larger fire pit.
An excellent medium-sized fire bowl is a 19', like the Outland Firebowl 893. It will be a lofty size for two people (which is awfully nice) and can comfortably warm more.
Again, consider what your car or RV looks like as you pack it up for a camping trip. Is it stuffed to the brim already? Can you add a large, heavy fire pit into your existing gear?
Personally, packing the car is my least favorite part of the camping trip. I wouldn't look forward to lugging around a fire pit that is too heavy for me to comfortably carry.
Then, I’d have to lift into the car and pack it away with the rest of the gear. I'd choose a fire pit that’s a comfortable weight for me.
What season do you mostly camp in? Are you an early-springer and camp when the temperatures get close to freezing?
Or are you a late-summer camper when the temperature doesn't drop below 80°F?
The higher the heat output (or BTUs), the warmer the fire will be. If you are a late-summer camper, you won't need the most extreme BTUs to stay warm.
Likewise, if you camp in the winter, spring, or fall, you'll need a fire pit that has much higher BTUs.
Keep in mind that propane fire pits do not work in freezing conditions when the temperature drops below 32°F.
Style and shape
Unless you purchase the Outland Firecube, you'll be buying a circular fire bowl. So, there's really not much choice in the shape of your fire pit.
However, you can look out for collapsible or removable legs. Legs or bases that come off can make packing up your fire pit a lot easier.
You can also look for different styles. Most fire pits look lovely, with various cut-outs on the sides of the bowl. Some lean more toward the rustic, woodsy look, while others look like they belong pool-side at a spa.
Fake logs or lava rocks
Fake logs are made from ceramic, while lava rocks are made from lava (most of the time; sometimes they’re made of glass). There are different schools of thought on this.
Some people like fake logs because it gives them the feeling of having a real fire. They also typically come as an all-in-one, so you don’t have to worry about rocks spilling out of the bowl while moving around.
Lava rocks are more common in portable propane fire pits. Some people prefer lava rocks because you can move them around to best suit your fire ring and bowl.
However, because they sit loosely, they can spill out during transportation. That's why it's essential to have a cover or lid for your fire pit.
There are also glass lava rocks. Some choose to use these because they come in different colors.
There are also pumice stones, which some people really like because they glow and look like live embers.
Propane hose length
If you want to hide your propane tank from view, look for a fire pit that has a longer propane hose.
You'll wish for a 10-foot or longer hose to completely hide it from view at a typical campsite. If the sight of the propane tank doesn't bother you, a five-foot hose will be just fine.
It might not seem like that big of a deal, but add-ons can make or break a product for me.
If the rocks spill out of my fire pit every time I put it away, I would be really aggravated. That means I would want to look for a fire pit with a locking lid.
Likewise, you might want a fire pit with carry straps or one that is small enough to not need straps.
The Best Propane Fire Pit Brand
You've seen the name Outland Living a whole lot at this point. That's because they really do make the best propane bowls on the market.
Outland Living is a Canadian company founded in 2010. It started small but has gained its reputation by building reliable, fire-ban-safe bowls.
Affordable prices and superior quality are two of the most essential attributes of Outland Living fire bowls.
That's one of the reasons my Best Overall fire bowl is the Outland Firebowl 893, and my favorites list is filled with Outland fire bowls.
Safety Around a Portable Propane Fire Pit
Fire pits are typically very safe to use.
However, you still have a fire, and with any fire comes a level of danger. Be mindful of fire rules and always follow the directions and guidelines that come with your portable propane fire pit.
As with a regular fire, the placement of your fire pit is key to a safe fire. You'll want to ensure that your fire pit is on fire-safe ground. Avoid dry grass, leaves, and other debris.
Ensure your fire pit is at least 10 feet from any tents, vehicles, or structures.
Also, be mindful of what is above you. Make sure no low branches are hanging over your fire pit.
One of the most important parts of running a propane fire pit is to keep it upright.
Make sure the propane hose is out of the way so that no one will trip on it, and make sure everyone in camp is aware of your fire.
Many of these fire pits come with a natural gas conversion kit. Some people modify their fire pits to attach to their RVs, so they don't have to carry around a propane tank.
All of this can be done and is considered safe. However, any changes to a propane fire pit should be made by a certified professional.
Pros & Cons to Using a Portable Propane Fire Pit
As with everything, there are pros and cons to using a portable propane fire pit.
I envision the process of getting to a campsite and setting up with a propane fire pit, and I can see most of them right away.
I love the convenience and instant gratification of a propane fire pit, but I really dislike lugging around a 20-lb propane tank.
However, portable propane fire pit users often say that, despite the minor inconveniences, they will never return to traditional campfires.
- A propane fire pit does not create smoke. A really smoky fire is one of my least favorite parts of camping. The smell of smoke sticks to everything. No smoke means no stinky fire smell left on your clothes, gear, tent, or hair.
- It will take up less space than firewood in your car.
- You can take your fire bowl with you to any campsite because it’s portable.
- No ax, shovel, paper, kindling, or fire-starters needed – all you’ll need is a match or long lighter to start a propane fire bowl.
- You’ll get instant gratification because a propane fire bowl lights up instantly.
- It can often be used during a Level 1 (and sometimes Level 2) fire ban – check with your local authorities.
- You’re supposed to put out your campfire before going to bed. However, with a propane fire pit, there’s no waiting for the fire to go out before bed. Just turn off the propane and it will go out instantly.
- Campfires create a lot of ash that’s hard to clean up. With a propane fire pit, there is no ash.
- You’ll never have to collect firewood again.
- You won’t need to worry about wet firewood.
- Propane typically costs more than firewood – especially if the firewood is free.
- You have to carry a 20-pound tank of propane with you, so remember to add that weight to your fire bowl's weight.
- The size you purchase will be the size of your fire every time. You cannot make a fire bowl bigger for a party or smaller for just you. You’ll be limited to the size you buy.
- You aren’t supposed to cook over propane fires. Although many fire bowls say they’re great for roasting marshmallows, none of them are designed to be a cooking appliance. If you drop marshmallows into your fire pit, you’ll have a messy clean-up on your hands. You might even ruin your fire bowl by clogging the ducts on the ring.
- You lose the sense of nostalgia that goes along with having a campfire. Sure, lots of these bowls look like campfires, but nothing replaces the smell and ambiance of a real campfire on a cool summer night.
If these cons are enough for you to think you want a campfire instead, why not both? Nothing’s stopping you (except maybe a fire ban).
Light up your Outland Deluxe Firebowl, start a campfire, and let them compete for your love!
What Size Propane Tank Do You Need?
All portable propane fire pit companies recommend the same size propane tank – 20 pounds.
You might see some customer reviews that say they used a five-pound tank or even a one-pound tank.
You'll also see that they say the flame was too low or the pressure was off. That's because portable fire bowls are made to be connected to a 20-pound tank.
If you’re in an RV, you can connect your fire tank to your natural gas reservoir. Just remember to have a professional do the fittings and initial setup.
Need a propane tank? The Flame King propane tank is great because it has a built-in gauge.
How Long Will Your Propane Tank Last?
Your 20-pound propane tank might last an entire weekend – or not.
It all depends on how many BTUs your propane tank emits and how high the flame is.
Lower BTUs and a lower flame will last the longest because the bowl will use the least amount of propane.
Please remember that these are rough estimates; your propane tank might last much longer than or not quite as long as these numbers.
Some campgrounds and fire bans don't allow campfires on the ground. That's one of the reasons why propane fire pits can be used during a fire ban.
However, I get that they're expensive, and you might be looking for an alternative that's friendlier on the wallet.
That's why I want to mention collapsible wood fire pits. Of course, with these, you won’t get all the fantastic benefits of a propane fire, but you'll still be able to enjoy a safe and small fire.
Check out the Inno Stage fire pit, which comes in two different sizes. It is made from heavy-duty iron but is still lightweight and fits into a small carry case.
Or try the Adreak fire pit, which looks fantastic, is made of only four pieces, and can be used as a grill.
If you want other options, take a look at the Fireside Outdoor Pop-Up Fire Pit, in which you can burn wood or charcoal. It also has fire mesh on the bottom, giving you perfect air flow for a great fire.
Do Portable Propane Fire Pits Give off Enough Heat?
Yes! Propane fire pits can give off as much or as little heat as you need, depending on the flame size you choose and the fire pit’s BTU capability. When purchasing your fire pit, pay attention to the BTU. The higher it is, the more heat the fire pit will emit.
Which Is Better, a Gas or Propane Fire Pit?
Natural gas burns cleaner than propane, but it doesn't burn quite as hot. You would go through more natural gas than propane during a camping trip. That's why it’s more efficient to burn propane than gas.
Why Are Portable Propane Fire Pits So Expensive?
This is an example of “you get what you pay for.” Portable propane fire pits are made of high-quality materials to ensure your fire is safe. There's also quite a bit of technology that efficiently and securely turns propane into a fire.
No smoke, no ash, instant gratification, and a perfect fire every time: That's what you're looking forward to when you purchase a portable propane fire pit.
The best portable propane fire pit overall is the Outland Firebowl 893. It's the perfect size with the guarantee of high-quality materials and a trusted brand. It’s an excellent centerpiece for any campsite.
Or you can check out my top pick, the Bond Manufacturing Aurora Fire Pit, which I think genuinely wows. Not only do I love the look of it, but it's excellent for your campground or patio.
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Flame King Fire Pit is for you. The Flame King keeps its costs down without skimping on quality.
Whichever you choose, you'll have a high-quality fire that can be enjoyed during fire bans and is safe for your family.
Remember to follow all fire safety precautions and rules when you’re camping.
No more coming home with all of your gear smelling like smoke. No more waiting until your fire goes out before going to bed.
Instead, you’ll have a clean and instant-on-and-off fire that your friends will envy.
Kendall is a freelance outdoor adventure writer passionate about educating those who wish to explore the outdoors. When Kendall isn’t writing, she is exploring the woods of the US Northeast on foot or kayak.