You’ve selected your fire pit and now it’s time to deck out your outdoor evening escape with all the fixings. This is our list of over 30 accessories perfect for those who want to relax by the fire or cook over it and everyone in between.
Best Outdoor Fire Pit Accessories
There’s nothing more picturesque than reclining in the white adirondack chairs you see in almost every backyard setting. Spend a little money and get a high quality set of these chairs and you’ll be thanking yourself every time you get the chance to kick your feet up.
Want to take the DIY route? Use these plans from Ana White’s blog. We used these same plans to build 2 adirondack chairs for less than $30 each. We didn’t put a finish on these, but you can purchase a can of spray lacquer for a couple dollars that is easy to apply.
If you have any parents or older guests joining you for the evening traditional Adirondack chairs may be difficult for them to get in and out of. An upright Adirondack chair removes the angled seating and makes it easier for people to stand up.
As easy to put off as it is, a fire extinguisher is necessary for a safe fire. Besides, you’ll be thanking yourself later if you ever need it. When it comes to buying a fire extinguisher here are a few tips:
Buy one that is “ABC” rated. Each letter indicates the type of fire it can extinguish.
Generally speaking, the larger the better. A 5lb tank is a good starting point for most home fire pits.
Odds are you’ll be taking the fire extinguisher in at the end of the night and storing it indoors. Hopefully it never has to be used. However, if you have a fire in the home, having one that is rated for different types of fires comes in handy.
Very boring, but very practical. A metal bucket filled with water is a second fire extinguisher to have on hand, but it also serves another purpose. For smokeless fire pits, it’s not recommended to extinguish the fire for the night with water. Rather, you should let the fire die on its own.
For those that are not comfortable leaving the fire on its own, you can remove any still-burning logs from the fire pit and drop them in the metal bucket to help speed up the process. Wider buckets are available for larger logs.
Give your thumbs a break and stop messing with those weak stick lighters. A blow torch head is less than $20 and the refill tanks are only about $3. If you’re only using it to light fires (and fireworks on the 4th of July - you’re welcome), these tanks will probably last well over a year before running empty. It’s inexpensive and makes starting a fire so much easier.
Fire Pit Cover
Seems like a no-brainer right? With most covers costing less than $30, why would you not buy one to extend the life of your fire pit? Even stainless steel fire pits will begin to rust when exposed to the sun’s UV rays day after day. Couple this with the stone top below and you have a usable drinks table when the fire pit is not in use.
Stone Table Top
Whenever the fire pit is not burning the night away, why not get some use out of it? Holland’s Stone Table Top can be set right on top of the fire pit when it’s not being used and the fire pit can double as a side table between chairs for drinks, food, etc.
Outdoor Side Table
Even if you do buy a stone table top, you’ll want to have a side table you can use while the fire is burning. You can follow the plans in the video below with very basic tools and 2x4’s to make a stand to set the table top on for when the fire is going. This side table is perfect for drinks, phones, food, and other items you’ll want to have close by.
Otherwise, something simple like this side table will work for most people.
If you’ve bought a wood-burning fire pit, be sure to plan your night ahead and stack some wood near the fire pit during the daylight hours. You’ll save yourself a couple trips in the dark. Day or night, carrying firewood isn’t fun or easy.
An old towel is a good DIY-firewood carrier, but you’re better off spending $20 to get a canvas carrier with straps. Using one of these will keep the dirt off your clothes and allow you to carry more wood per trip.
Some nights get colder than others and some people are much more sensitive to the cold when the night air cools down. What resembles a metal trash can lid, is actually a heat reflector - similar to what you see on propane patio heaters. These reflectors help to divert heat to the people around the fire, rather than straight up into the air.
Lid or Snuffer
Eventually, you’ll need to pack it in for the night and head inside. Ideally, you should pour water over the entire fire until all the embers are out. However, with smokeless or stainless steel fire pits that isn’t a viable option.
Instead, you’ll want to spread all of the remaining logs and embers around and wait until they burn out before leaving the fire. Embers can still jump from the fire pit and cause a fire if left unattended. Use a snuffer to help suffocate the remaining coals and prevent embers from leaving the fire pit.
Breeo offers a stainless steel option for their X-Series and Double Flame fire pits. However if you have a Solo Stove or another brand of fire pit, you may need to purchase a universal one from Amazon.
Fire Tongs AKA Log Mover
With most fire pits you’ll need to rotate the logs every so often so they burn evenly and the fire burns efficiently. Fire tongs make this easier by offering an ‘iron hand’ that allows you to rotate them easily.
With a smokeless fire pit you do not have to worry about rotating logs ever. The air flow design in fire pits like the Breeo Double Flame bring in air through the bottom so the wood burns on both sides evenly and efficiently.
Axe or Firewood Splitter
Sometimes you might run into logs that are a little too large for the fire pit, or would burn better if split. Other times you might need to split off some very small pieces to use as kindling and this is where an axe or splitter comes in handy.
An inexpensive axe will work just fine, but if you value craftsmanship in hand tools you should check out Helko Werk German-Made Axes. These are premium options that any DIY-er will greatly appreciate.
Another popular option is the Kindling Cracker that makes it easier and safer to split wood for kindling, rather than using an axe.
Spark Screen and Ember Mat
Using a lid or snuffer is great for when you want to leave the fire unattended. However, protecting your deck or yard while the fire is going is important too. A spark screen will keep any embers from popping or jumping onto you, your guests, or your surroundings.
An ember mat is another great addition to help protect your deck or patio. Think of this as a giant fire-resistant rug that sits under the fire pit and any of the surrounding furniture.
Concrete Pavers or a Heat Shield
In addition to using an ember mat to protect your deck or yard, concrete pavers or a heat reflecting shield are a must. The ember mat only protects against sparks or embers that jump from the fire, but will not protect against prolonged heat in a single area.
Concrete pavers are an inexpensive method for dissipating the heat while using a heat shield helps to reflect the heat back towards the people around the fire.
Fire Pit Poker Set
Playing cards around the fire sounds nice, but this is a different kind of poker set. This one includes fire tongs, an ash shovel, and pointed rod that allows you to maneuver the logs in different directions.
In case your lawn doesn’t need all the extra carbon, a shop vac makes for cleaning up ash a whole lot easier than shoveling it into a bucket.
Nobody likes em’ but the food chain needs them. Here are a few suggestions for keeping mosquitoes away from you and your guests that don’t involve a can of spray.
First Aid Kit
Accidents happen. Kids might grab the wrong end of the marshmallow roasting stick, a splinter gets stuck in someone’s finger, or you might get a little too close to the fire pit. Having your standard first aid kit is always a good idea, but be sure to add a few other items too:
- A set of tweezers for those pesky splinters
- Small packets of burn cream with Lidocaine
- A set of sterile nitrile gloves
If you are out camping, be sure to add in any other items you would need for the environment you’re in. For example, in the midwest, you may want to add in something to treat poison ivy or snake bites.
Headlamp or Flashlight
Seems pretty self-explanatory. A headlamp may be the better option by freeing up both your hands to work on other tasks - like carrying wood.
Don’t forget to keep an extra set of batteries nearby or consider throwing them in with the first aid kit.
Bonfire Entertainment Accessories
Adding tiki torches to the fire pit area really adds to the outdoor feel and provides some practical light for setting up marshmallows or being able to see where you’re walking. As mentioned earlier, citronella-infused tiki torches help to repel mosquitoes.
The night isn’t complete without some tunes playing in the background. Crank up the country, rock and roll, or whatever your heart desires.
The AOMAIS Go Jr. is a powerful little speaker with a 100ft bluetooth range, 15 hrs of playtime, and is totally waterproof.
Fire Pit Flame Color
Great for adding some wow-factor for the kids or spicing up your next Instagram post. Magical Flames color packets transform the color of the fire and produce vibrant flames ranging from dark and light blues, purple, green, and yellow. The flames last for well over an hour and are safe to use in all outdoor fire pits.
Best Outdoor Fire Pit Cooking Accessories
Perfect for marshmallows, hot dogs, and more. Generally, the longer the stick and the larger the wire the better. Check to make sure they’re machine washable, otherwise you’ll want to keep some scrubbing pads on hand.
If you want to get really fancy, there are tons of custom and personalized roasting sticks that can be engraved with your name or even cut to specific shapes and sizes.
Grill or Grate Attachment
Adding a grilling system, like Breeo’s Outpost System, to your fire pit really brings your bonfire game up a notch. Using Breeo’s system or adding a basic grate over the fire pit brings the opportunity to turn your fire pit into a cooking station, instead of just an entertaining centerpiece. The Breeo Outpost is a universal system that will work with any fire pit as long as there is an area to stake in the ground.
We recommend Breeo's Universal Outpost System
Be sure to read on for additional items you’ll need to really enhance the cooking experience.
As satisfying as it is to hear the signature clacking noise of checking to make sure your metal tongs still work, go with silicone. Silicone has a high heat resistance and won’t scratch your porcelain grate, the stainless steel surface on Breeo’s X-Series fire pit, or your cast iron.
Speaking of cast iron, a 10” skillet is without a doubt the bare minimum you should have if you plan on cooking over a fire. For those unfamiliar with cast iron skillets, these things are basically indestructible. You can leave them out on the fire for hours with no damage and ones that traveled across the country in wagons in the 1800’s are still around today.
Cast irons come in all shapes and sizes and they’re inexpensive to get started with. This guide is a great intro into cast irons. Apart from a skillet, here’s a full range of cast iron products that you can use over the fire.
Heat Resistant Gloves
Heat resistant gloves are a must if you plan on cooking over a fire pit. There will come a time when you need to adjust the height of the grate, or you’ll be removing the cast iron from the fire. Be warned, any sort of metal that’s been sitting in the fire can easily reach 700F to 800F or more.
In some cases, you may want to use your heat resistant gloves in combination with a pot holder or double up on the gloves.
Digital Probe Thermometer
Cooking over an open fire is very tricky at first. It requires you to set up the fire correctly with the appropriate amount of heat and then adjust how close the food is to the fire while keeping the heat consistent. It’s not easy and it’s really easy to burn or not use enough heat and undercook the food.
This is where a digital probe comes in handy. For one, it prevents you from undercooking the food. Secondly, it provides better insights into how adjusting either the fire or distance from the fire affects how quickly or slowly the food cooks.
Again, these are inexpensive and you can leave them in the food while they cook. We recommend inserting the probe into the food when you think the food is close to being finished and then adjust as necessary.
Food Screen Tent
Flies and other insects are a constant nuisance and you don’t want them landing on your freshly cooked food. Food screen tents keep the bugs away and the food smelling great.
If you’re bringing the food inside you might find yourself opening and closing the door often. Consider purchasing a magnetic screen to help keep flies out of the house.
When you’re cooking lots of food, it isn’t easy to fit it on a single plate all at once. Also, when it’s dark out and you’re bringing the smores out from inside, nothing says convenience like already having the chocolate and graham cracker already set up. Some serving trays are the perfect addition.
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