Say goodbye to the pile of sticks out back you call a fire pit. A new class made of sturdy steel — from cauldrons to fireboxes — do more than look cool — they offer innovative designs for better flame control, storage to keep wood dry, and even less maintenance. Whether you have acres to spare or only a patch of grass, grab a beer and gather around one of these pits.
Urbanfire by Modfire
With a vibe between desert ranch and ski chalet, the 48-inch-tall Urbanfire is shaped in a way that helps provide a focused flame, which keeps burning even on blustery nights. The 14-gauge rolled steel is finished with a charcoal powder coating that resists the elements but also gives the pit a cool, darkened-metal look. [$1,350; modfire.com]