Whether you are a seasoned fire pit user or just looking to buy your first, this post is just for you. It doesn’t take much to have a great time with only a fire pit and some firewood (or propane) and just call it a day, but having the right fire pit accessories can take the experience to the next level.
After a while of thinking about what could make the experience better, safer and more comfortable for everyone involved, the following list of items began to grow and mature.
Some of these accessories are “must-haves” in my book, particularly those related to safety, and some just make everything more fun, or easier.
Hopefully, this list will give you some ideas that improve your backyard fire pit experience and help you come up with some others that you might not have thought of before.
Thanks for taking a look and let’s jump in!
Listing fire pit safety accessories first for obvious reasons – because, without that, it’s hard to have a good time around the fire pit. We’ll get to the fun stuff soon enough.
22. a water supply or fire extinguisher for emergencies
One of the most important fire pit accessories safety-wise you can have nearby when running your backyard fire pit is a ready source of water, emphasis on ready. It’s often not something people think about until there is an emergency and have to have it.
Having a dedicated bucket of water, garden hose (turned on and ready), or fire extinguisher can really make the difference between people getting hurt and/or property damage and not.
Any old metal or plastic bucket will do, just make sure it can hold water and is filled up and put somewhere where it won’t get knocked over. Pick a spot that’s out of the way but easily reachable in a few seconds – you may not have a lot of time in an emergency.
Same with the garden hose – it needs to be where you can get to it quickly just in case. Make sure the hose is long enough to reach the area around your fire pit and has a functioning nozzle that will work when you need it, for whatever safety-related reason you need it.
If you want to go the fire extinguisher route, I recommend the Amerex brand, specifically the Amerex B500 ABC fire extinguisher (Amazon link).
What sets these fire extinguishers apart from other consumer models is that their key components are made from metal vice plastic. In a pinch, any part of a fire extinguisher can fail but plastic is much more likely to. Many Amerex competitors have been switching back to metal parts due to customer complaints of parts failures during use.
Amerex is respected in the fire safety field and this ABC class fire extinguisher will perform well just about anywhere in your home or property, not just around the fire pit.
One other thing, if you buy a fire extinguisher, check the pressure gauge as soon as you get it (in the store if possible) to make sure it’s pressurized. If you get home or have your fire extinguisher shipped to you and then realize that it was not pressurized, return it immediately to get one that is.
If you see a home-use fire extinguisher without a gauge keep shopping for one that does – the only way to check if they are pressurized is to discharge them, which is not an option.
Whether you use a bucket, a hose, or a fire extinguisher, these fire pit accessories are a real safety must-have. Please use one of them during your next burn.
21. a solid first aid kit.
There are going to be times around the fire pit, and in the backyard in general, when someone needs care for a minor burn, bug bites, a splinter from firewood, a skinned knee, etc., especially when children are around.
Having a solid first aid kit handy in another thing many don’t think about until they need it.
This 326-Piece First Aid Kit from TRI on Amazon is OSHA, ANSI, and FDA compliant, which means it’s compliant with current federal occupational safety and health standards as well as standards set by international standards organizations.
In other words, this kit is well-stocked for most minor injuries you may see in the home.
What I like most about this kit is that it’s packed in a hard (albeit plastic), compartmented case that keeps everything in place.
There are better equipped first aid kits out there, but my chief complaint with these kits is that everything is usually just stuffed into a zip-up canvas or nylon case, with everything in throwaway plastic pouches that can’t seal once opened.
Then, at the absolute worst time (the next time you use it) everything just falls out when you open it. You then spend the next minute or so rifling through the pile of bandages and other assorted contents looking for what you need, meanwhile the person you are taking care of (or yourself) goes untreated.
Another bonus for me is that this kit contains cold compresses and burn cream which can come in handy around a fire pit – hopefully, you won’t need them but they’re there. With that said, I wish there was more than one cold compress in the case. Overall a pretty solid kit though.
20. a fire pit spark screen.
Errant sparks from a wood-burning fire pit are no fun for everyone sitting around the fire pit and they can be a hazard if they come into contact with something flammable.
Pockets of moisture and gas in firewood can cause popping and sparking when heated. A spark screen used over your fire pit will keep them inside and off your lap and/or patio.
If your fire pit’s manufacturer makes a spark screen, or recommends a particular option, for your model I recommend going that route. If not, there are a number of options on the market in a variety of sizes (generally between 20 and 40 inches in diameter) and shapes (round or square).
Check with your local hardware, outdoor or fire pit specialty store to ensure proper fit and function.
19. a fire pit snuffer.
One of the easiest and safest ways to put out a wood-burning fire pit fire is by using a fire pit snuffer.
A snuffer, for the uninitiated, is basically a round or square metal plate (usually with handles) placed over your fire pit’s opening to cut off the supply of oxygen to the fire.
This a far cleaner and safer option than using water or sand to put the fire out, or letting it burn out on its own.
You’ll still have to use caution after using a snuffer because even though the fire is out, its metal surfaces and the embers inside will still be very hot.
My advice for picking one up is the same as it was for a spark screen. Go with a snuffer made or recommended by your manufacturer.
If that’s not an option, contact a local vendor or specialty store online and talk to an expert to ensure you select a snuffer that is sized correctly for your fire pit model.
The Higley Welding Shop on Etsy has a great selection of fire pit snuffers and lids in many, many shape/size configurations. They’ll even do custom if you don’t find something on their page that meets your needs. Don’t forget to ask for help with measuring so you get the right numbers to the shop the first time. ; )
Now on to items that help you “run” your fire pit…
18. a set of fire pit tongs.
Probably not needing a lot of explanation but having a good set of solid fire pit tongs can be a big help when moving firewood around or to your fire pit safely especially when you are trying to add wood to a specific spot in a hot fire.
Tongs can help you do all of that with less risk to yourself or your clothing. There are a lot of cheap flimsy options out there so do your homework – check out a pair at your local fire pit/fireplace specialty store and actually pick them up and handle them.
Or just do what I do and just use the tool in the next section that does what fire pit tongs do and is also an effective poker.
17. a fire pit poker.
Another pretty simple item here; having a poker on hand is great for repositioning wood already in the fire pit. If you are adding wood and trying to avoid having your stack collapse under the weight of what’s being added, being able to safely move wood around to a better location without getting too close to the heat is a must.
The main problem for me with traditional pokers, like the ones used in fireplaces, is their length. Most fireplaces aren’t particularly deep and the need for a long poker isn’t there.
Wood-burning fire pits, on the other hand, are getting larger and larger as demand grows, and the need for longer pokers to get good reach while maintaining some distance is growing with it.
When shopping for a fire pit poker, try to pick up the longest option you can find. Most fire pit pokers generally come in the 25 to 45 in. range.
If you are able, shoot for a poker that has a combination of length and lightweight to minimize fatigue when moving wood around your fire pit, but still allowing you to keep your distance.
Prior, I’d been using a crappy old iron fireplace poker that was way too short and not really that good at getting wood where I wanted it to go.
The point on the end was rounded and wouldn’t stick into the wood and stay stuck when moving it. The hook just below the tip was equally worthless.
Not to mention too many close calls with the bottom edge of my t-shirt, or shirttail, almost catching fire on a few occasions because I was working too close to the edge.
The narrow flat tip (with an edge) on the Pit Boss poker does a much better job holding on to wood when pushing. The hook’s tip is flat as well but it’s at an angle that allows you to dig into wood and hold onto it when pulling.
The bonus with this poker is that you’ll be able to lift and place firewood into a fire pit (or move it around once inside) using the poker’s hook along with a special “talon” located just a few inches below. So, no tongs needed.
It’s long, at 58 in. which is nice, and weighs a little over 4 lbs.; it’s the longest poker I’ve found and lighter in weight than a lot of pokers that are 10-12 in. shorter.
The bottle opener on the handle is a nice touch as well especially since my regular bottle opener always seems to grow legs and walk away at some point.
Another nice poker option is these personalized fire pit pokers from the team at Ame High Crafts on Etsy. The pokers are 48 in. (still a good length) and are 2 lbs. each (nice and light). Both the tip and the hook have enough point to help you stick and move wood around easily. The price includes a custom engraving on one side of the hardwood handle up to 17 characters, including the spaces in between (for another $5 they’ll take care of the other side).
16. heat-resistant glove(s).
On occasion, I’ll need to move my portable fire pit a few inches for one reason or another or handle the spark screen when adding firewood.
Like most people, I don’t like burning my hands (crazy, right?) so I try to keep at least one heat-resistant glove in my pocket or nearby when running the fire pit. A pair is nice, especially when you need to lend one to someone who is helping you out.
This pair I bought on Amazon were probably overkill but I know I won’t get burned (and haven’t yet) when I use them and there’s a lot to be said for that. Pretty decent gloves for the price.
There are some slightly cheaper options out there – just make sure you are getting what you pay for.
15. newspaper or homemade fire starters.
Save your newspaper for your fire pit, just like you would for a fireplace – it’s cheap and does a pretty good job getting the kindling started.
Once your initial firewood stack is ready, just loosely ball up a couple of pages of newspaper and stuff them into pockets of space at the base of the stack. Light when ready – no rocket science here.
Another cheap and very effective “tool” in getting fire pit fires started is by using toilet paper rolls stuffed with dryer lint. Dryer lint lights very easily and burns quickly, lighting the paper in the roll, which lights your kindling, etc. etc., you get the picture.
There’s nothing like cheap or free, but effective, homemade fire pit accessories that you can put aside or make yourself.
There are a number of commercially available fire starter products on the market if you don’t want to bother with suggestions above – mostly made from cedar or fatwood shavings and some sort of wax binder. Look for products like UCO Sweetfire Fire Starters or Light My Fire Tinderdust, both good options.
14. a lighter or fire steel.
You know that cheap disposable plastic utility/barbecue lighter that’s in the “junk” drawer in your kitchen? The one you have to try to light 5-6 times and whose flame blows out in the slightest of breezes. Throw it away.
If you aren’t using a windproof butane or electric arc lighter to light your fire pit, you are a glutton for punishment.
Full disclosure though on most windproof butane and electric arc lighters; when they work as designed, they can’t be beaten for performance. Frankly, there is little to no performance difference in my opinion between the cheap lighters priced around $10 to $20 (both butane and arc lighters) and the ones priced at the top of the market between $50 and $75.
Save your money and get a multipack of these lighters priced at the low end of the market like the Tomolo Triple Flame Torch Lighter (Butane) or the LcFun Electric Arc Lighter; both options come in a two-pack.
Just a heads-up if you have a dog and are considering an electric arc lighter – they typically don’t like the high-pitch sound arc lighters can make and may start barking in response. Just something to consider.
If you are a little more traditional, a fire steel, or ferro rod, is a solid choice as you won’t need to fill it with butane or charge its battery – it always works out of the box.
I like Uberelben’s products and they’ve got a nice selection of fire steels (Amazon link) to choose from. If I’m camping I always have one as a backup to matches or a lighter, which can get wet or fail.
13. firewood ash bucket.
When cleaning out your wood-burning fire pit the day after a burn, or removing hot ash from the fire pit during or after a fire, having a solid firewood ash bucket on hand is a definitive must-have.
Whatever the situation, an ash bucket is a safe, clean, and durable option designed for storing your ash until disposal or use for other purposes (stay tuned for a new article on fire pit ash uses coming June 2020).
One thing though, most commercially available ash buckets are thin metal junk, with many unable to hold up to the heat from hot ash.
A durable option from a reputable name is this ash bucket from Plow & Hearth. Its got a double bottom, so no burn through, and its made from galvanized sheet iron which means it’ll be more resistant to rust while handling whatever heat is thrown at it.
12. sturdy and comfortable fire pit seating.
If you are looking for seating that will be brought out and put away each time you have a gathering around the fire pit, KingCamp folding chairs (link to Amazon) hands down. These are like your standard tailgating or lawn party type chairs you fold up and put in a canvas or nylon bag when you’re done but just a little better. Much more solid, plenty of padding where it counts, pockets in all the right places and lots of other pretty cool options.
11. natural mosquito repellents.
Burning pinyon (or piñion) firewood – flying insects of all kinds, especially mosquitoes, don’t like the smell it gives off when burned and stay away. It’s somewhat localized the U.S. southwest but if you can get your hands on it it’ll do the job.
Also, the smoke from burning sage or rosemary will keep mosquitoes away as well. Not the dry ground up stuff in your pantry, fresh sage or rosemary. Buy either herb in bunches at your local supermarket and throw a little on the fire throughout the time you are outside.
Check out my article Do Fire Pits Keep Mosquitoes Away? for more on what your fire pit can do to make biting insects keep their distance.
10. A decent splitting axe.
If you are looking to take your axe game to the next level, check out the Helko Werk Spaltaxt German Splitting Axe; handmade in Germany and designed specifically for splitting firewood. The shape of the axe’s head is designed to force the wood apart much like a splitting wedge. You can get this Helko Werk model through Amazon, or directly through the manufacturer’s website.
The runner up in my book is the Hults Bruk Bjork Splitting Axe for almost half the price of the Helko Werk; handmade as well, in Sweden, and a very respectable axe. You can’t order from their company site, but Amazon carries this axe brand as well, so that’s an option.
You can do just as well with a regular hardware store axe – there are plenty of good ones out there. This is one of those fire pit accessories though that makes work (chopping wood) “fun” and it can become an heirloom if you take good care of it.
9. a well-made firewood carrier.
Once you’ve split and stacked your firewood you’ll need something to keep the number of trips to the woodpile to a minimum. A good waxed canvas firewood carrier can help you carry more comfortably and keep you clean in the process from not having to carry a stack in your arms. You want to look good for the fire tonight, right? Maybe not, what do I know?
I’m partial to Filson carriers, but there are a number of companies making firewood carriers out there that’ll do the same job for a lot less; Beckel and LL Bean come to mind.
8. a propane tank stand.
If you have a gas fire pit and its propane tank is not stored inside the fire pit unit itself, a stand can be a very useful tool for keeping it upright and out of the way while in use, in storage, or in transit.
Also, if your propane tank is regularly left out in the elements, a tank stand like this one from Camco (click to see on Amazon) will keep rust rings from forming on your wood or concrete patio.
It’s a very small investment for a lot of payoff. Rust rings can be a real pain to get off stone or cement.
7. a rugged well made fire pit cover.
Grab a well-fitting cover for your wood-burning or propane fire pit and use it, please. The odds are against your fire pit already, especially if it’s out in the weather regularly. Keep it clean, dry and covered.
Check out my article Do Gas Fire Pits Need to Be Covered? to learn more about choosing the right fire pit cover for you. The article addresses covering gas fire pits specifically, but the instructions are essentially the same for wood-burning fire pits. Look for the graphic on how to measure your fire pit to ensure you get the right cover.
Lastly, check out the company Covers & All if you are looking for a reasonably priced custom or off-the-shelf fire pit cover. They’ll give you pointers on how to measure your fire pit properly to make sure you get the fit right. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns about measuring, fit, etc.
A cover is definitely one of the key fire pit accessories on the list.
6. a 20lb propane tank…or two.
If you are looking to buy a propane fire pit, know that they typically don’t come with the required standard 20 lb. propane tank. If you’ve got a gas fire pit already, having an extra or even a few more can save the day if you run out of propane during a fire pit gathering.
Plus, if you have a propane barbecue grill you’ll have an extra tank on hand if there is a need there as well. I’ve run out so many times partway through a backyard sitdown or grill session that I had now keep at least 3 tanks on hand at all times. My family is going to make sure I never live it down but it’s not going to happen again I can assure you.
If you don’t want to own them, I recommend picking up a few at a time at your local Blue Rhino or Amerigas dealer that way you can always have extra on hand and can circulate the tanks as you run out. You’ll pay a little more upfront but your new filled tanks will be much cheaper when you trade the empties.
5. marshmallow roasting sticks.
If you like roasting marshmallows over an open fire, then a nice set of roasting sticks can make the job a lot easier, neater…and safer. If the kids are going to be at your next fire pit gathering I recommend these roasting sticks on Amazon in particular.
Children don’t always watch where they are pointing sharp things and mine are no different. These marshmallow roasting sticks take a lot of the worry out of that. The sharp ends where the marshmallows go actually are bent backward like a hook, so no poking the person next to you accidentally.
If you are interested in reading more about the fine art of marshmallow roasting over a fire pit, check out my article Can You Roast Marshmallows on a Propane Fire Pit? Yes, it’s about roasting marshmallows over a propane fire pit, but the technique is essentially the same over a wood-burning fire pit.
4. a fire pit popcorn popper.
This is my new favorite thing for making something to eat over the fire pit and there’s little risk of getting poked in the eye in the process.
If you are a fan of Jiffy Pop popcorn you’ll really like this one. It’s basically a handle with a ring on the end that you place your Jiffy Pop tin into for cooking over the fire. No messing with butter, no cleanup, no bowl necessary, so it’s a win all around.
It’s a lot lighter than your traditional campfire popcorn popper, plus you’ll have your popcorn quicker and with less of a chance of burning. You can get it at Amazon here; this package comes with one Jiffy Pop tin and what looks like a decent 36 in. cast-iron fire pit poker (not as good as the Pit Boss above, but decent).
If you prefer a more traditional over-the-fire popcorn making experience, where you add the loose corn to the pan before cooking, this popcorn popping kit by Wabash Valley Farms (link to Amazon) is probably more your speed.
This kit’s a good value for the money as you get a popping pan with a telescoping handle, 5 bags of popping corn, popping oil, and a sample pack of various popcorn seasonings.
3. Hershey Bars, graham crackers and marshmallows for s’mores.
Maybe not what you think of when you think of fire pit accessories, but I think it’s one of the most important “items” on the list.
And since we’re on the subject of eating and I covered marshmallows already it seems fitting to include ingredients for S’mores on the list.
Marshmallows, Hershey bars, and graham crackers – enough said. Get after it.
2. a beverage cooler.
I’ve had my eye on a Yeti cooler for quite some time but I just can’t get over the price. I looked at RTIC models as well…yeah still kinda pricey.
All of that led me to this cooler from Igloo, the BMX 52 – it’s their attempt at taking away some of Yeti’s market share (the bottom share) in the rugged cooler segment, without the crazy price.
With this model they struck a good balance between quality, durability, and price. It can take a beating (and did from my kids) and hold ice for a few days, even in the summer heat. It’ll hold about 3 twelve packs (cans or bottles) with room for a decent amount of ice and anything else you might want to throw in.
I wish it had wheels because its heavy as h**l fully loaded. It’s got the rubber Yeti-like T-latches which I like – keeps the lid closed tight.
Anyway, having a solid cooler around the fire pit is a definite nice-to-have to keep everything cool and hold a supply of ice for those who want to use it for their drinks. Plus, it’ll save you the trouble of hacking to run inside every five minutes to get drinks for everyone.
Check your local sporting goods, fishing specialty store, or Walmart for one of these. Check out Amazon as well; you can get this model or a model one size smaller and one size larger on the site.
1. fire pit flame color.
Another one for the kids or anyone else in your family that might like a colorful fire. I only have experience with the Mystical Fire fire color product but there are a number of very similar products like this on Amazon. You literally just drop the packet unopened in the center of the fire and voila, you get a colored flame show that will keep the kids busy for at least 5 minutes. As they say, results will vary.
Check your local hardware store, Home Depot, Walmart, or order online at Amazon.
Conclusion: 21 Fire Pit Accessories “Gotta-Haves”
If you were looking for fire pit accessories I hope this list was helpful to you. Whether you are heading into the warmer months of Spring or cooler months of Fall/Winter I think this list will serve you well.
If you have any questions or have great insight on anything you think I may have left out please drop me a line at email@example.com and I’ll add it. All the best and thanks for reading!