Whether you are a seasoned fire pit user or looking to buy your first, this post is just for you. It doesn't take much to have a great time with a fire pit. Some firewood, a little bit of kindling, a lighter, or matches, and there it is. Having the right fire pit accessories though will take the experience to the next level.
After a while of thinking about how to make the experience better and safer for everyone involved, the following list of items took shape. The best fire pit accessories are used over and over every time and the experience wouldn't feel the same without them.
Some of these fire pit 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!
Fire Pit Safety Accessories
Listing fire pit accessories related to safety 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.
Here we go with #25…
25. 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, with an emphasis on ready. It's often not something people think about until there is an emergency and have to have it.
A dedicated bucket of water, garden hose (turned on and ready), or fire extinguisher will really make a difference between severe injuries and property damage and not.
Any old metal or plastic bucket will do; just make sure it's able to hold water, 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).
The key components of these fire extinguishers are metal instead of plastic, unlike most home models. Plastic parts often fail when you need them the most. Don't risk it.
Many Amerex competitors have been switching back to metal parts due to customer complaints of parts failures during use. Just go with the best the first time.
Amerex is a leader in the fire safety field and this ABC-class fire extinguisher will do the job just about anywhere in your home or on your property, not just around the fire pit.
One other thing…when buying a fire extinguisher, check the pressure gauge as soon as you can (in the store if possible) to ensure it's pressurized. Exchange it immediately if it's not.
Don't buy a home-use fire extinguisher without a gauge. Keep shopping for one that does. The only other way to check pressurization is to discharge them, which defeats the purpose.
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.
24. 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 is 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.
A key fire pit accessory if there ever was one.
23. 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.
22. 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; for example, the Vevor fire pit snuffer below.
This is 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.
Contact a local vendor or specialty store online and talk to an expert to make sure you select a snuffer that's the right size for your fire pit model.
Another fire pit snuffer buying option that will give you a lot of choices and sometimes the ability to order custom is through Etsy.
Cedar Creek Sculptures, Cutting Edge Steelwork, Gabby's Closet, Higley Welding, and SS Fire Pits are just a few of the great shops on Etsy that sell handmade fire pits and fire pit accessories, including snuffers, spark screens, fire pit tools, etc. Check out some of the examples from Etsy below.
Don't forget to ask for help with measuring so you get the right numbers to the shop the first time. ; )
Now on to the fire pit accessories that'll help you “run” your fire pit…
21. 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 (Amazon link) that does what fire pit tongs do and is also an effective poker.
20. 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, while still allowing you to keep your distance.
The Pit Master Fire Pit Poker (Amazon Link), the item I hinted at in the previous section, does the job of the poker and the tongs, eliminating the need for two separate tools.
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 the 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. No tongs are 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).
19. 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.
The kind I use (like the ones below) is 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. I prefer the mesh fiber kind to the leather type, better feel and control in my opinion.
There are some slightly cheaper options out there – just make sure you are getting what you pay for. Not an item you want to skimp on probably.
Another key outdoor fire pit accessory.
All Other Fire Pit Accessories (non-safety related)
18. quality fireglass or firerock (for a propane or natural gas fire pit)
Many propane fire pits often come with low-quality fire pit beads in the “classic” clear color, which may or may not be the look you want, and in many cases includes broken pieces with sharp edges that can cut when moved with bare hands.
Additionally, many propane or natural gas fire pits come with lava rock as an alternative to fireglass. While lava rock performs well as a low-cost retainer and distributor of heat, it too might not be the look you are going for in your backyard gas fire pit.
If you are planning to build a propane or natural gas fire pit or have one installed, or just want a “change of scenery” with your current fire pit media (aka fireglass, firerock, etc.) look for quality tempered fireglass that won't crack or shatter and will hold up to constant heat exposure and weather.
Check with your outdoor/fire pit specialty store to discuss what type, size, and color fireglass you are looking for, and explore your options before you buy. The fireglass market is huge and you want to get a good understanding of what's out there.
I'm partial to the 1/2″ reflective-type fireglass seen in the video above. Whatever option you choose, make sure you get enough fire glass to do the job.
Check out the calculator here at American Fireglass to get an estimate of how much you'll need based on your current or planned gas fire pit burner dimensions; if you decide to order from American Fireglass, **get 30% off your fireglass purchase by using the Backyard Toasty Promo Code Code: AFG-S04KH**
17. 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 the suggestions above – mostly made from cedar or fatwood shavings and some sort of wax binder.
16. a lighter or fire steel
Do 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 (both are Amazon links).
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 are solid choices 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.
15. 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. It's got a double bottom, so no burn-through, and it's made from galvanized sheet iron which means it'll be more resistant to rust while handling whatever heat is thrown at it.
14. 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, with plenty of padding where it counts, pockets in all the right places, and lots of other pretty cool options.
13. 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 in 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.
If you don't feel like keeping fresh herbs on hand to keep mosquitoes at bay during your next fire pit burn, you might want to check out Rediflame's SkeeterLog (Amazon link).
These “logs” are made from recycled wood that's been treated with citronella, citrus, geranium, thyme, peppermint, cinnamon, rosemary, and lemongrass. All things mosquitoes aren't fond of.
I haven't tried SkeeterLogs yet, but with all of the ingredients listed what could go wrong? Right? I'll let you know when I give them a test next spring. If you have experience with this product, I'd love to hear about it.
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.
12. A solid firewood-splitting axe.
If you are looking to take your ax game to the next level, check out the Helko Werk Spaltaxt German Splitting Axe; handmade in Germany and designed specifically for splitting firewood. This is the kind of axe you take really good care of and pass down to your most deserving kid. I've got Helko Werk's Bavarian Woodworker Axe and I can't say enough good things about the brand.
A quick look at Helko Werk axes being made and in use in the field…
A solid runner-up in my book is a less-traditional value option, the Husqvarna 28 in. Steel Splitting Axe with Fiberglass Handle (Amazon link).
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.
11. 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 firewood carriers, but there are a number of companies making firewood carriers out there that'll do the same job for a lot less; Duluth Trading Company and LL Bean come to mind.
All are solid options for this must-have fire pit accessory.
10. a propane tank stand.
If your gas fire pit propane tank is not stored inside the fire pit unit itself, a stand is a very useful tool for keeping it upright and out of the way while in use, in storage, or in transit.
Also, if you leave your propane tank out in the elements regularly, 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.
9. a fire pit heat deflector
It's no secret propane and natural gas fire pits don't give off quite as much heat as their wood-burning counterparts, so being able to channel that heat exactly where you want it just makes pretty good sense.
Enter the fire pit heat deflector…
A fire pit heat deflector is essentially a square or round heat shield, positioned above your fire pit to vector heat outward where you want it, vice having it disappear vertically where it does the least good for everyone nearby.
Additionally, if you are using your gas fire pit under an overhead cover, a gazebo, a pergola, etc., a heat deflector will minimize the long-term effects of regular heat exposure on those structures.
Both are solid, coming in at roughly the same size, 25 x 25 x 12.5 for the Titan, and 24 x 24 x 13 for the Heat Warden.
The Titan does use a thicker gauge of steel, 2 mm, compared to the Heat Warden's 1.2 mm gauge. That extra thickness could result in a longer useful life for the product.
If you have a longer, rectangular-shaped gas fire pit, use multiple heat deflectors to cover the entire burner pan.
8. 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.
Both companies will 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 outdoor fire pit accessories on the list that will help your fire pit not only look good but work well for years to come.
7. a 20 lb. propane tank…or two…or three
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 (U.S. and Canada) 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 newly filled tanks will be much cheaper when you trade the empties.
6. a way to listen to music
An easy way to take your fire pit experience up a notch is to add a little music.
I used to be a big fan of the Jawbone brand and their Jambox line of Bluetooth-enabled portable speakers.
The company ran into some difficulty a few years back so when my 5-year-old Jambox died it was the end of an era.
This is an item I don't mind spending a little money on to get the portability benefit along with great sound.
If you are familiar with the Sonos brand, their Roam portable speaker, is at the top of the heap at its price point; it pairs with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and is wi-fi and Bluetooth enabled so you can pair it with your home system or phone, has great sound, is weatherproof and drop-resistant, etc, etc.
Yes, you can get other similar speakers in the Sonos Roam's price range, but the sound is the big differentiator here.
Also, I wouldn't push the limits of its weatherproofing and drop resistance, but it is built to take a little bit of a “beating” outdoors.
Another great performer, but at a similar price point is the JBL Charge 5 <– Amazon link.
The sound is not as good as the Sonos Move's in my opinion, but it's definitely a better choice if you are rough on your stuff. It's waterproof to 3 feet (IP67), but I'd hold back on conducting your own test just to be safe.
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 is bent backward like a hook, so no poking the person next to you accidentally.
To read 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 (Amazon link). 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, and 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. Check it out at Amazon here; the package comes with one Jiffy Pop tin. Check out Jiffy Pop tin bundles sold separately (Walmart link). Note: For some reason, Amazon is not carrying Jiffy Pop popcorn currently. I'll update you if that changes.
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) may be 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
All of that led me to this cooler from Igloo, the BMX 52. It's Igloo's crack at taking away some of Yeti's market share on the lower end of the rugged cooler segment, without the crazy price.
With this model, Igloo 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 it's 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 definitely a 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.
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.
Another favorite of mine is Solo Stove's color packs, 10 packs each lasting an hour.
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, or Walmart, or order online at Amazon.
In Closing: 25 Fire Pit Accessory “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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it. All the best and thanks for reading!