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If you’re fortunate enough to have a backyard and want a centerpiece for your outdoor space, you’ll want a fire table.
How Does A Fire Table Work?
The best fire tables are larger than a fire pit, and use a hidden fuel tank (usually propane) attached to a burner to run, rather than burning wood. The tank is hidden beneath the table, and connected to the burner via a hose.
To start the table, you push the button on an electric starter, and turn a dial to control the intensity of the flame. If you’ve ever used a propane-powered grill, you’ll be familiar with the process.
What Are The Best Fire Tables?
There are many factors to think about when choosing the right fire table for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.
Size: Fire tables are square or rectangular-shaped, and the ones we chose for this guide are between 28 and 56 inches long. We also made sure to include square and rectangular options. Fire tables are larger than fire pits, but you don’t have to take up backyard space storing wood, which can become unusable for a while after it rains. Instead, you can fire the table up in a couple of minutes, and be ready to hang out with guests.
Durability: Fire tables are large and pretty heavy, which means you’ll likely keep them outside for one or more seasons. We made sure the fire tables we picked were designed with materials that should withstand some rain, or come with a cover.
Heat output: In the United States, heat from flames is measured in BTU (British Thermal Units). The fire tables we’ve chosen range from 38,000 BTU to 65,000 BTU, which is enough to keep you warm when you’re close to the fire.
Tank storage: All of the fire tables in this guide have a space to hold the feul tank under them, and come equipped with a tube to easily attach them. Keep in mind you’ll have to get the feul tank separately.
1. Grand Patio Outdoor Propane Fire Table
Grand Patio’s Outdoor Propane Fire Table is our top choice because of its performance, aesthetics, and price.
The 43-inch table is made out of a water-resistant wicker that Grand Patio says won’t get washed out after being exposed to sunshine. The fire table’s frame is made out of rust-resistant steel, and the tiles on top are made out of a ceramic material.
This fire table produces up to 45,000 BTU of heat from a single burner, which can be hidden by tiles when it’s not in use. That level of power means this fire table will be able to comfortably heat five or six guests who’re sitting around it.
We like that this fire table doubles as a coffee or card table when it isn’t on, and only have one real complaint: it doesn’t come with lava stones, beads, or a wind shield. You can get these accessories separately, but we’d prefer to see them as a bundle.
If that doesn’t bother you, Grand Patio’s Outdoor Fire Table is an excellent choice.
2. Bali Outdoors Gas Fire Table
If you’re sprucing up your backyard on a budget, you won’t find a better buy than Bali’s Outdoors Gas Fire Table.
The 28-inch fire table outputs heat at up to 50,000 BTU, which matches the power of tables that are significantly larger. If you’re hosting a bunch of people, you won’t have to huddle close to this fire table to feel the heat. Bali Outdoors doesn’t go into specifics about the materials it used for this fire pit beyond saying the burner is stainless steel, which is our only significant complaint.
Another thing to consider is that Bali Outdoors doesn’t bundle any accessories — including a cover — with its this fire table. That’s easier to forgive when you consider this fire table’s sub $200 price point. If you want those accessories, Amazon is offering a discount on both a cover and wind shield if you get them at the same time as this fire table.
If you want a basic, powerful fire table for your backyard, you can’t go wrong with this one from Bali Outdoors.
3. Outland Living Fire Table
If you’re looking for a fire table that offers a more elevated experience, Outland Living has the right one.
It’s 44 inches long, 32 inches wide, and 23 inches tall, which puts it in the mid-range size class compared to other fire tables in this guide. It’s made out of weather-resistant resin wicker and a 0.3-inch slab of black tempered glass. The fire table’s single burner is made out of stainless steel that produces flames up to 50,000 BTU hot, and its handles and dial are made out of chrome.
These deluxe materials were designed to weather some storms, which is good because Outdoor Living doesn’t include a cover. It also doesn’t include a wind guard or glass lid, though all three are available separately. The company does include a 15.5 pound “arctic ice decorative glass rock set,” which matches the table’s upscale look.
Like the other fire tables in this guide, this one runs on a propane tank that weighs up to 20 pounds. It sits in a storage compartment accessible by taking most of the left side off. Unlike those other tables, Outdoor Living left the place hollow enough to have extra storage space — it looks large enough to hold a second propane tank.
This table was also designed to work with a natural gas line (a conversion kit is sold separately), so you may not even need a tank if you’re installing this table in a more permanent position. Outland Living bundled this fire table with a pair of torches, which run off 1lb propane tanks. There’s a storage space at the base of each torch to hold the tank, so you’ll stay safe. If you have a larger space, and like the idea of getting a fire pit you may be able to upgrade over time with optional accessories, this one gets our recommendation.
4. Akoya Outdoor Essentials Concrete Fire Table
Akoya’s Outdoor Essentials Concrete Fire Table is a statement piece of furniture that will likely become the focal point of your entire backyard.
It measures just over 50 inches long and is made out of fiber concrete and steel that Akoya says has been painted with a durable finish. It has a heat output of 50,000 BTU and can run on either a propane tank or natural gas (a conversion kit is required).
We like this fire table’s modern aesthetic, which will go with any of your existing backyard furniture. It doesn’t look like it’s part of a specific theme (a cabana, for instance), which is a definite plus. It’s also great that the table comes bundled with colored crystals, a protective cover, and a concrete lid instead of requiring you to get them separately.
This is a deluxe choice, but in line with other statement pieces of furniture. The materials are certainly more substantial (not to mention flame resistant) than wicker. If you’re redoing your entire backyard, or plan on hosting a lot of parties this summer, Akoya’s Outdoor Essentials Concrete Fire Table is our recommendation.
5. Best Choice Products Fire Table
Unlike our other picks, this fire table from Best Choice Products separates the propane tank from the table. The propane tank sits adjacent to the table, discreetly hidden under a matching cover that works as a side table for drinks or snacks.
The fire itself is on the small side (a 35-inch square), making it a good choice for compact patios and decks. Still, despite its size, the fire puts out a solid 40,000 BTU of heat — or enough for a few people to be happily warmed.
We also think the Best Choice table looks great: it’s streamlined, modern, and comes in a few colors to match your patio furniture. Plus, an included cover should keep it looking good for a while.
6. EcoSmart Fire Table Ark 40
Want to take that cozy fire inside? Pick up this Ark 40 fire table from EcoSmart. It works with natural gas or propane for outdoor setups, or bioethanol for lower-output, indoor-friendly use. If you choose to use it outside, definitely opt for propane, which the little fire will turn into 65,000 BTU of heat.
Besides power and fuel versatility, we think the Ark 40 does very well in the looks department. Measuring 40 inches in diameter, the smooth, round design is chic in just about any setting, and three color options let you customize the look to fit your taste. The fire table can also be equipped with a glass firescreen, which is sold separately.
7. EcoSmart Fire Table Manhattan 50
Here’s another great pick from EcoSmart: the Manhattan 50 fire table. Just like the Ark 40 above, the Manhattan 50 works with either propane, natural gas, or bioethanol for indoor use. It also has an equally powerful output of 65,000 BTU (with propane or natural gas) and 20,000 BTU with bioethanol.
One of our favorite features with the Manhattan 50 is its half fire, half coffee table design. This clever build means it can replace your current outdoor coffee table, as you’ll still have room for snacks, drinks, and books on one side.
Another benefit of the split design is that the Manhattan 50 looks gorgeous — especially in slatted teak, pictured above. The wood is also durable thanks to a water-repellent oil finish, which slows down wear and tear, and the whole piece is well-sized at 50 inches long and 30 inches deep.