There is nothing better than sitting around your fire pit on a warm summer evening.
However, you want to make sure that you and your family are safe while you do this.
We understand that many of you worry about what will happen if a spark or a flame leaps out of the fire pit.
The sad news is that this can be really dangerous - people can get hurt and property can get damaged.
The good news is that there is a really easy way to prevent this from happening and it is to get a fire pit screen.
A lot of people are reluctant to do this because they think their fire pit looks better without a screen.
But, it is really important to remember that fire safety is more important than the aesthetics of your garden.
You don't have to worry too much, as there are some amazing fire screens out there that are designed to either not ruin the look of your fire pit - or to make them look even cooler.
Today, we are going to share with you the 10 best fire pit screens on the market right now.
In the world of fire pit safety screens, if you want to get the best option then you will have to pay more for it.
The price of this safety screen is going to shock a few of you. However, there are a few reasons why we think this product is worth the money.
This safety shield is made from the highest quality materials - it will last you for more than 25 years. Odds are you may never have to replace it - unlike many of the other options on this list.
This screen is rustproof and weatherproof, so it can be left on your fire pit, even through winter and you won't have to worry about it getting damaged.
You can also rest assured that this fire pit safety screen has been designed by experts - it works well and you won't have to worry about any sparks escaping and starting a fire in your garden.
Note - make sure that your fire pit is the right size for this cover before buying it.
GASPRO took the idea of a traditional fire screen and completely turned it on its head.
If you want to keep your fire pit safe, but don't want to have to compromise on the view - then this fireguard is exactly what you are looking for.
The GASPRO 17.5 Inch Glass Wind Guard is unlike any other fire pit guard that we have used.
We were blown away by how well it works and by the fact that it allows you to use your fire pit as a table if you want to.
This is a 17.5 x 17.5 x 6 inches tempered glass fire cover that has aluminum brackets. This will stop any sparks from escaping the fire pit.
The range includes quite a few shapes and sizes that will fit most but not all fire pits out there.
The one issue we have with this cover is that it traps the heat of the fire so that you can use it as a table.
This is great if you are worried about your kids hurting themselves - but if you like heating the fire's heat on your face this is not the screen for you.
This isn't the most glamorous fire pit screen in the world, but it does its job well and it doesn't cost the earth.
The Good Directions 774 is made from powder-coated stainless steel that is designed to face the elements as well as the heat. It is 20 gauge steel. It weighs around 9 pounds and its dimensions are 26 x 13 x 26 inches.
This is a simple fireguard whose mesh is slightly too thick if you want to be able to enjoy your fire in its full glory. However, it is designed with your safety in mind and will prevent any sparks from leaving the pit.
If you liked the sound of option #3 - but want to be able to see your fire while it is burning - then you should consider this option.
This fire pit screen is made from 304 stainless steel and it is treated to survive winters exposed to the elements.
However, if you live in a really wet or cold area, you might want to put it in your garage.
This protector comes with tools to safely remove it when you want to add more fuel to the fire.
The mess is also thin enough to allow you to watch the fire. But it is intricate enough to stop any sparks or embers from leaping out of the pit.
This is designed for newer models of the Solo Stove Yukon.
Note - you should carefully check the dimensions of the fire pit before purchasing this product. It is designed to work on Solo brand firepits, but can work on others.
Who says fire safety has to be drab - if you are looking for an option that is a little bit more visually appealing then you will love this Full Moon Party Firedome.
It even comes with an eccentric dome lifter.
This is a 20 pound steel dome that has a series of cutouts in it. All of these cutouts are themed around a full moon party and show people dancing around a large bonfire under a starry sky.
There is an internal mesh that prevents any sparks from escaping through the cutouts.
The dome has a good weight to it and won't be moved around by any summer breezes. It will also do a good job at protecting the fire from gusts of wind.
This dome comes in one size - 26"D x 15"H - so it will not be something that everyone can use.
This dome is on the expensive side but it is made from good materials and will last you for a long time. It is safe to leave out over the winter.
If you want to use your fire pit for more than just heat then you might like this sent fireguard.
This X-Marks fire pit grill from Sunnydaze does exactly what it says on the label - it is both a fire pit screen that will stop sparks from escaping and it also doubles as a grill.
So, if you find yourself wanting to cook up some food on your fire pit, this is the perfect option for you.
While this grill doesn't look like anything special, its looks are a little bit deceiving.
This model comes in multiple sizes, so you should find something to fit your home fire pit.
It is specially treated so that it is safe to cook on, as well as protective. It weighs 15 pounds and is made of heavy-duty stainless steel.
It is easy to clean. It has large handles on each side that make it easier to move around even when it's hot.
The crisscrossed pattern on the grill will leave a very pleasing pattern on your food. You should clean it after every use to prevent damage and excess smoke.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to our #1 choice then check out this spark screen from Sunnydaze.
The mesh of this fireguard is very closely knit, but it is cut finely enough that you can easily look into the fire without having to worry about your safety.
This screen is easy to attach to any round fire pit and just as easy to remove - however, it does not come with any removal device.
This is a very simple-looking fireguard, but it is made from good quality materials and works well.
It comes in 5 different sizes - so it will fit on most round fire pits. It weighs 9 pounds, so if you live in a wind area, you may want to attach it to your fire pit.
This dome is taller than the average fireguard to allow extra space to stack wood or coal inside the fire pit.
Like all guards from Sunnydaze, it is clearly designed by people who know what they are doing when it comes to fire safety.
Our final three suggestions are going to be fire pits that come with a safety screen.
Anyone who has not yet bought a fire pit will fit that many of these options are cheaper than buying the pit and the screen separately.
If you are looking for a pit fit that is going to add a little bit of magic to your garden - then look no further than the Cosmic Fire Pit from Sunnydaze.
This is a steel fire pit and safety screen set that ways around 30 pounds - its dimensions are 41.5 x 41.5 x 23 inches. It takes less than 10 minutes to put together and is incredibly durable.
The base of the fire pit is a series of cosmic-themed cutouts that not only give you a better look at the fire but will cast adorable lights and shadows across your garden.
The pit has a safety screen inside the bowl as well - so you don't need to worry about sparks escaping through the cutouts.
This pit is cheaper than many fire pit safety screens on their own. So not only does it look good but you are getting great value for your money.
You will want to keep this sheltered during the winter.
Now, let's look at a slightly less expensive offering from Sunnydaze. This is their Bronze Cauldron fire pit that comes with a fire safety screen.
While being a little bit cheaper than the Cosmic fire pit, the Cauldron still has a lot to offer.
This is a lightweight (24.4 pounds) fire pit whose dimensions are 29 x 29 x 23 inches. But it is heavy enough and sturdy enough not to blow over in the wind.
The fire pit in this cauldron is very deep and creates a lot of heat. You can burn coal or wood inside it.
This fire pit comes with a high-quality fire protection screen included in the price. It locks into place but is easy to remove and clean.
The body of this fire pit is painted and over time, the paint may eventually start to peel.
Our final suggestion is the beautiful hammered copper fire pit.
This is a fire pit that is made from pure copper, which will slightly change color over time. However, for the price, this is a really lovely fire pit.
It is deep and compact, and the copper holds the heat of the fire long after use. This might make you want to consider a different kind of pit if you have pets or young children.
You won't find a copper fire pit of this quality for a better price anywhere.
In this section, we are going to talk you through how to find the perfect fire pit screen for your home by asking you four questions.
Answering these will give you a good idea of what you need and what you want to spend.
You need to know the exact measurements of your fire pit before you start looking for a guard screen.
If you don't already have a fire pit, then you will find it cheaper to buy a set that comes with a guard.
Do you mind how your fireguard looks? Or do you just want it to be practical?
If you are looking for something practical, then we have good news for you - there are a lot cheaper options out there that work but don't look amazing.
However, if you want your fire screen to look as good as it performs then you are going to need to have a bigger budget.
Manufacturers know that people are prepared to pay more for something that looks good, so they charge more.
If you are going to use a fire pit for warmth then you are going to want to avoid glass covers - but they work well if you want to use your fire pit as a table or to add light to an area.
If you are going to use your fire pit to cook then you will need to get a screen that doubles as a grill.
If you want to look at your fire then you will want to make sure that the protective mesh is not too thick on the screen.
Finally, you need to think carefully about what your budget is.
You do get what you pay for when it comes to fire safety - but there are a lot of good options out there with prices ranging from $100 to +$1000.
Knowing what type of fireguard you are looking for and how often you want to use your fire will help you work out what your budget needs to be.
The more you use the fire, the more heavy-duty the guard will need to be - and therefore the more expensive it will be.
Before we leave you, we are going to answer the questions we get asked most commonly about fire pits, how to maintain them, and what you can do with them.
The simple answer is yes.
Fire screens stop things (and people) from falling into the fire. You do not want to mix alcohol or any kind of oil into a burning fire.
They also prevent fires from starting outside the pit. Most of us use our fire pits in the summer - this is when our gardens are most vulnerable to fire.
If an ember or spark escapes the fire this can cause damage to your land, your property, and the people on them.
Yes, if you get a protective screen that doubles as a grill top. Alternatively, you could use a split to cook over the pit.
There are three main materials that people make fire pits out of - steel, stone, and copper.
No one of these is better than the other, they all have their own benefits and flaws.
Copper stays warmer for longer, but does not survive the elements very well and will rust if not cleaned properly.
Steel copes well in any weather but doesn't look as good as copper. It is also harder to clean.
You can make your own stone fire pits, however, they are more likely to allow sparks to escape and cause a fire.
If you have a gas fire pit then you can just turn it off and leave the rest of the pit to cool down.
You do not want to pour anything on it as that will damage the internal mechanism of the fire pit.
If you have a wood or coal fire pit then you can let the fire die down by itself with your safety screen up.
Alternatively, you can pour water over the fire. However, you should expect this to produce a lot of steam and smoke.
So stand well back when you do this.
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