Choosing your fire pit
There are three main things to consider when selecting a fire pit that will work well as a grill. This cast iron pit with a copper finish checks the block on all three.
Choose a fire pit with a somewhat shallow bowl.
You want the coals to be close enough to the grill grate that you can actually cook your meat. Those deep-bowled pits will require too many coals. The pit I use has a 7-inch deep bowl. It’s perfect.
Pay attention to the diameter.
Most fire pits don’t come with a grill grate, so you’ll need to purchase that separately. The size of the grate you’ll need will depend on the diameter of the top of your fire pit. A 30-inch diameter is great for party grilling, but if you’re cooking for a family of four, you can go smaller.
The Sunnydaze X-Marks Fire Pit Grate is my favorite fire pit grate. It’s very sturdy, has handles for easy removal and comes in square, round and rectangle sizes, ranging from 19 inches to 40 inches. As an added bonus, the signature x-marks provide great grill marks and keep narrow veggies like asparagus from falling into the coals.
Select a pit that matches your style.
Fire pits come in many designs. While I like the look of rustic copper, you can find a pit to match your backyard style and budget. Here are a few that will work well as a fire pit grill: