These fire pits allow you to relax outdoors without getting smoke in your eyes or on your clothes.

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One of my favorite fall activities is gathering around a bonfire with family or friends, each of us snuggled under a blanket while we roast marshmallows and trade stories. A roaring fire makes cool evenings feel pleasantly cozy, and it would be a near-perfect autumn activity if not for the pesky smoke that irritates my eyes and makes my clothes stink afterward. Fortunately, new and improved firepit designs virtually eliminate this issue.

Smokeless firepits feature a unique, highly efficient design to produce a cleaner burn with minimal smoke. They typically feature a double-walled design that allows smoke to rise through the gap between the walls and exit through air holes at the top of the firepit. This creates a two-part combustion process in which the smoke that results from burning fuel "reburns" before it escapes into the air. Although these firepits might still release some smoke, it's significantly less than that of a traditional campfire, which means you don't have to spend the evening shifting your chair around to dodge clouds of smoke.

Smokeless firepits also allow you to use less fuel while enjoying more heat from the flames. By achieving a more complete burn, they leave behind less ash to clean up after your bonfire dies down, too.

Best Smokeless Firepits

Try one of these top-rated smokeless firepits for a more relaxing bonfire without all that irritating smoke or messy ash.

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Best Overall: Breeo X Series Smokeless Firepit

$349-$449, Amazon

One 5-star Amazon reviewer calls this "the last firepit you will ever buy." A patented airflow system, which includes raised vents and a double-walled design, helps it burn hotter and produce drastically less smoke than a regular fire. Crafted in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the 19-inch-wide firepits require minimal setup and make it easy to build a warm, smoke-free fire. Choose between Corten steel, which will develop a rustic patina over time, or stainless steel for a sleek finish.

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Best Large: Solo Stove Yukon Firepit

$500, Amazon

Measuring 27 inches in diameter, this smokeless firepit is great for building a roaring backyard bonfire to roast marshmallows or hot dogs. It's made of heavy-duty, double-walled stainless steel and works with real logs to create virtually smoke-free flames. As one reviewer writes, "The pit itself is beautiful, the operation is fantastic, there's nearly zero smoke, and most of all, you don't smell like a firepit at the end of the evening (that's a huge plus)."

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Best Budget-Friendly: Smokeless Fire Bowl Pit

$103, Amazon

At right around $100, this is one of the most affordable smokeless firepits available. The two-part design features a handle on each side that lets you quickly dump out ashes once the unit is cool. It also includes a carrying bag, making it easy to take on-the-go or pack away for the season. The firepit works best for burning wood pellets (sold separately).

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Most Stylish: TIKI Brand Stainless Steel Low Smoke Firepit

$395, Amazon

With hairpin legs and a sleek powder-coated exterior, this smokeless firepit makes a striking focal point for your patio. The internal airflow system is designed to produce low smoke and less ash, whether you use traditional firewood or one of the brand's quick-start wood packs (sold separately). It measures about 25 inches in diameter, features a removable ash pan for easy cleanup, and comes with a cover for extra protection when it's not in use.

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Best for Backyard Use: Blue Sky Outdoor Living Steel Peak Patio Smokeless Firepit

$230 (was $270), Amazon

Ideal for backyard use, this 24-inch smokeless firepit creates enough warmth for several people to gather around. Best for burning wood pellets, it collects the ashes in a stand below the main unit so cleanup is simple. A geometric shape gives the firepit a modern touch.

Best Compact: Solo Stove Ranger Outdoor Firepit

$230, Amazon

With a lightweight, compact design, this smokeless firepit is ideal for small backyard patios, camping trips, or tailgating. The 17-pound unit comes with a convenient carrying case and requires no assembly to set up. It measures about 15 inches in diameter, so it works best with wood chunks or firewood that has been cut to a smaller size.

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Best for Grilling: Cast Master Bon 2000 Dual Purpose Bonfire Pit

$279 (was $299), Amazon

If you love cooking over an open flame, this is the smokeless firepit for you. It comes with a cooking grate that's perfect for grilling up burgers and brats. If you prefer the smoky flavors that come from cooking over natural charcoal, it features an extra grate inside that you can fill with briquettes or lump charcoal. The stainless-steel unit measures 19 inches across and comes with a handy carrying case.

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