No backyard gathering is complete without a fire pit. Giving friends and family a place to gather around for warmth, as well as to admire a blazing fire, fire pits are an elegant and practical addition to your yard. These days, you can find a huge number of fire pit options at your local home improvement store, but how do you pick the best one? To help make your decision easier, we've compiled a list of the best fire pits on the market. These fire pits are widely available at retailers across the country. They are also well-made and surprisingly affordable too. Don't choose just any fire pit, check out these options first to get a better idea of what's right for your backyard. Read on to learn more.

Easily one of the best fire pits is the Garden Treasures 29.92-in Antique Black Steel Wood-Burning Fire Pit due to its compact, safe design. This minimalist fire pit is great for smaller back yards, especially when used as a centerpiece for a lounge area. It features an integrated spark screen that prevents sparks from flying, allowing you to place it at closer proximity to your guests and furniture. This fire pit includes a cover and fire poker for safe operation. Its steel leg construction ensures long-lasting durability. Get it at Lowes for just $89. 

Similar to the Garden Treasures fire pit, the Sunnydaze Crossweave Outdoor Fire Pit features a spark screen, cover and poker. The crossweave design is aesthetic and looks great in most yards. Assembly is easy and the pieces are rust-free and feature a one-year warranty. Get this fire pit for just $175. 

The Eden 38 in. x 29 in. Square Perforated Steel Propane Gas Fire Pit Table in Hammered Bronze is a table and fire pit all-in-one. Great for small lounge areas with maybe two or three chairs, this fire pit is propane operated with a hinged door that conceals propane tanks. A lid at the top of the table reveals and conceals the fire pit itself. While the fire might seem small, it actually outputs 40,000 BTU's of heat. A quick ignition knob makes it as easy to turn on as a stove or grill. Get it as Home Depot for just $320.99. 

If you are looking for a stone look to match your outdoor decor, the GDF Studio Stonecrest Outdoor Square Fire Pit is the choice for you. Made of lightweight concrete with a stone finish, you and guests will love the look of this exquisite fire pit. Built-in inside of this unit is space for the propane tank that you'll need to start a fire. It's also elevated enough that it is more difficult for small children to reach. It is available for just $466 at Amazon.

Want to build your own fire pit? The Ashland Concrete Fire Pit Kit gives you the tools to do it. Available for $219, you'll get all the pieces and instructions to build your own fire pit. Compact enough to fit on a patio or yard, this fire pit is sure to be a huge attraction at home. Available in six different colors, you can find just the look you need.