As the traditional open fire becomes widely forbidden, families are looking into fire pits for the whole campfire/smores/toasted marshmallows experience
Today, let`s put on the spot the Fire Vida Large Fire Pit. A fire pit that has been praised for being large enough to emit a decent-sized fire yet small enough (and foldable) for easier storage and transportation.
Its reviews have been largely positive, but today, I compile my intensive research to bring you an in-depth review of its good, bad and ugly!
What I’ll Cover…
- Fire Vida Large Fire Pit Highlights
- Key features
- What are users saying?
- Advantages and disadvantages
- Is it suitable for you?
OK, let’s get started…
The Fire Vida fire pit is the ideal heating option for your terrace, patio, garden, when camping or barbecuing.
Made from steel, this fire pit is sturdy, durable while still easy to clean and maintain. Its oval shape helps emit warmth evenly.
Its legs are foldable which ease the storage and transportation process; and with a bowl diameter of approximately 56 cm, the pit can support large group camping expeditions.
What’s more? The fire pit has a sleek, modern design that improves your terrace aesthetics.
Let’s start by looking at the key features at a glance:
- Compact design with foldable legs
- Sturdy and durable material – steel
- Modern stylish design
Let’s explore these features in more detail below…
Compact design with foldable legs
This fire pit measures approximately 42 cm in height and 56 cm in diameter making it large enough to emit adequate warmth and small enough for easy storage.
It houses a fire bowl, charcoal grate, mesh cover, poker and a cooking grill.
Its height is adequate for a comfortable cooking posture as well as more heat to the body.
You should consider raising the pit in the case where it’s resting on grass, lest risk the heat emanating from it ruining your perfectly landscaped luscious lawn. Otherwise, place it on a fire-safe flooring such as concrete, crushed gravel, decomposed granite or flagstone pavers.
Given that its approximate height is similar to that of pets and crawling kids, it’s advisable to take extra care while BBQ-ing near them.
The height between the grill and the bottom of the pit can comfortably house charcoal, solid fuels and wood logs.
The large grill diameter works well with large group outdoor expeditions as you can have about 8 chicken breasts cooking away with little to no stability problem.
Besides the compact design, the fire pit is equipped with foldable legs which makes it perfect for travelling, temporary garden use and camping. It’s ideal for outdoor lovers that are environmentally conscious to have a safer, contained fire in wooded campsites.
The foldable legs also reduce storage space.
Sturdy and Durable Material
This Vida fire pit is made of steel that is sturdy and durable which leads to a long service life.
The material choice also serves as a balance between the pricey copper-based pits and cheap yet crappy cast iron-based fire pits.
Being uncoated, the steel pit is susceptible to rusting. Therefore, you should inspect it regularly to ensure its parts aren’t rusted all the way through.
And, in case you hate that weathered look of corroded steel, consider applying a heat-resistant clear coat, ash buffer or season it with olive oil.
All in all, the steel material is easy to clean – just wipe it with a damp cloth.
Modern stylish design
This sleek, modern design is sure to improve your outdoor aesthetics without compromising on safety. Being black, the pit is designed to go with almost everything on your patio or terrace.
The round bottom adds beauty while allowing for uniform distribution of heat.
The classy mesh cover safeguards fire embers from spreading and possibly causing a fire.
Here are the highlights…
- Sturdy and durable steel
- Sleek, modern design with foldable legs
- 56 cm in diameter, thus can support group outdoor expeditions
- Doubles as a heating and cooking fire pit
- Highly rated
- Used repeatedly by thousands of customers
- The heat goes a long way even if it`s just embers
- The grill function can serve a large group of people
What are People Saying…?
Despite the price, this fire pit has received over 160 verified reviews on Amazon – from customers across the globe. It has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars with the leading features being easy to assemble, warmth, value for money and sturdiness.
Here are some of the reviews.
According to one customer, the fire pit is …
“lovely to sit around either to keep warm or to cook your bbq. It is low to the ground so you do need to sit down otherwise you would get backache cooking also as with all things hot extra care would be needed if you have young children or dogs as it is just the right height for them….for adults it is great…big enough to cook food for 4 people. not sure how long it will last but legs fold so you can put it away out of the elements. Very good price.”
Another one claimed that:
“It works perfectly as a fire pit, it is large and the heat goes a long way even when it’s just embers. The grill function is a plus but space between the grill and the bottom of the pit is a bit too small to house enough wood to keep the grilling going (i.e. you need to lift the grill, add wood/charcoal and then wait to grill again). Easy to assemble, use, and clean.”
What’s the Downside…?
The fire fire pit is prone to rusting without a cover. Nonetheless, that shouldn’t be an issue as being lightweight with foldable legs, the pit can be sheltered when not in use and easily stored in your garden shed.
Alternatively, it can be seasoned with olive oil or coated with a heat-resistant, clear paint once it has attained a significant level of rust. Again, a buffer of ash around the metal is reported by verified customers to lower metal degradation.
- Good value for your buck
- Large bowl diameter – 56cm
- Adequate height for a comfortable BBQ posture
- Can be raised easily to attain a reasonable height above the ground
- Foldable legs
- Sturdy and lightweight design
- Leaves no mark on the floor
- Legs remain cool even with the fire going on
- Prone to rust without a cover
- Its low-height calls for extra caution when around kids and pets
- Cannot house enough wood/charcoal to keep the fire going for long
Is it Suitable for You..?
Whether or not this fire pit is suitable for you largely depends on your situation.
It’s good to check with the landlord if you’re living in a rented space, before using it, and with all other housemates and neighbours if you are living in close proximity to them.
With the mesh cover, most of the fire embers are contained which reduces the risk of causing a fire.
Its large size can suit large family expeditions – think of those Christmas gatherings; while its portable nature minimizes the nuisance that comes with a fixed pit.
Being black, the Vida fire pit can go with almost everything, and thus, you don’t have to worry about colour clashing on your patio, terrace or garden.
Note: This fire pit is easy to use, clean and maintain. It also emits a decent amount of heat. It’s good value for your money despite the corrosion as that can be averted easily.
The bottom line…
All things considered, the Fire Vida Fire Pit is a perfect heating and cooking option. We’d recommend it if asked because of its sleek, modern design, low weight and its ease of use and maintenance.
Its array of additional features enhance its performance and convenience while the foldable legs ease its storage and transportation – even without a carry bag.
Even without a designated rim for the grill to sit on, you can have your lamb skewers or 8 chicken breasts cooking away on it without any significant stability issues.
It`s a shame though that space the grill and the bottom of the pit is not deep enough to house more charcoal. Nonetheless, you can always lift it (with ease) to add more fuel.
Q. Does this fire pit comes with a carry bag?
A. No, the product does not come with a bag. However, its compact design with foldable legs makes it easy to carry and transport.
Q. What should be used on this fire pit?
A. While the instructions say that you should use only seasoned wood, many others have claimed to use charcoal, coal and wood logs without any issues.