Pop-Up Pit Full Review
The Pop-Up Pit is a great portable fire pit. It would be a great addition to your camping gear, especially if you are following Leave No Trace principles. The fire pit will allow you to enjoy having a campfire without leaving any evidence of having a fire at all.
You can also get a cooking grill attachment for the fire pit that will allow you to cook over the fire pit. We tested it out and it does work but we would recommend using charcoal if you are planning on cooking with the fire pit.
The charcoal will allow you to more easily spread out the heat when compared to normal wood coals. We found that with a wood fire, most of the coals and fire would condense to the center where the mesh would slightly sag.
This does make it harder to spread out the heat when trying to cook over the coals. Charcoal tends to hold it’s position better and make it easier to distribute the heat.
Portability is were the Pop-up Pit really shines. At only 8 lbs it is very easy to carry around and it folds down and wraps up to the site of a typical camping chair. The portability and small size when it is packed away make it a great option for those who are looking to save space and lower the overall weight of their gear.
The frame is made from aircraft aluminum, which makes it lightweight while retaining sufficient strength. The fire mesh is made from woven stainless steel, designed to withstand rapid heating and cooling.
Ultimately, this is a well-made fire pit that is great for family camping. The materials are designed to be lightweight and but still strong enough to withstand normal use on a regular basis.
I was pleasantly surprised by the size of this portable fire pit. I had thought it would be small to make it more portable but in reality, it is a good size fire pit. You would be able to regular to even slightly large firest in this fire pit.
Ease of Use
The Pop-Up Pit does require a little set up for each use but the setup is pretty simple. You can easily set up the fire pit in 60 seconds and be ready to get a fire going.
The only downside the fire pit might have, which isn’t a big one, is that the parts do not lock or latch together once it is assembled. Once it is assembled, if you need to move it you’ll need to make sure you pick it up by the legs. If you try to pick it up by the sides it will quickly start coming apart.
This portable fire-pit does a great job when it comes to safety. The fire pit comes with a heat shield that prevents virtually any heat from hitting the ground.
As you can see in the pictures above, we first tested the fire pit over dead grass. I thought ther emight be an issue with the grass getting burnt. Turns out, there was absolutely no problem and the ground under the fire pit only felt slightly warm.