Pontoon Fire Pit – Is it Real or a Fragment of Your Imagination?

pontoon fire pit

One of the most fascinating products that I have seen in recent years is a pontoon fire pit. Yes, you heard that right, it is a fire pit that you can use on your pontoon. You can actually have a fire on your pontoon and not burn it down.

Did I just blow your mind?

When pontoon fire pits hit the market a few years ago it steered a lot of discussions. Some people thought it was the craziest thing ever invented and very unsafe. Who in their right mind would lite a fire on their boat right?

On the other side, people like me thought it was brilliant. Being on a boat alone is a great thing, let alone watching a sunset while grilling marshmallows on your boat’s fire pit.

If pontoon boat grill is safe, why would it be any different with firepits? The only difference between the two is that the fire pit is a bit larger and you place it in the middle of the deck. That’s about it.

Obviously, as with everything else in life, if you are not careful you might get hurt, so keep those tinny kid hands away from the fire pit and you will be safe.

Pontoon Fire Pit – Where to Buy Your Own

Well, here is a tricky thing. The original sellers of pontoon fire pits are gone, they do not exist anymore. I have no idea what happened to them, but they are not in business it seems.

So why am I writing about something that does not exist anymore?

Who said it doesn’t. Just because the fire pit does not have a “pontoon” written in front of it does not mean that it can’t be used on a pontoon. What I mean by that is because pontoon has a flat deck, and a lot of it, you can add almost any portable fire pit to it and use it perfectly safe. Just make sure you bolt it to the deck.

So here are some examples of “pontoon fire pits”.

Outland Living Series 401 – Propane Gas Fire Pit

Outland Living Series 401 portable fire pit

This is a very elegant 35,000 BTU high-quality propane fire pit table that will keep you warm and cozy on those cold late nights. The Arctic Ice fire glass is the centerpiece of this table as it perfectly reflects flame lights to create some unforgettable memories.

Outland Living Series 401 portable fire pit is not only great looking but is built to last. The extremely durable powder-coated aluminum frame and resin wicker are weather and rust resistant and allow for very easy maintenance.

With dimensions L 44” x W 32” x H 23” and 93 lbs, this firepit is not the smallest of the bunch but is one of the safest. The push-button spark ignition system offers simple and convenient control when lighting a 20-Lb propane tank. And to top it all off, the chrome made control valve is 100% smoke-free and allows for variable flame height.

Outland Living 401 Series - 44-Inch Outdoor Propane Gas Fire Table, Espresso Brown/Rectangle
  • ✓ INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS WINNER - perfect addition of functionality and style for your backyard patio fire pits. This stunning rectangular fire table creates a truly unique fire feature that perfectly compliments any outdoor space that will...
  • ✓ DURABILITY & QUALITY - impressive strength and durability, low maintenance, and resistance to heat. The coffee colored UV HDPE (Ultraviolet Light High Density Polyethylene) wicker is a reliable all weather resistant material that will last....
  • ✓ CONVENIENCE FEATURES - table dimensions: L 44” x W 32” x H 23”. Unit includes pre-attached 3-Ft hose with regulator, 8 mm black tempered glass tabletop and 15.5 lb Arctic Ice decorative glass rock set. Sit back and admire the reflection of...

There are so many good things people are saying about this fire pit that I simply must believe them.

The only “complaint” that I have read is the fact that the fire pit is a bit heavy taking out of the box. Must be the quality of the table.

Napoleon Grills St. Tropez Portable Fire Pit

Napoleon St. Tropez fire pit

A classic looking fire pit that will match any pontoon design. The Rustic Bronze finish makes it look antique while the linear gas burner brings in the touch of modern flair. Truly a classic masterpiece that fits every decor.

But Napoleon Grills St. Tropez portable fire pit is not only easy on the eye, but it is also very powerful as well. It puts out 60,000 BTU’s of heat, enough to warm up everyone in close proximity to the fire pit. And what you will not see on a lot of these fire pits are the drainage holes on the top of stainless steel burner which will allow the rainwater to dissipate in case you forget to put the cover on.

Easy start ignition just adds to the comfort and automatic safety shutoff provides safety for you and your family. What is great about the automatic safety shutoff is that the thermocouple valve cuts the gas off when the flame is disrupted. So not only that it provides safety but it also saves on propane by preventing gas leaks as soon as the flame is out.

Napoleon is bigger and heavier than Series 401, coming at L 56″ x W 36″ x H 23″ inches and 105 lbs. so you might need a bigger boat. But no one said the luxury does not come with a higher price. Speaking of a price, Napoleon is almost twice the price of Series 401 so keep that in mind when you are looking to invest your hard-earned money.

The fire pit received 4.8 starts so far and here are some happy customer comments.

Napoleon Grills St. Tropez Rectangle Patioflame Table, Rustic Bronze
  • 60,000 BTU's
  • Table is all aluminum construction
  • Easy start ignition

The only complaint that I hear is that turning off the gas is a bit challenging because it is under the table and you might have to get on your knees in order to do that. Also when doing that you have to watch for the area under the grill, it gets really hot and you might burn yourself if you don’t pay attention.

Tacklife Gas Portable Fire Table

TACKLIFE Gas pontoon Fire table

If you are looking for the cheaper version you should probably consider Tacklife portable fire pit. Just like the previous two tables, the design is elegant and beautiful in every way. What separates Tacklife from the first two fire pits is the cover that comes with it. If you are not using the fire pit, you can cover it and use it as a table.

Tacklife is a smaller fire pit, with dimensions 28″ x W 28″x H 25, but when it comes to power it is right there with the big boys. It outputs 50,000 BTU of heat to keep you warm during the romantic boat rides. To prevent cracking and damage to the tabletop it is made of sturdy steel, and the stainless steel burner and control panel were built to last.

With reviews that average 4.6 stars, you can’t go wrong with this fire pit.

Propane Fire Pit Table, TACKLIFE Outdoor Companion, 28 Inch 50,000 BTU Auto-Ignition Gas Fire Pit...
  • 🏆【 Multi-function Fire Pit & Fashion Appearance 】 - When not burning with a fire pit, cover the lid provided, It can be easily converted into an outdoor dining table, coffee table, or casual bar, for more functional experience, fashion...
  • 🏆【 Safe & Warm Bonfire Experience 】 - Tacklife 28 inch outdoor fire table is CSA certified, Use propane fuel to provide stable and green burning, so you no longer suffer from ash and smog; The heat output is 50,000 BTU, providing ample warmth...
  • 🏆【 Unique Craftsmanship & Design 】 - The tabletop of natural gas fire table uses multiple processes to spray rust-proof black paint, Bottom steel panel for wicker look, The combination of the two looks very elegant, Unique antique copper art...

However, there are some say that even though this is a wonderful fire pit, it uses too much gas. This might be true due to the control ignition switch. For some reason, both the burner and the gas pipe have air in them, so when you turn the rotary switch it releases the gas for about 20 seconds to discharge the air, and only when it tries to ignite the flame. I guess you can’t have the price and efficiency in the same package.

Fire Pit Conclusion

I know that some of you might still be skeptical of the idea of having a fire pit on your boat, and that is reasonable considering the danger in case something goes off.

However, as I said earlier, there is no difference between having a grill and having a portable fire pit on your boat, they are pretty much the same in terms of risk. They both have an open fire.

So my question to you is, are you ready to take your life to the next level by purchasing one of the pontoon fire pits. Or are you going to continue resisting the urge of having the best time of your life?

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