Gather up the s’mores ingredients, cue those campfire songs—summer’s most sizzling accessory is the fire pit.
Today’s models are so much more than your wood-in-a-ditch variety. With adjustable flames, smoke-free functionality and app-enabled control, prepare to spend a lot more time getting toasty on chilly nights—without getting burned. Here are the hottest and most sophisticated pits and accompanying accessories to give you all the warm and cozies for the rest of summer and beyond.
HPC Fire Inspired Electronic Ignition
Light up the night with a gas fire pit that’s fully operational via your smartphone. The HPC Electronic Ignition comes with a built-in antenna for reliable connection to Apple and Android phones by way of the accompanying app. It gives you the power to do everything from turning it on and off and timing your fires according to set schedules (to impress your guests by lighting up on cue) and adjusting your flames, so your marshmallows won’t go up in smoke. You can also monitor your unit’s internal diagnostics, such as total operational hours and internal temps, should you want to be armed with such knowledge.
Prices for the HPC Fire Inspired Electronic Ignition start at $2,529.
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For those who love everything about a campfire—the warmth, the crackle, the smell—except for the smoke itself, the BioLite FirePit+ is about to be your new go-to. The crazy high-tech airflow system (there are 51 air jets that fuel the fire with oxygen) produces more efficient flames with less smoke than traditional pits. And depending on the type of burn style you select, you can keep those embers burning for up to 24 hours. Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, you can control the size of the flames remotely via the The Biolite Energy app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. It’s also portable (hello, folding legs) and, if you toss in a little charcoal, it transforms into a hibachi-style grill, grill grate and all. The only thing it can’t do is assemble your s’mores for you.
The BioLite FirePit+ is available for $250.
Flame-Tec WeatherSmart Bluetooth/WiFi Control Module
Maybe you’re attached to your existing fire pit and can’t part with it, and that’s cool. And now, thanks to the WeatherSmart Bluetooth/WiFi Control Module, you can keep your electric ignition fire pit and bring it into the 21st century. Bluetooth connectivity means you can control your pit from anywhere in the world with multiple smartphones or simply ask Alexa to do it for you. (Just think: You’ll never have to worry about losing the remote.) Check the app to gauge the temperature both inside the pit and outside. Go ahead, it’s all with the simple swipe of your finger.
Flame-Tec WeatherSmart Bluetooth/WiFi Control Module is available for $399.
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