This screen gives you several sizing options. The included lifter makes taking it on and putting it on safe and easy. Hinged opening lets you keep the fire going without removing the screen.
The uneven diameter can be a nuisance to some. Not for Solo units.
A short but resilient spark screen weighs just 3 pounds despite its impressive strength. The hooked top is easy to remove. This is ready out of the box. Built for years of use. Great for bonfires.
Some complaints of denting in-transit to the buyers.
Hinged design allows for half the screen to slide up, granting easy access to the fire. Stainless steel material is weatherproof and should prevent rust. Decent height permits high flame.
Much higher price than similar size screen; actually 29 inches wide as one half is shorter due to hinge design.
Available in 5 sizes from 22 to 40 inches. Stands 20 inches and weighs 12 pounds. At .7 mm thick, it's thin enough to enjoy the fire and thick enough to stay safe around it. Easy-access lid makes it easier to feed the fire.
Some had problems with the mesh separating from the side.
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For those who take pleasure in sitting around an open fire on a clear night, enjoyment comes with peace of mind. Safety is an important consideration when dealing with outdoor fires, and a fire pit spark screen can minimize risks and allow you to make the most of the evening.
Also known as a spark guard, a fire pit spark screen is a steel cover that allows the fire to breathe without spewing any dangerous sparks. Flames can rise through the screen and the fire can be ventilated, but the screen keeps people safe from any sparks that burst from the pit. It also keeps any nearby plants and trees safe from sparks, which on a particularly dry, hot night is of the utmost importance.
Spark screens come in different sizes to match the size of the fire pit. Some are simply one piece, while others feature a retractable or sliding portion for convenience. If you need a spark screen, we can help guide you through the options. Read our buying guide and check out our top picks so you can find the perfect screen for your outdoor gatherings.
The first thing to do before searching for a spark screen is to measure your fire pit. Acquiring a spark guard that fits is essential if it is to work properly and effectively. First, measure the diameter from one outside edge of the fire pit to the other outside edge. Next, measure from one inside edge to the other. The diameter of the outside edge is the maximum size you can buy that will fit. The minimum size fire screen that will fit is one inch larger than the inside diameter. If you purchase a spark screen that matches the inside diameter, the screen will fall in.
Once you know the right size, you can consider other options.
The shape of your spark screen will almost certainly be determined by the shape of your fire pit. While you might be able to devise a creative arrangement with two different shapes, it’s best to match the screen shape to the fire pit shape. There are two options: circle and square.
Spark screen height can vary greatly, from as low as 6 inches to over 20 inches. Height isn’t necessarily designed with respect to width. That means you can find a screen that’s 40 inches in diameter and 10 inches high and one that’s 20 inches high. A taller screen means you can pile the wood higher, while a lower screen will limit this. However, a taller screen will be heavier than a shorter screen of the same diameter.
Most spark screens will rust if left out in the weather. A bit of rust shouldn’t hamper the function of the screen if the rust is confined to the edges or bottom, but when it impacts the metal mesh, sparks may be able to get through. You might want to invest in a stainless steel guard or one that’s coated in weatherproof paint, or you can cover the screen with a tarp when it isn’t in use.
Spark screens are almost exclusively utilitarian, so they don’t offer a lot in the way of variety. The fire is the focal point, not the screen. However, there are a few screens that offer some extra features.
If you don’t want to lift the entire screen off the fire pit every time you need to add a log or stoke the flame, consider a hinged screen. With this design, you can slide back a portion of the screen like a door or gate to allow easy access to the fire. There might be some assembly required with this type of screen.
All fire pit screens have metal mesh, but some screens are adorned with solid metal shapes that cast interesting shadows in the firelight. Some designs are decorative swirls or other abstract shapes, but if you’re willing to spend more, you can also find some custom-made domes with hand-cut designs, such as woodland scenes of deer, ducks, and trees.
The handle on the spark screen itself can get extremely hot, so some screens come with a lifter, or screen hook, which lets you easily remove the screen from the pit.
As a rule, the larger the spark screen, the higher the price. However, design, height, and brand recognition are factors, too.
Inexpensive: The pickings are slim under $70, but they do exist. You can find a quality screen up to about 32 inches in diameter. It likely won’t have a hinge, but it will do the trick.
Mid-range: You’ll find the most options in terms of size in the $70 to $150 range, including hinged screens. Some in this range are stainless steel.
Expensive: The largest screens cost over $150. Most of these have a hinge and are likely backed by a manufacturer’s guarantee. In this price range, you’re paying for longevity as well as size.
Measure twice. When shopping for a spark screen, the measurement of circular screens is the diameter. Square screens may list the length or the diagonal, so be sure to check which one is being advertised before you purchase. And err on the side of caution when measuring. If your measurement is off by half an inch, or the fire pit you purchase happens to be slightly smaller than advertised, you could end up with a screen that falls into the pit.
Consider the depth of the fire pit. The height of the screen may be affected by the depth of your fire pit. You can get a shorter, and thus lighter, screen if you have more room to work with in the pit.
Buy the necessary tools for tending the fire. Most screens don’t come with tools. You’ll need a heavy-duty poker or set of tongs to adjust the fire as well as lift up the screen. The screen has a handle, but it’s going to be really hot!
Q. How long does a fire pit screen last?
A. Functionally, it should last many years, but it also depends on if it’s sitting in all kinds of weather and how comfortable you are with some rust on the screen, which is likely to occur over time.
Q. How long does a fire pit screen take to assemble?
A. If you’re purchasing a hinged screen, some assembly is required. Most customers say it takes about half an hour to put everything together. Some suggest that it’s a job for two people.
Q. How do I keep the screen in place?
A. The screen should not move or slide around once it’s set up. However, this could potentially be an issue with a lighter screen. In that case, you can install L brackets on your fire pit or simply place heavy, nonflammable objects, such as stones, around the side.