Iron Embers Luxury Fire Pits – A Full Overview

by William Murphy

Today, we’re excited to dive into a detailed overview of Iron Embers, their fire pits, and the details of their design philosophy.

Iron Embers specialize in luxury fire pits, featuring a heavy-duty build, and an innovative aesthetic. These fire pits are all built by hand following Iron Embers’ carefully-crafted, proprietary design. Their style is centered around a modern look, built with sharp angles and an elegant geometry that demands your attention.

There is a lot that goes into it, and it’s not just about the looks. What’s really noteworthy is how the design plays into functionality, durability, and visual appeal all at the same time.

That being said, let’s take a closer look and get to know them better. Here’s what we’ll cover:

Who are Iron Embers?

Three brothers – Adrian, Eric, and Ken Tamminga – built their first fire pit back in 2006, and that fire pit still is in the family to this very day! In 2011, Iron Embers was born, with a focus on premium fire pits that would last a lifetime, and which feature some ingenious designs that earned them a strong following over the years.

In the small but lovely town of Guelph, Ontario, there exists a family owned and operated company that runs their business on a nearby industrial road, building modern, stylish, and most of all, durable fire pits that can specifically handle all seasons (from heavy hot summers to harsh Canadian winters). They’re called Iron Embers.

Features and Design – What to Expect

Heavy-Duty Build – Iron Embers builds their fire pits with 1/4″ carbon steel, which rightfully classifies them as heavy-duty. These units are sturdy and durable, able to withstand the outdoor elements as well as intensive every-day use for years to come.

Heat and Weather Resistant – One important feature is the fact that they are resistant to warping and “burn-through”. A common problem with a lot of metal fire pits is that the heat from continued use can warp the fire pit and sometimes even burn a hole through the bottom or the side. In the case of these fire pits, the thick steel composition ensures that none of that happens, and allows these models to keep their shape and integrity for a long time.

They are covered with heat-resistant enamel, which gives them their elegant black finish. It’s worth noting that the color will fade with use over time. This is normal and does not mean the fire pit is damaged. The faded areas can be easily touched up with black BBQ paint as needed, or you can even leave them as is for an aged gradient look.

Portability – That all being said, heavy-duty does not mean cumbersome. Despite the hefty build, they are actually portable, modular, and quite versatile. They are easy to place in the backyard and can be moved around as needed. They are still on the heavy side, though, so the larger models will likely need more than one person to carry.

Style – The steel plating is also what is responsible for their unique look. The plates are assembled into captivating geometric shapes, resulting in their highly recognizable aesthetic.

Functionality – What’s interesting, however, is that it’s not all about the looks. Iron Embers make great use of the geometry of the steel plating to give their products a great range of functionality. The list includes efficiency of airflow and burn, easy of use and versatility, protection from sparks, direction of heat, shelter from smoke, and much more.

One of the most important functional points is that each of these units can take on a number of accessories, changing how they work and customizing them for different purposes.

The various functionalities, styles, and sizes that these fire pits come in give them each their own personality and individuality, which at the end of the day, we think is quite special.

Now, let’s take a look at the lineup.

The Fire Pit Lineup


Modern Cube
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The Modern Cube is available in four sizes (18″, 24″, 30″, 36″), the Modern Cube works well in most patio settings, and has high sides that are designed to propel the smoke from the fire upwards and away from anyone in proximity to the fire, while the walls themselves radiate heat towards onlookers.

It features a relatively low-key style. Despite the small footprint, it’s built with high walls that allow you to fully load it up and get a good blaze going. The smoke is propelled upwards due to the depth and shape, while also having strategically carved grates on its bottom to let the coals breathe properly.

While it is somewhat hefty at 70 pounds (31.8 kg) for the lightest model, it’s still relatively easy to move to another location if you want.  The smallest model (18″) has the feel of a relatively small and intimate fire pit, while the Cube can also appear rather large (36″), and can act as more of a centerpiece and main attraction for a larger gathering, if that’s what you desire.

The three larger sizes of the Modern Cube are compatible with a stainless steel grilling accessory made by Iron Embers as well, which is a popular add-on many people opt for with this fire pit.

Accessories (Purchased Separately)

  • Stainless Steel Spark Screen
    • Plain Screen
    • Screen with a Hinged Door
    • The 18in variant can have a spark screen but the spark screen will not have a door. Only the 24in, 30in, and 36in variants can have a spark screen with a door
  • BBQ Grill Attachment
    • Steel Grill Attachment
    • Stainless Steel, Height-Adjustable Grill Attachment
    • Only the 24in, 30in, and 36in variants are compatible with the grill accessory. The 18in variant will not be able to take a grill accessory
  • Fire Grate
  • Steel Tabletop
  • Custom Tarp Cover

 


Octagonal Cottager
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The Octagonal Cottager comes in three sizes (2′, 3′, 4′) and has some great features, some of which are specific to this model in particular.

The octagonal shape is not by coincidence. The 8 sides are designed to efficiently distribute heat outwards.

The 8 sides are also lined with a special insulating bar called the Rod Ring. The Rod Ring circles around the fire pit and is meant to allow people sitting fireside to put their feet up next to the fire, as the rod stays cool in the proximity of the toasty fire.

If you have a cook or culinary enthusiast among you, this model is an excellent choice.  The Rod Ring also doubles as a great surface to attach or balance a grill, a metal tray, or a pan.

Similar to three other models in this lineup, the Cottager features a dedicated spot to insert and attach one of the Iron Embers Grill Grates. This, along with the Rod Ring, and it’s particularly wide footprint, make the cottager a great choice for people who want to cook as much as they want to hang out by the fire.

The airflow slots on the base of the fire pit help to mitigate smoke and provide a steady, consistent burn throughout the night.

Depending on which size you choose, the Cottager can accommodate between 4 and 16 people comfortably around the fire, with each size adding significantly to heat output of the product.

Accessories (Purchased Separately)

  • Stainless Mesh Spark Screen
    • Plain Screen
    • Screen with a Hinged Door
  • BBQ Grill Attachment
    • Steel Grill Attachment
    • Stainless Steel, Height-Adjustable Grill Attachment
  • Fire Grate
  • Steel Tabletop
  • Custom Tarp Cover


Chiminea Outdoor Fireplace
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If you’ve ever shopped for a metal chiminea, whether it be online or not, you may know that a quality chiminea isn’t necessarily easy to find, much less one that may be called a “luxury chiminea”.

The Iron Embers Chiminea comes in 4 sizes: 4′, 5′, 6′, and 7′.  When Iron Embers goes big, they really do go quite large.  Their 7′ model is quite impressive and imposing.   It’s the kind of fixture worthy of the hospitality business – lodges, hotels, beachfronts, campsites, and more – but that you can have for yourself in your very own backyard.

The philosophy behind the Iron Embers Chiminea is that it attempts to express of the best version of what a top quality metal chiminea ought to be, all in one elegant, heavy-duty unit.

As you might know, the main feature that makes all chimineas great is the chimney itself. The chimney guides smoke upward and away from people sitting by the fire. Not only that, it also facilitates airflow, allowing for a brighter fire, more heat, and a more efficient burn. Last but not least, the body of a chiminea encases the fire and offers some protection from flying sparks and more.

The Iron Embers Stainless Steel Chiminea brings forward all of the staple features expected of a proper chiminea, with a few extra additions that are unique to this model.

The chimney has an option for a rain cap, which is always a good idea to have. At the same time, the body is made of a stainless steel spark screen mesh. This offers great protection when it comes to enclosing the fire, while also offering a full, unobstructed 360 view of the flames.

The body also features a stainless steel door with an insulated handle for loading in wood or stoking the fire. You can also open the door and do some very quick grilling like marshmallows or hot dogs.

The chiminea has short legs to elevate it slightly, which helps the fire breathe, gives people a better view of the fire, and allows the unit to be portable and easy to set in place.

The slightly elevated height of the chiminea floor also helps the heat from the fire to go out and then down towards your toes, keeping you warm as you sit around the fire.  There is a hole in the center of the floor of the chiminea, for drainage, and the floor of the chiminea slopes downward slightly for that reason, and to also cradle the ash and coal.

Accessories (Purchased Separately)

  • Option for Chimney Cap
  • Fire Grate
  • Custom Tarp Cover


Pyramid
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One of the designs that definitely stands out from this collection is the Pyramid Fireplace. The Pyramid comes in 4 sizes, including 3′, 4′, 5′, and 6′.

The Pyramid is meant to mimic the natural shape of fire, which often swells in the center into its own type of pyramid.  The overall effect is quite stunning, and a rare thing to see in the world of fire pits.  While you could accurately describe any of the Iron Embers fire pits as works of art, the Pyramid in particular, comes across as quite the artistic statement.

Similar to the Chiminea, the Pyramid’s body is made of a stainless steel mesh, acting as a spark screen. This encloses the fire, offering some protection, while offering an unrestricted 360 view of the whole fire.

All of the Iron Embers spark screens use the same material, which is a stainless steel mesh that is quite difficult to damage in any way.  The rest of the Pyramid that isn’t mesh is made from the same super durable 1/4″ steel plating as the other fire pits in the Iron Embers family.

Similar to all the other models is the slightly sloped floor plates which go downward towards the center, with a hole for drainage in the very center.

One of the sides of the Pyramid functions as a door, and has a heat-resistant steel handle so that you can easily load firewood in as needed.

As we mentioned, the 4 sizes of the Pyramid range from 3′ to 6′ tall, with each being directed to certain situations, from small backyard gatherings (3-footer), to larger, commercial applications, or as the centerpiece of a large estate or property (6-footer).

Accessories (Purchased Separately)

  • Fire Grate
  • Custom Tarp Cover

 

 


Cupola Fire Ring
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If you want to go simple, the Iron Embers Cupola Fire Ring is the most basic fire pit in the collection, while still being constructed with the same ingenuity and durability as the others.

The Cupola, as the name describes, is a fire ring. This means it has a square opening at the bottom, allowing it to be carried to where ever you want to place it and have your fire.  It’s a low key solution to any backyard fire, helping to contain the firewood and the flames in a pleasing design.

You have your choice of 4 sizes – 24″, 30″, 36″, and 48″, all of which are significantly lighter than Iron Embers’ other fire pits, due to their simple construction.

The Cupola is quite unobtrusive and helps add ambiance to your backyard patio setting, or where ever you choose to set up your fire. Alternatively, it can also be used as a liner for a larger fire pit.

Accessories (Purchased Separately)

  • Fire Grate (for 24″ and 30″ models only)
  • Spark Screen (for 24″ and 30″ models only)
  • BBQ Grill Attachment
    • Steel Grill Attachment
    • Stainless Steel, Height-Adjustable Grill Attachment
    • Only the 30″, 36″, and 48″ models are compatible with the grill attachment. The 24″ version is not
  • Custom Tarp Cover


Polygon Fire Bowl
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The Iron Embers Polygon Fire Bowl is another standout creation, with its multifaceted walls (32 sides total) and exotic geometric and yet pleasantly natural shape.  It comes in 3 sizes – 2′, 3′, and 4′ in diameter, when measured from one corner to another.

The 1/4″ carbon steel walls heat up with the fire and help project heat downward to keep your feet warm.  The legs of the fire bowl keep it elevated, adding to the efficiency of the heat distribution overall as it projects outward to you and your guests.

There is – as with other models – a drainage hole in the center of the fire bowl, which allows for moisture to escape, rather than get trapped inside the bowl.

Accessories (Purchased Separately)

  • Stainless Mesh Spark Screen
    • Plain Screen
    • Screen with a Hinged Door
    • Only spark screens for the 3ft and the 4ft versions have the option to feature a door. The spark screen for the 2ft version will not have door option
  • BBQ Grill Attachment
    • Steel Grill Attachment
    • Stainless Steel, Height-Adjustable Grill Attachment
    • Only the 3ft and the 4ft versions are compatible with the grill attachment. The 2ft version is not
  • Fire Grate
    • Only the 3ft and the 4ft versions are compatible with the fire grate accessory. The 2ft version is not
  • Steel Tabletop
  • Custom Tarp Cover

Accessory Lineup

The fire grate is a stainless steel grate which can be added to the fire pit to separate and angle the firewood, so that it burns more efficiently. It helps get a fire that is easier to light, burns brighter, and burns more efficiently.

The BBQ Grill Attachment is a grill plate which can be attached to some of the fire pit models. It comes in two styles, one that is , and one that is . The height adjustable version is made from stainless steel, whereas the regular version is plain steel. They both can be rotated to adjust exposure to the flames. They’re a great addition for those who want to do some cooking on their fire pit.

Some fire pit models have the option to add a spark screen. The spark screens are a pyramid shaped stainless steel frame and mesh that fit on top of the fire pit, creating a “top half” that encloses the fire. They offer some additional protection, while also looking great on top of your fire pit. They come in two versions, one with a door for loading in firewood, and one without. For those without a door, they can still be easily lifted and angled up to load firewood underneath them. Both varieties have insulated handles for easy maneuvering.

Some models have the option to add a steel tabletop cover on top of the fire pit. This accessory is great for turning your fire pit into a coffee table or a small dining/picnic table. It’s good for those off-days where you might not want to light a fire and could use some functional surface instead. Always make sure the fire is fully put out and allow some time for the fire pit to cool before adding the table top.

As the name implies, this is a durable protective tarp cover, custom shaped to comfortably fit any Iron Embers fire pit. There is a tarp available for all models. If you are using a spark screen, you can get a tarp that fits over both the fire pit and the spark screen. Always make sure the fire is fully put out and allow some time for the fire pit to cool before covering it up.

Conclusion and Contact

We hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any questions about Iron Embers Fire Pits, you can always .

If you have any comments or experiences you’d like to share about these, or any other firepits, you can also leave a comment below.

Thanks again for stopping by!

 

 

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About William Murphy

William has worked as a general contractor in the city of Fremont, CA for over three decades. During that time, he's written articles about architecture, construction, and environmental protection for various publications. He is an expert on green building and sustainable design. When he's not writing or working, William enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

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