Review: Heininger 5995 58,000 BTU Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit

Heininger 5995 58,000 BTU Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit









  • Has a very hot flame that can be felt very well and use for roast some marshmallows
  • Easy to light with a Manual ignition
  • Simple to set-up with a propane tank, as you need is just the propane tank and this fire pit


  • Fire pit comes with Lava Rocks


A fire pit is great to have as it creates a great amount of heat that you can use for parties, camping and also, for your outdoor living space too. That said, the main flaw when it comes to traditional fire pits that use wood is that things can get messy, they tend to create a lot of soot and starting the actual fire can be quite a bit of trouble. The best solution to this is to purchase a propane-powered fire pit. Propane fire pits are a game changer when it comes to fire pits in general and even though some are worried that it takes away from the real experience of a wood fire. Well, the difference is seamless and you’re likely going to have a change of heart when you experience one.

This propane fire pit from Heininger 5995 model is popular on the market and for good reasons too, because of its small size and powerful heat, you’re able to take advantage if it anywhere, with not too many compromises.


When it comes to a lot of outdoor appliances such as patio heaters and fire pit tables, they try to have as much heat output as possible, at the same time they can often be underwhelming with what they have to offer. Propane fire pits, on the other hand, are much more in line with heating abilities that and would be because that’s really what their focus is. The fire from propane fire pits is tenser because of their minimalistic design of just being a fire pit.

This Heininger 5995 fire pit has a 58,000 BTU power output and this is very high when you consider that most patio heaters have a heat output of about 40,000 or a little higher; the same thing can be said about fire pit tables too. Of course, to actually get the 58,000 BTU heat output you’re going to have to keep the heat on high.

Feeling the Heat:

With having the fire on its setting you’re able to feel quite strongly from about 5-6 feet away. Another factor that’s going to affect how you experience the heat from this fire pit is weather, as the ideal condition of using this fire pit is in 50-degree weather or a little lower and anything over. The wind also affect the heating experience quite heavily as the flame from this fire pit isn’t really covered by anything, so when the wind hits, the flames can die down a little bit.

Fuel Usage:

Since this fire pit has a very high BTU, you can expect to get fewer hours of usage if you’re using it in its most powerful setting with a 20LB propane tank. That’s the reason why many customers have reported to have a few different hours of use. If you’re using the fire pit at the max heat setting then you’re going to be left with about 7-8 hours of usage. So if you’re worried about using a propane tank too quickly then we highly recommend going lower with the heat.


The good news with putting this fire pit together is that you actually don’t need to! The fire pit basically comes assembled, all you have to do is just place the Lava rocks that it comes with, in the middle, attach the gas hose to the fire pit, and attach the other end of the gas hose to the propane tank that you’re using.

It’s one of the best benefits when it comes to owning fire pits such as this one as they’re very easy to deploy and use.

Size and Weight:

Speaking of deploying and using, this Heininger propane fire pit has a very small size with its 19-inch diameter and it has a 15 inch heigh. Some might say that it’s too small, but its small size is one the reasons that make it so great. As the fire pit is close to the ground, just as a real one would be, and therefore you feel the heat even more as it rises. Having it down low also makes it easier to roast some hotdogs and marshmallows if you want to.

The weight of this fire pit is also manageable as it has a 22-pound weight. Overall, taking this and a 20LB propane tank with you when you’re out in the wilderness is an easy thing to do, as there are no heavy components to drag along.

Functional Components:

Using this fire pit is easy, and even though there’s no auto-ignition, we think that’s good. The reason for that, is because extra things such as auto-ignition tend to complicate things even more and can leave you with disappointment if they work incorrectly.

Instead, when it comes to using this fire pit, you just hook-up the gas hose to the propane tank, turn on the propane tank all the way and then way about 1-2 minutes for the tank to pressurize. The gas hose is 10 feet long, so it definitely gives you enough to work with. Once that’s done, you can find the dial knob that’s on the outside of the fire pit, press it in and set it to low. Then you have to get a long match to light the fire pit from the center of the bowel.

Some might say that it’s not a modern way to turn it on, but at the same time, it’s easy to turn on the fire pit that ensures that it’s always going to turn on when you use it.

Better to Use Fire Glass

The table comes with Lava rocks, and many people questions whether or not you can use fire glass and the answer is that you can use fire glass with this fire pit. It gives the flame more radiance and causes no trouble with the flame either. We recommend about 15 pounds of fire glass to fill in the center bowl.

This main flaw with this fire pit is that it doesn’t come with either a lid or a carrying bag. Instead, they sell it separately. You can find the lid here at the Amazon and also the carrying bag at Amazon too.


Structure and Material:

The build quality of this fire pit is great, as most of its made of steel. That said, just because it feels premium and looks premium doesn’t mean that it’ll stay premium looking forever as the elements and wind can very well wear it down. For the most part, we think that placing this fire pit inside of your house while you’re not using it is a great way to preserve the way that it looks and functions. If you do plan to keep it outside only, then purchasing the fire pit along with its cover is definitely a good purchasing decision.

Using this fire pit on a patio is fine as the bottom of the fire pit doesn’t get hot, just the top. That said, another concern that people have is whether they can use this indoors or not. In a way, you can use this inside, but it has to be a very well ventilated area, as the propane from this fire pit can cause harmful fumes.



It has a very high BTU output, so you’re able to feel quite a good amount of heat when you have it on the highest setting. Of course, since it uses more power, you’re going end up using more fuel.



There’s no need for assembly and that reason alone might make it worth getting this fire pit. Also, lighting it is quite easy as there’s no auto-ignition, so you have to use a lighter.


It has a solid build, having a cover on it if you plan to keep it outside is a good idea.

Specs of this Heininger 5995 58,000 BTU Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit:

  • Heat Output: 58,000 BTU
  • Ignition System: Manual ignition.
  • Safety: Fine to use on Wooden Patios, as the bottom doesn’t get hot
  • Build: Durable stainless steel burners
  • Size: 19.2 x 19.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Weight: 22 Pounds


This Heininger fire pit 5995 is one of the best mini fire pits that’s going to be useful for nearly any location. Whether it’s for your backyard or camping, the heat output, ease of use and strong build quality all come together to make it a fantastic fire pit that you might ask yourself why you hadn’t purchased it sooner.

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