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Gather Grills: The Firepit Grill Combo of Your Dreams

Gathering around the fire to grill our meals is one of time’s most honored traditions. For thousands of years, friends and families have gathered around the fire to share food and stories. These experiences helped form who we are, and we’re still making memories around the fire today.

The Gather Grill is the ultimate grill and fire pit combo. The Standard Gather Grill includes a premium fire pit, a table that wraps around the fire pit, and a rotating center that includes both a grill and griddle. It’s a beautiful piece of patio furniture, and it’s sure to become your favorite way to spend time together.

Your Outdoor Grill Table: How Much Grill Do You Need?

From the smaller, more intimate gatherings to the large-scale family reunion, Gather Grills can meet the needs of any size crowd.

Here are the sizes of tabletop grills we offer. Click below for more detailed information on each product.

The Evolution of the Fire Pit Grill Combo

The first firepit grill combo took place some 500,000 years ago, long before our more sophisticated fire pit grill table combo products were ever imagined. It probably looked something like a campfire with meat on a stick being held over the flames. While it may have begun as something purely functional, the iconic image of Neolithic people gathered around a fire is a scene that we have continued to reenact throughout history.

Broccoli, corn and meat being grilled on a gather grill

Fire Pit and Grill: Early Inspirations

In America, barbecue as we know it was likely inspired by the Caribbean people known as the Arawaks. They roasted meat on a wooden structure over fire. The Spaniards who witnessed this style of cooking called it a word you probably know well: barbacoa. This ultimately became our word for barbecue. Early explorers to the Americas also saw other native tribes preparing meat barbecue style, and the tradition has become deeply ingrained in American culture ever since.

Cooking a raw steak on a gather grill

The Firepit Grill: An American Tradition

Through the early years of America and even into today, political candidates have used fire pits with a grill and barbecues to rally the voters. Several distinct styles of barbecue developed across the United States, with certain cities such as Kansas City and Memphis becoming especially famous for their barbecue. Americans love the combination of food, fire, smoke, and time.

A cut of meat being lifted from a gather grill using tongs

Post-War Influences on Fire Pit Grills

But grilling out, as we’ve come to know it, is a more recent development. Americans cooked over a firepit to grill when camping or at picnics, but it wasn’t until the late 1940s that backyard grills became a phenomenon. As soldiers returned from World War II, America began experiencing a surge in population in the suburbs. The backyard grill soon followed.

Rib eye steak being cooked on a gather grill combo

A Leap Forward for Fire Pits with a Grill

The early grills were flimsy and didn’t cook very well, often resulting in food burned on the outside and raw on the inside. Then in the 1950s a metalworker from Chicago named George Stephen created the first real grill as we have come to know them today. His version was inspired by harbor buoys and included vents and a lid for heat control. After that, the world of cooking outdoors was never the same.

Skewers, chicken and a variety of other food being cooked on a gather grill

A Fire Pit Grill Table Combo: The Backyard Grill Grows Up

Dozens of improvements and new versions, including models specifically designed to be a firepit grill combo, have been developed by meat-loving Americans ever since. While a firepit is often a separate area, apart from the grill, creative entertainers are realizing that there’s no need to separate the two. The fire pit grill combo is becoming ever more popular, doing it the way our ancestors did it all those thousands of years ago…but better.

Vegetable skewers and chicken legs being cooked on a gather grill

An Outdoor Cooking Revolution.

These days, fire pit grills are a total entertainment package. It’s not just toasting marshmallows over the fire anymore. Today more than ever, fire pits with a grill are designed to be the center of attention at your get-togethers. And none are more revolutionary than Gather Grills. With their one-of-a-kind, all-in-one smoker, griddle, grill, fire pit, and dining table design, Gather Grills is redefining what it means to entertain outdoors.

What Types of Firepit Grill Combo Products Are Available?

A quick internet search for firepits with a grill can leave you overwhelmed. When you’re looking to purchase a fire pit grill combo, you’ll find stone, steel, ceramic, copper, gas-burning, wood-burning, with and without tables, and every combination in between. Here is a summary of what types of fire pit grills are available, and the pros and cons of each.

What are Firepit Grills Made From?

When you think of a firepit, a hand-made structure of stacked stones may come to mind. For a grill, you probably think of steel or cast iron. But when it comes to a genuine fire pit grill combo, what are your material options? In general, there are only two types of material that can take the heat: stone and steel.

Stone Fire Pit Grills
Stone firepits are the most traditional type and may be made from brick, cinder blocks, pavers, concrete or other similar materials. They are generally constructed by hand in an area by themselves or incorporated into a hardscape design for outdoor living areas. These are permanent features. Firepits are often built as a stand-alone creation, separate from the grill. However, even solo fire pits can be turned into a firepit grill combo by adding a grate. Most stone fire pits do not have any type of table feature built in unless they are custom made.

Steel Fire Pits with Grill
In general, a steel fire pit grill combo will include a fire bowl, legs or support structure, the fire pit grill grate, and sometimes a cover or hood. Fire pit dining table designs are more sophisticated and functional. A good quality steel grill fire pit is strong, durable, and weather-resistant. A poorer, cheaper unit will not last as long and may become a safety hazard. Weight is a good indicator of quality here. Even though it can make it more challenging to move, a weightier steel firepit grill combo tends to be stronger and longer-lasting. The higher-grade product will serve you better than those that are suspiciously light weight and susceptible to tipping over. Look for a grill firepit made of 304 stainless steel that is sealed with a powder-coated paint for maximum durability.

Other Firepit Grille Materials
You can also find table top fire pit and firepit grill combo products made from ceramic, glass, and rock pebbles. These may also use fire bowls made from copper, but they are less common than stone or steel. Be aware that some of these specialty models are more decorative than functional.

The Fire Pit Grill Grate
A fire pit grill top may take many different forms, but it should always be made of metal. Cast iron and steel are the two most common, with an option to toss on a flat ceramic or steel addition for pizza or cookies. Sometimes the fire pit grill top will come with the firepit and sometimes it will need to be purchased separately.

Beef brisket being cooked on the gather grill

In 1994 George Foreman released his famous counter-top device, the George Foreman Mean, Lean, Fat Reducing Grilling Machine. Over 100 million were sold, proving that you can, indeed, have a successful second career. However, gathering more than two people around that grill could be a problem. Try our 35” Pioneer instead and get a smoker, griddle, fire pit, grill table combo fit for a party.

What Does a Grill Fire Pit Burn for Fuel?

The typical bonfire that is not part of a fire pit with a grill usually burns wood for its primary fuel source. Grills use either gas or charcoal; when using charcoal, certain types of wood may be added for their flavor. But when you have a true firepit grille, what material do you burn?

Firepit Grill Combo Fuel Choices

Your fire pit grill combo will burn one of the following fuels. Your experience will be a little different with each.

Propane Grill Fire Pit

There are many firepit grill combo products on the market that use propane tanks as their fuel. This is a clean burning fuel that is also smokeless. You will not get the aroma of wood-burning with propane-fueled fires, and the placement of the fuel tank may be an unsightly obstacle.

Natural Gas Fire Pit with a Grill

A fire pit grill combo that runs on natural gas is a permanent feature that involves running a gas line from the home to the fire pit. Once they are in, they are in for good. After installation they cannot be moved, reducing your flexibility if you want to cook in the backyard or cul-de-sac.

Wood and Charcoal FirePit Grill Combo

Wood is the classic firepit fuel. If you’re looking for the best possible flavor and a more traditional experience, you’ll want to use a firepit grill combo that burns wood or charcoal. Many grill enthusiasts will use charcoal as a heat source and add wood for flavor, but you can use all wood or all charcoal on a Gather Grills multi-function firepit grill. Once the meal is over, you can throw on some firewood and enjoy the firepit experience.

A man teaching a child to flip a steak using tongs

According to evidence recovered by archeologists, the settlers at Stonehenge loved to barbecue. You might not create a mysterious stone monument that survives the ages, but you can party like it’s 2400 BC and create megalithic memories with a fire pit grill table combo from Gather Grills.

What Wood is the Best for Firepits With a Grill?

There are many firepit grill combo products on the market that use propane tanks as their fuel. This is a clean burning fuel, but it lacks the aroma, crackle, and flavor that comes from a wood fueled fire. Propane fuel tanks can also be large and become an unsightly obstacle. For the best experience, use top quality firewood.

Hardwoods

Hardwoods like oak, cherry, hickory, and pecan are known as great cooking woods for a table top fire pit because they burn for a longer time and provide great flavor. Hardwood can be harder to light, but choosing to use dry wood and quality kindling will lead to a hot, beautiful fire in no time in your firepit.

Softwoods

Softwoods such as birch, fir, and pine light quickly and offer up an attractive aroma. However, they burn quickly and can add a tar flavor to your food. Softwoods also produce more crackles and sparks, so keep that in mind if you’re concerned with flying embers. Because of this, we do not recommend using softwoods in your grill firepit.

Seasoned Wood

Wood that has been left out to dry for an extended length of time is referred to as seasoned wood. Although better than green wood, it can often contain mold or bugs because it has been sitting outside for months. It works in a firepit grille, but can add a musty flavor if you try to cook with it. For the best firepit grill combo cooking experience, you should use kiln dried firewood.

Wood to Avoid

You’ll want to avoid burning any wood in your grill firepit that may have been exposed to toxic chemicals, construction or driftwood, or the woody gnarls from vines. All of these may release toxic fumes when burned. Fresh, green wood should also be avoided as it has too much moisture to burn properly for your firepit grille experience.

Henry Ford started the charcoal briquette manufacturer Kingsford Products in 1921. He created the company in an effort to find ways to repurpose (and profit from) sawdust and wood scraps from his Model T assembly line processes. Well played, Henry. Maybe you’ll come up with your own brilliant business ideas while gathered around your new fire pit grill table combo, the 39” Entertainer.

What Are the Weaknesses of Different Fire Pits with a Grill?

 With all the options for a combination firepit grille or fire pit dining table out there, how do you choose the right one? Since most of them will all really get the job done – cook your food over fire and then have a bonfire experience – it comes down to the other details. It’s good to be familiar with the weaknesses of each kind of fire pit grill combo, as that may be what makes it or breaks it for your needs.

Stone Fire Pit Grills

A fire pit grill combo that is homemade or part of a commissioned hardscape design built from stone look great, but they actually have a lot of limits. You’ll need to find an aftermarket fire pit grill top that is big enough to fit your firepit. Once you find a fire pit grill grate that fits, you’ll need to rig a system to hold it over the fire.

Stone Fire Pit Cleaning Hassles

A major disadvantage of circular home-made firepits is that they can be a hassle to clean. With no convenient ash drain, ash piles up inside the pit until it must be shoveled out by hand. Get your mask handy because you won’t want to be breathing in air that makes you feel like you’ve experienced a volcanic eruption.

Steel Fire Pit and Grill Combo

Quality steel fire pit grills are durable, weather-resistant, and less weighty than similar sized grills made from stone. They are also able to be moved, although with larger versions you won’t want to move them often. There are limited disadvantages for a steel fire pit grill combo, although permanence may be desired in certain situations. They may not blend as well into a hardscaped outdoor living area as a stone design might, which is a matter of personal preference.

Stone Fire Pit Grill Grate Challenges

The frame will need to be strong enough to hold the grate and whatever you put on it without bending, swaying, or tipping. It may also be a challenge to design the holder in a way that it and the fire pit grill grate can both be removed to enjoy the firepit experience without staring at the fire pit grill top the entire time. Since the whole structure will need to be made of metal and possibly still hot from cooking, moving it safely may become an issue.

Several rib eye steaks being grilled on a gather grill combo

Permanency of a Stone Firepit Grille

The most obvious disadvantage of stone fire pits with a grill is that they are permanent features. If you want to change the location, it’s going to be pretty difficult to do that. The effort required to dismantle and reassemble them, if that is even possible, may be just as much as starting from scratch and building a new one.