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Landmann 28335 Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit Review

By: Carl Laron on September 13, 2016

Bottom Line

While the Landmann 28335 Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit is a slightly smaller fire pit than the Red Ember Bronze Crossweave (Est. $170), it's also less expensive and comes with useful extras such as a spark screen, grill rack and poker. The fire pit's design features an extended rail, which improves safety and helps when emptying the basin. This version is adorned with cut outs of stars and crescent moons, but otherwise identical fire pits decorated with wildlife and western themes are available.

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Easy to assemble
  • Handy accessories

Cons

  • Finish wears quickly
  • Cover not included
  • Short, 90-day warranty
Our Analysis
Specs

Breaking it down

Performance

Decent capacity. As the name suggests, the Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit has crescent moon- and star-shaped cutouts that reveal the flames, a feature that owners love. Although the Landmann 28335 is not as large as the Red Ember Bronze Crossweave (Est. $170), owners say it is still deep enough to get a good blaze going. This review covers the 12.5-inch deep version, there is a smaller, 10-inch deep version available as well. Most owners seem to use the Landmann fire pit more for entertainment than for warmth, but those who mention its heat output call it toasty. Keep in mind that any heat output will depend on the size of the fire you build.

Ease of use

Useful features. Owners generally find the Landmann 28335 fire pit fairly easy to assemble. However, a few users complain that the protective metal guardrail does not fit together snugly and must be wrestled into place. The finished rail is a useful feature: partly for safety and partly for use as a handle when emptying the ashes. Owners also appreciate the included spark screen, grill rack and poker. Still, since it is essentially a bowl of fire, the Landmann 28335 becomes very hot. Owners warn against setting it up on a wooden surface or near vinyl siding. Also, like any wood-burning fire pit, there is some work involved in building the fire.

Ownership

Fairly sturdy, but finish wears off. In general, owners describe the Landmann 28335 as sturdy once it's assembled. However, we saw many complaints that the "Georgia Clay" finish wears off quickly and the exposed areas develop rust. Owners recommend various ways to address this problem, such as filling the bottom with sand, drilling holes for drainage, adding a coat of heat-resistant paint or covering the pit between uses with the optional Landemann Big Sky Firepit Cover (Est. $25). The black-colored unit appears to receive fewer complaints concerning rust and wear than the clay-colored version. If it does wear out, however, don't expect help from the manufacturer: The warranty on this fire pit only lasts 90 days. While the Stars and Moons version seems to be the most popular, the Landmann 28337 Big Sky Fire Pit, Wildlife, Georgia Clay (Est. $110) with wildlife cutouts and the Landmann 28336 Big Sky Fire Pit Western (Est. $130), with western cut outs, also receive good feedback.

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