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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 23.5-inch Landmann 28345 is not as large as the Red Ember Bronze Crossweave Firebowl Fire Pit, owners say it is still deep enough to get a good blaze going. This review covers the fire pit in black, but it is also available with a Georgia clay finish and in a shallower 10-inch deep version. 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.
Useful features. Owners generally find the Landmann 28345 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 28345 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.
Fairly sturdy, but can rust if left unprotected. In general, owners describe the Landmann 28345 as sturdy once it's assembled. The chief complaint is regarding rust, particularly if left exposed to the elements between uses. Some say it rusts rather quickly, though others say it took three to five years of exposure. Owners recommend various ways to address this problem, such as filling the bottom with sand (something that's also recommended by the maker), 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. $20) [B0030T13G8]. 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 USA 28347 Big Sky Fire Pit, Wildlife, Black (Est. $95) [B000NNCGOW], which features cuts outs of animals such as a moose, bear, fox and others, also receives good feedback. Like the Stars and Moons version, it's available in a Georgia clay finish as well for a small upcharge.