Why you need a Breeo fire pit lid

closeup of breeo lid

If you own a Breeo fire pit, you may be wondering if you should get the Breeo X Series Lid to protect your pit. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Breeo Lid and answer the big question: Is it worth the price tag?

Let’s start by taking a close look at the lid.

About the Lid

Like pretty much everything Breeo makes, the X Series Lid is built tough and made to last.

The lid is made out of 304 stainless steel, the same steel that the fire pits are made out of. It’s thickness is 14 gauge, or about .075 inches. For comparison, the lid is a bit thinner than the standard rim of the Breeo fire pit, which is about 11 gauge, or .125 inches.

The Breeo Lid is made with 14 gauge stainless steel

The three lid sizes – X19, X24, and X30 – are made to perfectly fit the corresponding X Series fire pit. It has four small tabs on the edges to ensure the lid doesn’t slide off the top of the pit. You can see one of those tabs in the image above.

The diameters and weights for the three lids:

  • X Series 19: 22.49″, 10 lbs
  • X Series 24: 27.87″, 15 lbs
  • X Series 30: 34.81″, 22 lbs

The lid has a very solid handle that makes it easy to put the lid on and take off.

What the lid is intended for

There are two main reasons to get a lid. The first is most important, but the second is nice too.

Protecting your pit

The lid is designed to keep rain and debris out of your fire when it’s not in use. That’s the main reason you should consider the lid.

According to Breeo, “Using your lid to regularly cover your fire pit will prevent premature aging and damage to the metal.”

Table Top

The second function of the lid is to turn your fire pit into a drink or snacks table on nights when you’re not using the pit. It makes sense and works well. Plus it’s easy to clean if anything spills on it.

The lid makes a nice coffee table when not in use

And technically a third function, but we think the lid makes the fire pit look nicer when it’s not in use.

What the lid is NOT intended for

If you’re like me, you were probably thinking the lid could be used to safely snuff out the fire at the end of the night. However, the manufacturer warns against that. The website clearly states “Never use your lid as a snuffer.” The reason? “Doing so can cause creosote buildup and dripping, as well as lid damage.”

Not being one to follow directions, I tried using the lid to snuff the fire at the end of a night. There were two things I discovered when I checked on the fire pit the next morning.

First, the fire pit was still hot and when I took the lid off there were still burning coals at the bottom. The lid didn’t actually put the fire out, because oxygen can still be pulled i through the bottom of the pit. Covering the pit actually reduced the air flow and caused the fire to burn slower. That’s my theory at least.

Secondly, the lid showed no visible damage. There was not warping or discoloration at all. That’s not to say the “creosote buildup and dripping” wouldn’t cause damage over time, but for one night the lid and pit survived.

Moral of the story is don’t expect to use your lid as a fire snuffer. It’ll work in a pinch and it’s probably better than leaving a fire unattended. But it’s probably best to listen to the manufacturers advice.

Heat deflector hack

An ‘alternate’ use of the Breeo Lid is to use it along with the Outpost Grill to create a heat deflector. The purpose is to keep you warm by catching some of the hear that would have been released straight into the sky and deflecting that heat outwards.

You’ll need both the Breeo Lid and Outpost for this heat deflector hack. As a side note, we highly recommend both of these Breeo accessories.

Here’s the hack in two simple steps:

1) Turn the Outpost grate upside down and slide it on, toward the top of the post.

2) Lay your lid right on the grate.

That’s it! It’s not perfect, but you’ll feel more heat kicking out the sides. That can make a big difference on a freezing cold night.

Keep in mind that Breeo does not recommend using the lid as a hear deflector, so you may run the risk of voiding your warranty. However, we have used this hack may times and it has not caused any damage to the lid (or outpost).

Breeo Lid or Breeo Cover?

In addition to the steel lid, Breeo also sells a polyester cover made for your your X Series fire pit. The purpose of the cover is similar to the lid – to protect the fire pit from rain and debris. So does one work better than the other? Or should you use both?

A closeup of a Breeo fire pit with the Breeo cover on
The Breeo Cover is another option for protecting your fire pit

There’s debate within the Breeo users community on whether the cover is needed if you’re already using the lid. Some believe the cover actually keeps moisture trapped inside, which can actually be harmful.

From a cost perspective, the lid is twice the price as the cover. However, lid may be more economical in the long-term considering it’s made of the same steel as the fire pit and will last just as long.

Unfortunately, there’s not a definitive answer here, but we’ve stopped using our cover and now rely solely on the lid to protect the pit.

The Verdict: Is it worth the price?

In our opinion, the lid is definitely worth the price. Considering the cost of the fire pit, it makes sense to protect your investment. Plus the lid doubles as a heat deflector and drink/snack table when the pit is not in use. We’ve been using our lid for over year now and it still looks brand new.

If you haven’t purchased your fire pit, you may be considering the X Series Smokeless Grilling Bundle. The bundle comes with the fire pit, Outpost Grill, lid, and ash shovel. That’s essentially everything you need in one package. But don’t expect to save much by buying the bundle. At the time of this writing, the cost of the bundle was identical to buying the four components separately.

Thanks for reading!

An infographic showing a five start review and listing qualities of the Breeo lid

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Breeo X Series Lid made?

The Breeo X Series Lid is made in Lancaster, PA, U.S.A.

Where is the lid sold?

The Breeo X Series Lid is available for purchase on the Breeo website and is starting to become available other sites, such as Home Depot.

What is the warranty?

The lid is covered under the same lifetime warranty as the fire pits. Check the sire for the warranty details.

Does the Breeo lid ever go on sale?

Breeo products don’t go on sale often, but if you can wait, there’s usually a sale around Black Friday.

Update: Breeo also had a sale over Memorial Day Weekend in 2022.

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