Last Updated on July 9, 2023
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Aldi sold this again in 2023 for the same price of $59.99.
In the summer of 2020, Aldi debuted an outdoor fire pit, the Gardenline 30″ Outdoor Fire Bowl. At a time when home entertainment was at a premium, it was such a hot item that we couldn’t find it. The fire pit returned in 2021, this time under Aldi’s new Belavi brand. We tried to get our hands on it again in 2021, and while we were initially unsuccessful, we were finally able to track one down at a more remote Aldi in our area.
The Belavi 30 Inch Outdoor Fire Pit is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. The yellow product code on the box we bought is listed as 15469, while the product code on the manual and warranty is listed as 700733.
At the time of this post, it costs $59.99. That’s $10 more than it was in 2020, but it’s still generally a pretty good deal.
The pit comes out of the box with the following:
- The major parts for the pit (unassembled)
- Small parts, including a wrench
- A poker
- A manual
- A warranty card
Fully assembled, the grill measures 30 inches in diameter and 20.67 inches tall. It is made of black powder-coated steel.
Assembling the Pit:
The grill comes with detailed instructions for assembly. They’re pretty easy to read and follow, and the accompanying pictures are helpful. Also helpful is the fact that the pit only used one size of bolt and one size of nut, so you don’t have to worry about getting sizes right. All of the parts are either in a small packet (shown below) or a small bag. I found I had exactly the number of nuts and bolts that I needed — no more, no less.
It’s a good idea to look at both the packet and the bag before you start assembling things. The bag parts come later in assembly, but you will need the mesh cover rests in the bag before you’re done with the nuts and bolts.
The grill comes with a small wrench but you will need a screwdriver. The bolts are cut in a way to allow for either a Phillips head or flat head screwdriver. I had more luck with a flat head, but use whatever works best for you.
The instructions indicate that assembly takes about 30 minutes. I’m not a handyman, but I have assembled products like these, and it took me closer to 50 minutes. The biggest challenge was lining up holes for the bolts. The holes are close but not exact, which meant I had to do a fair amount of pushing and pulling on the metal to get things lined up just right. This was true when attaching the base to the bowl, and it was especially true when getting the ring lined up. The ring, I discovered, was the most time-consuming part of assembly.
Once assembled and tightened, I found it to be pretty stable. I don’t know if I’ll need to tighten things down the road, but at the outset things seem to fit together all right. I did notice some small flaws in the bottom of the pit — the metal is dented and slightly out of shape, as you can see in the picture below — but they didn’t affect assembly and I don’t think they will affect how the pit works.
Using the Pit:
There is a lot of ventilation on this pit. There are ventilation cuts along the surface of the side of the bowl, and there are also three V-shaped slots to allow for air to come up from below.
That ventilation seems to work. We did a test fire with a configuration we use often — a log cabin structured fire with a fire starter and some kindling. The fire burned strong and steady, and it seemed to pick up the air it needed. I also noticed that we were able to put a full three levels of wood pieces in the pit while using the mesh cover, something we haven’t always been able to do with previous fire pits we’ve owned. This is definitely a wide and deep space for fire building.
If you can find it, the Belavi 30 Inch Outdoor Fire Pit is a budget option for cooking up an outdoor fire. It takes a little work to assemble, and it isn’t a flawless design, but it feels sturdy and stable, and it has more than ample space and ventilation for a good fire. I don’t know how long it will hold up against the elements, but it does have a 2-year warranty.