Hear the word "firepit" and you might think of flannel-wearing campers working hot dogs over open flames. Or a gaping hole in your back yard. But if trading ghost stories over martinis and caprese is more your style, there's Modfire, an uber-cool modern take on the outdoor firepit that's as much visual centerpiece as it is flame burner.

Vibrant colors like Caribbean blue and popping tangerine fit right in with the poshest of fresh-air parties. The large Urbanfire (and even larger 7-foot Bonfire) is sized to keep things toasty for a crowd. Or, create a cozy reading nook for one with the 2-foot Tablefire, an exact half-scale replica of the Urban. You can even bring the cool heat indoors with the Hausfire indoor/outdoor model. Fuel options: wood, propane, ethanol or natural gas.

Price: $580 Tablefire; $1,350-$3,3380 Urban sizes.

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