In this guide we’ll take a look at the best fire pits for the UK market!
I’ve compared design, size, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Fire Pit?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Unique and ambient fire pit with BBQ option!
This beautiful Landmann Big Sky Moons and Stars Fire Pit will bring warmth and ambience to your garden. Its 60 cm bowl is more than big enough to create a hearty fire, and the cut-out stars and moons illuminate as the flames burn. It comes with a spark screen and a grill – conveniently doubling as a BBQ!
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Garden Fire Pit Reviews
Landmann Big Sky Moons and Stars Fire Pit Review
If anyone has ever described your style as ‘unique’, and you like to extend your style from your house to the garden, this unusual fire pit is bound to appeal.
This Landmann Big Sky Moons and Stars Fire Pit is manufactured from cold-rolled steel with a Georgia clay sand paint finish.
The fire bowl has a 60 cm diameter with decoration around the outside of moon and star cut-outs. When burning, these shapes give an added night-time ambience.
This fire pit can be used to burn a number of materials, including wood and charcoal, and comes with a grill included.
An included grill? What does this mean? Incredibly, it means that this fire pit can double up as a BBQ!
This makes it an incredible, and practical, centrepiece for family gatherings and small parties!
VonHaus Copper Fire Pit with Spark Guard & Poker Review
This VonHaus Copper Fire Pit will be an excellent focal piece in the garden thanks to its attractive, modern design.
It’s not only high quality but also affordable – making this the best fire pit on a budget.
If you’re looking for a garden fire pit with a distinctive look then this may be the one you’ve been searching for. It’s an attractive copper-plated bowl sitting on top of a strong, durable steel frame, coated in heatproof black paint.
This is suitable for logs or charcoal, has a protective spark-guard to protect guests, and even comes supplied with its own poker!
FEMOR 3 in 1 Multi-function BBQ with Grill / Fire Pit / Ice Pit Review
If you like your outdoor furniture to be multifunctional, making sure you really get your money’s worth, this offering from Femor is definitely going to appeal to you.
Not only is it a practical garden fire pit, made from high-quality heat-proof steel, it can also be used as a BBQ. Perfect for grilling your favourite treats!
PLUS, it even has a potential third use – able to act as an ice pit – the ideal place to store cold beers during a party.
This FEMOR 3 in 1 Multi-function BBQ is a great value all rounder which also comes with a poker tool that allows you to stir the fire from a safe distance, and a weatherproof cover so you can store the pit away for the winter months.
The 3-in-1 functionality of this garden fire pit means it is highly practical and will serve you well.
If you are looking for a multipurpose model this might just be the best fire pit for you!
La Hacienda Camping Firebowl with Grill Review
This La Hacienda Camping Firebowl with Grill is a stylishly designed, portable fire pit that will look fantastic in any garden.
Plus, picture the scene – thanks to its compact and portable design you could even take it on a camping trip or to the beach!
It’s a great fire pit to take absolutely anywhere, and it will even take care of cooking the dinner – if you so wish! It comes with a BBQ grill which makes it the perfect stove to use whilst camping.
In fact, it even has fold-up legs and its own carry case to make it easy to transport. Finally, if you weren’t already convinced to take this fire pit everywhere you go – it’s also incredibly light!
The whole thing is made from durable steel that has been coated with black, heat-resistant paint. This not only protects the bowl, it also keeps the fire pit looking polished.
To help with safety, the bowl itself has a mesh lid which acts as a spark guard.
This is undoubtedly one of the best fire pits around if you’re looking for something that can easily be transported on outdoor adventures. The fact it doubles as a BBQ is a real winner, making it great value for money.
Northwest Fire Pit and BBQ Review
If you’re looking for a fire pit that will be a real outstanding feature in your garden, you might have just found the perfect centrepiece!
This log burner has a classic, upright design, made from steel that has been coated with fire-resistant black paint.
The paint not only protects the fire pit from wear and tear, it also keeps everything in pristine condition.
It’s clear that this Northwest Fire Pit and BBQ is built for entertaining. It has a porcelain-coated grill rack which can be used for BBQing – nothing like a piece of multifunctional kit!
Although it’s on the pricier side – it’s an incredible garden fire pit that is guaranteed to make a strong impression. If you’re happy to spend a bit more money (and get a really premium product), I would say this is one of the best fire pits around!
Trueshopping Beacon Star Fire Pit and Coffee Table Review
If you’re looking for a contemporary garden fire pit that looks great but is also practical, this ‘beacon’ style fire pit will tick a lot of boxes.
Not only is it a cracking fire pit, but by day it transforms into a fashionable coffee table. It has a cover which slides into place over the bowl (neatly hiding the previous night’s burn up and giving you a great place to rest your coffee!).
The tabletop is made from light-coloured tiles with a striking star design in the centre. It would already be a great piece even if it were only a coffee table!
In terms of safety, this pit comes with a well-fitting spark guard to keep everyone safe. A weather cover is also included, keeping the unit protected throughout the winter months.
Plus, like all great fire pits, this Trueshopping Beacon Star Fire Pit comes with a BBQ grill so you can even cook over the open flame whilst entertaining. Delicious!
I’ve got to say, this is a really ideal choice for those who want a fire pit, but don’t want to lose garden space to a ‘one use’ item. It’s one of the best fire pit models to offer multi-functionality and effective use of space.
La Hacienda Tripod With Adjustable Hanging Grill Review
Ok, so this isn’t a fire pit in itself, but it’s a real game changer if your looking to really ramp up that ‘fire pit’ experience.
If you want your fire pit to be the centrepiece of your garden, and you have plenty of space to spare, how about this 148 cm tripod with a hanging grill?
It’s a standout feature that works perfectly with any Hacienda fire pit. Creating an incredible way to BBQ your food.
The tripod is made out of black coloured steel whilst the cooking grill is chrome, and can be adjusted to a suitable height.
Always wanted to BBQ your food while it swings over an open flame? Whether the answer is yes or no… it could become a reality! This La Hacienda Tripod With Adjustable Hanging Grill could be the best fire pit accessory you never knew you needed.
Kingfisher Outdoor BBQ & Fire Pit Review
This Kingfisher Outdoor BBQ & Fire Pit is a great ‘subtle’ choice, fitting inconspicuously on your decking and patio and really coming into its own when needed.
The legs, though made from the same sturdy metal as the rest of the pit, do not get hot, making it ideal to be used anywhere.
As with all great fire pits, with great fire comes great potential to BBQ – a grill is included meaning it’s perfect for either cooking for the family or for wider entertaining.
The grill is removable which makes cleaning easier and the mesh lid acts as a protector from any dangerous sparks.
Swedish Candle Fire Pit Log Review
Always wanted a fire pit but just don’t have the space for it?
This Swedish Candle Fire Pit could be the alternative you’re looking for. Simple, small and disposable, these ‘log torches’ make a fantastic centrepiece for any outdoor party or BBQ.
So, what is it exactly? These are easy to light logs, kiln dried with a firefighter inside. They stand upright whilst burning and can be used for cooking or toasting marshmallows, as a heat source, or as a simple light decoration in your garden.
They burn for 3-4 hours and are 100% natural; no chemicals have been used in the manufacturing process and even the firefighter is made from natural material.
Mystical Fire Sachets Review
Ever get bored of having the same coloured flames in your fire pit day in, day out?
Well, maybe you’ve never really thought about it (I wouldn’t blame you), but what if there was a way to change those yellow/orange flames to something a bit more… unusual?
Enter: Mystical Fire Sachets! These will certainly provide a talking point around your outdoor fire pit or even in your indoor fireplace.
Each sachet, when thrown in the fire, turn the flames into blue, green, purple and red colours. The effects are mystical and enchanting, and last for up to 40 minutes.
Things to Know Before Buying a Fire Pit
Fire pits make a wonderful garden feature, whether you’re cosying up next to the flames with a partner or sharing a bottle of wine with friends.
Here in the UK, we love to make the most of the outdoors (weather permitting!), and for this reason fire pits are fast gaining popularity. Now available in a huge range of designs and sizes, it’s easy to create that pub-garden feel just outside your back door.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a fire pit but you’re not sure what to look out for, the following tips will help you make an informed decision:
Fire pits are both decorative and practical.
On an aesthetic level, they add charm, sophistication and atmosphere to your garden. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows or snuggling up under a blanket, fire pits create a cosy atmosphere.
They also provide both warmth and light once the sun goes down. In fact, they are so warming that they can be used year-round! You might have to wrap up, but a fire pit can keep you and your loved ones cosy even on chilly winter nights – no need to leave the patio unoccupied just because it’s December!
Finally, many fire pits can be used for cooking. Simply pop a grill plate on top and you can have sausages, burgers and grilled veggies ready in no time at all!
If you don’t want to commit to an entire meal, why not try roasting marshmallows? In the summer, many fire pits can even be used as an ice pit to keep your drinks cool!
Fire pits are available in a huge range of designs and choosing the best one for your garden can be tricky.
Square, globe and portable fire pits are the most popular designs. Square fire pits are both functional and practical, often with a table edge for holding drinks and snacks. They can be placed in the middle of your garden for all your friends and family to enjoy.
Square or table fire pits tend to be safest for families, as kids won’t be able to reach the hot flames.
Globe fire pits are perhaps the most decorative. These are bound to be a talking point; they often have intricate designs that cast shadows across the garden.
These can’t be used for cooking, but they have incredible aesthetic appeal.
Portable fire pits are very practical, usually able to be folded up and stored. These are less of a commitment than a permanent fire pit, and they are able to be taken on camping trips or to the beach. They can usually be used as both a heat source and a BBQ.
As you’ll see from the review list below, traditional round fire pits are also very popular. These are stylish and versatile, although they may not be suitable for families with small children. Unlike ‘table’ fire pits, with round designs there normally isn’t a border to keep the flames out of reach.
Fire pits come in a variety of sizes, so you’ve got a lot of scope when it comes to getting the perfect one for your garden.
It might seem obvious, but before even starting to shop it’s a good idea to work out exactly how much space you have available.
Do you want chairs to fit around the pit? Are you hoping to use it as a table as well? Or do you plan to tuck it away when not in use? Answering these questions should allow you to start your search with some clear measurements in mind.
If you have a large garden and you’re looking for a centrepiece, there are a number of models listed below that will make a striking focal point. For smaller spaces, a compact portable fire pit may be a better option.
Most of the fire pits on my list are made from steel, but this isn’t the only option.
Steel fire pits are tough, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Look out for designs with a fire-resistant paint finish to ensure it will last as long as possible.
One of the main advantages of steel is how low maintenance it is – only requiring the occasional clean.
Although stainless steel won’t rust easily, it can rust eventually. To avoid rust you should keep a stainless steel fire pit under a weatherproof cover, making sure it is dry when placed under there.
Finally, stainless steel is relatively light which makes these fire pits easy to move around in the garden, store, and even take on camping trips.
Cast iron is another great material to look out for when it comes to fire pits.
Whilst generally more expensive than steel, cast iron fire pits are exceptionally long lasting and able to withstand very high temperatures. Cast iron doesn’t tend to rust easily either.
These fire pits have an authentic ‘rustic’ look which some people prefer over painted steel.
The two main downsides of a cast iron fire pit are:
- They are very heavy. If you’re looking for a fire pit that you can easily relocate into different areas in the garden, a cast iron option probably isn’t for you. More often than not, once you’ve chosen a location for your cast iron fire pit, that’s where it will stay.
- They take a long time to cool down. Cast iron retains heat extremely well which is great when it comes to using a fire pit as a heat source, but it can cause problems when trying to pack the pit away. You may find yourself waiting up for longer than you’d like until it lowers to a temperature you’re comfortable leaving unattended.
Finally, there are stone fire pits which are contemporary and elegant.
These are often built into the ground, creating a permanent structure in the lawn.
Alternatively, there are stone table fire pits which can sit on the patio. Again, these tend to be pretty permanent.
Stone fire pits are extremely durable – they certainly aren’t going anywhere in a hurry! Plus, stone is good at retaining heat. Whilst a stone fire pit is probably the biggest ‘commitment’ in terms of a permanent structure, they also have the potential to offer the largest pay out in terms of ambience.
Fire Pit FAQs
I recommend placing your fire pit at least 3 m away from any structure, on a natural surface. Remember that if your fire pit is near a tree it can cause it to dry out and die, even if the flames themselves aren’t touching the tree.
Place your fire pit on a flat surface, with space surrounding it on all sides. Keep it away from hanging branches and consider using heat-proof mat, intended for fire pits, to protect the grass or surface.
Yes. I highly recommend covering your fire pit both in winter and whenever it isn’t in use. Not only will this protect your fire pit from water damage, it’ll also prevent leaves and debris from getting into it.
Both water and harsh sunlight can damage and discolour your fire pit.
If your fire pit is made from metal, I highly recommend putting sand in the bottom before you light it. This will protect the bottom of the pit from the exceedingly high temperatures. The sand will evenly distribute the heat around the base of the pit, preventing damage to certain areas that are exposed to hot spots.