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8 Best Fire Pits For Your Garden or Patio! (2021 Review)

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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.

Everything I Recommend

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  • Durable steel construction
  • Burns wood and charcoal
  • Lightweight yet sturdy
  • Robust steel construction
  • High-quality heat-proof steel frame
  • Multi-functional design
  • Lightweight yet durable fire pit
  • Versatile, portable design
  • Suitable for camping, garden and beach
  • Cold-rolled steel fire pit
  • Star-and-moon cutouts for ambience
  • Large 60 cm bowl plus full diameter safety ring
  • Premium-quality fire pit
  • Attractive design
  • Spark guard and chimney
  • High-quality design
  • Multifunctional
  • Pull-out centre for easy change
  • Adjustable hanging grill
  • Standout garden feature
  • 148 cm tall tripod
  • Portable, lightweight design
  • Easy to empty and clean
  • Includes mesh fireguard

More Detailed Garden Fire Pit Reviews

VonHaus Geo Fire Pit Bowl with Spark Guard & Poker

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  • Durable steel construction
  • Burns wood and charcoal
  • Lightweight yet sturdy
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97
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VonHaus Geo Fire Pit Bowl with Spark Guard & Poker Review

Due to its mesh sides, the VonHaus Geo Fire Pit Bowl is one of the best fire pits for sit-down gatherings. Whereas some fire pits only let you feel the warmth of the flames from the top, this gets warmth out to everyone sitting around the sides.

It’s made from durable steel, with a cut-out geometric pattern on the sides; this results in much of the drum being constructed from strong mesh instead of solid steel. Therefore, the heat doesn’t get blocked and it’s a design that will let guests feel more of the warmth of the flames.

Overall, in terms of size, it’s pretty big. With a diameter of 66.5 cm, there’s plenty of space to fit a lot of charcoal or logs and it’s large enough for a group of people to sit around at any time. It stands at 64.5 cm which also means it’s at a good height for warming guests – it’s not so low to the ground that it just toasts people’s toes and nothing else.

Due to its size, you’ll want at least a medium-size patio to accommodate this fire pit, otherwise you’ll likely find that you have to sit too close to it for comfort.

To generally make things a bit safer, there’s a meshed spark guard to stop sparks from jumping out the pit. This also allows a lot of heat to be felt from the top without there being a totally open flame.

As mentioned, due to its size and design, this fire pit is a good choice for gatherings and keeping guests warm. However, it doesn’t have a BBQ grill feature like some other pits, so it’s a heat-source only.

Pros

  • Assembly is simple; you only need to attach the legs and screw in some bolts to support the lid
  • The mesh sides mean that heat from the flames is felt from the sides of the pit as well as the top
  • Large 67cm diameter - space for plenty of guests to sit around
  • Only weighs 9.48 kg so is easy to move and relocate (when cold)

Cons

  • A cover will need to be purchased separately
  • There's no grill included so it can't easily be turned into a BBQ

Dawoo 3 in 1 Multi-function BBQ with Grill / Fire Pit / Ice Pit

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  • Robust steel construction
  • High-quality heat-proof steel frame
  • Multi-functional design
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Dawoo 3 in 1 Multi-function BBQ with Grill / Fire Pit / Ice Pit Review

Finding a big fire pit that doesn’t take up valuable space when not in use isn’t always easy. Fortunately, there are some cunning ways to get around this problem…

The Dawoo 3 in 1 Multi-function BBQ with Grill has a lot of possible functions. Yes, it’s a fire pit, but it can also be a coffee table, BBQ and ice box. As a result, you don’t end up with a large fire pit which is simply taking up space when not in use, instead you get a functional item that can be used year-round for different purposes.

Measuring 81 x 81 cm in total, this square fire pit has a sunken middle area of 57 x 57 cm for the fire or ice box. The rim around the outside provides a good place to rest teas, coffees, or stronger drinks, when the fire’s not in use.

A nice thing about this area is it also acts as a protective boundary when the fire is lit, so that people can’t accidentally get too close to the flame.

Given that the fire bowl is sunken into the table, you do need to be careful about where you position the whole unit when you are burning a fire. It’s possible for the heat to burn or singe the surface underneath, so the table needs to be placed somewhere where this won’t be a hazard. There is a spark guard, at least, so jumping sparks shouldn’t cause too much of a problem.

Of course, when you’re using the bowl as an ice pit, it can be placed wherever you’d like.

When it comes to using the fire pit as a BBQ, the provided grill slots over the pit so that you can cook on a surface which is level with the rest of the table.

One thing to note is that it does weigh 26.5 kg, so it’s not the sort of thing that you’re going to be keen to move around all the time. If you don’t already have a coffee table outside on the patio, this is a great option to get several items wrapped up in one. Especially if you’re after a large fire pit. However, if you’re short on space you might be better off getting something that is small enough to be stored away easily.

Pros

  • The protective boundary around the edge of the fire pit makes it somewhat safer to use around children and pets
  • Doubles up as a table for drinks and snacks
  • Comes with a waterproof cover included
  • Can be used to BBQ and grill whilst everyone sits around the table

Cons

  • Gaps in the included grill are a little too large for cooking and some food may fall through if it is not carefully positioned
  • The cover is quite tight fitting so needs to be put on carefully to avoid it ripping
  • You may need to buy an additional cover if you want something that offers better protection against the rain and wind

La Hacienda Camping Firebowl with Grill

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  • Lightweight yet durable fire pit
  • Versatile, portable design
  • Suitable for camping, garden and beach
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La Hacienda Camping Firebowl with Grill Review

If you’re looking for a fire pit/BBQ that you can comfortably take camping, but is also big enough to use on the patio at home, the La Hacienda Camping Firebowl with Grill is well worth considering.

It’s one of the best fire pits in terms of portability because the legs fold under to create an easy-to-carry UFO-shaped unit that can be transported in its own carrier bag.

And, considering its size, with a 56 cm diameter bowl, it’s big enough for both providing warmth and cooking food, without being excessively cumbersome.

Even if you don’t want to use it on any trips (and you never know, it might come in handy for that in the future) it’s also a good fire pit for the patio at home. Given than it can be collapsed down, any households that are short on storage space will likely also consider this a good option. It certainly doesn’t take up as much room as a lot of other fire pits.

It’s made from steel, and comes with a mesh grate to stop sparks from jumping out when using it for warmth, as well as a poker that can be used to safely remove the spark guard.

Due to its strong construction, it’s possible to burn either charcoal or lump wood in the pit, and the only thing to look out for is the ground underneath. It doesn’t stand very tall so it needs to be used on terrain which could catch fire or burn.

Pros

  • Quick and easy to assemble from the box
  • Comes with a grill that can be used to BBQ food
  • Carry bag and foldable legs make it easy to take on camping trips or to the beach
  • Very lightweight so easy to move around the garden or carry to location

Cons

  • Can’t be left outside without a cover or it will rust
  • Stands just 20 cm above ground, so grass or patio underneath may become damaged (best placed on a heat resistant surface)
  • Carry bag is thin and not particularly durable
  • Can be a little wobbly in windy weather due to tripod legs

Landmann Big Sky Moons and Stars Fire Pit

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  • Cold-rolled steel fire pit
  • Star-and-moon cutouts for ambience
  • Large 60 cm bowl plus full diameter safety ring
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Landmann Big Sky Moons and Stars Fire Pit Review

This fire pit isn’t just your standard metal bin ready to fill with logs; it’s got quite a lot more going for it without being overly expensive or complicated.

Of course, when you’re sitting out on the patio in the evening, the first thing you want is to be able to keep yourself (and any potential guests) warm. So, starting with basic function, the Landmann Big Sky Moons and Stars Fire Pit will provide a good amount of warmth; its 60 cm diameter is quite large and a decent size for warming medium-size patios.

However, it’s the other features that set it apart from your standard pit. Firstly, there are moon-and-star cut outs decorating the drum, which illuminate as the flames flicker inside. Given that watching a fire pit is normally quite mesmerising, this creates an added point of interest, standing out on the patio at night time.

Secondly (and this might be a real selling point to a lot of people…!), this fire pit doubles as a grill. You don’t have to use it to cook food, but if you decide you want to, a grilling platform comes provided and can be slotted over the fire. Plus, you can burn a number of fuels inside, including wood and charcoal.

This means it can be used for impromptu BBQs, or smaller gatherings, and is a lot more accessible than getting the normal BBQ out of storage (especially if it’s winter time). Also, if you don’t actually have a BBQ, this gives the option to enjoy BBQ food without having to buy a bigger single-purpose unit.

During the daytime, when you’re not using the fire pit, its steel construction and Georgia-clay sand-paint finish means it can sit on the patio looking quite attractive when not needed. You’ll probably want to buy a cover though, or keep it in storage most of the time, just so that it lasts as long as possible.

In terms of safety, there is a domed spark-guard that comes included as well, so you can keep the flames contained whilst sitting around it. Alongside this is a full-diameter safety ring, which creates a bit of boundary space between the fire pit and anyone sitting nearby.

All in all, it’s one of the best fire pits in terms of versatility and attractiveness, and a good option to go for if you are looking to heat a medium-size space.

Pros

  • The 60 cm diameter bowl makes it a good size for small/medium patios
  • Can be filled with ice in the summer months to keep drinks cold
  • Most customers find this fire pit very easy to assemble
  • It can be used as a BBQ because a grill comes included
  • The moon and star cut-outs are both decorative and allow for good airflow which keeps the fire burning

Cons

  • The spacing on the cooking grate is quite wide so you need to position your food in a way that means it won't fall through the gaps
  • It needs to be covered up or stored away in bad weather otherwise it may rust
  • May be too big for smaller spaces

Hensita Fire Pit and BBQ

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  • Premium-quality fire pit
  • Attractive design
  • Spark guard and chimney
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Hensita Fire Pit and BBQ Review

We’re getting into pretty premium models with this Hensita Fire Pit and BBQ. It’s certainly not a budget option, but it’s a large fire pit/chimenea combo which will create a an eye-catching centrepiece on the patio.

From its shape, it resembles a classic chimenea, but with its modern black alloy steel construction it combines traditionalism with a contemporary touch.

It’s certainly quite a large structure, so if you only have a small patio, you might find it too domineering; it measures 124 cm high with a diameter of 74 cm. However, if you have got the space for it, this fire pit provides heat around the entire 360° circumference so wherever you’re sitting you’ll be able to feel the direct heat of the flame.

This makes it a great option for entertaining, and also one of the best fire pits for larger patios as the heat is thrown out across the space.

As well as providing heat, there’s also a swing-out cast-iron grill which can be positioned at three different levels, so this just as much of a BBQ as a fire pit/chimenea. It can take a bit of trial and error to find how to cook food on it efficiently, but, ultimately, given that it can do both jobs, you could avoid needing a separate BBQ unit altogether.

The recommendation is to only use wood as fuel, presumably because charcoal would get too hot, and it’s easy to light within the chimenea as long as there isn’t too much wind.

It requires a bit of assembly on arrival, but it’s relatively straight forward which isn’t always the case with such big items. The components are individually labelled and the instructions are clear, meaning it goes together in less than 30 minutes.

One thing that is a bit disappointing is that it doesn’t come with a cover, which is something you might expect when paying for a more premium item like this. It’s a pretty essential item to have, to protect your investment, so on top of the price of the fire pit you should consider that you’ll have to add the cost of buying a cover separately.

Pros

  • The solid construction makes it stable in high winds
  • The open, meshed sides mean that heat can be felt around the entire 360° circumference
  • There's flexibility to cook at different 'temperatures' as the grill can positioned at three different levels, either closer to, or further away from, the flame
  • The cooking grill is narrow enough to mean that food won’t fall through, unlike others on the market

Cons

  • A cover will need to be purchased separately and the right size may be difficult to source
  • Uses a lot of wood and kindling so needs regular monitoring and may go through a lot of fuel in one night
  • Working out how to cook on it well, without burning food, may require a bit of trial and error

Trueshopping Beacon Star Fire Pit and Coffee Table

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  • High-quality design
  • Multifunctional
  • Pull-out centre for easy change
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Trueshopping Beacon Star Fire Pit and Coffee Table Review

The best thing about the Trueshopping Beacon Star Fire Pit is how seamlessly it turns from a fire pit to a coffee table. In fact, the table is actually big enough for serving more than just coffee, and could be used for dishing up nibbles or tapas whenever you want, even on evenings when you’re not going to use the fire pit.

Overall, the table itself has a diameter of 76 cm and stands 34 cm from the ground. This is a pretty good size for light entertaining, and there is a circular ‘slab’ that sits in the middle, covering the inner fire pit ring when it’s not in use.

When night time rolls around, or the temperature drops, the 51.5 cm diameter fire pit can be accessed by simply removing the circular centre piece. However, whilst you might expect to be able to fit the central table panel under the table when using the fire pit, it doesn’t actually fit under there, so you do need to find somewhere else to store it.

The fire can be fuelled by either charcoal or wood, and there’s a large grill included as well, so BBQing over the top of the fire pit is also an option.

Given the large size of the fire area, it actually becomes quite a big BBQ, capable of cooking comfortably for at least four people. Once the fire is lit, the outer rim of the table also acts as a protective buffer, putting a bit more distance between guests and the fire.

When you’re not cooking on the grill, you can use the mesh cover to protect anyone close by from jumping sparks as well, so you don’t have to have an open flame if you don’t want to.

It would also be remiss not to mention the appearance of the table itself, which is decorated with light-coloured tiles that create quite a ‘Mediterranean’ feel. From its aesthetic, it would be a nice patio table for the garden even without the secret fire pit resting underneath.

Like most table/fire pit combos, it’s quite a heavy unit at 26.5 kg (several components are made from wrought iron), so you probably won’t want to be moving it around often. It’s going to be best suited to a garden where it can be left in one position most of the year, and then maybe packed away during winter.

Fortunately, it does come with a protective cover included, which should help to keep it dry during the majority of the year.

Pros

  • Practical design that can be used as both a fire pit and coffee table
  • Comes with a fitted waterproof cover so doesn’t need moving inside in bad weather
  • A grill comes included so it can be used as BBQ as well as a fire pit and table
  • Strong and sturdy legs construction made from solid wrought iron
  • The plastic and resin table top is easy to wipe clean

Cons

  • The table is quite low so won't be suitable for eating normal meals from and should be careful if used when children are around
  • Tiles are not ceramic, instead made from plastic and resin which some people might not like as much in terms of authentic appearance
  • The centre of the table can be heavy to remove in order to reveal the fire pit, and may require more than one person
  • At 26.5 kg it's quite heavy and you may not want to move it around often
  • The central panel doesn't fit neatly underneath the table when using the fire pit, so it has to be put elsewhere

La Hacienda Tripod With Adjustable Hanging Grill

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  • Adjustable hanging grill
  • Standout garden feature
  • 148 cm tall tripod
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La Hacienda Tripod With Adjustable Hanging Grill Review

Ok, so, I admit, this isn’t a fire pit in itself… but it’s a real game changer if you’re looking to ramp up that fire-pit experience.

If you already have a low-level fire pit which doesn’t have a built-in grill (or, even if it does have a grill but you want something a little different) this La Hacienda Tripod With Adjustable Hanging Grill allows you to dangle a grill over the open flame for an undeniably unique cooking experience.

The hanging height is adjustable, which is beneficial for a couple of reasons; firstly, it’s possible to use the grill over fire pits of different heights, and secondly you can position the grill closer to, or further away from, the flame depending on what you’re cooking.

Overall, the grill pan is 65 cm in diameter, but it can be positioned over fire pits that are wider than this, so don’t be put off if yours is quite large.

Equally, if you have a smaller fire pit, this grill system will work, but you might find that the centre of the grill gets hotter than the sides.

The grill itself is made from chrome, which is relatively easy to clean, whilst the tripod structure is steel. Which leads us on to assembly and storage…

Whilst you might think that it will collapse down like a standard tripod, it doesn’t quite work that way. You may need a bit more storage space than you might expect. The lower parts of the legs unscrew, but the top ‘triangular’ section isn’t possible to dismantle.

Finally, one last thing to note: as it is a hanging structure, there’s a weight-capacity limit of 7 kg on the grill. In general, this shouldn’t cause problems for the majority of sausages, burgers, and standard BBQ food, but it’s still something to bear in mind as it isn’t something that normally needs to be considered when grilling!

Pros

  • Grill height is adjustable will a 'pulley' system for cooking closer to, or further away from, the flame
  • 65 cm cooking grill is huge - you can fit at least 40 sausages around the circumference alone
  • It's relatively easy to clean after use
  • The height of the grill can be altered depending on the height of the fire pit
  • It can split into smaller sections to help with storage

Cons

  • You need to already own, or be going to purchase, a fire pit that fits under the tripod
  • Care needs to be taken when ratcheting the grill up and down as it can tip

Kingfisher Outdoor BBQ & Fire Pit

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  • Portable, lightweight design
  • Easy to empty and clean
  • Includes mesh fireguard
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Kingfisher Outdoor BBQ & Fire Pit Review

This Kingfisher Outdoor BBQ & Fire Pit is a great subtle choice, fitting inconspicuously into the corner of the patio until it’s needed.

Even so, it’s not so small that it becomes a waste of time, measuring 60 x 60 cm with a height of 40 cm. The bowl is big enough to host a very respectable fire, and you can also use the included grill to cook BBQ food, yet you won’t be scratching your head trying to find enough space to store it.

It’s also one of the best fire pits to use on decking as the fire bowl is sufficiently shallow that it doesn’t sit near the ground, plus the alloy steel legs do not seem to conduct much heat through them. However, just to be sure, it’s always good to use a heat-proof fire pit mat, just in case.

Given that the bowl is shallower than some, the heat will be better felt around the sides of the pit, and it still comes with a spark guard, as most of the best fire pits do, to protect anyone sitting nearby from spitting flames.

One downside of this shallow bowl is that you’ll want to be careful about using material that might create a lot of smoke – it’s quite easy for smoke to blow out horizontally, so trying to keep the density down will help. You can choose to burn either log rolls or charcoal, so it’s possible to experiment with what works best.

Pros

  • Light weight at just under 6 kg so it's easy to move around the garden and into storage
  • Relatively easy to assemble; it only requires screws to be fitted in place
  • Small size is ideal for balconies and smaller patios
  • Produces a lot of heat and stays hot for a very long time

Cons

  • Bowl may be too shallow for some larger logs
  • The chrome bowl discolours quickly from the heat
  • Tends to smoke a lot if fueled by logs

Things to Know Before Buying a Fire Pit

Fire pits make a wonderful garden feature and are great to use all year round. They also make it easier to sit outside during winter, allowing you to make the most of your outdoor pace.

Here in the UK, we love to get outside whenever we can (weather permitting!), and for this reason fire pits are fast gaining popularity. They’re Now available in a huge range of designs and sizes, it’s easy to create that pub-garden feel just outside your back door.

Some portable fire pits can also be transported and taken on camping trips or to the beach, and a lot of them will also double up as BBQs.

If you’re thinking of purchasing a fire pit but you’re not sure what to look out for, the following tips will help inform your 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.

Additionally, many fire pits can be used for cooking. Simply pop a grill plate on top and start cooking burgers, sausages and veggies. Even if you already have a bigger BBQ unit, sometimes it’s more practical to use a smaller fire pit to grill food instead of getting the whole BBQ out.

Plus, if you don’t want to commit to an entire meal, you can always roast marshmallows over the open flame. In the summer, a lot of table fire pits can also be used as ice pits to keep your drinks cool.

Fire pits are available in a huge range of designs and choosing the best one for your garden can depend on several factors.

The most common designs are basic round units, decorative options, table fire pits and portable fire pits.

Basic Round Fire Pits

These tend to be the most budget-friendly fire pits. They have simple designs, generally consisting of a stand, a bowl, and a spark guard. Whilst sizing can vary a lot, they may measure somewhere in the region of 60 x 60 cm.

Even the majority of these more basic fire pits either come with, or can be fitted with, a cooking grill to turn them into a BBQ.

The benefits of these fire pits are: they’re generally inexpensive, easy to store, and don’t use too much fuel because of their size.

The drawbacks of these fire pits are: they may not burn hot enough to heat medium-size/large patios.

Decorative Fire Pits

These are generally an advancement on the ‘basic round fire pits’ mentioned above, although any fire pit could have the potential to be decorative.

Here we are mostly referring to fire pits that have cut-out designs which means the light from the fire creates an attractive pattern and can be seen through the bowl of the fire pit.

There are two primary benefits to these fire pits, on top of the benefits mentioned in the section above. Firstly, heat can be better felt around the sides of the fire pit, secondly, they tend to have a slightly deeper fire bowl (which can hold more logs and therefore produce more heat) in order to accommodate the design.

Table Fire Pits

These combine coffee tables with fire pits. Therefore, they’re generally quite large, but they can have a variety of uses.

This is a particularly useful option to consider if you don’t already have some sort of coffee table outside.

There’s more than one style of table fire pit, but generally you’ll have one of two options: pits that can be covered with a lid when not in use, and pits that can’t.

Certain table fire pits will allow you to completely cover the fire pit hole, leaving a perfectly inconspicuous table. These are probably the most practical, as they’re very versatile and useful at any time of day.

If you can’t cover the fire pit hole, you can still use the outer rim of the table for resting drinks and entertaining.

A lot of people consider table fire pits to be a little safer to use around pets and young children, as opposed to other more basic designs, as the table ‘rim’ naturally creates a bit more space between the people and the flame.

A lot of table fire pits can also be used as BBQ grills and ice boxes.

The benefits of table fire pits are: they have a lot of different uses, they are large enough for a lot of people to sit around, you can often BBQ food whilst sitting around the table.

The drawbacks of these fire pits are: they’re large so you need to have enough space to accommodate them, they may be heavy and difficult to store, they’re often quite low meaning the table won’t be appropriate for eating dinner.

Portable Fire Pits

There are other places where it can be nice to have a fire, not just on the patio at home.

Having a portable fire pit means it can be taken along to the beach or on camping trips, helping out with the cooking as well as keeping people warm in the evenings.

There are ‘basic round fire pits’ that have collapsible legs, making them smaller and a lot easier to carry.

Even with a portable fire pit you’ll still want it to be at least 40 x 40 cm, but buying a slightly bigger model will help generate more warmth – you’ll just have to make sure you can still carry it to the destination as well as fit it in the car.

If you buy a portable fire pit, make sure it comes with a carrying bag – this will stop you from having to source an appropriate bag each time you want to take it somewhere.

Finally, just because you buy a portable fire pit, doesn’t mean it can’t be used at the patio at home. Therefore, buying a model with collapsible legs might be a good idea if you think you’ll want to take it places in the future, even if you don’t have anything planned right now.

The benefits of portable fire pits are: you can take them to the beach or camping, they can often double up as BBQs, their collapsible nature makes them easy to fit in the car.

The drawbacks of these fire pits are: you need to reach a compromise between weight and size, they will likely be smaller than units you would get just for the patio at home.

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.

The diameter of the fire pit will generally determine how many people can sit around it and benefit from its warmth.

Fire Pit Diameter

Some of the smallest fire pits available are designed like metal waste-paper bins with legs. These can have quite a small diameter, maybe even as little as ~30 cm. A small fire pit of this size will be suitable for two/three people to sit around. The benefit of such a small fire pit is that it will be extremely easy to store and fit on a small patio.

Many of the fire pits featured on this page have a diameter of around 60 cm. These small/medium-size fire pits will be suitable for most spaces and are still pretty easy to store away. They’re generally large enough for approximately six people to sit around.

Larger fire pits are great for entertaining more guests, as long as you have the space. You’ll want to leave at least a few meters of space around the pit on all sides in case it gets too hot and people want to move back.

A fire pit of around 80 cm in diameter will be suitable for up to 10 people.

Larger fire pits can contain bigger fires, so they produce more heat. However, you’ll have to use more fuel to keep a big fire going.

Fire pits can be made from a range of different materials, here are some of the pros and benefits of the most common materials:

Stainless Steel

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 deep 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 weight which makes these fire pits easy to move around in the garden, store, and even take on camping trips.

Cast Iron

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Stone

Finally, there are stone fire pits which are contemporary and elegant.

These are sometimes built into the ground, creating a permanent structure in the lawn.

Alternatively, there are stone fire pits that sit on the patio. Again, these tend to be pretty permanent – you’re unlikely to be able to move it easily once in position.

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 offer a good pay out in terms of ambience.

Fire Pit FAQs

Your fire pit should be at least 3 m away from any structure, on a flat surface. You can buy a fire pit base, or a heat-proof fire pit mat to protect the surface under the fire pit.

Avoid placing the pit too close to a tree because this can cause the tree to dry out and die, even if the flames themselves aren’t touching the tree. Keep it away from hanging branches as well, and any very dry ground – sparks can jump from the pit and cause fires.

Be careful if putting your fire pit on decking. You will need to protect the decking as there is a risk that the fire pit could burn it.

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.

Ideally you should cover your fire pit whenever it’s not in use. Even though most fire pits are made from fairly weather-resistant materials, keeping them covered will help avoid any water damage. Plus, by using a cover you can prevent any leaves or debris getting inside the fire pit, which means you shouldn’t have to clean it out before using it.

Both water and harsh sunlight can damage and discolour your fire pit depending on what it’s made from, so it’s always a good idea to keep it covered. If you can, store it inside when not using it.

First and foremost, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your fire pit. Some manufacturers recommend putting sand at the bottom of a metal fire pit, whilst others don’t.

If you decide to use sand, it is used to protect the bottom of the pit from the exceedingly high temperatures. It evenly distributes the heat around the base of the pit, preventing damage to certain areas that are exposed to hot spots.

If you like to use wood ash as a fertiliser in your garden, you should note that you probably won’t be able to use the wood ash from your fire pit if you have put sand down. Trying to separate the two will be a near impossible task.

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