In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden incinerators for the UK market.
I’ve compared capacity, safety and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Garden Incinerator?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Large-capacity incinerator for easy disposal of garden waste
This CrazyGadget Garden Incinerator Bin isn’t gong to let you down – with a 125 L capacity and super sturdy galvanized steel construction, you can fill it up to your heart’s content and know that it’s going to be durable and long lasting. The three-legged base means it stands strong, and its well-designed locking lid keeps things extra secure.
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Incinerator
A garden incinerator is a useful tool for clearing up garden debris such as leaves, hedge trimmings, twigs, small branches and annual weeds. You can also use your incinerator to safely dispose of personal documents, as they are cheaper to buy than shredders and more effective when it comes to destroying private information.
There’s a range of garden incinerators on the market to suit a variety of needs and budgets.
Not sure what to look for when searching for the best garden incinerator? Check out these tips to help you make an informed purchase:
Garden incinerators tend to be safer and more effective than bonfires, plus you are less likely to upset your neighbours!
An incinerator burns at a far higher temperature than a bonfire so you can get through large amounts of waste much quicker and with less smoke.
Garden incinerators also contain the fire, which makes them a lot safer to use than bonfires – especially on dry days. Plus, because they are sealed containers, wildlife can’t nest or burrow in them. As a result garden incinerators are a much more humane and conscientious choice. Bonfires pose a huge problem for wildlife because animals like hedgehogs often hibernate in the bonfire heap and are killed by the fire.
The ash left inside the incinerator can be used as fertiliser around the garden; the potassium is particularly good for woody shrubs and trees. The ash can also discourage slugs and snails.
Keen composters can also use the ash in their compost bin to help the compost to break down faster.
The majority of garden incinerators are made from galvanised steel. Steel is durable and can withstand very high temperatures. Properly looked after, a galvanised steel incinerator should last many years.
Incinerators look like dustbins with holes at the bottom to increase the ventilation. Some are cylindrical and some are square. The shape doesn’t impact the effectiveness too much, but you should ensure the incinerator has adequate air holes to improve combustion.
The shape of the incinerator that you choose it more likely to be dictated by the space you have available in your garden – some square incinerators may slot better into existing gaps in the garden, or cylindrical incinerators may be easier to store.
Incinerators generally come with a mesh top or a lid. If you want to really contain the flames, a lid is a better way to go. A mesh top might be useful if you’re hoping to use your incinerator with dual-purpose as a warming ‘fire pit’ as well.
You’ll need an incinerator that’s suitable for the size of your garden as well as the amount of waste you accumulate.
Incinerators come in a range of sizes. The smallest designs have just a 10 or 15 L capacity. Meanwhile, incinerators for larger gardens may hold up to 90 L of waste.
Consider how much waste you’re going to be burning, and also what type of waste – leaves will be more compact than clippings and branches.
You shouldn’t rely on the idea of overfilling your incinerator to make it fit everything you want it to – this can be very dangerous and lead to fire spreading. The best thing to do is divide the waste into smaller loads if it’s not all going to fit in one go.
Incinerators are generally safe and easy to use, but there’s a few things to consider before you get started:
- Don’t overfill your incinerator – as mentioned, this can cause the fire to spread and can be extremely dangerous
- Always have a water supply to hand
- Use fireproof gloves when using an incinerator
- Ensure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving your incinerator unattended
It’s best practice to alert your neighbours before you light your incinerator, and ensure they don’t have any washing out or windows open. Check the rules in your local area before you get started as well – some councils only allow material burning on certain days or between certain hours.
How to Set Up the Incinerator
An incinerator is generally quite easy to use, but like anything that involves fire, it can be dangerous. Before getting started, check the regulations and rules in your area, both on whether you are allowed to burn waste and what you are allowed to burn.
To set up your incinerator:
- Make sure it is stable (with legs) and ideally standing on bricks to aid air flow.
- Ensure you’re in an open space; not enclosed and not too close to anything.
- Try to avoid burning in very dry weather as sparks may set light to the grass.
- Wear thick gloves, long sleeves, sturdy shoes and eye protection.
How to Light the Incinerator
To light your incinerator, remove the lid and put some lightly scrunched paper at the bottom, layering some dry wood on top.
Light the end of a roll of newspaper and insert the paper into one of the air holes at the bottom, being very careful not to burn yourself. Allow it to heat up before adding any waste.
How to Burn Waste Safely
Ensure your incinerator is extremely hot before you add any waste. As stated above, it’s best to first add paper and kindling before adding the waste.
Try to only burn dry materials – wet materials will create a lot of smoke that may disturb your neighbours.
Make sure you have your waste prepared in advance so that you can keep adding things to the incinerator as it burns. Don’t touch any parts of the incinerator as it will get very hot. Make sure you only put the lid on once you have filled the incinerator with your waste.
Never use anything like oil or petrol to get the incinerator going, and never leave the incinerator unattended.
Disposing of Ashes
Always make sure that the incinerator has cooled completely before trying to dispose of the ashes. This can take several days in some cases.
The cooled ashes from your garden incinerator can be used as a fertiliser. They are particularly good for woody plants as they are high in potassium. Ashes will also keep slugs and snails away from your precious plants if scattered around them.
Ashes can also be added to your compost bin. This will help the beneficial microorganisms in your compost bin thrive and break down the plant matter more effectively.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Garden Incinerator Reviews
CrazyGadget Garden Incinerator Bin Review
Its large 125-L galvanised-steel bin-shaped drum is sturdy and durable whilst providing loads of space for whatever leaves, branches, papers etc. you’re looking to burn.
The three-legged base makes sure it won’t topple over, whilst plenty of ventilation holes help keep the fire burning.
It also comes with a locking lid, so you don’t need to worry about it blowing off or going anywhere.
Overall, it does the job well, is light, easy to move and is all-round excellent value.
So, here you’ve got an excellent, sturdy garden incinerator for a good price with a 125-L capacity.
Simpa 2 x 60L 60 Litre Garden Incinerator Bins Review
The Simpa 60L Garden Incinerator has got the be the best garden incinerator in terms of value; coming with not one but two 60 L incinerator bins.
Constructed from durable galvanised steel, these incinerators are extremely long lasting, and the large 60 L capacity of course offers ample space for burning wood, paper and leaves.
With ready-made ventilation holes punched around the sides, these bins keep burning efficiently and safely.
The sturdy side handles mean the bins are easily relocated once they are cold, and initial assembly is very easy.
The incinerators come with a lid that’s easy to both put on and remove. So, if you’re after a bit more space with your incinerator, but don’t want something overbearingly huge, this 2 pack of incinerator bins with a combined capacity of 120 L will be a great choice.
EasyShopping 90 Litre Garden Incinerator Bin Review
The EasyShopping 90L Garden Incinerator Bin is a great quality bin, constructed from durable galvanised steel. It’s the perfect spot for disposing of unwanted waste like leaves, branches and cardboard, as well as private documents.
Complete with a chimney lid and 3-legged base, this incinerator is easy to fill and safe to use. Once cold, the integrated handles allow for easy relocation.
The 90 L capacity provides ample space for any waste you want to get rid of, whilst the compact 45 cm diameter means it’s easy to store after use.
If you’re looking for an incinerator bin with a large capacity that won’t be too cumbersome to store, you can’t go wrong with the EasyShopping 90L Garden Incinerator Bin!
CrazyGadget 90 Litre Incinerator with Poker and Shovel Review
The CrazyGadget 90L Incinerator is a large garden incinerator made from durable galvanised steel. This has a whopping 90L capacity making it perfect for clearing all unwanted waste including leaves, branches, cardboard and more.
This incinerator comes with a free shovel and poker which is a really nice touch. With these tools you can easily and safely scoop out any residue from the bin after it’s cooled down.
Whether you’re renovating your entire garden or just having a quick tidy-up, the CrazyGadget 90L Incinerator will make light work of disposing of your garden waste.
Keto Plastics Mini Garden Incinerator Bin Review
This Keto Plastics Mini Garden Incinerator Bin has a 15 L capacity making it smaller than the rest of the models on this list.
Its more petite size is perfect if you have a small garden and only have a few leaves and pruned branches to get rid of each year. It is also ideal for disposing of confidential documents.
It’s a great incinerator for twigs and small branches, but obviously it is not suitable for large branches or chunks of wood. It is only 45 cm high and 33 cm wide, including handles and legs, so is extremely easy to store away.
It is made of galvanised metal, has strong, riveted handles and a sturdy three-legged base. It comes complete with a robust lid to keep things secure and has plenty of ventilation holes – it really does heat up well!
This incinerator bin also works well as a heat source for parties and evenings outdoors.
Obviously, it’s not ideal if you have large amounts of garden waste to burn, but it’s perfect for smaller clippings.
This little incinerator bin is really handy for small gardens and also makes a nice heat source for summer evenings. What’s more, it offers good value for money. It’s the best garden incinerator for small gardens.
Garden Incinerator FAQs
Yes, but you should take some precautions when using your incinerators as all fires can be dangerous if not prepared sensibly. Bear the following in mind:
- Place your incinerator bin on a flat surface so it is not likely to tip over. Make sure there is space all around it. Occasionally, flames may come out of the ventilation holes or the chimney so make sure there is nothing flammable that is too close. Once it is hot, you will not be able to move it.
- Wear fireproof gloves when lighting your incinerator and once it is lit do not touch any part of it with bare hands. Do not overfill your incinerator otherwise flames will come out of the top and you won’t be able to put the lid on. If this does happen, wait for the flames to die down before attempting to put on the lid.
- Always have some water handy just in case your fire gets out of control.
Yes. Only burn dry materials otherwise you will have a poor fire and create lots of smoke.
To prepare your incinerator, first line the bottom of the bin with some balled up newspaper. Then, place a few dry twigs on top. Light the paper and you should be away. Now you can begin to add your debris. Don’t overfill – this can cause the flames to come out of the top, making it hard to put the lid on. Once it is burning well, put the lid on to help the incinerator reach maximum heat.
If your incinerator is producing a lot of smoke, it could be that the waste you are burning is too wet. Allow cuttings and waste to dry out for a week or so before you burn them. Ensure you don’t burn household waste, and consider whether wet organic waste could be composted as an alternative.
Before lighting your incinerator, check the direction of the wind to check that any smoke which is produced won’t cause a nuisance.
There are no set times or days when you are allowed to use an incinerator, but there are laws in place to stop you from causing a nuisance to neighbours or putting others in danger. It’s recommended that you burn your waste either early in the morning or early evening, so that your neighbours are less likely to be affected by it.
Before lighting your incinerator, check the direction of the wind. If your neighbours have their washing out, windows open or are sat out in their garden, leave it for another day!