Keep warm as the sun draws in with the best fire pits for your garden. Summer is the best time to make the most of your outdoor space. Why come inside when it starts to get a little dark and chilly? The best fire pits will provide light outside and a great source of heat so you can stay in the fresh air for longer. What’s more, having the best fire pit is the perfect excuse to entertain. Invite your family and friends, gather around your new fire pit and enjoy the display. With these stylish options they’re sure to want to stay.
Whether you’re wanting a practical option to heat up your home or a more modern fire pit to centre your garden, there are plenty of pits to choose from. There are fire bowls, baskets and fire pit tables depending on the size and style you like, and there are gas, smokeless and chimeneas for different fuel types. Oh, and if you’re wanting to dine alfresco this summer (and who isn’t), there are fire pits that double up as barbecues with grill inserts and pokers. Though if cooking is the top priority on your checklist, then you might want to check our best BBQ’s buying guide.
The best fire pits
Available in both small and regular sizes, this fire pit from Garden Trading is a compact crowd-pleaser. The design is striking and it will age well as it rusts. Because the bowl can be carried and tipped out, it’s easy to remove ash and wood after use, and the frame won’t hold water when it rains thanks to its clever design. Keep this brazier outside all year round and heat up your space as you please, with ease.
This isn’t one for a roaring fire, but if you’re dealing with a smaller space and your budget will allow it, it’s got everything you could ask for. It’s made of raw steel and has that rustic brazier-style design without losing the visibility of your fire as it burns.
Fire bowls are best for large gardens and great for parties and gatherings of lots of people. With this Windermere Black Iron Firebowl, you’ll be able to light up a full field and have enough room for big groups to feel the heat. With a 360-degree view of the fire due to its metal stand, that you can place on any surface by the way, you’re in for authentic fire pit entertainment.
It comes fully assembled, which is easy enough, but the same can’t be said for the clean-up. Given its size it might be tricky to wipe down. We’d have expected the price of this pit to mirror its larger than life measurements, so I guess that makes up for it.
It may not make a decorative addition to your garden but it is the perfect fire pit for keeping your toes toasty and roasting marshmallows on cool summer nights. It’s quick and simple to use, leaving little ash residue behind for easy cleaning and aftercare. Did we mention it’s smokeless? Giving off no smoke, you won’t have to worry about smelling smoke for hours after you’ve put it away.
It’s compact too, making it great for taking on holiday or away to campfires in the forest. In fact, the reviews particularly love its portability. It may be on the pricier side, but if you’re looking for the best smokeless fire pit on the market, there aren’t any that beat this one from Solo Stove.
In a stylish charcoal grey in an on-trend rattan material this fire pit table from Vouhaus is an effortless garden upgrade. Pull up a seat and eat, drink or simply socialise around this best fire pit table whilst taking in the heat and enjoying the view. Made from sturdy steel and featuring a lid that once placed on top will convert it from fire pit to table, it’s is a top versatile furniture buy.
Its gas, of course (you might not have realised given the table neatly hides away the bottle underneath), which means it’s also easy to clean and care for. But whilst it’ll make an ideal centrepiece for any space big enough for a patio furniture set up, do note you may have to bring it inside during the winter months or harsh downpours.
Whether you’re hosting a garden party or a dinner outside with friends, this BBQ can cater to both. With a heat resistant poker and lattice effect spark guard that can double up as a plate for cooking, easily grill some barbecue food and feed your guests in style. How about dessert? After you’ve finished, roast marshmallows using the easy side rest around the rim for gooey perfection. Be aware, all that cooking, roasting and warming may mean things get a little messy.
It’s made from durable heat-resistant steel in a classic black and cooper metal finish for a stylish addition to your garden that’s sure to last more than just one summer. For maximum longevity, make sure you pack away in winter. For under £100, we’d say that’s ideal.
This small and sleek traditional chimenea is perfect for smaller gardens and patios that may not have the room for a fire pit bowl or brazier. Featuring a full mesh body so all your guests can feel the heat from a 360 degree angle. Hear the flickering fire, see the flame and enjoy an authentic fire pit experience, even on the smallest of terraces.
As with most chimeneas, there will be a lot of smoke, directed away from your eyes and clothes luckily. But this also means a bit more of a tidy up. You’ll also have to store this chimenea away after use, since it doesn’t come with a cover to protect the metal from harsh weathers. For such a small cost however, you’ll pay in the aftercare
How to choose the best fire pit
Some fire pits are style statements in and of themselves make great centrepieces for any garden. There are some beautiful designs, from sculptural pieces to sleek chimeneas. But aside from being a stylish addition, price, fuel type and whether they double up as a barbecue or practical table are important things to think about.
When considering budget, it’s perfectly possible to buy a fire pit for around £30, or for well over £100. As a general rule, we’d say the larger and more sturdy designs that are often more expensive, will see you through many summers to come. As is with versatility. If you can use your fire pit for more than just a heat source, you’re likely to use it more often, making it an overall better value buy. If heat is what you’re longing for, one of the best patio heaters might do the trick instead.
How we chose these best fire pits
We haven’t tested these best fire pits first hand, but research into reviews, best-sellers and already top rated products suggest to us they’re the best on the market right now. And that’s not to say we’re planning to give them a go in the future. We’ve included a range of fire pits to give you the best of gas, table, wood-burning, bowl and chimenea pits. Not forgetting to make sure they’re some of the most stylish options out there, that are ideal choices for upgrading your back garden. From a few of the best brands for fire pits including Solo Stove, Dunelm, Go Outdoors and Amazon, if you can’t find the best fire pits here, you won’t be able to find them anywhere else.
Can I put my fire pit on grass?
Fire pits are definitely better for your lawn than a campfire. If you’ve spent time carefully cultivating your lawn though, you don’t want to risk any burning. Fire pits could well burn the grass, because while the heat is elevated away from the ground itself the grass does sit quite close. To avoid this opt for something on a taller stand that removes your fire pit from the ground as much as possible. You could also place a slab of tile or stone under the fire pit, which will not only stabilise it but will create a barrier between the bowl and the grass.
Most fire pits aren’t safe to place on a patio either. Not only can their heat discolour your patio, but they can also potentially burn or crack any slabs or wood because they burn so hot and are often low-lying. That said, there are some fire pits that can be placed safely on a patio, like a gas fire pit table that’s designed to elevate the heat source well away from the ground.
Want to know how to create the ideal fire pit set up? See our firepit ideas to turn up the heat in your garden, without damaging anything in the process.