Best garden fire pits 2022

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Deck out your garden with a stylish fire pit to take your outdoor space to the next level. They’re great for spending some time with family and friends, gathered around a warming campfire on a chilly summer evening.

When buying a garden fire pit, there are several design and practical features to consider. Consider your space: some garden fire pits are portable, others are more permanent garden installations. Not all will be suitable for using on a wooden deck and they can vary drastically in size. Aesthetically, garden fire pits vary from minimalist cast iron to modern metal structures or rustic stoneware designs. Also check to see if there are extras included like a spark screen to keep flying embers away or if there is a grill feature for cooking, if you’d like your garden fire pit to go beyond toasting marshmallows.

We’ve gathered a wide range of options, from stylish centrepieces to practical outdoor essentials. Some of our picks double up as simple barbecues, great for cooking anything from burgers to kebabs. See what to cook on a campfire with our camping recipes or our barbecue collection.

For more outdoor inspiration, see the best charcoal barbecues on test, the best pizza ovens for cooking outdoors and the best camping stoves. Complete your outdoor feast with the best picnic baskets, picnic rucksacks and the best outdoor tableware.

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Best fire pits at a glance
Best fire pits to buy
How do fire pits work and what is the best material for a fire pit?
Fire pit safety tips

Best fire pits at a glance

  • Best safety conscious fire pit: Outsunny metal mesh fire pit, £35.99
  • Best fire pit with accessories: Groombridge stainless steel fire pit, £109.99
  • Best budget fire pit: Homebase Texas painted steel fire basket, £50
  • Best simple fire pit: All Things Brighton Beautiful Outdoor fire bowl, £55.95
  • Best fire pit for barbecuing: ASAB Outdoor square fire pit, £22.49
  • Best clay fire pit: La Hacienda Idris clay fire bowl, £100
  • Best easy-to-maintain fire pit: Stanyon Steel Wood burning fire pit, £93.24
  • Best sturdy fire place: MADE Rada metal fire pit, £130
  • Best decorated fire pit: Garpans fire pit, £59.99
  • Best charcoal fire pit: Leisure Zone fire pit, £70.99

Best fire pits to buy 2022

Outsunny metal mesh fire pit

Best safety conscious fire pit

Add a contemporary feel to your garden with this unique square design from Outsunny. The mesh sides keep ash from escaping, containing any excess mess. The durable, steel construction is finished with high-temperature paint for heat resistance. It also includes a poker tool for stoking fire logs.

Available from:
Amazon (£35.99)

Groombridge stainless steel fire pit

Groombridge Stainless Steel Fire Pit

Best fire pit with accessories

Go all out with this deluxe fire pit from Groombridge. The elegant design will make for an impressive centrepiece in your garden. It comes with all the bells and whistles including a cooking grate for barbecuing, a spark screen for safety and a fire poker to stoke burning logs. The 13.5 cm-wide rim provides enough space for barbecue utensils to rest and allows convenient access while cooking, making it a great option for outdoor foodies.

Available from:
Wayfair (£137.99)

Homebase Texas painted steel fire basket

Fire basket

Best budget fire pit

This simple fire basket is easy to use and very budget friendly, making it great value for money. Little assembly is require for this fuss-free design. The base plate keeps the basket stable while catching any burning embers. The painted steel is hard-wearing and durable.

Available from:
Homebase (£50)

All Things Brighton Beautiful Outdoor fire bowl

Outdoor Fire Bowl

Best simple fire pit

Minimalists will love this gorgeous garden fire pit from All Things Brighton Beautiful. This simple design will complement a range of patio styles and garden spaces. Three legs keep the bowl stable on any surface, while the hammered steel finish adds a subtle special feature.

Available from:
Not on the High Street (£69.95)

ASAB Outdoor square fire pit

Square fire pit

Best fire pit for barbecuing

Looking to grill up a barbecue feast in your garden? This square fire pit, complete with a cooking grate, is large enough to barbecue an elaborate summer spread. It comes with a mesh spark screen for containing embers, and a fire poker. The sleek, modern design complements a wide range of home décor styles.

Available from:
Amazon (£22.99)

La Hacienda Idris clay fire bowl

Clay fire bowl

Best clay fire pit

Add a rustic touch to your outdoor space with this handmade clayfire bowl. Hand-painted, this gorgeous fire pit is decorated with elaborate carvings and detailing. This fire bowl comes complete with a mesh safety guard and fire poker.

Available from:

Homebase (£100)

Stanyon Steel Wood burning fire pit

Stanyon Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit

Best easy-to-maintain fire pit

This simple fire pit is equal parts stylish and practical. It’s easy to use with minimal assembly required. The stunning oxidised finish is achieved in a natural process after the product is exposed to weather conditions. This fire pit will only look better year after year.

Available from:
Wayfair (£93.99)

MADE Rada metal fire pit

MADE Rada

Best sturdy fire place

Looking for the ultimate stylish garden décor piece? This sleek, matte black fire pit from MADE is sure to elevate any outdoor space. The sturdy design is robust and practical while the finish looks sleek and minimal. The chunky legs help keep the fire pit in place, ensuring a safe evening campfire.

Available from:
MADE (£130)

Garpans fire pit

fire pit with raised lid

Best decorated fire pit

Dotted with stars and moons cut out to let air in around the fire bowl, this fire pit comes with all the accessories including a log rack, a half cooking grill rack and a mesh lid. This heavy duty steel pit will serve you for years to come.

Available from:
Amazon (£59.99)

Leisure Zone fire pit

fire pit with diamond details

Best charcoal fire pit

This large 70cm diameter fire pit is great for burning thick wood logs or charcoal to give some soft light and keep you warm on a summer’s evening. The diamond cut out motif gives your fire good ventilation, plus it weighs in at 10kg meaning you can find the best spot in the garden for it and know that it will stay in place.

Available from:
Amazon (£70.99)

How do fire pits work and what is the best material for a fire pit?

Fire pits burn dry wood, gas or charcoal to create a warm fire in your garden that is safely enclosed in a metal, clay, cast-iron or stone structure. For gas fire pits there is usually a hidden spot where the fuel tank sits. For those that use wood or charcoal, the wood and charcoal is arranged at the bottom of the pit or bowl before being lit. Cast-iron tends to be the material used on the more budget fire pits but they are very durable.

Fire pit safety tips

Location

Choose an area that has nothing nearby that could fall loose or slip into the fire. Keep the fire pit a good distance away from your home and any trees, shrubs or sheds. As a general rule, keep three metres of space around the fire pit free – including any seats. It is also best not to place your fire pit under a gazebo or covered area. Protect the surface underneath if your fire pit does not have legs.

Weather

Check the direction of the wind before you light your fire pit and generally avoid lighting in strong winds as that could mean embers blowing across your garden.

Precautions

Don’t leave your fire pit unattended. Cover the fire pit with a suitable lid to stop ash and hot embers from blowing around. Once the ashes cool, empty them out as they can corrode your metal fire pit when wet. Protect your fire pit from the elements by buying a cover for when it’s not in use, to prevent rust and discolouration.

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This review was last updated in April 2022. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at [email protected]

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