Best portable firepit

(40 Posts)
hillbilly Mon 10-Jun-13 11:18:45

Recommendations please - I was looking at the Oxbox on hz's site which looks good. Needs to be as flat pack as poss as my kit is getting worryingly big!

MummyPigsFatTummy Mon 10-Jun-13 11:32:40

They do look brilliant but I wondered when I saw them whether you would get enough heat radiating from them as there are no holes in the sides - would the heat just go straight upwards?

We are debating getting something like this, but I don't know if it would be flat enough for you?:

ASDA do one for £25 but I am not sure if it comes with a carry bag.

MinimalistMommi Mon 10-Jun-13 12:22:00

I have the brazier from Soulpad which is big but really quite flat, it holds a proper size campfire BUT in burns/kills the grass beneath it, I would have bought it had I realised that!

hillbilly Mon 10-Jun-13 12:30:00

Yes MPFT, I see what you mean, in fact we hired a high sided firepit at Town Farm recently and definitely found that the heat did not radiate outwards so much. Hopefully HZ might be around later as I think she has used the Oxbox.

hz Mon 10-Jun-13 12:31:08

Hillbilly I have just taken oxbox off as I think it is pricey for what it is, the price has increased since I first found it. I have added this one instead, a reader recommended it to me, it includes a bbq grill as well so really good value.

hz Mon 10-Jun-13 12:32:15

I mean this!!

hillbilly Mon 10-Jun-13 12:40:04

Ah that's interesting hz. Thanks.

chicaguapa Mon 10-Jun-13 12:49:41

Ours is from Asda and has done us for 3 years now. I can't open the links at work, so I don't know which ones you're looking at, but this is a fire bowl one. The legs fold underneath and the lid sits upside down inside, so overall it's not huge. I think it was £25.

chicaguapa Mon 10-Jun-13 12:50:38

BUT it burns/kills the grass beneath it

Ours does this too, so we just put some foil underneath and it protects the grass.

MinimalistMommi Mon 10-Jun-13 13:14:51

chic didn't realise you could protect the grass with foil?! Does it stop all the burn marks? I've feared taking it camping and only used it in garden as I didn't want to get told off for using something that wasn't off the ground enough!

chicaguapa Mon 10-Jun-13 14:03:46

Yes it does protect the grass entirely - no scorch marks at all. You usually need a few sheets to cover the area (unless you have the foil for wrapping a turkey) and will need something heavy to stop it blowing away underneath where the sheets overlap as otherwise it'll only be held down by the legs on the four corners. Some stones do the trick.

MummyPigsFatTummy Mon 10-Jun-13 14:43:38

Oh chicaguapa. Does your asda come with a carry bag as it sounds a lot like the one we were looking at and also like the gardeco one hz and I linked to (which definitely does)

chicaguapa Mon 10-Jun-13 20:11:19

The one at yellowfieldscamping looks better, as the Asda one doesn't have a carry bag or the grill. I got a bag from a camping show and the grill from Homebase. So I think the one you've linked to is better value overall.

hettie Mon 10-Jun-13 22:31:44

We have the glamcamping company. You can unscrew legs and its very shallow so doesn't take up too much space

MummyPigsFatTummy Mon 10-Jun-13 23:02:52

Thanks chicaguapa - that is interesting. Quite tempted now.

chicaguapa Mon 10-Jun-13 23:03:43

That's a nice firepit that one. Nice site too. grin

hillbilly Tue 11-Jun-13 10:18:49

Hettie - does it burn the grass?

hettie Tue 11-Jun-13 11:19:59

mmme well it is quite low (as you can see from the pics). I think last time it did rather brown it.... but I will try the tinfoil trick (thanks!). Problem is if you have one that is high up enough not to burn the grass they tend to be fold flat with sides (less heat out to you) or big raised things that take up loads of space in the car..... ([too much firepit research blush)

hillbilly Tue 11-Jun-13 11:43:31

There's no such thing as too much research when it comes to camping smile

Thanks I might go for it.

MummyPigsFatTummy Mon 17-Jun-13 10:43:44

Just in case anyone is still looking, we got this: at the weekend from Dunelm Mill. Seems to be pretty much the same as the Gardeco one but only £24.99 and it comes with a carry bag and grill. It doesn't look as flat as the Glam Camping one - that is the only problem if you are space-saving.

hillbilly Mon 17-Jun-13 12:42:19

Thanks Mummypig, .yes I'm concerned about the depth. I might have to just make do with our notebook bbq. TBH we will be in France and although we are allowed fires I doubt we will have one every night and only cook on it occasionally.

chicaguapa Mon 17-Jun-13 13:30:19

We have the notebook BBQ too and it's better for cooking than the firepit as the grill is higher and further away from the coals. HTH.

hillbilly Mon 17-Jun-13 14:10:15

I'm just getting really concerned about space! We have just bought a storage/table thingy and we'll also need to take more towels to France. Hopefully we can save space on blankets though! Actually thinking of getting a trailer now grin

NonnyMuss Mon 17-Jun-13 15:01:30

We use the notebook BBQ for campifires unless we've hired a big trailer and slung the Gardeco in with the rest of the ginormous mountain of stuff. It works fine even though it has buckled over time, still folds and unfolds.

It always seems a bit pointless to have a BBQ then move the BBQ away to set up the firepit, easier to shove a few logs on top of the embers of the BBQ and away you go.

Minimalist can I ask was it the bon-fire brazier you got from soulpad? I know they do 2, one has quite short legs but the other I think is an adjustable height one.

Can I ask which one you bought?

justforachange Thu 20-Jun-13 15:21:27

Sorry to be dense, but when campsites advertise 'fires allowed' does this usually mean that you have to bring your own firepit?

hillbilly Thu 20-Jun-13 15:47:24

Sometimes you can have a fire anywhere, or in designated spots so as not to have masses of burnt areas. Some specify fires only off the ground and generally they will hire out firepits or you can take your own.

justforachange Thu 20-Jun-13 16:27:20

thanks hillbilly - fires in designated spots was what I had imagined but all this talk of firepits is just too tempting envy

hz Thu 20-Jun-13 17:12:09

There are a few campsites that allow campfires off the ground but inexplicably don't hire out fire pits so it's always worth double checking. Burnabake and Porth Joke are two examples of this.

justforachange Thu 22-Aug-13 16:31:41

Sorry MPFT but in case anyone is looking for a bargain, the Dunelm Mill fire pit is reduced to 12.49! Sadly not available in my local stores angry

ravenAK Thu 22-Aug-13 16:37:24

We just camped at a lovely little site that used old washing machine drums. Best firepits ever - just stand on a triangle of 3 breeze blocks. No scorch marks on grass.

I've told dh he's to get me an old scrap washing machine for my birthday...

SparkyUK Thu 22-Aug-13 21:29:03

Justforachange you can order them online if you are really keen.

MummyPigsFatTummy Fri 23-Aug-13 00:01:39

wow JFAC. That is great value. Ours was great when we took it to Chilled in a Field festival recently. I would snap that up!

HarrietSchulenberg Fri 23-Aug-13 00:34:00

I have an old metal dustbin lid that I wedge up on bricks, stones or blocks. Does a great job and almost flat.

justforachange Fri 23-Aug-13 12:46:19

Thanks sparky, I did try that but it came up as unavailable for home delivery. Grrr

MPFT you are making me more jealous! I tried to persuade DH to get one back when you first mentioned it but he was annoyingly right in saying that we didn't have room for it in the car. We ended up with a notebook BBQ for camping so i thought that with the fire pit at that price I could justify it to have it at home. The DIY ideas sound great though, and more up DHs street!

hillbilly Tue 13-May-14 14:15:09

Bringing back this thread from last year as I never did get around to getting a firepit due to lack of space. However we do have a bigger car so hopefully I can squeeze one it. Currently looking at this from hz's site.

Any other recommendations from all you knowledgeable campers out there? Needs to fold flat (ish) and hold enough wood for a decent fire.

MummyPigsFatTummy Wed 14-May-14 13:51:50

This one is cheaper hillbilly and looks identical:,default,pd.html?cgid=D24M03G01C01

They both look identical to the one we got last year from Dunelm Mill which we used again at Easter and it was brilliant. Kept a small group of us lovely and warm on quite a cold weekend (you wouldn't want too big a group round it though - there is a limit to how far away you can be from it and still feel the heat. In terms of packing it is a similar size to the top part of a Cadac, but lighter.

shirazplease Tue 20-May-14 15:54:59

Given this weekend's forecast, I've just ordered this fire bowl. Thanks MPFT, saved me doing hours of research

chicaguapa Sun 01-Jun-14 21:49:40

I was in The Range today and they had one similar to the ASDA one.

We use fake logs for the flames and put coals in for the heat. You need something to stare at but the logs don't give off much heat.

CampingClaire Mon 02-Jun-14 12:08:46

Does the Dunelm one pack away into a bag? We've been using our frontier stove for camping and the fire pit for the garden as the one we have is ancient and doesn't have a bag. Too grimy for the car.
We use these in the fire pit. Lasts a good couple of hours, really hot because there's charcoal in it too. Great to cook over as well...not just for the heat.

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