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Outside is the new inside when it comes to socialising, so it's no wonder that fire pits are having a bit of a moment. When evening temperatures drop, a fire pit can extend your alfresco event well into the night. It’s a practical purchase that can keep everyone comfortable while also creating a stylish centrepiece in your garden.
But what should you look for when investing in a fire pit? We've rounded up the very best options for your outdoor space including wood- and coal-burning pits as well as gas-powered models and portable pits for cosy campfires.
Here are the best fire pits to buy in 2022.
1. Best overall fire pit: Blumfeldt Trino Fire Pit Basket
Price: £80 | Buy now from Amazon
"This fire pit is my favourite. I would strongly recommend a small log store to have nearby so that you are always able to burn dry wood" - AlwaysLatte
This classic bowl-shaped fire pit is a robust and practical choice. It's coated with fire-resistant paint to help protect against corrosion and it’s completely versatile as you can burn wood, coal or charcoal in it. If you’re burning wood, Mumsnetters recommend having a proper store for logs nearby.
The tripod legs keep the fire off the ground to save your lawn, and it’s really easy to move about thanks to the two stainless steel side handles (just don’t be tempted to move it until it’s completely cooled down).
- Size: 87 x 19 x 87cm
- Weight: 10.5kg
- Fuel: Wood
2. Best budget fire pit: Fire Vida Large Fire Pit Steel
Price: £40 | Buy now from Amazon
This Fire Vida fire pit can easily double as a barbecue thanks to its integrated grill – ideal if you want to offer your guests a toasted marshmallow to go with their nightcap!
As well as the steel fire bowl with four foldable legs and a stainless steel grill, this fire pit also includes a mesh cover, a charcoal grate and a poker. It's great value and offers a lot of bang for your buck.
- Size: 64 x 56 x 42cm
- Weight: 3.5kg
- Fuel: Wood
3. Best chiminea: La Hacienda Leon Mesh Steel Chimenea Medium
Price: £57 | Buy now from Amazon
A chimenea is a great choice if you’re looking for a stylish centrepiece for your garden. This bronze-effect model from La Hacienda is a lovely traditional option and will add a wow factor to your summer soirees.
It gives off great heat and gives your guests a 360 degree view of the real wood logs as they burn. You’ll be grateful for the protective rain lid too, which will keep the chimenea in good nick when the weather turns sour.
- Size: 38 x 38 x 90cm
- Weight: 6kg
- Fuel: Wood
4. Best fire pit with a grill: DAWOO Fire Pit with BBQ Grill Shelf
Price: £150 | Buy now from Amazon
Although this isn’t the only fire pit on our list with a grill, it’s our favourite model for cooking thanks to its large 57cm square grill.
The square-shaped table surrounding the fire makes it a social magnet and the mesh lid will stop any burning embers going where you don’t want them. It’s a versatile option too as you can use it to simply add heat to your garden or to cook up a storm whenever it takes your fancy. It can even be used as an ice pit to cool drinks on hot sunny days.
- Size: 81 x 81 x 45cm
- Weight: 15kg
- Fuel: Wood or coal
5. Best gas fire pit: Peaktop 35-Inch Square Retro Finish Propane Firepit Outdoor Gas Fire Pit
Price: £420 | Buy now from Amazon
This fire pit gives you all of the charm of an open fire, with none of the faff of trying to start one as it’s powered by gas.
It comes with 3kg of lava rocks which will glow and smoulder beautifully as soon as you press the ignition. And the dancing flames won’t be the only attraction - the wooden sleeper style casing is nice to look at too.
The only other consideration is that you'll need somewhere to store the gas canister needed for the fire. There’s a 3-metre hose included, and you can buy a matching storage unit separately.
- Size: 89 x 89 x 29cm
- Weight: 38kg
- Fuel: Wood, natural gas
6. Best brazier fire pit: WSCQ Garden Metal Brazier Fire Pit
Price: £292 | Buy now from Amazon
This brazier-style fire pit has a steel base with built-in risers to promote airflow and keep your logs burning evenly in the 21-cm-deep hexagonal bowl. It’s made from steel and comes with a mesh screen and a fire poker. And at just over 7kg, it’s not too difficult to move around when not in use.
- Size: 61 x 61 x 62cm
- Weight: 7.1kg
- Fuel: Wood
7. Best portable camping fire pit: Portable Stainless Steel Mesh Outdoor Camping Fire Pit
Price: £17 | Buy now from Amazon
"We bought this one. I wasn't expecting much as it was so cheap but it's been bloody brilliant" - CultOfWax
If you’re looking to create a cosy campfire on your next staycation and want to make sure you do it safely, this portable fire pit with a carry bag is a good choice.
It uses a mesh gauze sheet to keep the fire off the ground and burns up to 5kg of fuel at a time. And when you’re finished, it folds up to a very compact 65 x 6.3cm tube – so it should be easy to fit in your backpack.
- Size: 42 x 42 x 32cm
- Weight: 1kg
- Fuel: Wood
8. Best luxury decorative fire pit: Sosebee Steel Charcoal/Wood Burning Fire Pit
Price: £266 | Buy now from Wayfair
Some fire pits look better than others when they’re not in use and this beautiful piece from Wayfair is almost like a sculpture.
If you’ve got a vintage theme going on in your garden, this one should fit right in. The fire pit’s weathered patina has been sanded to encourage it to rust over time, but in an attractive way!
- Size: 42 x 45 x 45cm
- Weight: 10kg
- Fuel: Charcoal/wood
9. Best value decorative fire pit: Kratki Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit
Price: £140 | Buy now from Wayfair
Another stylish fire pit from Wayfair, this Krakti Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit has a simple angular design that would fit nicely into a modern garden.
Made from sturdy stainless steel, it’s an open fire and is incredibly easy to use as you can just load dry wood into it. However, it doesn’t come with a protective mesh or a guard so it’s probably better suited to households without small children.
- Size: 17 x 71 x 63cm
- Weight: 10.1kg
- Fuel: Wood
How to buy the best fire pit
The first thing to consider is where in your garden you want your fire pit to go. It should be somewhere that’s free from anything nearby that could catch fire (like overhanging branches and wooden fences), and you will want to make sure there is enough room to move around it, so everyone can get a safe rosy glow. Check the weather conditions (especially wind) before you light it and always make sure children and pets are supervised if you have a fire going.
Beyond that, the design of your fire pit will influence where you want to place it – there are bowls, chimineas and braziers to choose from, and some even have integrated grills. If the design means the fire is closer to the ground, there is a higher chance you could end up scorching the area underneath – these low-lying fire pits wouldn’t be suitable for decking, for example.
Can you cook on a fire pit?
Most fire pits will let you toast a marshmallow with ease, but if you’ve got something more substantial in mind, choose a fire pit with an integrated grill as these are the best choice if you’re planning a barbecue.
Have a look at the size of the grill area, rather than the total size of the firepit – this will give you a flavour for how much you can cook on it in one go – you might prefer to use a full-size BBQ if you have a few guests.
Which fuel is best for a fire pit?
The majority of fire pits are designed to burn wood or coal, with a few that use gas – but check the manufacturer's instructions before you buy any fuel. Wood provides an authentic smoky glow and charcoal can be effective for cooking. Gas fire pits are typically more expensive but can be much easier to use and you won't have to deal with smoke and ash as the fire burns.
If you're using wood, don’t be tempted to use logs that are damp. The excess moisture will mean they won’t burn as well which will be unpleasant for anyone sitting near the fire, bad for the environment, and more likely to annoy the neighbours.
What’s the best fire pit to buy?
Thanks to its sturdy construction, the simple style of its bowl-shaped design and the practicality and durability of its materials, the Blumfeldt Trino Fire Pit Basket is our favourite fire pit to buy right now.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which fire pits discerning Mumsnet users had bought. We compiled a list of fire pits they recommended, noting how effective they found them, and whether they were particularly good for any certain needs.
We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which fire pits had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers’ reviews said about them.
Having collated all that information, we picked the fire pits we thought would make the best buys in several interest categories.
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