Best Fire Pits to Enhance Your Backyard in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 19, 2017
There is hardly a better way to create a cosy vibe in your backyard than by adding a fire pit. Watching the flames dance is enchanting and calming. We've picked 5 fire pits that will offer you this wonderful pastime option. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Dimensions
Weight
Fuel
Design and materials
Precautions and extras
 
PROS

The base of this model is made of durable cast stone with different colour options. It makes a great decoration for your yard or garden. Some elements are dismountable, providing convenient use and cleaning.

CONS

The detachable bowl is not very big.

OUR VERDICT

A perfect option for any garden or patio, this fire bowl is easily mountable. Once placed, you will never puzzle over getting your friends to sit somewhere. It will be the main element of your yard and will let you enjoy a real campfire.

detailed parameters
Type

Fixed bowl

Dimensions

89 cm diameter body,  52 cm height, 73.66 diameter bowl

Weight

25.85 kg

Fuel

Logs

Design and materials

A round base made of cast stone;
Available in three colours;
The detachable steel bowl is heat resistant

Precautions and extras

Grill for logs;
Wire mesh protective screen and a 61 cm hook for it

PROS

Gas is a smokeless fuel type, meaning you won't need to clean the fire pit after each use. A special knob allows you to pick the right heat level.

CONS

You'll need to empty the stones before moving the pit.

OUR VERDICT

It is an option for those who don't like dealing with logs to start a fire. It provides a constant heat output of up to 58,000 BTU during any season. The decorative stones make it look really impressive.

detailed parameters
Type

Portable fire bowl

Dimensions

48.26 cm body diameter, 29.21 cm height

Weight

10 kg

Fuel

Gas (propane) from a 9 kg tank

Design and materials

Round heat resistant bowl of black painted steel

Precautions and extras

Stable base;
CSA approved;
Decorative lava rocks;
3-metre hose with a heat output level knob

PROS

A great and affordable antique styled appliance for any household. This portable fire bowl has a full package bundle for convenient and safe use.

CONS

Rather wide to move outside the yard.

OUR VERDICT

A great option for small backyard or patio owners. The antique bronze colour makes the bowl look superb.

detailed parameters
Type

Portable fire bowl

Dimensions

89 cm body diameter, 50.8 cm height

Weight

7.7 kg

Fuel

Charcoal and logs

Design and materials

Round heat resistant aged copper colour bowl with brushed painted steel legs

Precautions and extras

Screen lift tool;
Log grid;
One piece mesh fire screen with high-temperature protection

PROS

Thanks to the insert with tiles, you can turn this fire pit into a conventional table. The insert can be placed underneath the bowl when not used.

CONS

The insert might require additional affixment.

OUR VERDICT

If you don't want to obstruct your garden with a number of devices, this fire pit table is the best option to choose. You can use it as a heater and as a barbecue grill at the same time.

detailed parameters
Type

Fixed table fire pit

Dimensions

81 x 81 cm body, 43 cm height

Weight

22.2 kg

Fuel

Logs

Design and materials

Black stainless powder coated metal frame;
Stylish ceramic tile along the bowl's lip

Precautions and extras

Safety spark screen lid;
Poker;
Full-size cooking grill;
Insert with tiles.

PROS

A deep fire bowl provides a powerful fire. The mesh design and spark protection ensure safety for each user of the appliance.

CONS

The poker is sold separately.

OUR VERDICT

A really lightweight model with unusual looks, this one makes a perfect option for those who love hiking and picnics. 

detailed parameters
Type

Portable fire bowl

Dimensions

61 cm body diameter, 63 cm height

Weight

7.4 kg

Fuel

Logs

Design and materials

Hexagonal metal bowl with oil rubbed bronze finish

Precautions and extras

Spark screen lid

What Is a Fire Pit?

Back in the day, people used to fix a fire in special enclosed fire holes to prevent it from spreading and concentrate the heat in a particular area. Modern fire pits generally serve the same purpose, although today they can also be a charming complement to your backyard design. Having purchased such a device, you can enjoy your own camp fire right behind your house and spend the time chatting with friends while observing dancing flames. Numerous types of fire pits differ in fuel, dimensions, and some can be even used to cook. The options include stationary and portable models so you can get one for an outdoor picnic. Some of these can be transformed into a table, making them really versatile. And a huge lantern-like appliance will complement the interior of your patio. So, to make your choice more confident, we would like you to read our review.

Where fire pits are a great way of entertainment and a tool for creating an atmosphere in your yard, a patio heater is simply a way to make it warmer and prolong your time outside (with a book, for example) when you don't need to be overly fancy.

What Features to Compare

To pick the right fire pit, you need to choose the suitable bowl type, which defines the size of the device. If you need a portable pit that you can use in your backyard, on the patio, or even take for a picnic, pick a lightweight and relatively small fire bowl. When choosing a fixed appliance, you should also consider your backyard area since fire pits are generally aimed not only to create a cosy vibe but also to decorate your garden. Some of the fixed fire pits are designed to look like a table, they are considered more versatile than the classic ones.

The fuel type is also really important. Most of the devices use logs or coal. Some of the bowls use gas, though. Each fuel type has its advantages. Wood is cheaper than gas but takes space to store. The main advantage of gas powered models is the simplicity of starting a fire that also doesn't take much time. The fire intensity is also easily adjustable in this case. You will have a convenient knob that lets you configure the heat level just like you do when adjusting the volume on your loudspeakers.

Don't forget about the design and materials used in the model you choose. These define the lifespan and the looks of the device. The stones used to make the fire pits are heat resistant and fit in any yard. Stones are heavy, though, that's why they are used to make fixed devices. Steel bowls are resistant to physical damage but vulnerable to certain weather conditions, so check for protective layers or pick a model made of stainless steel. Manufacturers can also use heat proof ceramic tile to decorate the fire bowl. Fire temperature in a log or coal powered pit can easily reach 500 degrees so the materials' heat resistance should exceed this number.

The last but, still, a crucial point is the precautions and accessories. If your fire pit uses logs as fuel, a protective grill is a must. It protects you from sparks and ember that are usual aftermaths of a fire, makes it easier to clean the bowl, opens up a path for oxygen, making the wood flame up better. Furthermore, a grill also makes it possible to cook food or have a barbecue. A special hook is used to drag the grill, making it easier to add some fuel the pit with no risk to burn your hand. A steady base ensures no tilting. Decorative stones in a gas pit make it look more realistic. It doesn't mean that stones are friendly to touch, though.

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Sun Joe SJFP35-STN Cast Stone

Cheerful Flames

Sun Joe SJFP35-STn is a great choice if you're looking for a semi-permanent pit. The size of bowl ensures you can provide enough warmth for all your friends to relax in the backyard by evenly distributing the logs with a hook and providing enough oxygen for the flame. Since the Sun Joe SJFP35-STN uses wood as fuel, you will get a feeling of a genuine campfire and smell the smoke not getting away from your home. You can fit in quite bulky hardwood logs up to 54.6 cm long to the bowl. The bowl is capable of burning them down with no risk of damage since it has a heat resistance of 600°C. The stone in the bowl is thick enough to retain the heat for a relatively long time, sharing the warmth with you even when you run out of fuel.

Review of Sun Joe SJFP35-STN Cast Stone Fire Pit

Looks Awesome

The cast stone base looks appealing, making a great complement to your backyard. Since the stones and the detachable steel bowl are heat resistant, the Sun Joe SJFP35-STn fire pit will serve you for many years to come. Also, you can choose between the charcoal grey and rustic wood colours, or purchase it in the natural cast stone look, which is so far the best option to create a feel of a true campfire. Whatever the backyard interior, anyone can pick the right Sun Joe SJFP35-STN for their household. Even though it looks heavy, it actually weighs only 25.85 kg, which is not a lot for a cast stone based model with a steel bowl. Still, it is not lightweight enough to use as a portable model.

Sun Joe SJFP35-STN Cast Stone Fire Pit in the use

A Piece of Cake to Use

The wire mesh screen makes the device absolutely safe to use. Even when you are focused on a conversation with your friends, no need to be afraid of catching burning embers or burning your fingers. The 61 cm hook prevents you from skin burns and excessive heat.

Starting a fire is utterly easy with the Sun Joe SJF35-STN outdoor fire pit since it has a log grid that provides the flames with the essential oxygen to retain a steady burning that shares its warmth with you and your friends or family. However, this grid is not intended to be used for cooking or covering other objects.

Detailed review of Sun Joe SJFP35-STN Cast Stone Fire Pit

Sun Joe SJFP35-STN Cast Stone
Sun Joe SJFP35-STN Cast Stone
 

Heininger 5995 Portable Propane Outdoor

A Compact Delight

Heininger 5995 comes with all the necessary features for a good portable device. This fire pit is lightweight and compact, you can take it when you go hiking or place it in your yard whenever you want to. There is no need to think about buying or cutting and storing the logs since it is powered by propane. To enjoy the smokeless fire, all you need is a 9 kg tank with gas and you will get a stable heat output of 58,000 BTU for more than 7 hours. Since propane produces no smoke, you won't need to switch your position depending on the direction of the wind, just sit and relax. Also, your clothes won't absorb the smoky odour, so washing them after each gathering near the fire is unnecessary. As for the portability, the device itself weighs only 10 kg, making it easy to carry. Considering its compact size, it is a perfect option to store in your vehicle.

Review of Heininger 5995 Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit

Gorgeous Looks

A round bowl made of black coloured steel is resistant to physical damage and high temperatures, it will most certainly serve you for many seasons. This great fire pit is also a good decoration for your patio, where it won't take much space considering its modest dimensions. Regardless of the season of the year, you can enjoy the cosy warmth of a campfire and roast some marshmallows with your friends, sing some campsite songs, and forget about maintaining the fire.

Heininger 5995 Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit in the use

Safe to Use

The CSA certification ensures this device is safe to use. The base is heat resistant and impressively stable. The hose is 3 metres long, providing an easy access and connection to the propane tank. The knob attached to the hose helps you adjust the right heat level regardless of the outside temperature. The decorative lava rocks make the gas fire look very realistic. However, these rocks are not meant to be touched when the fire pit is producing heat.

Detailed review of Heininger 5995 Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit

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Heininger 5995 58,000 BTU Portable Propane Outdoor Fire Pit
Heininger 5995 Portable Propane Outdoor
Heininger 5995 Portable Propane Outdoor
 

Fire Sense Roman

Protable Romance

Fire Sense Romane fire pit is a unique portable model that comes with well-thought-out elements, which make it convenient to use. It comes with an 89 cm high-temperature resistant fire bowl that has a stylish hammered lip and gorgeous looking painted steel legs. The disadvantage is that, despite its moderate weight of 7.7 kg, the pit is quite bulky and not really convenient to carry far from the backyard. Although the dimensions don't seem to be small, it is actually capable of fitting into a wagon or an estate vehicle. Using charcoal as the fuel provides equable fire with almost no smoke. If you don't have any charcoal, you can still use logs as fuel, though they will produce more smoke.

Review of Fire Sense Roman Fire Pit

Steadfast and Stainless

The round steel bowl is impressively resistant to high temperatures, ensuring a long life span of the Fire Sense Roman fire pit. The antique bronze colour coating leaves no chance for the bowl to rust or wear out fast. All the elements of the body look nice, neat, and thought-out. Thus, this device is not only a useful purchase but also an important element of your patio's design. The jet black colour fits into any interior and blends in with the dark night vibe without dragging your attention from the rising flames and ashy scorched logs or coal.

Fire Sense Roman Fire Pit in the use

Ready to Operate

The Fire Sense Roman fire pit comes with all the necessary accessories to guarantee safe and convenient operation. The log grid enables you to easily start a fire and provides an opportunity for effortless cleaning of the appliance. Just detach the grid and shake the ashes out. The one-piece mesh fire screen protects you from the flames while the screen lift lets you easily detach it to add more wood. This model is a ready-to-go option that only needs some logs and a bit of effort to set up the fire.

Detailed review of Fire Sense Roman Fire Pit

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Fire Sense Roman
Fire Sense Roman
 

Outsunny Square Outdoor Backyard Patio

Your Permanent Focal Point

This model has the weight and the size of a permanent table fire pit. Unlike the regular bowls, this table type pit introduces numerous use options thanks to its rectangular shape. It does take much space but it lets you gather more people around. To start a fire, you will need to cut the woods on your own or buy some logs or coal in the supermarket. The Outsunny square outdoor fire pit lets you warm yourself or spend time with your friends near it. Furthermore, you can cook some food or do a barbecue with the help of this device to entertain your children.

Review of Outsunny Square Outdoor Backyard Patio Firepit Table

Absolutely Versatile

The black metal frame blends with the all-around ceramic tile just perfectly. Thus, it draws the attention of anyone who goes to your backyard or patio. The included insert and tiles let you turn this fire pit into a regular table with the same ceramic finish you can see on the tabletop. Only qualitative and durable materials were used to make this particular fire bowl so you can be sure it will be your true mate for many years to come, regardless of the constantly changing weather conditions.

Outsunny Square Outdoor Backyard Patio Firepit Table in the use

Cook and Eat

A cooking grill comes with the fire bowl, enabling you to enjoy a barbecue with friends without any extra purchases for cooking. A protective mesh screen will be really handy when using a fire pit with a grid, and you get it when you purchase this particular one. It provides safety for cosy evenings near the dancing flames in your fire pit with no risk of catching a sparkle. The poker is long enough to let you easily and safely dismount the screen at any point to give the fire a poke.

Detailed review of Outsunny Square Outdoor Backyard Patio Firepit Table

Outsunny Square Outdoor Backyard Patio
Outsunny Square Outdoor Backyard Patio
 

UniFlame Hex Shaped Outdoor

The Lightest

This compact device is one the lightest on the market. Hence, it is easily movable. The UniFlame Hex Shaped outdoor fire pit is a portable model that is aesthetically pleasing for your backyard or patio and also easily blends in when you hit a picnic party. Nevertheless, it is more than a decorative element of your lawn. This fire bowl is a practical device that warms you and your friends during the cold autumn evenings. Since you need logs as fuel to set up a fire in this particular bowl, you can cut some on your own or buy them in the local supermarket. What is also important to mention, this model comes with a manufacturer's warranty for one year, proving the fact they've thought about reliability.

Review of UniFlame Hex Shaped Outdoor Fire Pit

Light in the Darkness

This fire bowl looks like a huge lantern and complements the decor of your summer house or patio. The fire pit's hexagonal metal bowl with oil rubbered bronze coating is a proper combination of materials and shape to ensure a long life span of the appliance you purchase for many years. The mesh spark guard offers you a chance to observe the fire from different angles and enjoy its warmth with no real need to hide your face and hands from the ember and sparkles. Furthermore, it supplies the fire with the necessary oxygen, allowing you to set the fire up with just a bit of an effort.

UniFlame Hex Shaped Outdoor Fire Pit in the use

Safety

The mesh spark protective lid is pretty heavy and is intended to provide safe use of the UniFlame Hex Shaped outdoor fire pit. With no risk to burn your hands and fingers, you can use its deep bowl to start an impressive fire to roast sausages, make hot dogs, or cook some marshmallows. No doubt that outdoor cooking during the warm season is equally pleasing for children and adults.

Detailed review of UniFlame Hex Shaped Outdoor Fire Pit

UniFlame Hex Shaped Outdoor
UniFlame Hex Shaped Outdoor
 

FAQ:

Q: What does BTU stand for?
A: BTU is British thermal unit that defines the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Although it doesn't use metric measurement units, the term is still widely spread.

Q: What are the fire department regulations for a backyard fire pit?
A: Fire brigade regulations vary in each city so the first thing you should do is contact your local fire department before installing a fire pit. You can't start a recreational fire if the wind exceeds 7 miles per hour in some cities, whereas it needs to be extinguished after midnight in others. The main advice for any case is to use only commercial logs or natural firewood (no trash and flammable liquids). You should also have fire suppression tools like a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher within fast reach.

Q: Does the placement of the logs matter?
A: It does only if the user's manual says so. It depends on the shape of the bowl and the placement of the air source. If the logs block the access to the oxygen, it will obviously have a negative impact.

Q: Can I use natural gas instead of propane?
A: Yes, you can do so only if you convert your pit into a gas powered one. However, you're likely to void the warranty if you do it.

Q: Can I use river rocks as an alternative decoration?
A: You shouldn't use any kind of stones you've collected outdoors. These can contain moisture that makes them explode when they get heated. Only heat resistant rocks are suitable for this purpose. Also, note that flammable liquids and materials can't be placed near the fire bowl even if it has a spark protection.

Q: What does CSA approved mean?
A: It means that the device is certified by the Canadian Standards Association. This testing laboratory certifies only the products that perform the advertised functions along with being safe and reliable. It also means that the product has pre-installed ignition methods in the case of fire pits.


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Publish Date: 2017-08-31 09:07:17