Best Fire Pits to Enhance Your Backyard in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 7, 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

Due to the pull-out centre, you can easily transform the fire pit or BBQ into a Coffee Table. While the fire pit isn't in use, this pull-out centre can be kept under the fire bowl.

CONS

Decorative tiles need special care.

OUR VERDICT

This fire pit will become a perfect decoration for your backyard. It is designed for stationary use and will please you with its attractive appearance for many years to come.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Dimensions

Full Diameter: 760mm
Diameter Of Inner Ring: 515mm
Height of tabletop: 340mm
Height (with spark guard): 508mm

Weight

26kg

Fuel

Charcoal and hardwood

Design and materials

Round cast steel tabletop made from light pastel coloured tiles, steel fire bowl

Precautions and extras

Pocker, BBQ grill, Pull-out centre, Safety mesh cover

PROS

This fire pit features triangle hole on its four legs for fixing to the floor by ground nails, making it much more stable in heavy windy days.

CONS

Setting-up might be complicated.

OUR VERDICT

Choosing this model, you will get 3 in 1 Fire/BBQ/Ice Pit. The construction is made of rust-resistant heatproof steel and will not take too much space in the yard.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Dimensions

Product size: 810mm

Height with safety mesh lid: 450mm

Height without safety mesh lid: 365mm

Weight

12.5kg

Fuel

Charcoal and hardwood

Design and materials

Four legs square table fire pit made of rust-resistant steel

Precautions and extras

Safety mesh lid, 2 grills, Poker, Cover

PROS

Ultra-portable design with four folding legs and a carrying bag provides more convenient transportation.

CONS

Mesh cover holes are rather big. 

OUR VERDICT

It is a stylish fire pit with BBQ, which you can take with you for a picnic. Despite its steel construction, it is fairly lightweight. It is a brilliant fire pit to use all year round.

detailed parameters
Type

Portable

Dimensions

Diameter: 560mm

Height: 390mm

Weight

3.7kg

Fuel

Charcoal and hardwood

Design and materials

Four legs round fire bowl made of robust solid steel construction, removable grill with enamel plating, presented in black and bronze colours

Precautions and extras

BBQ grill, Mesh lid spark guard, Poker, Carry bag

PROS

Special BBQ tongs are included. It is an indispensable item for cooking on the grill.

CONS

Raincover is somewhat thin.

OUR VERDICT

For an affordable price, you will get a 3-in-1 fire pit. With RayGar bowl you will be able to not only get warm near the fire in cold evening but also treat your guests with a delicious BBQ. When it is hot, you can use this fire bowl as an Ice bucket to keep your favourite drinks cool.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Dimensions

Diameter: 810mm

Height: 450mm

Weight

11kg

Fuel

Charcoal and hardwood

Design and materials

Four legs round metal fire pit finished in a bronzed aged look

Precautions and extras

Log grate, BBQ grill, Tongs, Mesh lid, Poker, Rain cover

PROS

You can choose different bowl modifications: oval, round, brick rectangular, pedestal and others. 

CONS

The bottom is flimsy.

OUR VERDICT

This Fire bowl and BBQ construction is rather simple. Having chosen this fire pit, you will not have to rack your brains with how to spend free time with your friends.

detailed parameters
Type

Portable

Dimensions

Product size: 450x450mm

Height: 340mm

Weight

~3.7kg

Fuel

All solid fuels

Design and materials

Square metal fire pit presented in 5 different modifications

Precautions and extras

Mesh safety lid, Poker, BBQ grill

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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Trueshopping 653003TCB

Bowl and Fuel Type

The Trueshopping 653003TCB is one of the most popular models thanks to its space-saving idea: it has a pull-out centre for an easy change from coffee table to bbq. If you want to purchase a fire pit but don’t want to give up too much space to install it, this is a perfect device for you. This model is stationary, so you will not be able to take it with you for a trip but it will be an excellent decoration to your backyard. After reviewing many models we can say that this fire pit is one of the heaviest among those offered on the market because it is made of cast steel and is decorated with tiles. You can use charcoal or hardwood as a fuel to cook the most delicious BBQ. All in all, this stylish space-saving device will serve you for a long time providing maximum convenience and durability.

Review of Trueshopping 653003TCB

Design and Materials

Since the model is made of steel, it may rust after a certain amount of exposure to moisture. However, a fully waterproof high-quality fabric weather cover is included in the purchase. The cover will protect and extend the product’s life when the fire pit is not in use. It is also supplied with safety mesh cover to avoid any sparks on the fire pit. This model is round-shaped with four legs, and its tabletop is decorated with nice-looking tiles making the fire pit a perfect device for any setting. This fire pit is one of the most expensive ones reviewed here. However, for this price, you will get not only a great fire pit with a poker, bbq grill, and safety mesh cover but also a pull-out centre that turns the pit into a stylish coffee table, which will make any place look better. So, if you are looking for a multifunctional device, this one will be a perfect choice.

Trueshopping 653003TCB in the use

Trueshopping 653003TCB
Trueshopping 653003TCB
 

FEMOR Stable & Heavy

Bowl and Fuel Type

This multifunctional 3 in 1 fire pit is perfectly equipped for BBQ parties everywhere. Its main advantage is that you don’t need to buy a grill, fire pit, and ice pit separately. The FEMOR provides you with all these functions in one device. It is equipped with triangle holes on its four legs to fix fire pit to the floor by ground nails (note that they are not included) making this fire pit remarkably stable. It is stationary so you are not able to move it to another place, for example. But it will serve both as a perfect fire pit and a stylish decoration for your backyard.

When using charcoal, this fire pit will burn it smokeless and clean. In case you can’t buy coal, you may always use hardwood. Hardwood lights up faster, burns hotter, makes less ash, and gives tasty wood-fired flavour to your food. This item is perfect for those who look for both great design and high performance.

Review of FEMOR Stable & Heavy

Design and Materials

High-quality heatproof steel makes this fire pit more durable and resistant to rust. Also, there is a safety mesh lid to prevent sparks and flying out debris. Its surface is protected against high temperatures. A poker and waterproof cover are also included providing more comfortable use and storage. As it is made of quality materials it is weather-resistant and possesses great durability. This device is perfect for all seasons giving you an opportunity to enjoy BBQ party with your friends all year round. It is rather massive, but you should keep in mind that it is stationary, so you don’t need to move or transport it. This item is a top-notch combination of quality design and high performance. You don’t need to buy additional accessories since everything is already included in the kit: BBQ grill shelf, mesh screen lid, poker, fire pit cover, instruction and other accessories—everything you might need for convenient cooking. Having purchased this fire pit, you will have an opportunity to spend lots of evenings with your family and friends in the cosy and warm atmosphere.

FEMOR Stable & Heavy in the use

FEMOR Stable & Heavy
FEMOR Stable & Heavy
 

VonHaus 17/009

Bowl and Fuel Type

This VonHaus fire pit is the best decision for those who look both for a fire pit and for barbecue. It is portable so it can serve you not only on your patio but also at picnic or camping. Its enamel plating provides protection against high temperatures. Also, it has ultra-safe mesh lid that keeps sparks contained. All these features provide a longer lifespan of the product. It is not only one of the most lightweight fire pits offered but also one of the smallest ones compared to others: its dimensions are 560mm x 390mm.

As most of the models, this one can burn charcoal or wood. It is also easy to empty and clean. This item is perfect for trips or picnics away from home due to its portability and foldable legs, you can make it really compact for convenient transportation. The pit is offered in two colours, copper and black. The VonHaus fire pit is a choice of those who appreciate great design, high performance, and reasonable price.
Review of VonHaus 17/009

Design and Materials

The item is designed with long life and durability in mind. Steel fire pits are very popular because they are really durable. They might not be as sturdy as cast iron but they do offer fairly long life. With its free carry bag, the transportation and storage of this model are simple and convenient. The size is perfect, not too big to carry around and not too small, allowing decent fire. Its foldable legs are easy to take off, you will hardly need the instruction although it is provided nevertheless. We consider this fire pit to have one of the best quality-price ratios on the market. Despite its really low cost, you will get everything you need in this item to satisfy your needs.

VonHaus 17/009 in the use

VonHaus 17/009
VonHaus 17/009
 

RayGar FP34

Bowl and Fuel Type

Nowadays, among so many products on offer, it is necessary to have a brand name that you can trust. The RayGar company is exactly what you can rely on, their FP34 fire pit will be an excellent purchase for those looking for a highly respected brand with good price range and quality. This model is very popular among customers for its amazing design and great performance.

With the RayGar bowl, you will be able not only to get warm near the fire in the cosy environment but also treat your guests to a delicious BBQ. Moreover, it has an ice bucket, so you may use this ice bucket when it’s hot to keep your drinks cool. This fire pit is rather heavy and massive so it is stationary. Charcoal and hardwood will make a perfect fuel for it. It is a great fire pit for your backyard or patio, however, it is not recommended for use on wooden decking. If you are looking for a stylish and convenient stationary fire pit for your backyard, this item will be a perfect purchase.

Review of RayGar FP34

Design and Materials

The distinctive feature of this fire pit is its design. This model is finished in bronzed aged look which adds a certain amount of elegant feeling to the item. Due to its round bowl design, it will be perfect for a small patio where you'd like to save more space.

All outdoor fire pits should be designed to serve you in any weather. This one is made of metal, so there is a risk it can rust after the rain. To prevent that and to prolong the fire pit’s lifespan, there is a free 100% waterproof protective cover and a mesh lid cover to prevent sparks. We consider this purchase beneficial for everybody who likes to spend time with friends and family all year round since you can use it both to warm up and to chill.

RayGar FP34 in the use

Additional Info

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RayGar FP34
RayGar FP34
 

Garden Mile® Square Metal

Bowl and Fuel Type

The Garden Mile company has found a perfect solution to satisfy just about any customer: their fire pit is presented in 5 different modifications. You can choose between Black half barrel bbq, Black oval trolley bbq, DIY bbq grill set, Electric teppanyaki bbq/grill, Square bbq, Stainless steel pedestal bbq and Traditional cast iron bbq. As you see, the variety is really impressive and every customer will find something to the taste.

The Garden Mile Square Metal bowl construction is rather simple. Having chosen this fire pit, you will not need to rack your brain with how to assemble it. It is of medium size and weight compared to other models. Moreover, this model is portable, so you can take it with you anywhere. Charcoal and hardwood will be a perfect fuel for cooking delicious BBQ with wooden-fired flavour. Finally, you will be pleasantly surprised with the price. It is one of the cheapest fire pits in our review.

Review of Garden Mile® Square Metal

Design and Materials

This square outdoor fire pit is among the most stylish and modern models, to our mind. It will be perfect for any place whether it is patio or camping on the beach. The design is especially remarkable as the pit is constructed to make the cleaning process easier. The item includes an ash collection tray, so you just need to take it out and empty. A mesh safety lid and a handy poker are also included. It is easy to assemble and comes with full assembly instruction to make the process faster and more convenient. Its durable and robust steel construction provides longer lifespan and possibility to work in any weather. This fire pit will serve you for a long time giving an opportunity to spend cosy unforgettable evenings in the family circle or with friends.

Garden Mile® Square Metal in the use

Garden Mile® Square Metal
Garden Mile® Square Metal
 

Did You Know?

Fire Pits Are More Than Just Backyard Decoration

Nowadays, having a fire pit at home is getting more and more popular. Why is it so? The answer is obvious: it is popular for its functionality and how fire pits affect the aura of any environment. Sitting in front of the fire is an experience that everybody appreciates doing sometimes at home. Looking at the fire is considered the best way to relax because it provides the sedative effect. For people who work in a noisy environment, the sound of burning wood is a perfect way to wind down after work. This sound has a beneficial effect on our auditory system. We can say for sure that such relaxation therapy has no disadvantages and will be appreciated even by the pickiest person.

Fire Pit's Safe Placement

The location for your outdoor fire pit must be chosen carefully as it will have an impact on your safety. As fire pits can go quickly from entertaining to danger, you have to take the safety into consideration. First of all, make sure that your city's local fire department or fire marshal allows backyard fire pits. Some counties require a permit to construct a fire pit on your patio. Where you put your fire pit is the most important concern. This device should never be near trees. Build the fire pit 10 to 20 feet from trees, shrubs, buildings, and roof lines to keep you and your neighbours safe. Never build a fire pit under the roof. Note that if you want to make a seating area, you will need more space. For example, if you are planning to have built-in seating around the fire pit, you need to consider the distance between them accurately as seat walls are permanent and can’t be moved. Do not put them too close or too far from the fire pit. Remember that when you are planning to build a fire pit patio, you should keep in mind not only your safety but your neighbour’s too.

Built-In, Prefab, or Portable?

There are three types of fire pits: custom built-in, prefab, and portable. They differ in price, materials, and design. The custom built-in fire pits are the most expensive. They are permanent and can’t be moved. So, choose the location carefully. Such fire pits can be built in-ground or above-ground in different sizes and shapes. Usually, they are made of stone or brick. As for prefab fire pits, they are less expensive and can be moved. Typically they are made of a lightweight precast concrete. And the last type is portable fire pits. They are the cheapest from all above and are fully portable. Due to their lightweight construction, you can take them anywhere. They are usually made of metal. So, which one to choose depends on your preferences and needs.

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