Guide to the best fire pits

If you’re thinking of purchasing a fire pit for your garden or patio, then you’ve made a wise choice. No garden in the UK is complete without one in out humble opinion.

When the sun goes down during your summer and the temperature drops, then a fire pit will provide a little welcome warmth for you and your guests. They help to create a real sense of closeness, you just simply can’t beat gathering around on your comfy garden sofa, grabbing a few beers and spending time with one another late into the evening.

I know I’ve sold it to you, so before you rush up to B&Q (other home improvement stores are available) and buy one, there’s a few pointers I thought Lazy Susan could share…

Firstly, you need to be clear which type of material you’d like your fire pit to be made from? This is quite an important one too, as it will have a big impact on the style and look of the fire pit.

Secondly, would you like your fire pit to double up as a BBQ so you can cook on it? Unlike a gas patio heater (which personally, I’m not a fan of if I’m being honest) a fire pit can also be used for cooking too, two birds, one stone, as they say.

And finally, how much do you want to spend? Armed with answers to these three simple questions, will make sure you purchase the right fire pit for you.

Manta Ray Fire Pit from Woodland Direct

Manta Ray Fire Pit

The Manta Ray Fire Pit is unique piece of art. It sets itself apart from other fire pits in many ways. The Manta Ray Fire Pit has a unique creation story, impressive specifications, and the uniqueness that only comes from an artist hand making each piece. Each Manta Ray Fire Pit is hand made by a skilled metal working artist. He grew up in a Mennonite farming village nestled in the Illinois prairie. The Mennonites taught him the value of hard work in their farms and their machinists showed him the art of joining together of metals. Using brazing rods and arc welders they repaired and built their farm equipment.Now dozens of years later, he lives and works with his family on the banks of Barton Creek in the rolling hills of Tennessee. Although the tools he uses in metal sculpture have improved over the years the core skills learned long ago remain the same. The Manta Ray Fire Pit is made from one quarter inch ( 6.35 mm) thick steel. This is the heaviest gauge metal used in any fire pit by far. The sturdy construction assures you of having this functional art for many years to come. It has an iron oxide patina finish or high temperature paint on the outside. The iron oxide patina will darken a little with time then become permanent. The inside is coated with a high temperature resistant paint and has a rain drain in the bottom. And on top of all this it is Made in the USA. Each piece has a brass plate with its unique number. No two pieces carry the same number. This assures your fire pit’s individuality.

Napoli Mosaic Firepit, BBQ & Table from Oxford Barbecues

Napoli Mosaic Fire Pit

Firebowl with BBQ and table facility. Fininshed in mosaic style. Steel firepit with mosaic surround and table insert when not in use. Comes with safety mesh lid. Incorporated grill to BBQ. Dimensions = 55cm high x 76cm diameter. This firepit looks great with its mosaic surround and has three tricks in one. It can be used solely as a firepit, or a barbecue and finally as a patio table. It burns wood or charcoal. Outdoor cover is available separately. I absolutely love this. The fact it can be a table too, means that I do not have to find some place in the garden to tuck away a bbq until it is needed. It looks great. I used the fire pit the other night when friends were around and we sat around it until about 2am. All my friends want one too.

Garden Fire Basket from La Hacienda

La Hacienda Steel Fire Basket

La Hacienda have some fab fire baskets, and this one is a winner beacause the cost is so low, but what a great little looker. Ideal for use as a patio heater or log burner, this firebasket has easy carry handles and an ash-collecting floor plate. Its elegant square shape makes it an ideal garden feature-piece, while its matt black finish will complement both modern and traditional gardens. Suitable for burning wood, La Hacienda heat logs or easy logs.

Monterey Outdoor Fireplace from Grandin Road

Monteray Outdoor Fireplace

With a Monterey Outdoor Fireplace, you can enjoy all the character of a real wood fire, without the usual hassle or mess. There’s no need for wood, propane, or electricity. Clean-burning Real Flame® Gel generates a warming fire beneath life-like logs with the look of natural oak. Sturdy powdercoated steel frame with 4 glass viewing panels (1 swings open). Ideal for smaller spaces and where log fires are restricted. Concealed, slide-out drawer holds up to 4 cans of fuel that burn up to 3 hours each. Includes storage cover but some basic assembly is required.

Stainless Steel Firebowl with mesh cover 61cm from Buchanan Europe Ltd

Stainless Steel Firebowl from Buchanan

Black steel fire pit with cover. Burn logs or charcoal on top of the grates in the fire bowls, not directly on the bowl itself. With so many on offer right now, it is wise to have a name you can recognise. The Stainless Steeel Firebowl With Mesh Cover 61cm High By Buchanan is certainly that and will be a excellent purchase. For this great price, the Stainless Steeel Firebowl With Mesh Cover 61cm High By Buchanan comes highly recommended and is always a regular choice amongst lots of people. Buchanan Europe Ltd have added some nice touches and this results in good value for money. 45cm high x 61cm diameter and only 12kgs in weight.

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Sand Dune Outdoor Fire Pit from The Fire Pit Gallery

Sand Dune Fire Pit

This baby is not cheap, but we’re talking more a piece of garden art or sculpture than a fire pit… The Sand Dune is a wood burning fire pit handcrafted with American Made Steel. The clean lines and gentle curves of the Sane dune is appealing in its simplicity. This steel sculptural functional art is sure to add beauty to your outdoor room. Each fire pit comes with a metal plate stating the name and number of the piece assuring you that each firebowl is a unique work of art. All of their fire pits are handmade in the USA with American made steel, they truly are unique functional works of art, designed by artist Melissa Crisp. Each fire pit has a numbered metal plate to assure that each fire pit is completely unique. Featuring a rust patina finish, they have a rain drain at the bottom and come with a lifetime warranty. Custom Made, 36″ Diameter, 22-1/2″ Tall with 1/4″ Thick American Made Steel, Weight 135 lbs.

Draper 77566 Fire Pit and Grill from Draper Tools

Draper Fire Pit

A fire pit is not what you’d expect from a tool company, but this practical looking little grill cum pit is a real winner… With so many fire pits on offer right now, sometimes it is good to have a brand you can recognise. The Draper 77566 Fire Pit And Grill is certainly that and will be a superb buy. For this great price, the Draper 77566 Fire Pit And Grill is widely recommended and is always a popular choice amongst many people. Draper Tools have provided some nice touches and this equals good value for money.It provides a combination of atmospheric warmth and barbecue cooking. Heavy-duty steel construction with blacked finish for corrosion protection. Supplied with safety guard, two half grilles, detachable ash collection box and mesh safety cover. Fire area size; 440 x 440 x 140 mm. All Draper tools are manufactured to high quality standards that are strictly controlled by our quality control engineers. They offer good value for money and a number of useful features to improve the performance of the product. All Draper products come backed by the Draper Tools guarantee. Draper Tools is a family-run company that has been selling high-quality tools in the United Kingdom and beyond for more than 90 years. To bring you the tool you need, the Draper buying team sources innovative products, which adhere to strict ethical and quality standards, from all around the world.

Flamba Fire Pit 27″ Diameter bowl on legs with Mesh Safety Lid from Trueshopping

Flamba Fire Pit

Keep warm well into the night with the 21st-century version of the camp fire. Whether in your garden, on the patio, or camp site, a Trueshopping ‘Flamba’ Garden/Patio Fire Pit is a must for creating a fantastic atmosphere for you and your friends. Enjoying the warmth and atmospheric ambience of your Fire Pit with a glass of wine in your hand, gazing at the stars, is also a marvellous way to de-stress. The Flamba features an attractive bowl, crafted from steel, it has a spark Guard and Poker, is very easy to assemble, and is durable and long lasting. Diameter: 692mm (27¼”) and Height: 483mm (19″).

Funston Fire Pit/Ice Chest from Shift Design

Funston Fire Pit & Ice Chest from Shift Design

You’ll flip for the Shift Design Funston Fire Pit/Ice Chest. Seriously, you will flip, because all it takes is a flip, and you can change your fire pit to an ice chest — or the other way around. Chill out of warm things up with this innovative design. The ice chest holds more than enough ice for more than enough chosen beverages, and the fire pit is perfect for building an containing warm fires. The sleek, minimal stainless steel construction is incredibly cool and perfect for contemporary homes. Fire and ice have never got along so well.About Shift_DesignShift_Design is a Philadelphia-based design company, focused on creating environmentally attuned garden environments. Each planter, garden tile, and outdoor accessory is designed by innovative, forward-thinking minds and created with precision engineering and technology. The designs are modern and the products are crafted using recycled-content and stainless steel each product creates less than 3 percent waste throughout manufacturing. A brilliant company focused on facilitation a more modern garden and a healthier world.

Allure Table Top Firepit

Allure Table Top Fire Pit

The new twist using Venturi Flame technology. The Allure is a table-top fire pit that runs off gel fuel and can be burned indoors or outside. It is portable, operates on clean-burning Gel Fuel, has a sturdy construction cab be used indoors or outdoors and is light/easy to move around the garden.

Garden Brazier from Gardeco

Gardeco Garden Brazier

Large capacity, multi-purpose traditionally shaped garden brazier, made of durable steel, complete with collection plate and chromed BBQ grill. Offers BBQ grill facility. Can burn wood, logs or other material and can be used as a patio fire to enjoy the warmth of real fire. Can be used for barbecuing and cooking on an open fire. Can also be used to burn garden rubbish as well as personal documents if required. Size (specify): 40cm x 56cm. Bowl Diameter: 40cm. Accessories supplied with the product include BBQ grill and steel collection plate.

Lighthouse Oil Lamp from Lumens

The Menu Lighthouse Oil Lamp from Lumens

Not so much a fire pit, but still brilliant. The Menu Lighthouse Oil Lamp designed by Christian Bjorn is a real ambience setter that can be used outside all year round to give a warm welcome to visitors. The Lighthouse Oil Lamp features a newly developed oil burner that really lights up the night. It has a unique filling system that makes it possible to fill the oil from above, so there’s no need to take the lamp apart. Menu, headquartered in Denmark, partners with designers to develop and produce a broad assortment of Scandinavian living accessories for the dining room, living room, kitchen, and garden. The Menu Lighthouse Oil Lamp includes the following features: Made of porcelain, aluminium and synthetic materials. It is easy to re-fill, available in black or white, and is 9 inch, 14 inch, 21 inch, or 26.5 inch. The Lighthouse Oil Lamps are fitted with a newly developed burner that gives a considerably larger and more forceful flame than ordinary oil lamps. The flame burns from the wick as well as from the bowl around the wick. The wick is made from glass fibre and its purpose is primarily to transport the oil, while the wick itself does not burn (it does get worn, however, and then must be pulled up a little). Only use oil specifically made for oil lamps. Other flammable liquids may cause an explosion. Only use outdoors. But don’t worry as comprehensive instructions are included with your oil lamp.

Malm Fireplace from Design Within Reach

Malm Fireplace

To put it simply, this is garden design at its best. This to Lazy Susan this is the epitome of midcentury design. We love the sleek, modern look and the fact that it can be used indoors or out. It’s functional and beautiful at the same time… Located in Sonoma County, California, Malm started as a sheet metal manufacturer in the 1950s, and some of the original employees dabbled in making fireplaces on the weekends. From weekend hobby to a full-fledged business, Malm was one of the original manufacturers of freestanding fireplaces, and is the only one still in existence today. Since the mid-20th century these fireplaces have been used in iconic modern spaces worldwide. The Fireplace comes with a three-piece flue for ceilings up to eight feet. (Additional flue pieces are available for taller ceilings.) The advantage of a freestanding fireplace is that it heats up and radiates more efficiently. And unlike traditional wood-burning stoves, Malm gives you a clear view of the fire from a variety of angles. For outdoor use, choose the stainless steel Malm Fireplace, as the white version can rust if left in inclement weather. Check local building and outdoor fireplace codes for installation requirements. Made in U.S.A.

55cm Brazier Fire Pit from Blaze

Blaze 55cm Brazier

Not as stylish as the Malm, but this practical little gem is perfect for barbecues or parties. It features a spark guard, hinged cooking grill and poker and is made from steel and chrome. The heightis 59cm and Diameter is 75cm. Cooking surface area is 61cm and it weighs only 11.5kg.

Laguna Concrete Fire Column from Restoration Hardware

Guide to the best fire pits

This is another piece of stunning garden art… Sleek and sculptural, our fire column of concrete and glass serves as a welcoming beacon for guests. When filled with eco-friendly gel fuel (not included), it offers the ambience of a wood fire without the environmental impact. Positioned on a deck or on the patio, it provides a glowing flame for indoor or outdoor entertaining. Made from lightweight, heat-resistant fibercast concrete. You have to avoid letting water stand on the surface, but to protect your fire column and prolong its life, cover it with our custom-fit cover when not in use. Like all natural stone, it will weather and develop a patina when left outdoors; finish varies, and no two are exactly alike. Includes stainless steel snuffer and river rocks. Tempered glass shelters the flame from breezes. Weathered slate or sand finish. Real Flame® Premium Gel Fuel (single-use can) recommended for use. Visit Real Flame’s website to purchase gel fuel directly:

Third Rock Fire Pit

Third Rock Fire Pit

The Third Rock Fire Pit Globe will change the atmosphere of your outdoor living space. This Fire Pit Globe is new the line of hand made fire pits. Have you ever felt constrained by the small and frail fire pits found throughout the market? If so, then this fire pit could be the one for you. Constructed from ¼” thick steel assures you of having this functional art for many years to come. They have a standard iron oxide patina or optional high temperature paint finish on the outside. The iron oxide patina will darken a little with time then become permanent. The inside is coated with a high temperature resistant paint and has a rain drain in the bottom. The Third Rock Fire Pit Globe is approximately 3 feet wide at the top and can accommodate impressively large fires if desired. With the Third Rock Fire Pit Globe you get a Hand Made unique piece of functional art that will please you for years. And you can rest assured with the knowledge that you are getting quality found only in products Made in the USA and uniquely crafted by an experienced artist. He grew up in a Mennonite farming village nestled in the Illinois prairie. He learned many things from the hard working farmers and machinists in the township including the joining together of metals. Using brazing rods and arc welders the Mennonites repaired and built their farm equipment.Now dozens of years later, he lives and works with his family on the banks of Barton Creek in the rolling hills of Tennessee. Although the tools he uses in metal sculpture have improved over the years the core skills learned long ago remain the same. Each piece has a brass plate with its unique number. No two pieces carry the same number. This assures your fire pit’s individuality.

Carsten Gollnick Outdoor Fire Pit from UnicaHome

Outdoor Fire Pit by Carsten Gollnick

This is a truly modern-looking fire pit that you can take with you. The Carsten Gollnick outdoor fire pit is a stainless steel cylinder 14″ in diameter with four big, stable legs. Designed by Carsten Gollnick for Conmoto, Germany, it is made of stainless steel. This beautiful fire pit measures 27″ in diameter with a 15″ inner ring that holds the logs and is 11.5″ high.

About Lazy Susan

About Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan is a small family business that specialise exclusively in wicker, rattan and metal garden furniture, specifically cast aluminium. Visit www.lazysusanfurniture.co.uk to find out more and view our complete product range.

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