Now is a great time to buy a fire pit. Off-season, nice and cold, nobody's buying them, so there's some great bargains to be had if you shop around.
The trick with a fire pit is to buy one that'll last, one that can be a permanent fixture in your garden. They make a great centre-piece on a patio, so you want it to become a focal point.
Nowadays, the fire pit comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes and different materials. So its important you know which one would be best suited to your needs and your budget.
Iron Fire Pits
Iron fire pits generally tend to make up the budget end of the market. They're a little cheaper to manufacture and can be easily made into a wide range of different styles and sizes.
On the plus side they'll last for many years if looked after but, as with iron garden furniture, they can rust and become discoloured if not cleaned regularly and protected from the worst of the British weather.
Steel Fire Pits
Steel fire pits are relatively similar in nature to their iron brethren, but they're significantly lighter in weight and much more weather resistant. And by that I mean less likely to rust.
You tend to find that steel is often used in many of the combination tables with built in fire pits and the more contemporary styled pieces. While in terms of price, steel is usually sits at the mid market point.
Copper Fire Pits
Copper fire pits are top price bracket and they usually feature a bowl style design. However, the big advantage of copper is that its a very durable material.
It stands up well to both heat and the elements. In fact, it looks even better when it weathers a little, as it won't rust, but will take on that greenish tint over time (which I love to be honest) unless you clean it.
Cooking Fire Pits
For me, the big advantage that many modern fire pits have over say the chiminaea or gas patio heater, is that they double up as a BBQ too. I love the low coffee table style fire pits that feature a fire pit in the middle of the table.
Not only are these BBQ Fire Pits great focal points for the centre of a patio, but you can cook on them too. Plus they look so much more stylish than your average BBQ.
You can pick up a great fire pit for as little as £20. They really are a fabulous way to heat your garden in the evening and provide you with a great focal point around which your friends and family can gather.
The price you pay for a fire pit is really up to you, you can spend as little or as much as you want. Shop around and see which fire pit best meets your needs.
But to help give you a little inspiration, the Lazy Susan team have carefully selected what we think are some of the best fire pits in the business.
We've picked our top 5 based on value for money, good customer ratings/reviews online, stylish or practical design, and well, simply because we like them!
Alfresia Fire Pit
A lovely addition to any patio, this large bowl fire pit is in the traditional style with a large copper coated bowl and wrought iron stand.
The Worm that Turned's Large Cast Iron Fire Pit
This large heavy cast iron fire pit is perfect for whiling the night away around burning embers, toasting marshmallows and absent friends. Made of cast iron and weighs 20kg.
Hotspot 550 Urban Fire Pit by Fruugo
This stylish steel Firebowl is 5mm thick to ensure durability. It features a Spark Guard to protect you from sparks and spitting logs, while a safety ring around the edge adds further protection. However, the big selling point is that it doubles as a cooking grill.
Blaze 65 Fire Pit
The Blaze 65 Fire Pit is perfect for parties, or a night under the stars. Much safer than a campfire, it gives you atmospheric lighting and heat, and doubles up as a BBQ.
La Hacienda 58109 Bentley Fire Pit
The geometric shape of this La Hacienda Phantom Firepit & Cooking Grill makes it perfect for modern gardens where stylish design is essential.
Even better there is a cooking grill included so you can cook up a feast then relax next to the glowing embers of an outdoor fire to keep you warm.
And while at Lazy Susan we don't currently stock firepits, we have recently launched this stunning new Garden Flame. It won't give off too much heat, but what these stylish Kerosene Lamp's will deliver is a nice soft glow in your garden or on a patio.
Adjustable in height with a heavy base to ensure the flame is extremely stable, the Garden Flame is a real stand-out piece of garden furniture, and is sure to be a talking point of any early evening BBQ. It is currently located in the 2 Seater Garden Furniture sets and Side Tables section of our store.