Fire pit season lasts all year these days. Fire pits are a fun, great centrepiece for any gathering from summer cocktail party to egg nog-fuelled festivities, they're sure to keep the party going long after the sun has set.
Keep kids entertained by roasting marshmallows, or just enjoy wrapping up in a blanket and socialising with friends. The cast-iron eyesores of old now come in a range of stylish designs, making them an attractive, sculptural focus point on your patio or that nook at the end of the garden.
We’ve carefully selected the best fire pits on the market, from contemporary and luxury fire pits to more unusual statement designs from specialist makers. Take a look through our favourite finds and enjoy your garden all winter long, cosied up under the stars.
Best fire pits in 2023
Outsunny Round Metal Fire Pit
Keep things simple, modern (and affordable) with this great-looking circular pit complete with mesh cover to prevent debris or sparks causing a commotion. You can use it as a fire pit, but there's an option to use it as a BBQ, or even as a chilled drinks holder (if you fill it with ice). There's even an attached poker tool for removing the lit or stoking the fire. The bowl is a good size at 56 cm diameter, so can fit a nice number of logs. We like the wire mesh on this design too, which you can use if you're worried about flying sparks.
4 Angles Mesh Brazier Bronze Fire Pit
With a deep and wide pit you’ll be able to hold plenty of wood without any concerns of spitting embers or ashy mess in the garden, thanks to the flame-retardant spark guard. Lightweight, so particularly easy to carry and place in the best spot before use, it’s also covered with heat resistant paint which means it is durable and it won't fade easily. We like the lattice design, which offers a discreet, but modern edge to the fire pit and would fit nicely in any type of garden - from paved to cottage garden.
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Think you know fire pits? Why not go on trend and angular with the Lyneham from Garden Trading? The Lynham bucks the circular trend making it ideal for fitting alongside outdoor corner seating units and the perfect shape for larger logs. Its outdoor cosiness with a contemporary touch and its simple lift-out basket means that it's easy to clean up the next day.
The Morsø Ignis Fire Pit
The Morsø Ignis Fire Pit is available from Direct Stoves and øsoliving in the UK and is made from enamelled cast iron. This means it can be happily left outside all year, if well cared for.
Looking for a fire pit that doubles as a place to cook alfresco? Said to be inspired by Nordic cooking methods, there’s also a grate available to purchase to complement the Morsø Ignis Fire Pit.
Magma Fire Pit
Magma Fire Pits create contemporary artisan fire pits which are handmade in England. The fire pit specialists claim to produce the thickest fire pits on the market with their designs being formed in at least 5mm steel and offer guarantees for up to eight years.
Being handmade, each Magma fire pit is unique and as much a garden sculpture as a functional fire pit. The Magma also contains a removable tray for easy cleaning.
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As well as a range of garden accessories, Kadai offers fire bowls and pits inspired by the founders’ travels across India. The rustic Tula Firepit is made from thick steel and is another model designed to stay outdoors throughout the year. In addition to the stand, the Tula design comes with tongs.
Somma Fire Pit
Somma Fire Pit
The attractive Somma design from Arpe Studio, a group of designers from the UK and Lithuania who create Nordic-inspired fire pits, home accessories and furniture, is made from solid steel. It’s designed to rust over time and features a removable top section for cleaning.
English country garden fire pit
Now this is something special. The Fire Pit Company offers intricate spherical fire pit designs, made by sculptural artist Andy Gage. The fire pits and ‘Fireballs’, can be made bespoke, featuring your own design. Their gallery shows plenty of inspiration from past commissions, or, you can opt for one of their existing designs, such as the English country garden themed firepit which features a series of animal-shaped silhouettes.
Barrington Fire Pit
The Barrington Fire Pit from Garden Trading is formed in raw metal and is available in two sizes. Intended for use with logs only, the Barrington’s exterior is curved, creating an attractive and contemporary design. Similar to other fire pits left exposed to the elements, this model will naturally age and become rusty over time.
Large Indian fire pit bowl
Made from recycled iron, and coated with a layer of fire-retardant paint, this durable fire pit can be left outside all year around. That means it’s readily available any time you want to pop out into the garden and stoke a log or charcoal fire.
Hooded jiko fire pit warmer
Traditionally used in Kenya as both a cooking tool and a place to gather around to keep warm, this Jiko fire pit comes in a compact size which makes it ideal for an intimate garden space. The hooded element captures more heat than a standard open bowl, keeping you warmer for longer.
Cast iron disc fire pit
A simple, minimalist design for a straightforward fire pit that’s built to last. Although the paint may eventually fade and rust spots may appear, it will never rust through completely due to its heavy cast iron structure. When purchased with the additional grill and cover, the pit can also be used as a barbecue.
Personalised Etna Steel Fire Pit
Formed by hand-finished solid steel with stainless steel legs, you’ll be able to position this fire pit at six different heights to find the angle that works best for you. With the additional option to engrave a personal message on the legs, this would also make a generous gift for a fellow fan of fire pits.
Proudly handmade by a skilled craftsman in the UK, this fire pit is made from wrought iron and steel, making for a sturdy and durable centrepiece. Whether you’re looking to burn some logs, or cook food with the additional grill, this resilient pit is guaranteed to last for years to come.
Black Country Metal Works Classic Steel
Inspired by traditional, historic fire pits this has been made from thick steel and finished with a natural metal effect. There are two wooden handles either side of the classic bowl shape allowing for easy movement. Once placed exactly where you want it, it has three legs for optimised stability.
Maze Rattan Round Gas Fire Pit
Enjoy all the perks of a fire pit without dealing with any of the clean-up, with this gas powered unit. Made from weatherproof aluminium, there will be minimal maintenance for you, just ensure it’s stored under cover when not in use to prolong its lifespan.
Kratki Fire Triangle Freestanding Garden Fire Pit
A cheap and unique option, this asymmetrical triangle will add an interesting dimension to your green space. Simple to put together, this pit requires no tools for assembly, which means you can set up and have your drywood burning in no time at all.
Heatsure Multifunctional Fire Pit
You’ll be able to appreciate this fire pit from any angle thanks to the deep pit and unique design which radiates heat a full 360 degrees. With a wide edge that has room for plates, sauces and brushes, you’ll have plenty of space to serve food when cooking on the chromed grill which comes included.
Nest Iron Fire Pit Bowl
This unusual fire pit is designed to look like a bird’s nest with an exterior ring of textured ‘twigs’. Inside, there is a removable bowl which sits slightly raised. The 3-4mm sheet iron is coated with fire-retardant paint and will naturally rust over time. As with other fire pits, they can be left outside year-round, but Crocus recommends taking certain measures to look after them.
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Daniel Griffiths is a veteran journalist who has worked on some of the biggest home and entertainment brands in the world. He is a serial house-renovator and home improvement expert, taking on everything from interior design and DIY to landscape gardening and garden design.