With restrictions soon lifting and entertaining in your garden a reality once again, fire pit season has come early this year. They’re fun, a great centrepiece for your gathering and while you’re unable to head indoors, a fire pit can keep the party going long after the sun has set.
Fire pits are more essential than ever so why not discover the thrill of keeping kids entertained with roasting marshmallows or just enjoy wrapping up in a blanket and socialising with friends. And these cast-iron eyesores 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 ten of 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 get ready for those long evenings in the garden, cosied up under the stars.
Fresh for 2021
Think you know fire pits? Why not go on trend and angular for 2021 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. It’s outdoor cosiness with a contemporary touch and its simple lift out basket means that it’s easy to clean up the next day.
£190 Lynam Fire Pit available from Garden Trading
The Morsø Ignis Fire Pit is available from 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.
£199, Morsø, available from >øsoliving
Another unusual and contemporary fire pit, the Scowle from DYEHOUSE offers a design of laser cut raw steel. The Scowle is available in both a larger and a smaller size and like other models listed, this luxury fire pit will naturally rust over time due to the materials used.
From £725, available from DYEHOUSE
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.
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.
From £95, available from Kadai
Contemporary (and affordable)
Keep things simple, modern (and affordable) with this great-looking circular pit complete with mesh cover to prevent debris or sparks causing a commotion. There’s even an attached poker tool for removing the lit or stoking the fire.
£89, available from Aosom
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.
Wildflower 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 Wildflower Firepit which was originally created for The Fire Pit Company’s Chelsea Flower Show garden.
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.
£219.99, available from Crocus
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 rusted over time.
From £110, available from Garden Trading.
All prices correct on publication.
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