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.
Best fire pits for your garden in 2021
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.
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.
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
Scowle 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.
- From £1,200
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
Tula Firepit available from Cambridge Home and Garden
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.
Outsunny 30” Round Metal Fire Pit 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.
- From £329
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.
- From £1,049
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.
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 £150
The Barrington Fire Pit available from Joules
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.
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 won’t fade easily.
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 centerpiece. 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.
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.
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.
All prices correct on publication.
More inspiration on outdoor living:
- Best outdoor ovens
- The best firewood for wood burning stoves
- How to chop kindling
- Best wood carriers
- Best outdoor cooking recipes