The best fire pits for every budget

These fire pits will keep you warm and give your garden a chic upgrade.

Best fire pits

by Jade Moscrop |

The warm glow of summer evenings may soon be a distant memory, so don't miss out on the chance to spend time in the garden, relaxing with friends. If you're celebrating your birthday, inviting a few family members over or just having a catch up with someone close to you, you may be looking for a way to keep the chill at bay. And what better way than with a fire pit?

Once you've rid the garden of weeds and, if you're feeling particularly luxurious, added an inflatable hot tub, you'll want to look at your seating area and décor.

One thing that will make your patio area much more inviting, as well as ensuring you can spend time relaxing after the sun has gone down, is a fire pit. Created to bring warmth to your garden, along with being a lovely focal point, fire pits encourage social situations and keep you feeling cosy and comfortable. No one can resist the pull of a real fire, can they?

To help you find the right fire pit for your garden, whatever your budget and size specifications, we've browsed the web to find the best fire pits available to buy.


What types of fire pits are there?

There are a few types of fire pits to choose from, depending on what your priorities are.

Wood fire pit

Wood burning fire pits are the most popular kind available and are the closest thing to having that campfire feeling. You get all the warmth and joy of a real fire, but in a contained, raised space, usually made from steel.

Wood is easy to come by so it's generally the most affordable option when it comes to fuel. Plus, charcoal can also be used in many wood fire pits.

Gas fire pit

Gas fire pits are convenient as they don't need wood to be lit. Usually fuelled by a propane tank, they're similar to a gas BBQ in the way that you can switch it on and off as you need it.

It's essential that you follow all of the safety tips when it comes to using a product with gas. Never use a gas fire pit in an enclosed space as you could become exposed to carbon monoxide, which can be fatal.

Gel fire pit

Finally, gel fire pits don't give off any smoke or smells, but they don't produce as much heat as wood or gas. They're usually smaller and make a great decorative addition to your garden. All you need to do is fill up the reservoir with gel fuel and once the gel has been used, the flame will automatically extinguish.

Gel fuel can be expensive, so these fire pits are pricier to run over time.

What are the best tips for fire pit safety?

• When handling the fire pit, ensure you use heat-resistant gloves as they can become hot, even after having cooled for a while. Don't spray it down with your hose pipe! (unless you like the rustic look).

• Keep children and pets away from the fire pit when in use.

• Do not use your fire pit as a furnace.

• Keep gas tanks a safe distance from any open flame.

• Place your fire pit on a flat surface to ensure stability. Avoid surfaces like grass and wood as they may discolour or catch fire.

• Do not use fire pits in an enclosed space, such as a gazebo, tent or caravan.

• Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for building, refuelling and cleaning your fire pit.

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Jade Moscrop is a Deputy Commercial Content Editor for WhatsTheBest, specialising in lifestyle topics. She also writes for Closer, Heat, and Mother&Baby.

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