Warm your hands the old-fashioned way with the best fire pits of 2021. Fire pits not only offer that gorgeous glow and the crackling of a traditional bonfire, they also act as wonderful warming devices for those slightly chilly evenings. In our guide to the best fire pits we’ve included classic wood-fired fire pits as well as contemporary gas fire pits for a low-maintenance, easy-ignition option.
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It certainly feels like we’re on the right side of spring now, but with summer just around the corner the evenings can still be a little cold when the sun goes down. Luckily, your evening entertaining doesn’t have to stop with the sunset. Fire pits are perfect for gathering around with a few snacks, and we’ve included options for every sized garden in our expert roundup.
Some of the best fire pits in our guide even come with grill inserts, meaning they can double up as a barbecue for a campfire in your own garden. There are also gorgeous brushed steel options and more rustic cast iron pits that come oxidised, so you know exactly what you’re getting.
For our top picks of the best fire pit in 2021, keep reading. Alternatively, check out the best patio heaters.
The best fire pits of 2021
1. MADE Fumega Metal Bowl Fire Pit
Best fire pit overall
Type: Fire bowl
What we like: The striking design
What we don’t like: The lack of storage space
With a dramatic design and simple shapes, this fire pit offers a blend of containment and open-air flames. It’s got an uneven tilted shape which is perfect for turning towards yourself and directing flames away from the wind.
This fire pit is also easy to assemble, with its stand simply sitting beneath the bowl itself. We love the matte black look, which will really stand out against a wood fire, and the walls are plenty tall enough to not worry about any ashes spilling out onto the lawn.
2. IvyLine Outdoor Metal Industrial Fire Bowl
Best decorative fire pit
Type: Industrial bowl
What we like: The frost-resistant finish
What we don’t like: Its lack of base
Decorative design pairs with smart venting with the IvyLine Outdoor Metal Industrial Fire Bowl. It’s UV and frost resistant, making it a true all-rounder for summer and winter use. The rust finish also means it will age well.
This striking option enables airflow thanks to the industrial-style plate dimensions. Prepare for a well-stoked fire! Do be aware that the IvyLine Outdoor Metal Industrial Fire Bowl comes without a stand, so you’ll need to account for this in your garden planning.
3. Crocus Collection Iron Disc Fire Pit with Stainless Steel Cooking Grill
Best grill fire pit
Type: Grill fire pit
What we like: Its multi-functionality
What we don’t like: The grill does not cover the whole pit
The Crocus Collection Iron Disc Fire Pit with Stainless Steel Cooking Grill has a grill attachment to transform this traditional fire pit into a grill. It’s also got sleek curved feet to elevate it from the ground, while maintaining that authentic design.
With a grilling area of L64cm x W35cm you can fit plenty of sausages or s’mores on this pit, but there is a gap at either side of the fire pit where you won’t get cooking space. It will naturally rust over time but Crocus backs this fire pit with a five year guarantee.
4. Esschert Design Fallen Fruits Oxidised Woodland Globe
Best fire globe
Type: Fire globe
What we like: That beautiful design
What we don’t like: Hard to tend to the fire
The Esschert Design Fallen Fruits Oxidised Woodland Globe is a gorgeous oxidized-style fire globe with all the charm of a woodland forest. It’s in two pieces: a laser-cut top and a sturdy fire pit bottom (that can be used alone if you’re not in the mood for a feature point).
We can just imagine the gorgeous glow this design will cast in your garden, but it’s definitely not one for those who are short on storage space or who want easy access to the fire for toasting marshmallows.
5. Elementi Concrete Propane Fire Pit Table
Best gas fire pit
Type: Gas fire pit
What we like: The design is perfect for entertaining on patios
What we don’t like: That steep price
If you want all the joy of a fire pit without the fiddly ignition, opt for a gas fire pit. This Concrete Propane Fire Pit Table from Elementi is a great option for entertaining and it can go on your patio. The gas is discreetly tucked away and it will burn clean because there’s no smoke involved.
At 68cm wide this is a decent size gas fire pit, so gather round with your patio furniture and enjoy the glow.
6. MADE Ivy Line Outdoor Fire Pit
Best rustic fire pit
Type: Rusted fire bowl
What we like: The handles
What we don’t like: It’s not the cheapest
Available in a rusty finish or matte black, the MADE Ivy Line Outdoor Fire Pit has a wide and low design as well as two handles that not only look classic, but make transportation easier.
You can use the space under the fire pit table as storage, which is ideal for keeping a firewood supply close for extended evenings. The simple design may not be for everyone, but this large fire pit has a diameter of nearly 70cm, making it one of the largest options in our guide for really making a statement.
7. Crocus Rusty Square Fire Basket
Best fire basket
Type: Fire basket
What we like: The laser-cut steel design
What we don’t like: Close to the ground
Sturdy and simple, this fire basket comes oxidised and is made of laser-cut steel that looks great and circulates the air for a well-fed fire. It’s safe to use because of the deep design, and with a width of 60cm and a height of 45cm, it’s a pretty generous option without being tricky to store. You could even use it as storage in the off-season.
This design is a little close to the ground, so be careful about placing it on a prized lawn.
8. MADE Abura Metal Chimenea
Best chiminea fire pit
What we like: The family-friendly design
What we don’t like: It doesn’t have a lid to keep out rainwater
With a 100cm height and 55cm width this striking matte chiminea is modern and low-maintenance. Stoke it up with firewood and enjoy from either side of the round base.
The design is steel, finished with a ring of gold at the base. Assembly is a doddle, too.
9. MADE Josper Low Metal Firepit
Best fire bowl
Type: Low fire pit
What we like: The simple design
What we don’t like: No wood storage
Deep and low-lying, this fire bowl from MADE is a very popular choice. It has a sturdy frame and removable bowl, meaning you can dispose of ash easily. We also like the unfussy steel design, and think it will age well as it rusts. To avoid rusting though, just keep it out of the rain.
You do lack storage with this option, where others offer space to keep fire wood and other essentials. The minimal design is a winner for those who want things simple and sleek.
10. Cox & Cox Industrial Style Fire Pit
Best compact fire pit
Type: Compact brazier
What we like: The tall and narrow design
What we don’t like: Stock won’t arrive until early August, so it’s best to order now
Available in both small and regular sizes, this fire pit from Cox & Cox is a compact crowd-pleaser. The design is striking and it will age well as it rusts. Because the bowl can be carried and tipped out it’s easy to remove ash and wood after use, and the frame won’t gather and hold water thanks to its clever design.
This isn’t one for a roaring fire, but if you’re dealing with a smaller space it’s got everything you could ask for. It’s made of raw steel and has that rustic brazier-style design without losing the visibility of your fire as it burns.
How to choose the best fire pit 2021
Some fire pits are style statements in and of themselves. There are some beautiful fire globes with cutouts that will cast shadows across your lawn, or simple matte black bowls for a more dramatic look.
If budget is a consideration, it’s perfectly possible to buy a fire pit for around £30. Some are a lot more expensive though, with larger and more sturdy designs that will see you through summers to come.
Different types of fire pit include chimineas, which have a (you guessed it) chimney shape, and fire pits, which have a more traditional bowl-style design. Some can even be fitted with a grill for multipurpose use – just stick on some sausages and you’ve got an easy alfresco meal.
Will a fire pit damage my patio?
Most fire pits aren’t safe to place on a patio. Not only can their heat discolour your patio, but they can also potentially burn or crack any slabs or wood because they burn so hot and are often low-lying. That said, there are some fire pits that can be placed safely on a patio. A gas fire pit table is designed to elevate the heat source well away from the ground.
If in doubt, it’s best to place your fire pit on the lawn. If you do want to place it on the slabs, some retailers advise placing a tile between the fire pit and the patio itself so the patio isn’t damaged.
Will a fire pit burn my lawn?
Fire pits are definitely better for your lawn than a campfire. If you’ve spent time carefully cultivating your lawn though, you don’t want to risk any burning. Fire pits could well burn the grass, because while the heat is elevated away from the ground itself the grass does sit quite close.
To avoid this opt for something on a taller stand that removes your fire pit from the ground as much as possible. You could also place a slab of tile or stone under the fire pit, which will not only stabilise it but will create a barrier between the bowl and the grass.