Did someone say BBQ? Spring may have officially started, but the UK isn’t exactly known for its balmy temperatures. Outdoor fire pits are your solution to defrosting on those cooler nights and welcoming a little alfresco entertaining into your home.
Over 700,000 years ago, man discovered fire. By concentrating fire in a hole in the ground, it was with this stroke of genius that gave birth to the fire pit. Perhaps best put to use as we know it today, as our humble BBQ and staple summer appliance.
With the BBQ season encroaching, we’ve selected our top fire pit picks, varying in price and design to meet all your cosy outdoor needs. Smoky embers never smelt so good.
Northwest - Northwest Sourcing Outdoor Cooking Pit
Best for: Stylish safety
With its classic design, this fire pit doubles as a BBQ and an outdoor heater. All your safety needs are at the heart of this design, with the main body constructed from solid steel with a high heat resistant paint and spark guard mesh exterior. Ideal for cooking, with an adjustable 3 level grill rack and a hinged door for easy log access makes it easy to use. Stylish and safe, it's an all around stunner of a fire pit.
OFYR - OFYR Classic 100-100 Firepit / BBQ With Storage
Best for: Luxurious catering
This Dutch-designed fire pit will double as an aesthetic feature to your garden. Resembling an outdoor sculpture, it's stylish considerations make for a hefty price tag. However, this isn't a case of style over substance. With a wide rim for a flat cooking surface, its design is ideal for catering for groups of up to 50. Made from sustainable materials, every aspect of it's design is considered from the convenient built-in wood storage to its environmental impact.
La Hacienda - Stoke It Fire Pit
Best for: No-fuss entertaining
For a simple solution to your outdoor heating woes, this Stoke It Firepit from La Hacienda is a cheaper option complete with safety features. Made from 100% steel, with a black high temperature paint finish, it comes flat packed and is easy to assemble. Sleek and minimal in design, its built-in handles makes this firepit convenient for moving around your yard. A perfect garden accessory.
Outwell - Cazal Fire Pit
Best for: Camping
This Cazal Fire Pit from Outwell is the perfect option for those who enjoy camping. Compact in dimension, it folds away when not in use, so is easily transportable, and comes with a handy tool that allows you to handle the hot lid safely. Ideal for keeping warm, complete with a cooking grate so you can enjoy a burger or two in the company of your nearest and dearest.
Norfolk Leisure - Bowl Cocoon Gas Fire Pit
Best for: Smoke-free hassle
If you love an outdoor fire but don't relish the smoke and effort that goes hand in hand with a natural flame, this gas alternative from Norfolk Leisure has you sorted. Its contemporary design in stylish taupe will compliment your garden all year round, with a composite construction meaning it can be left outside. Powered by a stainless steel gas burner, this fire pit is the hassle-free solution to outdoor entertaining.
La Hacienda - Bronze Fire Pit
Best for: Practicality
If you appreciate good design, but don't want to spend a fortune, this Bronze Fire Pit from La Hacienda satisfies both needs. A bronze enamel finish injects a touch of style, whilst making this fire pit easy to clean. Ideal for small-scale barbecuing, it comes with a large chrome plated cooking grill, charcoal sheet, metal tool and a protective mesh cover.
Tepro - Melrose Chain BBQ
Best for: Quirky design
If this modern tee-pee design doesn't reel you in, it's cooking features will. The three-legged unit provides stability for a large 57cm grill, suspended by a stainless steel chain that can be raised and lowered for controlled cooking. Excellent for feeding a family, and providing some post-supper warmth.
Overstock - Round Cast Stone Fire Pit
Best for: Sophistication
It's cast stone construction offers a sophisticated natural stone look that will complement any outdoor space. Complete with a large metal basin and domed mesh screen to reduce flyaway sparks, at approximately 40 pounds in weight, it will suit those who are wanting to spend a little more on a durable outdoor fire pit.
Raygar - 3 in 1 Outdoor Garden Fire Pit
Best for: Adaptability
BBQ, fire pit, and ice bucket, this 3 in 1 Outdoor Garden Fire Pit from Raygar has you covered no matter the weather. Including a free protective cover, mesh cover, poker and BBQ tongs, it's the trans-seasonal answer to outdoor partying year-round.
The combination of style, safety and cooking versatility make the Northwest Sourcing Outdoor Cooking Pit our top option. If you're looking for something more portable you can't go wrong with the Cazal Fire Pit from Cotswold , it's affordable, well designed and a great camping companion.