Best fire pits: 5 buys for chilly nights

These are the best fire pits for chilly nights out in the garden

Best fire pit: KingSo
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The best fire pit will keep you warm on chilly fall nights, and is the perfect companion for toasting marshmallows (the best thing about fall, right?). To qualify as  one of the best, a fire pit should be easy and safe to use, durable, well-designed, and, above all, it should get warm enough to make a difference when the weather really does get cold. Take a look at our favorite fire pits in a range of shapes, sizes, and fuel types. Although most fire pits are designed to be used with wood, we have one for those who prefer propane on our list. 

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Best fire pit: KingSo fire pit

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1. Kingso Fire Pit

The best fire pit: perfect for patios, camping trips, and more

Specifications
Best for: Multi-use
Fuel type: Wood
Size: 22 x 22 x 20 inches
Material: Painted steel
Reasons to buy
+Nice and large+Handy rim around the pit+Spark screen
Reasons to avoid
-Shouldn't be left outside for long periods of time

This fire pit is advertised as the perfect fire pit for camping, but we actually find it to be just as good for your patio or back yard. Spacious and deep, it looks amazing with wood logs in, and you can use it as a grill, although you'll need to purchase a grill cover separately. As is, it's great for toasting marshmallows – the flat rim around he pit makes putting down stick after use very easy. Assembly is very easy – just attach the legs and you're good to go. Like other steel fire pits, although it says it's weather resistant, you may see rust after prolonged rain, so it's best to cover it or store indoors during very rainy weather.

Jackman Star and Moon Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit

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2. Jackman Star and Moon Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit

Specifications
Best for: Creating a relaxing ambiance
Fuel type: Wood
Size: H20 x W30 x D30 inches
Material: Powder-coated steel
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful design+Portable+Comes with a cover
Reasons to avoid
-Can't be put directly on a wooden deck

This steel fire pit will create the most beautiful glow in your back yard, thanks to its star and moon design. It's like outdoor lighting and fire pit in one – so pretty. Sturdily built from powder-coated steel, the pit comes with a fire poker and a very handy vinyl cover that will help prevent rust. It's large-sized but still portable, which is a bonus if you do want to move it indoors/into the garage. Because of its cut-out design, this pit cannot be placed directly on a wood deck – but you can get fireproof mats to put under it.

Sunnydaze Crossweave Outdoor Fire Pit

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3. Sunnydaze Crossweave Outdoor Fire Pit

Best large-sized fire pit: substantial and impressive centerpiece for your patio

Specifications
Best for: Permanent display on a patio
Fuel type: Wood
Size: 36 x 36 x 24 inches
Material: Steel
Reasons to buy
+Large and substantial+Poker and waterproof cover included
Reasons to avoid
-Very rust-prone

The Sunnydaze is a design you'll enjoy having in your back yard for many years – it's a substantial, well-crafted item that will easily become a centerpeice on a patio. The crossweave design makes it look a bit different, and the larger-than-average 36-inch diameter makes it perfect for family use or parties. Trust us when we say that it will rust in humid weather, so you may wish to spray-paint it with an anti-rust coating to prolong its life. 

Delshire Polyresin Wood Burning Fire Pit

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4. Delshire Polyresin Wood Burning Fire Pit

Best contemporary style fire pit: a modern and unusual design great for formal design schemes

Specifications
Best for: Contemporary gardens
Fuel type: Wood
Size: H23 x D16 inches
Material: Polyresin, Fiberglass, cast iron
Reasons to buy
+Unusual design+Safe for wooden decks+Will not rust
Reasons to avoid
-Quite small

This clever little fire pit is the solution for smaller decks or patios where a large fire pit is not practical. Designed in the shape of a column, it'll give just enough warmth when placed next to your patio furniture, and it won't rust thanks to a fiberglass and resin construction. The burning pan is made from durable cast iron and works very well with small fire logs like Duraflame. It's not very big, so you may need to get a couple. 

Erandekar Stone Propane Fire Pit

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5. Erandekar Stone Propane Fire Pit

The best propane fire pit: just switch on and enjoy

Specifications
Best for: Those who prefer gas to wood
Fuel type: Propane gas
Size: H9.06 x W28 x D28 inches
Material: Stone
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable flames+Safe for wooden decks+Simply switch it on
Reasons to avoid
-Small 

If you don't like messing around with wood, or want something that's safe to put right onto a wooden deck, this nice little propane-fuelled fire pit will make a great addition to your back yard. It comes with everything you need to just switch it on a and relax in front of the pretty fire – which, thankfully, gets quite warm. Do bear in mind that this is a small-sized fire pit best suited to small patios and decks. 

The best fire pits in the UK

Based in the UK and after a fire pit? You'll be spoilt for choice with our handy price comparison tool below that will give you a good range of fire pits from our favourite shops, always at the best prices. Choose from fire pits from Robert Dyas, Masisons du Monde, Very, Amazon, and more.

How to choose the best fire pit

Size

Always check the size of the fire pit you're buying – get a tape measurer if you need to get a sense of how much room it'll take up on your patio. If it's too small, you're likely to be disappointed.

Fuel type

Wood-burning fire pits are more sustainable, cheaper to run, and there are more designs to choose from. Gas-fuelled fire pits are easier to get going (you just switch them on), but they will be more expensive to run. 

is it safe for your deck?

If you have a wooden deck, not all fire pits can be placed directly on top of it. Read the product description: if it's not wood deck-safe, you'll need to buy a fire mat separately.

Extra features?

Some fire pits can double up as outdoor grills if you buy a grill top in the correct size. Some propane models have adjustable flames, which can be useful. 

Will it rust?

All steel fire pits are prone to rusting, whatever the manufacturer says. The best fire pits should have a protective cover included, and you should use it whenever the weather is rainy or humid. 

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