Best fire pits: Enjoy an al fresco lifestyle even when the weather doesn’t cooperate

Fire pits are a wonderful addition to any outdoor space, and can help you enjoy evenings in the garden even when the weather doesn't cooperate. Lydia Stangroom picks out the best fire pits on the market, which come in a variety of sizes and styles suitable for any use.

There’s something rather magical and romantic about a firepit, with the beautiful golden embers providing warmth on chilly evenings and many styles offering multi-functional cooking options.

They’re a natural centre piece for outdoor entertaining and our roundup includes everything from decorative fire bowls, chic minimalists options to simple designs which are great for al-fresco cooking.

David Harber Fire Table

For something magnetically beautiful, a fire pit designed by sculptor David Harber, whose exquisite garden pieces have are justly famous. One of those, Dark Planet, has been sliced in half and had a gas burner added to turn it into a gas-powered firepit. It can run off gas barbecue bottles, or be hooked up to the mains gas supply.

£29,578 from David Harber

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Eva Solo Fire Globe Fireplace

This globe-shaped option from Lakeland comes in matt black with a high curved back which helps protect the flames from wind and helps to control the heat. Chic, simple and contemporary.

£299 from

Maze Rattan Fire Pit Coffee Table in Charcoal

This modern firepit is gas powered, with the flames safely concealed behind a heatproof glass casing. The modern design would be perfectly positioned on terraces and for entertaining, as this option also doubles as a coffee (cocktail) table.

£745 from

Plain Jane Fire Pit

Proving that traditional designs never go out of style is this option from Firepits UK. I can personally vouch for this as it is currently sitting in the garden, very well-loved and well-used. The additional BBQ features are a wonderful option for al-fresco cooking (and a paella cooks beautifully too).

£245-£428 from

Morso Forno Outdoor Oven/Firepit

A modern and minimalist firepit that also doubles as an outdoor oven. Guaranteed to impress your guests.

£1,000 from

Peaktop Firepit

A really great option for smaller terraces or balconies comes in the shape of this neat Peaktop firepit from Mano Mano, which features a bbq grill and a spark screen for extra safety.

£199.99 from

Woodland Fire Bowl

Decorative fire bowls are a beautiful addition to any outdoor space and cast a golden glow against the intricate designs. This one from Graham & Green features a woodland design which will delight children and adults alike.

£399 from