With the warm glow of your very own fire pit, outdoor entertaining will never be the same. Even in the depths of winter, you can enjoy your garden as you bask in the warm glow of your very own crackling fire. An outdoor fire pit also creates a strong focal point in your outdoor space. Discover our great range of fire pits, plus a range of firewood to light your fire. Just add marshmallows!
Create your perfect fire pit with help from Flower Power
With the warm glow of your very own fire pit, outdoor entertaining will never be the same. Even in the depths of winter, you can enjoy your garden as you bask in the warm glow of your very own crackling fire. An outdoor fire pit or chimney also creates a strong focal point in your outdoor space. Discover our great range of fire pits, plus a range of firewood to light your fire. Just add marshmallows for the perfect alfresco evening.
Best material for a fire pit
You can get ready-made fire pits in a variety of metals and styles, and the best material for a fire pit depends on how you plan to use it and how much you want to spend.
Cast iron fire pits are usually at the lower end of the price range. They can come in different colours, which will fade in the weather. Cast iron resists corrosion and conducts heat well to spread warmth around your space. If you’re looking for a larger fire pit, the weight may be a problem, but it does mean that wind won’t be an issue as your fire pit will be well anchored.
Copper fire pits are good looking and durable, and also radiate heat well around your area. Copper is a common material for bowls as it’s easy to shape. Copper will develop a patina over time in the weather; many people like the way it changes, but if you don’t like it, it is possible to restore it. Copper tends to be more expensive.
Steel fire pits are usually lighter that cast iron, and more weather resistant. They tend to be roughly in the middle of the price range. Steel is often combined with stones and tiles for a more ornate outdoor fire pit, but painted steel is a popular inexpensive option.
Stainless steel fire pits are extremely durable due to their naturally high melting point and corrosion and stain-resistant surface. You can get them in polished or brushed finishes.
Rusted steel offers a pre-weathered look for your outdoor fire pit, with a lovely patina finish to it. Rusted steel usually has a shorter lifespan than other types of steel because of the pre-weathering.
The most durable steel fire pits are made of powder coated steel in which powdered pain is melted onto the steel for a coloured coating that won’t chip. This style also tends to be more expensive.
How to build a fire pit
If you want to build a custom outdoor fire pit, it’s pretty easy. Just make sure you’re allowed to have a fire in your outdoor area (probably don’t try this on a balcony) and make sure children are properly supervised.
Choose pavers and buy however many you need to build a tightly fitted circle of the size you want, with enough layers to make it a minimum of 50cm tall. You want as few gaps between the pavers as possible; for extra support you could add concrete into the gaps. Make sure you build it in an area far enough away from the house, vegetation, etc.
For the floor, fill it in with thinner pavers, again trying to avoid having any gaps. You may need to break up pavers to fit in the circle shape. Then pour sand over the floor to fill in any gaps and spread it evenly to create an extra layer on the base.
Then you’re done! How to build a fire pit is easier than it looks. All you need now is a good supply of firewood and a bag of marshmallows.
Are fire pits safe to have on a wood deck?
This is a very common concern among people looking to get a fire pit or a firewood burning chimney. Both wood and composite decks are at risk of cosmetic damage, warping and even fire.
Fire pits, both ones that use firewood and gas, can safely be used on a wood deck as long as they are far enough away from structures (like your house), the surface is level and sturdy and a heat-resistant barrier is used under the fire pit. The best kind of fire pit for wooden decks are the ones on legs that do not sit directly on the deck.
If you are building your own deck, look for wood or composite decking that’s more fire retardant but you will still need to add a barrier level between the fire pit and the deck.
You can create your own DIY protective barrier with pavers, by creating a tightly packed layer that’s a little bigger than the total diameter of your firepit. Make sure it provides a sturdy base for the fire pit, so the legs can’t slip down between pavers if the fire pit gets bumped.
You can also purchase heat resistant fire pit mats that you can store easily when not in use. Rubber and PVC are good choices for material as they’re durable and hard wearing.
Alternatively, you can get a metal fire pit heat shield. This is a good way to protect your deck from loose embers too but again, make sure it’s larger than the diameter of your outdoor fire pit.
Explore our full range of chimneys and outdoor fire pits online, or visit us in-store and let our friendly staff help you choose the perfect one for your alfresco area (and pick up some firewood while you’re here).