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Fire Pits and Accessories

Let’s face it, even on the better summer days in the UK it’s never quite warm enough to sit outside at night without some sort of heat source or extra layers. One way to combat the cold, and add a little design flair to your outdoor social space, is to add a fire pit or chiminea. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces will give you the warmth and cosiness of an indoor fire, but also the wild abandon of a camp fire.

What kind of fire pits are available?

To avoid scorching your patio or lawn, fire pits have been designed to hold a fire above the ground in a large bowl, pit or recess. Some are very simple designs and will require you to be able to light a fire with just wood or any fuel you wish to use, while for the less adventurous there are gas fire pits which will turn on at the flick of a switch.

Outdoor fireplaces are going to be bigger and more substantial features that might require building in, so it’s important to think about where you want one placed before going ahead with it. Chimineas, on the other hand and like most fire pits, can be placed anyway and give you the control of a fireplace with the versatility of a fire pit. Have most of the fire covered and a chimney means that the fire is more easily protected from the elements, smoke is filtered out of the top rather than choking out anyone sat around it, and heat is directed out of one side rather than easily lost.

From round stone fire pits, brick outdoor fireplaces and ceramic chimineas, there are all kinds of styles and designs available. Choose large, sleek gas fire pits for a contemporary garden or roof terrace area, or you can find modern chimineas in stainless or black steel. Terracotta and ceramic chimineas offer the more traditional look, and opt for a stone or steel fire bowl if you want to keep things rustic.

What accessories might I need?

Some fire pits can double as barbecues, so you might want to look for grills, covers and tongs to make campside cooking easier. If you’re going back to basics with your fire pit and plan on using only firewood, then you’ll need wood storage space close by. Depending on how much wood you intend to burn, you may want a wood storage box, basket or even shed. Take a look at the firewood storage options available to pick out something that could work for your fire pit. Remember if it’s staying outside then it needs to be durable and weatherproof, and ideally will protect the wood from damp.
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