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Fire Pits & Bowls
Bring a gorgeous glow to your garden, courtesy of OnBuy's range of fire pits and bowls. With atmosphere-enhancing offerings in all shapes and sizes, these fiery focal points offer a spot to toast marshmallows, sip cocoa and cosy up all year round - is there truly anything better?! We think not!
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About Fire Pits & Bowls
Gather round - our collection of fire pits and bowls is packed with options you'll want to curl up beside! Whether you're looking to turn the heat up on a compact patio or a spacious lawn, our pits and fire bowls will add a warm, cosy ambiance and transform your space into the place to be - especially if you combine it with a new set of garden furniture. Keen to buy a fire pit from OnBuy? You should be!
Our collection of outdoor fire pits is home to an array of sizes and styles, so you're sure to find something to fall for - just don't blame us when you start to prefer outdoor living! With sleek steel fire pits and charming stone models alike, you'll probably have a hard time narrowing it down! Alternatively, explore our selection of outdoor fire bowls. The invitingly open style creates a show-stopping focal point - not to mention, it's perfect for roasting food over, be it marshmallows or a mini BBQ! Our favourites are the fire bowls with cut-outs. Swoon!
What’s the difference between a fire pit and a fire bowl?Perhaps the most popular fire feature in the UK is the humble backyard fire pit. Available in just about any shape, style, size, and design imaginable, they’re the absolute pinnacle of garden luxury and indulgence. Many DIY models are built into the ground and surrounded by stones, which helps to create the classic campfire aesthetic. Pre-fabricated alternatives, like the examples stocked here from VidaXL, Harbour Housewares, and Outsunny, span the range from rustic to contemporary and modern.
Most are built for above-ground use and, as such, are incredibly portable and convenient to transport (be it around your outdoor space, or a larger campsite). Metal is the most common construction material here, as its extremely durable and resilient against the potentially damaging effects of high heat, rust, and general wear and tear. Cast iron, stainless steel, and copper are usually the best choices.
The differences between fire pits and a bowls are slight, yet large enough to catalogue each feature separately. Where the former is traditionally built into the ground, or with a ring around an above-ground area, the latter is more like a moveable metal bowl with legs, that contains the fire inside. The chief benefit of fire bowls is portability, as they tend to be much smaller and more lightweight than pits. Especially easy to store during colder months, they can simply be placed in your garden shed or garage, rather than being left outside to face the less-than-pleasant elements.
Are fire pits and bowls safe?
These fabulous alfresco accessories can be a fun-filled outdoor activity throughout the year. Though they’re fundamentally safe, it’s best to monitor the blaze when in use, and keep little ones away from any open flames. To help you safely enjoy your fire pit or bowl, there are a couple of handy guidelines you can follow, to reduce the chance of injury. First, be sure to station your fire pit bowl on a level ceramic, concrete, stone, or brick surface that’s at least 10ft from your house, trees, or anything potentially flammable.
Next, always burn dry, seasoned wood that was cut around six months earlier. To keep sparks from flying, make sure the logs are no longer than three-quarters of the pit’s diameter. If you can, it’s good to be prepared. Keep a bucket of sand, a garden hose, or a fire extinguisher nearby in case things become too hot to handle, and supervise children at all times. Having guests sit further than 3ft back from the open flame is important too, as sparks can still fly and cause minor injuries. Finally, be sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving it unattended.
Frequently asked questions about fire pits and bowls
What are fire pits used for?
A fire pit is similar to your traditional campfire. As such, it's easy to whip up all your favourite barbecue foods, including s'mores and hot dogs.
What should I bear in mind when purchasing a fire pit?
First and foremost, it's important that you choose the right size and style to suit (and fit) your garden. The common diameters range from anywhere between 24" and 30".
What's the best type of wood to use in a fire pit?
Hickory is a fab option for outdoor fires, as it's extremely long-lasting. Black oak is another great example.
Why does my fire pit instruct me to fill the bottom with sand?
With any open-topped fire pit, it's strongly advised that you place a layer of sand at the bottom of the bowl. This will prevent it from holding any excess water, allowing it to quickly drain away.
How can I make my fire pit last longer?
Arguably, the most important thing you can do is choose a high-quality fire pit in the first place! All of OnBuy’s available models are durable and long-lasting, so be sure to do your research before the buying begins. Next, watch what you burn. You should avoid burning rubbish or pressure-treated lumber and instead opt for natural, locally-sourced wood that’s dry and not damp. It’s also important to not use lighter fluid, and allow the flames to extinguish naturally, as this causes sudden temperature changes.