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A fire pit is one of those rare items that is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing: it creates atmosphere, keeps you warm and emits a cheering glow as the daylight darkens - plus, you can toast marshmallows over it.
In short, it's the perfect addition to your garden now that up to five friends are allowed round.
So, how do you pick the perfect fire pit?
Well, they need to look good during the day when there’s not a fire roaring in them, and throw out lots of heat in the evening when there is, so that you can huddle around and extend your time outside.
We've picked out eight of the best fire pits that will ensure your summer gets off to a roaring start.
8 of the best fire pits for summer
Blooma Anabar Steel Firepit | £27 from B&Q
Petite and durable, this fire pit is perfect for smaller spaces and is easy to clean – always a bonus!
With its laser cut leaf design it's stylish, but also easy to store in the winter. One top review says: "Gotta say I love this fire pit. It's small enough to store, but really nice to use. I've had it a few months now. Not had any issues."
MTS Cast Iron Garden Fire Pit | £39.99 from Amazon
This is currently Amazon's bestselling outdoor fire pit and for only £39.99 it's easy to see why.
This traditional round fire pit emits a surprising amount of heat and makes a simple, yet effective addition to any garden.
One top review says: "Me and my family bought this fire pit for lockdown and it is one of the best purchases we’ve made. We have used it almost every night."
Madeira Fire Pit | £299 from Marks & Spencer
Complete with a mesh lid for safety, this Mediterranean-style fire pit includes a handy round border for keeping drinks and ready-to-roast marshmallows on.
if you're looking for a fire pit that will make a statement, this is the one for you.
Femor Fire Bowl | £174.89 from Amazon
Creeping up Amazon's bestseller list is this highly rated fire pit.
This fancy, geometric fire bowl makes for an aesthetically-pleasing garden feature whether it's lit or not. It's also rust and heat resistant.
One five-star review reads: "Beautiful design and excellent quality. Easily assembled and very sturdy. It is easy to move from one place to another as it is about 8kg in weight. It is very very sturdy and doesn't wobble at all. It feels very safe and easy to use. Very happy with the purchase. Brilliant value for money."
Charles Bentley Fire Bowl with Square Stand | £79.99 from Robert Dyas
After something a bit more contemporary? This super-chic fire bowl and stand can be used together or separately for a chic, yet functional, dinner party.
La Hacienda Oval Steel Firepit | £101 from B&Q
Another modern take on a fire pit is this B&Q creation.
This industrial-style fire pit is strong, durable and the grate ensures safety without blocking the view of the flames.
Blooma Manitan Steel Firepit | £63 from B&Q
This sturdy fire pit is easy to assemble and one top review says: "When you compare this to other fire pits of a similar diameter at double or triple the price it's hard to justify spending more! Really well made, sturdy and stunning. Lots of complements from guests."
Peaktop CU296 Wood Burning Fire Pit | £124.99 from Argos
This decorative, wood-burning fire pit is both modern and intricate, and comes with a fire poker to keep things ticking over safely.
It also has a safety ring for easily transporting the fire pit in your outdoor area.