Bringing deck fire pit ideas into your garden is a brilliant way to elevate the ambience and keep everyone warm. Decking is a smart addition to anyone's plot, acting as a sturdy and stylish base for a living or dining zone.
Whether you're cozying up beneath a soft blanket to toast marshmallows in fall or providing a focal point for a summer's evening soirée, a fire pit makes a valuable feature.
And, if you're after more stylish fire pit ideas, you'll find lots to inspire you in our guide.
Take this oversized fire pit, for instance, which is bound to be a talking point amongst guests. Paired with a comfy corner sofa adorned with plenty of cushions and a nearby outdoor rug, this set-up is just as welcoming as a living room indoors.
We love the wall mirrors and giant clock too, which offer even more character and style. Not only does this bed of stones bring in a new texture for added interest, but it's also useful from a safety perspective and will protect the deck from heat damage. Note the spark screen too – a great idea for reducing flying embers.
These designs use Bioethanol fuel – a renewable energy source that burns without smoke: ideal if you're after a low-maintenance, eco-friendly approach.
It makes the perfect focal point for a raised deck and again, there's no smoke or flying sparks involved, as it's powered by biofuel. As well as looking great, they help to define the space further as an individual 'room', while still allowing plenty of light and air to filter through.
We particularly love this sofa set, complete with table and stools, which offsets the nearby fire bowl beautifully. Add some large, galvanized or glass lanterns filled with pillar candles and perhaps a potted plant or two.
This cozy space can be used whatever the weather (Image credit: Andreas von Einsiedel/Alamy Stock Photo) Granted, you'll need a bigger budget, but we think it's worth the investment as the finished result looks nothing short of stunning.
Model Chloe Lloyd (opens in new tab) has turned her deck into a chic dining nook that will definitely entice everyone outdoors. 'Outdoor styling is one of the hottest trends for this year's coldest season, and Chloe has truly transformed her space, turning it into a cozy corner that's perfect for relaxing and entertaining whatever the weather,' says Nadia McCowan Hill, Wayfair (opens in new tab)'s resident style advisor.
'Chloe doesn't limit her alfresco dining to the summer months,' continues Nadia. 'She has set up the perfect spot for an indulgent and comfortable dinner by incorporating a fire pit to heat the space and a pizza oven to enjoy some delicious bites.' They bring a cozy living-room vibe to a space, whilst providing an architectural statement.
Stacking them to the side of an outdoor kitchen unit like this will keep them neat, dry, and easily accessible (plus, it looks great).
Fire pits evoke the sense of huddling around a cozy campfire as a kid, and there's no reason you can't recreate that vibe by keeping the look rustic. Use large logs as small tables or even stools and add plenty of low, glowy lights nearby for a magical yet back-to-basics feel.
'As you might imagine, fire pits on decks can be a big safety issue,' says Dave Sadler, Managing Director of JB Furniture (opens in new tab). Be careful using a fire pit under cover, too – always check with the manufacturer that this is safe for your particular products, and if so, provide the necessary clearance needed. 'In certain environments, fire pits can spark and send ash flying onto your deck,' says Dave. Finally, Dave says to 'always consider the weather conditions before lighting a fire,' – high winds can increase the risk of danger. Non-wood-fired designs tend to be safer as they're easier to control and there's no risk of flying sparks. 'There is a huge variety of fire pits that you can use in your back garden,' says Dave Sadler of JB Furniture.
From simple bowl designs to elaborate fireplaces, choose a look that blends with your chosen garden theme. When it comes to using a fire pit on decking, avoiding wood-fired designs is generally safer. This is where a (gas) fire pit is integrated into the center of a dining table, which will take up less space.