Best fire pit tables for a cosy and contemporary garden

A fire pit table will keep you warm so that you can enjoy your outdoor space for longer.

Best fire pit tables

by Jill Morgan |

Fire pit tables are big news this season, with all sorts of new designs and materials making them the must-have garden accessory for the colder months and for chilly evening al fresco dining.

Options vary from low-level coffee tables that stand next to a comfy sofa, to spacious dining tables and sophisticated high-level bar designs. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet night in or spending an evening with the girls – or boys! – and a few glasses of fizz, a fire pit table is a fabulous focal point around which to gather loved ones.

Should I buy a fire pit table?

In a word, yes! We all love the charm and informality of a regular firepit, but a sturdy raised design that provides room for eating and entertaining is even better! If you have free-ranging children and pets, then it’s a safer option too.

Providing warmth, light and atmosphere after the sun goes down, this classy bit of garden furniture with easy-light flames will revolutionise how you use your outside space this autumn and winter. This is an investment buy so read on to find out about fuel options, design extras and the latest innovative designs so you can spend your hard-earned cash wisely and choose the best product to suit your plot and lifestyle.

Shop our pick of the best fire pit tables

Teamson Home Outdoor Garden Fire Pit Table Burner

Teamson Home Outdoor Garden Fire Pit Table Burner

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Raw urban charm Clean lines and a mix of concrete and glass make this low-level fire table a real winner. Fuelled by bottled propane gas, it has a simple dial flame control and a protective windshield.

Set includes: Fire pit table, glass wind screen, 5kg bag of lava rocks, and a cover

Fuel: Can hold up to 13kg gas bottle

Heat output: 14.6kW

Burn time: A 9kg propane tank will last approx.11.5 hours on full power

Dimensions: H29 x W88 x D88cm

Mercury 130cm x 90cm Rectangular Aluminium Firepit Table

Mercury 130cm x 90cm Rectangular Aluminium Firepit Table

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Stress-free flames Hard-wearing and easy-care aluminium combined with the convenience of gas makes this a no-fuss option. The generous fire pit can be covered to create a roomy table, available in white or dark grey.

Set includes: Fire pit table, windguard, 7kg bag of crushed glass, and a cover

Fuel: Requires 5kg patio gas bottle

Heat output: 11.8kW

Burn time: Approx. 6 hours on full power

Dimensions: H65 x W130 x D90cm

LG Outdoor Milano Lounge Set With Gas Firepit Table

LG Outdoor Milano Lounge Set With Gas Firepit Table

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Warm al fresco dining This full lounge set means you can gather around the fire pit with friends and family to stay warm in cooler evenings or even cover over the fire pit for more table space in the summer. The set is made from weatherproof and durable powder-coated aluminium frames, with stylish wood effect details.

Set includes: Fire pit dining table, two stools, two chairs, and two-seater sofa with cushions

Fuel: Gas

Dimensions: H93 x W298 x D162cm

Pacific Lifestyle Cosiloft 100 Firepit Table

Pacific Lifestyle Cosiloft 100 Firepit Table

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Stylish combo Powder-coated steel, glass, and rich-grained teak make an edgy trio, with discreet housing for the gas canister in the open frame base. Fitted with an easy-to-use battery ignition system, this fire table has an easy-to-light fire pit for quick set up.

Set includes: Fire pit table - cover plate and glass surround sold separately

Fuel: Requires 5kg propane gas bottle

Dimensions: H48 x W100 x D100cm

Tepro Topeka XL Deluxe Table Gas Firepit

Tepro Topeka XL Deluxe Table Gas Firepit

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Cool and contemporary The Tepro Topeka XL Deluxe Table Gas Firepit is a contemporary and attractive outdoor fire pit table with a black powder-coated steel housing, glass fire surround, and decorative glass stones.

Set includes: Fire pit table, glass fire surround, lava stones, and protective polyester cover

Fuel: Recommended 5kg gas bottle

Heat output: 17kW

Dimensions: H63.5 x W136 x D56cm

Maze Rattan Winchester Oval Fire Pit Coffee Table

Maze Rattan Winchester Oval Fire Pit Coffee Table

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Small space winner This all-weather rattan coffee table with its nifty offset fire ensures thereu2019s plenty of room for nibbles as well. Gas-fuelled, the cannister can be safely stashed within the table for a neat, space-saving solution.

Set includes: Fire pit table, glass surround, and lava rocks

Fuel: Recommended 5kg gas bottle

Burn time: Approx. 6-7 hours on full power

Dimensions: H46 x W110 x D59cm

Peaktop HF42191AA UK Gas Fire Pit With Cover

Peaktop HF42191AA UK Gas Fire Pit With Cover

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Classic option Enjoy the warm glow of this rectangular fire pit table in a classic design suited for most modern gardens. Made of durable lightweight metal with a smooth, wood-style tabletop, you can use the adjustable flames to light up your space.

Set includes: Fire pit table, glass screen, protective cover, and lava rocks

Fuel: Accommodates 9kg gas bottle

Heat output: 12kW

Burn time: A 9kg propane tank will last approx. 11.5 hours on max power

Dimensions: H71.1 x W106.7 x D50.8cm

Klingensmith Polyresin Propane Outdoor Fireplace by Dakota Fields

Klingensmith Polyresin Propane Outdoor Fireplace

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Rustic style Described as a fireplace, this low fire pit still leaves ample space for you to rest your drinks and despite its au natural appearance, is powered by propane fuel. In a brown wood effect, it has an adjustable flame from low to high and is the perfect way to light up your garden.

Set includes: Fire pit, lightweight cover, and 3kg lava rocks

Fuel: Propane

Heat output: 12kW

Dimensions: H29 x W89 x D89cm

Fireglow Gladstone Rectangular Gas Firepit Coffee Table with Wind Guard

Fireglow Gladstone Rectangular Gas Firepit Coffee Table with Wind Guard

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Party centrepiece Made from ultra-durable glass-reinforced concrete, this striking table is a great focal point for al fresco evenings with friends. Gas-fired, the flames lick up through lava rocks.

Set includes: Fire pit table, glass wind guard, lava rocks, and a tailor-made cover

Fuel: Recommended 5kg gas bottle

Heat output: 16kW

Burn time: Approx. 6 hours on full power

Dimensions: H36 x W132 x D70cm

Fire Pit Heater Enclosure Square Table

Fire Pit Heater Enclosure Square Table

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Cheap and cheerful Not only is this fire pit table less than £100, but it's multifunctional as a 3-in-1. Use as a fire pit to create a warm atmosphere, use a BBQ grate for barbecue parties with friends, or even fill with ice to cool drinks in the hotter months.

Set includes: Fire pit table, faux stones, poker tool, and safety waterproof mesh cover

Fuel: Use wood or coal

Heat output: Withstand high temperatures up to 500 degrees Celcius

Dimensions: H46 x W81 x D81cm

Gin 90 Low Fire Pit Table

Gin 90 Low Fire Pit Table

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Show-stealing design This floating design in oiled teak has an elongated stainless-steel bioethanol burner. This table is sleek and unobtrusive and can define and enhance a space. With clean-burning e-NRG fuel, you also don't need to worry about embers, ash, and soot.

Set includes: Fire pit table with integrated XL900 Burner

Dimensions: H34.5 x W227.2 x D109.8cm

Fire pit table FAQs

Which material is best for a fire pit table?

Firepit tables come in a wide range of hard-wearing materials including reinforced concrete, aluminium, wood and steel. Each brings their own character and personality to your outside space, so it really is a matter of style.

There are many matching furniture sets available, with a firepit table accompanied by a sofa or dining chairs in the same material, if you’re thinking of giving your patio a whole new look. Current favourites in the style stakes are homely all-weather synthetic rattan, sleek powder-coated aluminium, and glossy teak.

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Don’t be swayed by whether or not your desired gas or bioethanol table comes with ceramic logs or lava stones as standard as these can be bought separately – just check any product is fuel compatible. It’s simple to swap the style of those supplied too. Standard ceramic logs are often a dull brown but stripy pale birch, rough charred oak, and smooth silvered driftwood will instantly bring a more modern look. Fire-resistant pebbles can also top any gas or bioethanol fire pit table, as can crushed fire glass, which is available in many different colours.

Key features to look out for?

Glass wind guards are a must for gas and bioethanol burners as they prevent the fuel from being extinguished and encourage it to burn efficiently, while also protecting those gathered around from sudden wind-caught flames. They also form an essential barrier to prevent little fingers from getting too close and from debris being blown into the fire.

Most products include these in the total price but do check before ordering. Circular, square, or rectangular, they are made from sections of 5mm-thick heat-resistant glass connected by metal – usually aluminium – brackets. Raised on rubber feet that sit directly on the table, there will be a small gap to allow air to flow underneath and fan the flames.

Which fuel is best for a fire pit table?

Before you start shopping, decide which fuel type is most suitable for you and your garden.

Bottled gas or propane

This is the most popular. Clean-burning, efficient and easy to control, these cannisters produce continuous flames that can be instantly dialled up or down as you prefer. Smokeless, there’s no danger of annoying guests or neighbours and most tables have space to discreetly house the cylinder, though some do require it to be positioned a few metres away and connected with a hose.

Do check the size of any housed gas cannister suits your needs as tables accommodate different sizes. As a rough guide, a 5kg cannister will burn for around six hours, longer if flames are at a reduced height. Cannisters can be bought from local gas centres, DIY stores and petrol stations – you’ll need to buy a full bottle, then pay for a refill – and many people choose to buy two bottles so they have a spare for a quick changeover when the fuel runs out. Check too that the bottle is compatible with the burner’s particular regulator before you buy.

Bioethanol fuels

Bioethanol fuels are made from plant-derived sugar and starch combined with alcohol, making them an inexpensive and environmentally friendly choice. Available in liquid or gel form, this fuel produces lively flames without any soot, ash, or toxic fumes.

The burn rate and height of the flames are controlled by widening or reducing the burner’s aperture, using a long-handled hook tool. Although it can take up to 15 minutes for the fire to begin burning steadily, one litre of liquid fuel can last for three to four hours, making it very cost-effective.

It’s also possible to buy separate bioethanol burners that you can fit into your own custom-built table. The only downside is that you can’t refill a bioethanol burner while it’s hot so, once the fuel is used up, the flames are finished for the night.

Fire pit coffee table on patio with drink on top
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Logs and charcoal

Seasoned logs and charcoal are unrivaled for charm and atmosphere but the unmistakable crackle and aroma of wood is firmly offset by the hassle of smoke, flying sparks, and ash that has to be cleared up.

A cleaner and more efficient burn can be achieved by using quality seasoned and kiln-dried timber, but there will always be one person with eyes watering from the smoke! It’s hard to control the flame height and heat level too, but these tables are significantly cheaper.

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