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Fire pit cost guide
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Checkatrade

Outdoor living is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, especially with summer temperatures on the rise. As a result, features like fire pits have gained popularity, which is why we’ve put together this handy fire pit cost guide to help you plan your budget.

Fire pits offer style and substance for your garden, allowing you to enjoy more time outside even when temperatures cool down – and they look good too.

Not only will your fire pit keep you warm, it also provides the perfect focal point for you, your family and friends to sit around and enjoy cosy moments together.

ItemRange - lowRange - highAverage cost
Standard fire pit£100£2,000£700
Build fire pit from scratch£300£1,000£600
Fire bowl (metal)£50£450£250
Fire bowl (granite, ceramic, copper)£300£2,000£1,150
Labour (per day)£150£250£200

How much does an outdoor fire pit cost?

Average garden fire pit costs can vary, with premade units costing from £100 to £2,000. A metal fire bowl will cost around £250, whereas a more premium granite, ceramic or copper fire bowl will set you back about £1,150.

The labour costs for fire pit installation are around £200 per day, and it should only take 0.5 – 1 day to complete the job.

The main factors that will affect the actors affecting the fire pit cost are:

  • Size
  • Type (premade vs custom built)
  • Quality of the materials / fire unit used
  • Any prep work needed before installing the fire pit
  • Any construction or excavation work needed
  • Where you live

Due to the range of options for fire pits, we recommend speaking to your local fire pit experts for professional advice and accurate prices.

How much does it cost to build a fire pit?

If you want a built-in structure, instead of a premade unit, the average cost to build a fire pit is in the region of £600. That includes the materials (e.g. bricks, fire unit, etc) and labour.

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Garden fire pit costTypes of fire pit

There are a wide variety of fire pits available, so it’s important to choose the right type for you. You might be tempted to go straight for the one that looks the best, but it’s worth understanding the differences before you make a decision.

For example, some fire pits aren’t suitable for wooden decking, so it’s important to consider where you want your fire pit to be when choosing the type of fire pit for your home.

Permanent vs portable fire pits

One of the first decisions to make is whether you want your fire pit to be in a fixed position, or you want to move it around. A portable fireplace will obviously offer you more flexibility to use it in different locations, and even store it away in the winter.

However, a permanent fire pit provides a strong focal point of your garden and can encourage you to use it throughout the year.

Woodburning vs gas fire pits

The type of fuel your fire pit uses is another important consideration. Woodburning fire pits tend to be cheaper to run and create a more traditional campfire experience, but storing wood requires more space (somewhere dry, protected from the elements).

Gas fire pits offer instant fire at the flick of a switch, but can be more expensive to run and may require installing pipes from the gas source to the fire pit. Any gas pipework will add to the cost of the fire pit installation and could involve taking up part of your decking or patio.

Speak to your local fire pit experts to find out how much a natural gas fire pit installation will cost.

Fire bowls

A fire bowl is an alternative to a full fire pit in the shape of a large shallow basin on a frame (either solid or with legs). You can fill the fire bowl with wood (or other solid fuel types) to create the fire or, alternatively, connect it to a gas source.

With a very simple structure, fire bowls are a popular choice for many UK homeowners who want a fire pit experience without the cost or expense of a more advanced fire pit. If well maintained, a fire bowl will typically last 3-5 years before you need to replace it.

On average, a metal fire bowl (usually made of iron, steel or aluminium) will cost £50 to £450. For a granite, ceramic or copper fire bowl you’ll be looking at a price tag of £300 to £2,000.

Cost to build a fire pitBenefits of a fire pit

Having a fire pit at home comes with a number of benefits for you and your loved ones:

  • It creates a cosy place to get together outdoors.
  • You can enjoy your garden for longer into the evening or in cooler weather.
  • A fire pit is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day.
  • It creates an outdoor living space as an extension of your home.
  • You can use them all year round.
  • Many fire pits have optional grill plates so they can double up as a barbecue (or simply grab skewers and marshmallows for a real campfire-style treat).

Additional costs to build a fire pit

The installation cost of your fire pit will often include the price of the fire unit itself, materials needed to build the unit (e.g. bricks for a built-in fire pit) and general labour.

On top of the main installation, there are a number of other costs you might need to factor in:

  • Design costs if you want a specially-designed bespoke fire pit.
  • Prep work to prepare the ground or take up any decking or patio.
  • Building a storage unit for your fire pit fuel, e.g. a wood shed.
  • Fuel costs (whatever type of fire pit you have you’re going to need fuel)
  • Servicing and maintenance to keep your fire pit in good working order.
  • Professional cleaning should be carried out at least once a year (more often if you’re using your fire pit all year round).

Useful fire pit checklist

  • Decide where and how you want to use your fire pit.
  • Contact local fire pit experts for professional advice and accurate costs for the different fire pit options available.
  • Shop around for fair and competitive fire pit prices.
  • If hiring a professional, always hire a tradesperson with experience in installing fire pits.
  • Remember to factor in any additional costs for the initial installation, as well as running costs (fuel, servicing, etc).

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