The best fire pits and garden heaters

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Get summer-ready with these top tips to the best garden heaters and fire pits around

Garden firepit

The summer may be drawing to a close, but with promises of a sunny September and a reluctance to retire to the living room just yet, a garden heater or fire pit could be the ideal way to make the summer warmth last a little longer.

If you want to while the night away and enjoy dinner and drinks in the garden, then you might want to consider investing in a heater to stop the evening breeze putting a chill on your evening.

Here are some of our suggestions for the perfect fire pits and patio heaters:

Fire Heaters

Fire pits

On a budget

As with most things these days, if you're looking to buy on a budget, look no further than your local supermarket. You can pick up a fire basket from Asda for just £39; it can be used as a BBQ too. Tesco also have a small fire pit for just £25 which comes with a screen hood.

Loosening the purse strings

If you'd rather keep grocery shopping and glamming up the garden separate, then B&Q offer a great range of fire pits. The La Hacienda Indiana Firebowl model is made of black mesh and is beautifully decorated with a swirling flower pattern. While the Silene Mosaic Firepit Table has a removable centre and can be turned into a handy table when not in use. Both are priced at £99.

Blowing the budget

If money's no object and you're looking for something eye-catching, just visit Firepits UK and feast your eyes on their sizeable collection. From the Kebab King (£457) to The Viking (£425) there's something for all tastes. If you're after the 'big daddy' of fire pits, then you could opt for the Fire Box, a 120x80cm beast which comes with a BBQ rack. The Fire Box is £650.

Garden heaters

Electric heaters

On a budget

You don't have to splash the cash to keep your patio toasty this September; you can pick up a wall-mounted infrared halogen heater for £25 from Primrose. Or, visit Tesco Direct to pick up a heater, which clamps onto your parasol, for around £48.

Loosening the purse strings

There are plenty of different options when it comes to choosing a garden heater, from wall-mounted to freestanding, you can take your pick. If you're willing to spend a little more, you can find one which is reliable and likely to last until next September. There's the La Hacienda Carbon Fibre Freestanding Patio Heater from Homebase for £149, or the La Hacienda Electric Parasol Heater, also from Homebase, for £129.

Blowing the budget

If you're after a top-of-the-range number, you could go for the stainless steel flame tower (£299) from Calor which is gas powered and features an aluminium heat reflector and glass tubes. The flame tower provides light as well as heat so it's perfect for a romantic evening in the garden.

Alternatively, you could really splash the cash and opt for the Burda 3kW Tower Electric Patio Heater (£1,534.99) from Primrose, an eco-friendly, free-standing heater which will help keep you feeling toasty long after the sun goes down.

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