The Zero fireplace by AK47 is essentially a large bench with a central firepit at its heart. A storage space for logs beneath the seating area turns a necessity into a feature. Including a grill and a lid to cover the fire pit aperture, this multifunctional piece is eminently practical in either large or small gardens. The steel finish improves with age as the elements weather the structure to a richly rusted sheen.
Used traditionally as cooking vessels, original Kadai bowls are imported by Wilstone from India, where new bowls are also manufactured for the company from recycled oil barrels. Sold with a choice of stands, hand forged tongs and barbecue grills to suit. A large range of sizes is available, from 50cm to 180cm across.
www.wilstone.com, from £160
No two firebowls created by artist John T Unger are the same, as each piece is hand cut from scrap steel. The Great Bowl o’Fire is dramatic whether it is lit or not. It is available in a range of designs in various sizes and is easily converted to clean-burning propane or natural gas, if these are considered preferable to charcoal or wood.
www.johntunger.com, from $999
An urban interpretation of a campfire, the spherical Globe fireplace can be used indoors and out but must be given protection from rain. Freestanding, it can be swiveled 360 degrees to direct heat where it is needed. Fuelled with eco-friendly bio-ethanol, it generates no smoke and no mess. A wall-mounted version, Cupola, is also available.
www.vauni.com, from €1,900
A durable low-cost family option, the Hotspot Urban 880 is a good introductory burner/barbecue. A hinged grill allows cooking for large groups and is easily removed for conversion to an open fire. Available with an optional weatherproof cover, and in other sizes.
The huge weathered steel Qrater campfire dish allows up to 14 people to gather comfortably, so satisfying Belgian-based designer Dirk Wynant’s mission to create products that “serve togetherness, hospitality and communication”. Complete with adjustable cooking utensils allowing individuals to grill food.
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