Lead image The Qrater from Extremis is a robust wood-burning fire pit made from weathering steel with galvanised steel base. It’s available at Chaplins.


With summer in full swing, we’re all indulging in a bit of luxurious outdoor dining and making the most of these few short months of sporadic sun. Rain or shine, easy barbecues are the perfect excuse for gathering friends and family together, but if your al fresco lounge space is looking a bit tired now it might be the time to think about upgrading. Step one is deciding what model you’d like and whether you would prefer charcoal or gas. Charcoal barbecues are the way to go if you love that smokey, chargrilled flavour from your food, but they do take time to heat up and need to be properly cleaned afterwards. A gas model fires up quicker, is more immediate and, of course, you have more control over the temperature, but they are also a bigger investment. They do, however, take up more space on a patio or in a shed when not in use. 


Above The Morsø Grill 17 Table model could be right for you. This barbecue has a bowl, grill and frying plate, so you can cook foods at different temperatures and then adjust the plate and grill to get an open firepit to sit around. Price £999.


Nic Jones, of outdoor furniture and appliance specialists Alfresia, says he’s noticed a revival in traditional cooking techniques in recent years, including wood chip smoking and charcoal. ‘Smokers are great as they allow you to use flavoured wood pellets to get a unique taste’.In terms of safety precautions, Jones advises to: ‘Always use a secure level patio avoiding wind. Ensure there is space for easy access to and from the hot grill and you are away from plants, trees and buildings. Obviously guests should keep their distance from flames.’


Above For a complete outdoor dining experience, we love the idea of these WWOO kitchens. A fully equipped kitchen can include a pizza oven, a Big Green Egg barbecue, integrated fireplace, stainless steel sink, storage, cutting boards and canopy. Price starting at £2,964.


Article by: Lucy Macdonald