Best Garden Incinerator, Incinerator Bin, Fire Bin Your Garden

As gardeners you know that garden waste can quickly add up, pruning trees and shrubs, diseased plants for example. It may be the case that having weekly bin collections by your local council isn’t enough for your needs, not to mention that you have to pay, well pay for a yearly subscription for weekly garden waste collection. Even then you can’t dispose of certain items and would have to go to your local tip to dispose of them.

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Various Garden Incinerators

A great alternative is to get yourself a Garden Incinerator, Incinerator Bin, Burning BinGarden Burner or Fire Bin (They are known by various names, but are all the same thing). 

There are a lot of garden incinerator bins to choose from on the UK market and here we pick out our top recommended burning bins for you. We look at quality, price and safety

Many people believe that burning garden waste is illegal however it’s not, there are however laws in place in regard to the nuisance that they can cause and also against burning certain types of waste.

Garden Incinerator vs Bonfire

The garden waste you generate can be burned on the ground in a bonfire. There is a possibility that this may be dangerous and messy. Putting out the fires under these circumstances will take significantly longer and be difficult. Incinerators are more efficient and work faster. A minimal amount of mess is left behind. The fire will die down in a short period if you eliminate the ventilation or place a lid on them. Having cooled, the metal incinerator fire bin can be moved easily from one place to another if needed. The opposite is true when you light a bonfire; you will release considerably more smoke and inconvenience your neighbours. As a result, they may report you for the issue and put an end to your garden waste burning. It is definitely better to use a garden incinerator instead of a bonfire, since they are very affordable.

Cut brambles

This is a pile of brambles that I cut, collected and then burnt over a few days to test out the garden incinerators mentioned in this guide.

What is the best Garden Incinerator?

The build quality, materials used, and effectiveness for each of the best-selling options were considered. Also considered was customer feedback. Here are my top five recommendations for the best garden  incinerators. So lets have a look at the best available Garden Incinerator Bin, Garden Burning BinGarden Waste Burner or Fire Bin in a different range of sizes.

210L incinerator bin

• Strong Steel Construction
• Very Large Garden Incinerator Bin

Read Our Review

15L Garden Burning Bin

15L Capacity
• Ideal For Small Amounts Of Waste
• Ash Shovel

Read Our Review

Recommended Safety Product – We strongly suggest getting the following item when using a garden incinerator bin.

fire resistant bbq gloves

• 800°C Resistant
•Fit Like Normal Gloves

So now you have seen our recommended choices for the Best Garden Incinerator, Burning Bin, Incinerator Bin or Fire Bin (They are known by various names, but are all the same thing),  that are on the market for the UK . Lets move onto some more detailed reviews of the above listed products.

Keto Plastics 210

This is our best product choice and an excellent choice for burning any amount of garden waste. It’s a very large heavy duty garden incinerator that can hold 210 litres. It’s the largest garden waste burning bin in our list of recommended products and perfect for larger gardens.

The Keto Plastics 210L solid metal fire bin is 97cm tall by 57cm in diameter. It’s a big, so just make sure that you have ample space to store it, when not in use. If you don’t need a large incinerator then this may not be for you. 

However with that said, spending this extra few pounds in getting this is a worthwhile investment, it’s the strongest garden waste burner of all our recommended garden burners made from thick steel and with a bit of care will last you several years.

The nice paint job on this fire bin is for cosmetic purposes only, it will come off on first use as with all garden incinerators. If your looking for to keep your metal fire bin looking good, then we suggest painting it with fire stove paint.

Keto incinerator bin Bin
Keto Bin in action

So after the first time that I used the Keto garden incinerator it lost it’s shinny brown colour and turned black as seen in the above photo.

Should be worth mentioning that this fire bin doesn’t come with any handles on the side, so it could be a bit more difficult to move around for some. Neither does it come with a lid. 
We recommend that you use a pair of heat resistant gloves when using a garden incinerator bin

This garden incinerator bin comes fully assembled and ready to go, don’t have to worry about it topping over, no chance of that happening due to it’s size and weight.

Denny International®

90L garden incinerator bin

With this capacity this incinerator fire bin  is suitable for burning lots of garden rubbish on a regular basis. Suitable for burning weeds, cardboard, paper, clipping, leaves and even branches.

This traditional garden incinerator bin is made in the UK from durable galvanised steel. With a 90L capacity and diameter of 45cm and a height of 81cm (including feet and lid). 

The burning bin features zinc planted handles side handles, a galvanised chimney style lid with a handle, 3 galvanised legs which require assembly prior to using the Denny International garden burner.

With aeration holes all the way round this incinerator, it quickly reaches a high burning temperature in no time at all with all that airflow. Simply fill it with waste and it with start burning everything quickly.

Remember to store this fire bin in a cool dry place when not in use. This will also help prolong its life. Be aware that all garden waste burner’s will loose their shinny look after first use. You can paint them with fire paint to keep them looking great all year round.

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90L incinerator in action

So when I put the Denny Incinerator through it’s paces, I didn’t bother attaching the feet or handles, I just made sure that the floor was stable and it wouldn’t fall over. I also wanted to see if it would work without the feet attached. To be honest it works just fine, and didn’t any difference in how the waste burned.

CrazyGadget® 125L
Galvanised Metal
Garden Incinerator / Burning Bin

The CrazyGadget 125L very large metal galvanised garden incinerator is made in the UK and constructed from durable galvanised steel. With a 125L capacity, diameter of 51cm and a height of 92cm (including feet and lid). You also get a 42L Plastic Flexi Tub and a Ash Shovel with it.

This is a great option for anyone with a large garden looking for a fire bin that’s suitable for burning lots of garden waste. Suitable for burning weeds, cardboard, paper, clipping, leaves and even branches on a regular basis.

The burning bin features zinc planted handles side handles, a galvanised chimney style lid, 3 galvanised legs which require assembly prior to using the CrazyGadget 125L garden burner.

This fire bin also has plenty of aeration holes all the way round the bottom half of this incinerator, it quickly reaches a high burning temperature in no time at all with all that airflow. 

Once cold you can move it around quite easily with its side handles.

Remember to store this fire bin in a cool dry place when not in use. This will also help prolong its life. 
Be aware that all garden waste burner’s will loose their shinny look after first use. You can paint them with fire paint to keep them looking great all year round.

rusty incinerator
Rusty Garden Incinerator

So after 3 years and with being used over 100 times this is what my Crazy Gadget Incinerator looks like. Even though it’s all rusty, it works perfectly well.

Mini Garden Incinerator Small 15L Fire Bin

15L Garden Burning Bin

We had to include this mini galvanised metal incinerator in this list, some gardeners are limited in space or maybe you just want to burn some personal documents such as bank statements

Burning bins don’t need to be large and this metal fire bin has a 15L capacity it does have a fair amount of room and it’s great for burning paper or burning small amounts of garden waste. 

As with most fire bins it’s made from galvanised steel and comes with a metal lid and 3 legs which need attaching, which was simple enough to do and very straight forward.

attaching the feet to a mini incinerator
Attaching the feet to the mini incinerator.

It has sufficient airflow with ventilation holes all around it’s body, ensuring your fire reaches sufficient temperatures. 

It’s size means that it is easier to store out of the elements when not in use and therefore prolonging it’s life.

Mini garden incinerator
Mini garden incinerator in action.

So we put it through it’s paces and as long as you can fit the material that you want to burn inside it. It will handle it without a problem. When using it with the lid on it reminded me of a fighter jet engine.

CrazyGadget® 90L Galvanised Metel
Metal Incinerator Fire Bin

90L garden waste burner

The CrazyGadget 90L garden galvanised incinerator bin  is a smaller version of the above 125L version suitable for medium sized gardens read the above review for all the features. 

It measures 80cm in height (including lid and feet) and 45cm in diameter. 

Once cold you can move it around quite easily with its side handles.

This version comes with a poker and an ash shovel.

Incinerator Buying Guide

What is a garden incinerator bin for ?

A garden incinerator bin sometimes called a fire bin, garden waste burner, burning bin or garden burner in simply a container that is used to burn garden waste, cardboard and paper. The garden waste burned could be leaves, twigs, branches, weeds and cutting to name a few.

A garden incinerator is usually a metal container made from galvanised steel with several ventilation holes in it, this allows the fire to draw oxygen and burn. Most fire bins come with legs so that they are raised off the ground reducing the possibility of scorching the ground. 

They come in all shapes and sizes from large oil drums to 15L capacity ones which are perfect for small gardens or people who just want to burn personal documents.

Why Use A Garden Incinerator Bin?

It’s an efficient way to dispose of your garden waste also known as garden refuse, for starters you avoid paying yearly fees to your local council for garden waste removal. Cheaper than buying a garden shredder and can totally destroy any sensitive personal documents that you may have.

A garden waste burner is safer than just lighting a bonfire, your able to contain the fire to a particular location. You can also make sure that no wildlife such as hedgehogs get accidently harmed when disposing of your uwanted waste. 

The ash from that’s left over at the bottom of your garden incinerator is a valuable addition in providing nutrients back to your soil as stated by the University of Oregon, this ash is also referred to as “potash”

Size Of Garden Incinerator

A Garden Incinerator comes in various sizes, so how do you know which one is the right size for you ? Well you need to ask yourself a few questions such as: 

  • How much garden waste do I have to burn?
  • Do I have somewhere to store this burning bin?
  • How often will I be burning garden waste?

Material Of Fire Bin

When looking to buy a garden incinerator make sure you choose a solid one made from galvanised steel, the thicker the better. Due to the fact that when you leave them exposed to the elements they will rust. If you want to give your garden incinerator bin further protection against the elements, then you can paint them with stove paint.

Lid and Chimney

Most garden incinerators come with a Metal Lid and Chimney to go with a galvanised garden incinerator, but are these actually necessary? Well that’s to be debated, some say that the chimney helps to funnel the smoke away, however with a chimney that’s only a couple inches high it doesn’t really make a difference.

As for the lid ? well if your burning long branches your not going to have the lid on anyway. 

So weather or not a garden waste burner comes with a lid or chimney should not be a deal breaker.

Using a garden incinerator
Using a garden incinerator with the lid on.

Aeration Holes

Every fire bin needs to have holes or as we call them air vents, fire needs oxygen to burn (it’s part of the fire triangle). The fire bin should have several vents preferably in the lower half of the fire bin. This will allow the fire to reach optimal burning temperature and effective burning.

You could also make your very own garden incinerator instead of buying one if you so choose.

How to use a garden incinerator correctly and safely

Using a garden incinerator bin correctly is incredibly important and safety is paramount, remember that all fires can be dangerous so let’s look at the steps you can take, always read the manual if your incinerator comes with one.

  • If your incinerator bin comes with feet to assemble ensure that you assemble them before using your incinerator bin.
  • Ensure that you place your incinerator bin on a flat surface this will reduce the chances of it tipping over. If your incinerator bin doesn’t have any feet then place it on a couple of bricks this will avoid you scorching the ground.
  • Make sure that the area around your fire bin is all clear and there is nothing overhanging your garden incinerator bin.
  • Don’t use any type of accelerants to light your burning bin.
  • In your incinerator, line the bottom with scrunched-up newspaper, making sure that the newspaper doesn’t get too balled up tight, so air can pass through. On top, place some larger branches, but avoid crushing everything too much. A safety lighter or a long match should be used to light the paper through a few of the holes in the base or sides.
  • After the fire has started, it’s okay to add a little more garden waste every so often; however, if you add too much at once, the fire will smother.
  • Wear fireproof gloves as a precaution so that you don’t burn yourself if you accidently touch the fire bin once it’s lit.
  • Either have a bucket with water or a garden hose near you, just in case you need it.
  • Avoid using a garden incinerator in very dry weather or on windy days, this is because hot embers can travel and potentially ignite the surrounding areas.
  • Never leave it unattended.
  • Be considerate to your neighbours and inform them before hand. They may even tell you that their not going to be home during a certain time. Perfect time for you to have your fire maybe.
  • Allow the ash in your burning bin to cool down completely before emptying.
  • Avoid burning wet material (anything that has been freshly cut or weeds that have been recently pulled. Burning wet material will create loads of smoke. Excessive smoke will annoy your neighbour’s, therefore it’s best practice to only burn dry materials which allows for less smoke and a more efficient burning.
Wet Garden Waste Burning
Thick smoke caused by me burning wet material.

Burning Garden Waste

Even though it’s not illegal to burn your garden waste in the UK, there are laws in place with regards to the nuisance that they can cause. 

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 states that it is an offence to dispose of any domestic waste in a way that can cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health, such as by burning it. What this means is that you can’t burn any plastic, tyres, rubber products or foam as these may contain harmful chemicals, these items usually produce a really dark thick smoke.

Under section 161A of the Highways Act 1980, you cannot allow smoke from a fire to drift across a nearby road. You face a fine if it poses a danger to traffic or leads to injury.

Local Councils have powers to issue “an abatement notice” if your fire is considered to be a nuisance by them. If your fire affects a person’s enjoyment of their property for example ash and smoke drifting into their garden. If you fail to adhere to this notice you could be subjected to a £5,000 fine

You should always check with your local council with regards to the rules and regulations that apply to where you live.

As mentioned by the LFB burning freshly cut green waste creates more smoke therefore it’s best to allow all your garden waste to dry out before burning it, we find that the easiest way to do this is by gathering all your garden waste into one area and covering it with a tarp for a week or 2. Now you should be left with dry waste to burn.

Once you’ve finished burning everything that you had to burn in your fire bin, you’ll be left with lots of  ash at the bottom of your burning bin, once this has completely cooled down this can be emptied. You can add this ash to a compost heap or even add it to your soil, it helps to raise ph levels and also adds nutrients. Also spreading ash directly onto the soil helps to deter snails and slugs.

Incinerator ash
Me about to spread ash around my garden.

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