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Seeing Beyond the Surface: How to Spot Quality Firepit Designs

Solus Decor Linear outdoor gas fire pit

When shopping for the perfect firepit, it’s easy to be swayed by striking visuals. However, discerning homeowners and top-tier designers know that true quality is about more than what meets the eye. Solus Decor demonstrates its commitment to excellence by continuously showcasing at the Chelsea Flower Show, where our firepits are not only displayed but are also a chosen feature in designer gardens. This guide helps you look beyond glossy images to choose a firepit that embodies both style and enduring quality.

Solus Decor's Luna Fire Bowl - a fire pit with a fire in it, standing on a deck at Chelsea Flower Show 2023 in London
Solus Decor’s Luna Fire Bowl was revealed at the 2023 Chelsea Flower Show in London.


Understanding the Material: GFRC vs  UHPC

Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) is renowned for its exceptional durability and resistance to environmental damage. We at Solus Decor prefer UHPC for its ability to withstand the test of time, ensuring their firepits are both luxurious and long-lasting. Opting for UHPC can greatly enhance the lifespan and maintenance frequency of your outdoor centrepiece.

Unfortunately, many firepits on the market are constructed from Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC), which, while lighter than traditional concrete and often less expensive, can compromise durability and strength, especially under challenging weather conditions.

The Illusion of the Image: Evaluating Firepit Photos

Be vigilant about the firepit images presented online. Some may use sophisticated photo editing to enhance the appearance of the firepit, misleading potential buyers with perfect flames or flawless finishes. Real fire varies with wind and fuel, so identical flames in photos can indicate digital alterations. Signs of poor craftsmanship, such as blotchy surfaces or an overly smooth finish, might also be masked in photos.

Expert Guide: Selecting a High-Quality Firepit for Your Garden.

When choosing a firepit for your outdoor space, it’s imperative to look beyond mere aesthetics to ensure you are selecting a product that offers both beauty and lasting durability. This guide is designed to help you understand the key features of high-quality firepits, focusing on material integrity, craftsmanship, authentic imagery, and brand reputation:

Material Integrity

For those seeking longevity and resilience in their firepit, Ultra-High Performance Concrete is an exemplary choice. Renowned for its advanced structural qualities and superior resistance to environmental stressors, UHPC ensures that your firepit will endure through the seasons without compromising its integrity or appearance.

Solus Decor’s Hemi Fire Bowl close up image with fire
Solus Decor’s Hemi Fire Bowl, manufactured using Ultra-High Performance Concrete, is built to withstand all of Canada’s harsh weather changes.



Exquisite craftsmanship is not only visible in the seamless finish and symmetry of a firepit but also in its structural finesse and colour consistency. Products crafted with meticulous attention to detail not only elevate your garden’s ambiance but are also more sustainable, resisting common wear and tear with grace.

Real Images

Authenticity in product imagery is crucial. At Solus Decor, we pride ourselves on using real, unaltered photographs that show our firepits in various natural settings. These images give you a true-to-life representation of what you can expect, avoiding the pitfalls of enhanced or deceptive visuals.

Solus Decor's Halo FirePit stands out at night against a backdrop of mountains.
Beautiful during the day or night – Solus Decor’s Halo Fire Pit stands out at night against a backdrop of mountains.


Brand Reputation

We at Solus Decor further highlight our reputation for quality by participating in the Chelsea Flower Show. Leading garden designers regularly feature our quality firepit designs in their gardens, demonstrating their trust and preference. Our commitment to quality is also echoed in our customer reviews and proactive customer service. We offer detailed product information, transparent customer testimonials, and robust support to ensure you make an informed choice.

Positive feedback from Benjamin Walker - Garden and Landscape Designer

Final Thoughts

In the crowded market of firepits, knowing the true value behind promotional images is essential. Whether you’re a designer or homeowner, this guide empowers you to make informed choices, ensuring your firepit is not only visually appealing but also a durable and functional addition to your outdoor living space.

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Visit our UK showroom
Cedar Nursery, Horsley Road, East Horlsey,
Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3JX

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Pavilion Way PW191