Last updated on January 27th, 2022
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Garden incinerators are an effective way to dispose of garden waste because they are designed to burn efficiently at high temperatures. They are commonly used to burn allotment waste including leaves, branches, clippings as well as paper, card and rubbish.
Another option worth considering as an alternative is a garden shredder, so that waste can either be spread as bark chippings, as mulch or used to make compost. You can learn more about garden shredders here.
Garden incinerators come in all shapes and sizes, with the most popular being the round 90 litre galvanised incinerator.
What makes a good garden incinerator?
They need to be strong, durable and made from galvanised steel because this helps to protect them from rust. However, even galvanised steel incinerators will rust if they are left out in the rain so it is always better to put them under cover when not in use.
The key to an efficient fire bin is that air can circulate through, ensuring that the fire gets enough oxygen for it to burn very hot, which in turn will create efficient combustion. This is usually achieved by having holes on the outside of the bin and lower down. Some new designs now have an air vent through the centre of the bin and this allows the air to circulate through the centre of the fire. On top of this, all good galvanised incinerator bins have a lid with a small chimney that helps contain the heat but lets the smoke escape.
Garden incinerator reviews
There are many different incinerators available in garden centres and online but which one you purchase will depend on how often you use it, whether you need a large or small one, whether you use it regularly or alternatively a couple of times a year. The prices vary from cheaper models that are ideal for using a couple of times a year to more expensive models that are better for more frequent use.
We have recommended some of the best models that range in prices, from under £20.00 to over £30.00. Each incinerator has its own advantages.
1. Galvanised 90 Litre Garden Incinerator
This incinerator offers excellent value for money, is made from high quality galvanised steel and has holes on the bottom as well as the sides for better combustion. Surprisingly you would expect it to be flimsy but it is actually of solid construction. It comes with legs to hold the base off the ground and this helps with airflow and prevents it from scorching the ground. This incinerator comes with a lid (as expected) but always check before purchase because some models don’t and others may charge extra. Also, it has solid handles to make moving it around or putting it under cover easy when not in use.
Highly recommended for use in the garden or on your allotment, however, if you plan to use it excessively you may be better off purchasing a more robust model.
2. Fast Burner 90 Litre Incinerator
If you are looking for a high-quality garden incinerator then this ‘UK-made’ model should tick all the boxes. It is made from high-quality galvanised steel and does burn faster than other models thanks to its extra holes, which, go right to the top of the bin. This 90 litre bin is ideal for someone who is looking for a better than average incinerator that will burn through rubbish quicker. Comes complete with a lid, a small chimney and legs (which need to be bolted on) before use so a little building is required when it arrives but this only takes a few minutes.
Recommended for someone looking to pay a little extra for a fast burning incinerator for a more than average use. Strong construction that is made to last.
3. Mini Galvanised Garden Incinerator
It may be small at only 15 litres when you compare it to the larger 90 litre models (and these are not for everybody) but this mini garden incinerator is a quality British product, made from galvanised steel and has a sturdy 3 legged base and strong riveted handles for easy moving.
Another advantage, for people who may have nowhere to store a larger incinerator, is that this small model can be stored in the smallest of spaces or placed on a shelf. Why buy a larger one if you only need a small one?!
Ideal for someone who only needs to burn a small amount of garden rubbish or would prefer to burn more frequently in smaller amounts. Comes complete with a lid.
4. 210 Litre Large Incinerator
At 38 inches tall and 23 inches wide this garden incinerator is large enough to burn the largest piles of garden waste. It actually started life as a fruit juice drum, they are re-conditioned and have 4 holes drilled near the bottom. These are very popular with customers on Amazon.co.uk and they have commented on how well made they are and how well they work.
A couple of recommendations we have is to first stand the container on a few bricks to lift it off the floor and secondly, it may need a few more holes drilling into it to improve air circulation, which in turn, will improve burning. That being said, people have commented on how well it does burn as it is.
If you have larger amounts of garden rubbish to burn, this garden incinerator will offer you excellent value for money.
There are many more garden incinerators available and most a very similar design, but the majority of gardeners will be happy with the ‘Galvanised 90 litre garden incinerator’ because it offers quality and value for money. We would highly recommend this product over other similar ones.
The other incinerators we have included in our review are above the top of their game compared to similar models that are available and all have their own advantages, from a faster burner to a more small and compact design to one that is extra large for burning larger quantities of rubbish.