The Best Garden Incinerators: Which Is The Most Efficient & Safe Option?

If you’ve always wanted a garden incinerator, this article gives details on the best types and the safest options!

Incinerator Guide & Safety Warnings!
Incinerators can be dangerous!

Garden incinerators are incredibly useful tools to have at your disposal. They are easy to use, quick and efficient in getting rid of a wide range of debris such as leaves and cuttings.

Choosing to use an incinerator is not always a straightforward decision. There are some key considerations to make. Safety and efficiency are two key factors when it comes to purchasing and using an incinerator.

There are also other things to think about like your neighbours, incinerator location and what to put in your latest garden tool. To help you get the lowdown on garden incinerators, here’s our quick and easy guide to these handy garden additions:

Let’s Start With The Law

A perfect place to start in your incinerator considerations is with the laws around bonfires, or any fires, including those using incinerators, are not governed by law. But there are laws around the issues that they can cause.

So, burning items that would cause toxic waste is not allowed. You’re also not allowed to create smoke that blows across a road or causes any danger.

In many instances, it is repeat offenders that would see a problem with the law.

Why Is An Incinerator Better Than A Bonfire?

Incinerators; The Basics!
The Basics!

You may wonder why an incinerator is necessary when you can burn a pile of debris. There are lots of reasons that these handy tools make more sense than merely burning things in a heap, including:

  • Being able to confine the burning to a smaller and more controlled area than a bonfire
  • Being able to control the fire fully
  • Creating a higher heat and more efficient burning space
  • Having a container that holds ash which can be used in gardening for pest control and composting
  • The ground is not scorched as it would be with a bonfire as long as you stack the device on paving

These are just some of the benefits of using an incinerator rather than having a fire. It is also important to note that an incinerator has benefits all on its own, such as helping you to get rid of garden waste rather than having to go to the tip, or storing lots of organic matter in bins and bags.

What Can You Burn In An Incinerator?

Incinerators: What Can You Burn?
Incinerators: What Can You Burn?

There are lots of things you can burn in an incinerator including:

  • Twigs
  • Leaves
  • Clippings
  • Branches
  • Grass cuttings

Unfortunately, lots of people also burn household waste, such as cardboard and paper in the incinerator which you should not do. These items should be recycled, along with food waste and plastic waste. Toxins can quickly rise from burning the wrong things, so it is essential to be careful with what you choose to burn.

How To Choose The Right Incinerator

To help you choose the best incinerator for your needs, we have some top tips to help you:

Size if you buy a big incinerator you can burn more than with a small incinerator. However, it is wise to remember that it will require more space and may need to be further away from your home and neighbours homes. Choose the size most appropriate for your garden waste needs.

Material – There are cheaper options available for incinerators when it comes to materials. The problem with these options is that they can rust easily outdoors. For that reason, galvanised steel is the best choice for your incinerator material.

Design – Most incinerator styles are the same, with airflow holes at the side to help your waste burn more efficiently. A chimney and a lid are both excellent features to look for in an incinerator as they further contain the heat, flames and smoke.

Some incinerators also have legs which mean they have less of a footprint on the flooring they sit on. Braces/legs also improve airflow at the bottom of the barrel.

How To Use A Garden Incinerator

Once you have chosen your garden incinerator, it is time to use it. You’ll want to have double-checked that you can use one in your garden and you may want to check with your neighbours to ensure they don’t mind you using it.

They might sweeten to the idea more quickly if you offer to burn their garden waste too. Here are our top tips to help you use your garden incinerator efficiently:

  • Stand your incinerator on its legs to allow efficient airflow at the bottom
  • Stand the incinerator on slabs or bricks
  • Check the incinerator is entirely stable and is unlikely to fall over
  • Do not add anything to your incinerator until it is burning and it is hot
  • Ensure anything you add to your incinerator is cut as small as possible and is as dry as possible
  • Always use the lid if your incinerator has one

Additional Incinerator Safety Tips:

  • Do not use incinerators on very windy days
  • Never use an unstable incinerator
  • If your incinerator is full when you go to use it, check there are no animals nesting inside before you set it alight
  • Always wear protective clothing when you use the incinerator
  • Take care when opening and closing the lid to add new material

These tips will help you get a head start when it comes to buying the perfect incinerator for your outdoor space. It is an incredible piece of kit if you choose the right type for your needs, and if you use it correctly.

Remember always to be cautious, and if you are ever in doubt about what you should and shouldn’t do, consult your local authority.

Why Not Just Compost?

Composting The Best Techniques
Composting The Best Techniques

You can always find a ton of helpful tips on composting at For the environment, it is best to compost rather than burn your garden waste!

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