View Full Version : Fire pit distance from house

09-26-2009, 02:20 AM
I understand that each town is different in regards to building codes. However, I am wondering what some of you exprerienced contracts think is a safe and appropriate MINIMUM distance for a fire pit to be from a house? I was thinking somewhere along the lines of at least 12 feet...?

09-26-2009, 05:08 AM
Depends on the size and shape. The enclosed ones with a chimney I've put right on the patio. The open ones I'll stick a good 15 feet from the house.

Outdoor gas fireplaces are pretty safe. It's the wood fire pits that you need to watch for. It's easy for a client to get over enthusiastic with adding the wood. Next thing you know there's hot embers flying all over the place.

09-27-2009, 04:00 PM
Thanks. Yeah, I was talking about a wood fire pit, a basic design, around 44" exterior width. I was thinking at least 12 feet minimum. Any other inputs or suggestions here??

09-27-2009, 04:02 PM
50' is the min. distance allowed here.

09-30-2009, 09:29 PM
50 here too!

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10-01-2009, 12:28 AM
But you can probably have a portable pit right outside the door. :hammerhead:

10-01-2009, 08:56 AM
yeah no real regulations on portables. it all depends on size here. anything under 24" is considered a cooking stove and can be pretty much right out side