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Fire pit distance from house

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by RToolin50, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. RToolin50

    RToolin50 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    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...?
  2. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    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.
  3. RToolin50

    RToolin50 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    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??
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    50' is the min. distance allowed here.
  5. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    50 here too!
  6. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    But you can probably have a portable pit right outside the door. :hammerhead:
  7. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    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

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