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Tips on How To Design A Safe Space For Your Fire Pit

Many people have fire pits at their homes and have become a big gathering place with families and friends. But it’s important that you know the rules and regulations such as tips on how to design a safe space for your fire pit

When we were designing out fire pit we had to design a space that was away from our home to avoid unnecessary fires. If you are building a home and want one adding a patio space made from gravel or concrete around the fire pit is ideal. That way if a spark lands in the gravel it will die out. Fire pits are strictly governed by local building codes. Approved containers must be at least 15 feet from any structure. Only containers approved after the Uniform Fire Code permit and inspection process fall into the category of an “approved container.” Some codes require the pit to be encircled by a border of sand or gravel. Make sure before you add a fire pit in your backyard, know the fire codes in your area.

Rules of Having a Fire pit.

We worked with a landscape architect to determine how many feet from the house we should build the fire pit. According to our local town ordinances, we determine that 25 feet was enough spaces between the house and the firepit. We also did not want many trees around. Our architect designed the landscaping to have low lying plants not close to it. You don’t need to have a landscape architect to determine what types of plants are good around the space. Your town hall fire code info should have that information. Just keep in mind no tall trees or bushes around it.

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Location and construction

Once we chose a spot on our property for the fire pit. The workers dug a circular hole two feet wider than what is needed for the actual fire pit and dug down about twelve inches. Once the concrete was poured. The mason came in to create the fire pit container where the wood goes. We choose brick and mortar. A large ring of gravel was designed to keep the fire pit safe from grasses or plants.


Purchasing one.

You can purchase a well-made fire pit that can be just as functional as the one you have built on your property. Keep in mind that the fire regulation applies to any fire pit whether its store-bought or constructed on your property.

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  1. Hi Maria! Just popping in to say hello, and thank you again for adding The Tally Tales to your blogroll here. I hope you have a wonderful week! 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting my post and it was a pleasure to put you in my blog roll! I’m looking for stuff that I love!
      Take care Maria

  2. I love outdoor fireplaces! It’s on my one day list. :o)

    1. I hope you get that one done! its alot of fun to plan dinners and parties outside when its cold. I grew up in the north and my family and I always built Bon Fires and we clear the snow and bring a table and chairs and have a grand old dinner. Its was fun! you really dont feel the cold when you are layered up near heat! Take Care Maria

  3. Good Morning Maria,
    I love a fire pit, they are reminiscent of an old fashioned bon-fire and we had so many of those growing up.
    I am most certain you are enjoying your fire pit with those adorable grandsons!
    Take care,

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