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.
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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