How do you make outdoor fireplaces and fire pits safe?

wood burning stone outdoor fireplace with fieldstone on a flagstone patio in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this flagstone patio and fieldstone outdoor fireplace

Paver patio with wood burning fire pit and cover on it and stone sitting wall

Paver patio with wood burning fire pit and cover on it and stone sitting wall

Safety is an important and under valued consideration when designing outdoor fireplaces and fire pits.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we have to consider out clients safety in our design process and are always looking for new ideas and codes. We have found there are several things you can do to make your outdoor living spaces safer by both design considerations and the way you use them.

First, keeping the fire pit or fireplace at least 10′ away from any part of your house is a building code and something you should begin your design considerations with (unless it is gas and has a direct or ventless system). Secondly, with fire pits, you want the walls of the fire pit to be at least 18-20″ tall or more so kids and pits don’t fall into the fire or coals. Third, keep the size of the fire contained especially if you are near trees or shrubs.

Fireplaces generally speaking are safer than fire pits due to the fact that there are walls and a chimney that keep the fire contained. You still want to keep similar design considerations and not over build your fires. For more information and design ideas on outdoor living spaces, go to

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