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Things to consider before
building
a firepit in your backyard

A firepit can make your backyard a welcoming
place for people to gather and allows you to
take advantage of your outdoor living space
well into the evening. Here are some things to
consider if you’re thinking about installing one
on your property.

Most people think of wood
when it comes to firepits, but
there are other options available. You can choose to have it
run on propane, natural gas or
ethanol fuel.

Where you’ll put it
Firepits should be kept at a minimum of ten
feet away from anything flammable. Rethink
your plans if your yard doesn’t allow you to
provide this kind of clearance.

What style you Want
Firepits come in many different styles. You can
select a traditional ring of stones, a rustic brick
fireplace or a modern piece that doubles as a
coffee table.

the fuel you’ll use

Before you purchase or build a firepit, be sure

to check your municipal bylaws. Some cities
have strict rules concerning backyard fires, and
you don’t want to spend time and money building a firepit only to find out you’re not allowed to use it.

Backyard fire-safety tips
•Never build a fire outside
of your firepit’s enclosure
•Clear the area of flammable materials before lighting a fire
•Keep a fire extinguisher
nearby
•Don’t put garbage or garden waste into the fire
•Never leave a fire unattended
•Make sure the fire is
completely extinguished
before going inside
•In the case of a wood-burning firepit, allow ashes to
cool completely before
safely discarding them

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