Where can I build a fire pit in my backyard?


I want to build a fire pit in my backyard. How far away from trees and structures does it have to be?

  5 answers
  • William William on Mar 14, 2019

    An above-ground pit becomes a focal point of your outdoor living design. Be sure and place it where it balances with other large design elements. A gas fire pit can be placed just about anywhere, but a wood-burning pit will need to be at least 10 feet away from any structure. Before putting in a permanent fire pit, check for wind patterns that may cause potential smoke issues. Also, remember to leave ample room for seating around the pit.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 14, 2019

    Depends on how low yiur branches are. I try to avoid all trees and structures. Go as far as you can.

  • 10 to 20 feet, yet distances are negotiable depending on where you look.




    If in doubt, contact your local Fire Marshall. To me it is a heap of common sense as you don't want to have the trees catch fire, nor do you want smoke blowing in the house when the breeze shifts. Does your group have a pyromaniac that builds bonfires? If so, double or triple the clearance. Or if just a nice little roaring fire to sit around, chat, snack and enjoy beverages, you have a bit more leeway. Measure it, use a tape measure or yard stick.

    Once complete, enjoy your fire pit! 🔥

  • Jody B Nash Jody B Nash on Mar 14, 2019

    I would opt for a propane fire ring/pit. It can be turned off immediately. There are no smoldering coals to re-ignite You are in control. Unbelievably, my daughter's father-in-law (age 70 ish) had a fire pit in his back yard. He decided to burn pizza boxes. Spark and ash ignited pine needles which caught his back porch on fire. When he went out to see, his leg went through the porch. He was burned. The house took 1 1/2 years to rebuild.

  • Clergylady Clergylady on Mar 14, 2019

    Mine is 30' from the house and near but defiantly not under the branches of my apricot tree. Don't want to damage leaves with the heat of a fire. All around you need cleared ground or good separation from any combustables. I'm doing a brick patio with a fireplace now instead of my fire pit with cleared dirt around it. Neighbors pit is surrounded by gravel 15' on all sides.