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Can You Put a Fire Pit Under a Covered Patio?

Ideally, you wouldn't want to put a fire pit under a covered patio due to safety concerns. Fire pits produce heat, sparks, and embers that can potentially cause damage to the structure or start a fire.  However, legally, this isn't a problem. In most states, you can place a fire pit under a covered patio as long as it meets certain requirements. Let's learn a...

Can You Put a Fire Pit Under a Covered Patio?

Ideally, you wouldn't want to put a fire pit under a covered patio due to safety concerns. Fire pits produce heat, sparks, and embers that can potentially cause damage to the structure or start a fire. 

However, legally, this isn't a problem. In most states, you can place a fire pit under a covered patio as long as it meets certain requirements.

Let's learn a bit more to make an informed decision.

Which Type of Fire Pit Can be Placed Under a Covered Patio?

We'll start by saying that steer clear of wood-burning fire pits in enclosed spaces. It's just not a good idea. The smoke will linger, making the whole experience uncomfortable for you. 

Plus, if your patio's flooring is made of wood, the fire's heat could potentially damage it. The same goes for your patio furniture, too. 

Instead, opt for propane or natural gas fire pits. They don't produce smoke. They also burn cleaner and are safer than wood-burning ones.

Factors to Consider Before Placing a Fire Pit Under a Covered Patio

Before jumping into purchasing and installing a fire pit under your covered patio, there are a few things you should consider.

Ceiling Height 

If your patio has a low ceiling, we wouldn't advise you to install a fire pit. The flames need enough room to rise and dissipate the heat evenly. A low ceiling will trap the heat, leading to discomfort and damage to the patio's structure.

Check your local standards to see the recommended ceiling height for fire pits in enclosed spaces. It's usually around 80 inches or higher.

Many fire pits also come with instructions on the recommended height distances. Follow them to the T.

Location

Where you place your fire pit matters a lot, too. You don't want it to be too close to any combustible materials, like your wooden furniture.

There should be sufficient space between the fire pit and any flammable objects. We recommend at least a 10-foot distance from walls, furniture, and other structures.

Ventilation 

Smoke built-up is extremely hazardous, especially if you have family members with respiratory issues. Only install a fire pit if your covered patio has proper ventilation.

You can add a ceiling fan or keep the sides open for airflow. 

Flooring 

We touched on this a bit earlier. Wooden flooring and fire pits don't go well together. The same is true for vinyl and composite materials. You must be very careful when using a fire pit on these surfaces. 

On the other hand, it's much safer to install a fire pit on a concrete, stone, or brick floor. 

Safety Tips and Precautions

If you have installed a fire pit on your patio, you now need to follow some safety measures, too. These will help prevent any accidents and keep your patio in top shape.

  • Fire Extinguisher: Whether you're placing a fire pit in an open area or an enclosed one, this rule applies. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.
  • Distance: Patios are usually a socializing spot, but when the fire pit is lit, people should maintain a safe distance from the fire. Keep your little ones and four-legged buddies at arm's length from the fire.
  • Supervision: Even if it's a propane fire pit, do not leave it unattended. If something goes wrong, you want to be close to the fire pit to take immediate action. 
  • Flammable Objects: Some flammable objects, like furniture, are a permanent part of your patio. So, you can keep them at a distance from the fire pit. But there are some other flammable objects, too. For instance, you might bring napkins and paper plates out for a barbecue. Keep them away from the fire pit, too. 
  • Fire Starter: Do not use lighter fluid or gasoline to light a fire pit. It can cause a dangerous flare-up and ruin your patio's flooring. Instead, use a fire starter specifically designed for fire pits. 

Finally, talk to your local fire department or relevant authorities and inquire about the regulations surrounding installing a fire pit under a covered patio. Comply with their guidelines to prevent potential hazards and legal repercussions.

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