Fire Pits & Chimineas
In the past few years outdoor fireplaces commonly known as fire pits/chimineas have become very popular in the United States. Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits or chimineas have some very important characteristics that make them fall into the outdoor fireplace category. Listed below are some characteristics that must be present to allow these devices to be considered an outdoor fireplace.
- Constructed of clay, cast iron or cast aluminum.
- Must have a chimney, screen or top for spark arresting safety.
- Shall be listed for use as outdoor fire place, fire pit, or chiminea.
- Elevated off the ground with feet or pedestal.
- Have a fire extinguisher or water source readily available to extinguish the fire. (Beachwood Codified Ordinance 660.08 .(E).4 / Ohio Fire Code 307.5)
- All recreational fires in approved containers must be a minimum of 15ft from any structure. (Beachwood Codified Ordinance 660.08 .(E).3 / Ohio Fire Code 307.5)
- Do NOT burn treated wood, pellets, or charcoal (and of course, never burn toxic materials) (Beachwood Codified Ordinance 660.08 .(E).6)
- Place the fireplace/chiminea in a spot that is clear of hanging trees, branches, brushes, or anything else that is flammable.
- Position the chiminea on a flat and fireproof surface (rock, concrete, bricks)
- Never leave the fire unattended. Also make sure it is completely extinguished before going in for the night. (Beachwood Codified Ordinance 660.08 .(E).4 / Ohio Fire Code 307.5)
- Do NOT use lighter fluid or gasoline. Use fire starters!