Fire Pits/Chimaneas Safety

Fire Pits and Chimineas

All charcoal grills, chimineas, fire pits, and patio heaters are allowed within the city limits. While operating chimineas or fire pits, if the smoke or odor emission becomes offensive or objectionable, you will be required to extinguish the fire. Outdoor fireplaces, portable outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, and chimaneas should:

  • Not exceed a total fuel area of three (3) feet or less in diameter and two (2) feet or less in fuel height.
  • Be placed at least 15 feet from any combustibles.
  • Have a fire safety plan.
  • Have a fire extinguisher or water hose available at all times.
  • Not be placed on wood decks, used on or in enclosed patio decks, or under overhangs.
  • Not burn garbage, leaves, rubbish, or rotten wood that will smoke.
  • Use a spark arrestor screen while being used to control sparks and embers when provided with the unit.
  • Be aware of wind and weather conditions before you use your fire pit/chiminea.
  • Keep children and pets away.
  • Do NOT leave a fire unattended!
  • Make sure that the fire is out before you leave after you have finished enjoying its use.
  • Never discard ashes into a combustible container or garbage receptacle. Place them in a metal container first and wet them thoroughly with water.

Fire Pit Guidelines

  • Commercially manufactured fire pits that do not exceed 36 inches in diameter with spark arrestors are allowed.
  • Fire pits built as a structure as part of the permanent landscape design and do not exceed 36 inches in diameter are allowed. The fire pit should be lined with fire brick to protect the masonry from cracking and possibly fragmenting from rapid expansion of moisture in the masonry. Spark arrestors should be in place when using the fire pit.
City Ordinance 08-01-06 - Click on 08-01-06 when ordinance opens.
Bismarck Fire Code

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