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Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplace Tips


  • Place your firepit in a location that allows you to take advantage of the best landscape views of your garden and or backyard
  • Be aware of prevailing wind conditions
  • Place your firepit at least 10-feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
  • Check your owner’s manual for recommended clearance requirements for walls, structures or buildings.
  • Place your firepit in a spot clear of hanging trees, branches, brushes, or anything else that is flammable, or overhangs
  • Place your firepit on rock, stone, concrete or bricks, never on wooden decks
  • Check with management, if you live in an apartment, to learn the requirements and fire codes for using an LP gas outdoor fireplace in your apartment complex
  • Choose a spot with good drainage
  • Locate your firepit on the southeast side of a garden as a “fire element” as part of Feng Shui design, the Taoist art and science of living in harmony with the environment


  • Always use firepits outdoors, never in a building, garage or other enclosed area
  • Never leave the fire unattended
  • Do not allow children or animals near any outdoor firepit
  • Use all natural products, such as fatwood sticks to light your fire. Never use chemicals such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire
  • Do not burn pressure-treated wood because it may contain harmful toxins.  Hickory and oak produce the least amount of smoke.  Good firewood options include pinion wood, alder, cedar, oak, hickory, mesquite, pecan and even fruit woods such as apple and cherry
  • Do not overload your firepit with too much wood while in use
  • Use a spark guard to control sparks and burning embers
  • Use safety gloves and tongs when interacting with firepit, such as removing the spark guard, or adding logs
  • Avoid using firepits in windy conditions, which can blow embers
  • Allow the fire to burn it out to extinguish.  Do not use water to extinguish a fire as the extreme temperature change can damage the firepit
  • Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable liquids or vapors in the vicinity of this or any other appliance
  • Always use in accordance with all applicable local, state and national codes. Contact your local fire department for details on outdoor burning
  • Do not burn charcoal briquettes, lump charcoal, manufactured logs, driftwood, trash, leaves, paper, cardboard, plywood, painted, stained or pressure treated wood. Avoid using softwoods such as pine or cedar which can throw sparks
  • Do not touch firepit until it has completely cooled (about 45 minutes) unless you are wearing protective gear (potholders, gloves, BBQ mittens, hot pads & etc.).
  • Never touch ashes or coals to see if they are hot
  • Always empty firepits before each use
  • Do not attempt to move or store firepits until all ashes and coals are completely extinguished
  • Do not remove ashes or coals until they are completely and fully extinguished and the firepit has completely cooled (about 45 minutes)
  • Do not place wood directly into bottom of a firepit. Place wood only on the wood grate provided
  • Use heat-resistant gloves or hot pads when contacting handles
  • Use long, sturdy fireplace tools when adding or moving logs

For additional safety tips, refer to your owner’s manual.