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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.

1.) ➜ Constructed of steel, clay, concrete or other non-combustible material.

2.) ➜ Should have a chimney, screen or top for spark arresting safety.

3.) ➜ Shall be listed for use as outdoor fire place, fire pit, or chiminea.

The State of Ohio fire code allows these devices as long as safety is the #1 priority.

When using these devices here are a couple of safety tips that should be followed and if not can result in an unsafe condition or the fire to be extinguished by local authorities.

1.) ➜ Have a Fire Extinguisher, water, sand or dirt source readily available to extinguish the fire. (Ohio Fire Code 307.5)

2.) ➜ All recreational fires in approved portable containers must be a minimum of 15ft from any structure. (Ohio Fire Code 307.4.3)

3.) ➜ Permanent Fire Pits must be 25ft from any structure, 3ft or less in diameter and 2ft or less in height.

4.) ➜ Do NOT burn Treated wood, pellets, or charcoal (and of course, never burn toxic materials).

5.) ➜ Place the Fireplace/chiminea in a spot that is clear of hanging trees, branches, brushes, or anything else that is flammable.

6.) ➜ Position the chiminea on a flat and fireproof surface (rock, concrete, bricks)

7.) ➜ Never leave the fire unattended. Also make sure it is completely extinguished before going in for the night. (Ohio Fire Code 307.5)

8.) ➜ Do NOT use lighter fluid or gasoline. Use fire starters!

The City of Lyndhurst Fire Prevention Bureau does not encourage the use of outdoor fireplaces/chimineas for safety reasons.

The Fire Prevention Bureau would also like to remind you that the Ohio Fire Code allows the Fire Department the right for these fires to be extinguished anytime a complaint is received for conditions that are offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or conditions that warrant it due to safety. (OFC 307.1.1)

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