Outdoor Fireplace Safety

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Installing your Outdoor Fireplace

When assessing where to install your outdoor fireplace, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Build your fireplace on a stable, level and fireproof surface like concrete or brick
  • Do not build your fireplace on grass
  • Keep the fireplace away from your home, fences, landscaping and electrical wiring
  • Check your local ordinances about outdoor fires
  • Your community may require a minimum distance between your fireplace and neighboring yards; regardless, make sure the smoke doesn’t reach your neighbor
  • For Emberside fireplaces, make sure the surface can withhold approximately 800 pounds 
  • Make sure you safely handle your gas logs by carefully reading the safety manuals.


Using your Outdoor Fireplace

When using your fireplace:

  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby for safety
  • Don’t let kids or pets too close to the fire – generally about 3 feet away is best
  • Clean the fireplace regularly
  • Cover when not in use to project your fireplace from the elements, but make sure to let your fireplace cool before placing the cover on top for safety purposes.


If you burn real wood:

  • Don’t use flammable fluids like gasoline or lighter fluid – use fire starters
  • Burn only aged, dry wood and steer clear of treated and “soft” wood like pine or cedar
  • Don’t burn anything but wood
  • Be careful with smoldering wood, which can cause burns
  • Wait 24 hours before disposing of leftover ashes. Dampen, cool and store them only in a metal container made for this use


When using a gas fireplace, make sure you have plenty of air and ventilation


Outdoor Fireplace Cooking

  • Always clean the cooking surface before use to get rid of grease and debris that can be a fire hazard
  • Avoid clothing that is loose or could catch fire, like apron strings
  • Use the proper utensils with long handles – cast-iron not aluminum, for example