Extend your outdoor living with a fire pit

One of the fastest growing trends in Calgary is adding a fire pit to your outdoor landscape. Fire pits can be a great addition to backyard landscaping and can bring endless enjoyment. Fire pits can create family nights cooking hot dogs and s’mores, they can provide warmth and light, and they can become a natural gathering area for entertaining friends. Project Landscape not only installs a number of different, designed wood burning and natural gas fire pits, but we also keep up on Calgary’s safety regulations for outdoor fire pits. 

Fire Pit Safety:  

Backyard fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and wood burning ovens must meet Calgary bylaw standards for your safety and enjoyment, as well as your neighbors.

Here are a few tips to help you understand:

  1. Backyard fire pits should be built into the ground, on brick or stone, or in a fireproof container. Portable fire pits may be used on a deck as long as they sit on brick or stone and not directly on your wooden deck.
  2. Fire pits must be at least two meters away from your property line, house, garage, or fence.
  3. Fire pits must NOT be under trees, branches, plants, or other materials that can catch fire.
  4. All fires in your fire pit must be kept to a reasonable size: one meter high and wide. A mesh screen or “spark guard” is now required in order to reduce the spread of embers and sparks from wood burning fire pits.
  5. Only burn clean, dry firewood. Do not burn wood that is painted, treated wood, or wood with glue or resin. 

    1. Wood from a different location, region, or province
    2. Wet or green/fresh cut wood
    3. Yard waste (cut grass or leaves)
    4. Garbage
    5. Rubber or plastic
    6. Furniture
  6. Always have a way to put out the fire close to your fire pit. Easy options are your watering hose or a bucket of water.
  7. All fires in your fire pit must be continually supervised.

Learn more about fire safety here.