Always check your municipal fire pit rules first. Several towns and cities don’t allow open fires within their limits. If you find a fire pit is fine with your local government officials, follow these lists of dos and don’ts from the experts at Mr. Handyman, who also know a few things about deck repair.


  • Shop around

There are a ton of options available when picking out the perfect fire pit. Learn about the type and price that best fits what you’re willing to invest in your yard. Purchasing fire extinguishing agents and a spark screen are also a good idea for safety purposes.

  • Know what you’re using it for

If you are looking to use your fire pit in several places, such as the backyard and on family camping trips, make sure it’s portable. Likewise don’t get a portable fire pit if you only plan to use it for backyard parties.

  • Check your local fire codes

Different municipalities are going to have different restrictions on how you can use a fire pit near your home. Call your local fire station to find out and avoid a sometimes hefty fine.


  • Go overboard in a small yard

It’s important to have enough room to maneuver around the new fire pit comfortably for you and a handful of guests. Make sure you have 10-20 feet of space around your new pit so things don’t get too crowded and to avoid contact with trees and debris.

  • Put safety on the back burner

Fire can always be dangerous if not handled properly, and if you don’t feel comfortable installing a fire pit yourself, don’t hesitate to rely on the professionals at Mr. Handyman.

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