2017 Trends in the legality of fire pits in North America
Are fire pits legal? What is and what isn’t allowed ?
Although fire pits are more popular than ever and a proliferation of them everywhere in all manners of shapes, sizes, fuel source and quality. Whether urban or country there is definitely a move towards more regulations and restrictions surrounding the use of fire pits due to insurance, pollution and fire bans. Many fire pits that you find at many Big Box locations and those sold online are in fact illegal in several of the communities they are sold in. Chimineas as an example are sold in many locations where they are in fact illegal because they are classified as open fires and are wood burners.
Local municipalities and fire departments have many and varied guidelines as to what is deemed permissible. The trend to outright ban open wood burning stoves is on the march right across North America. Pollutants and fire hazards top the list of reasons for the wood burn ban in many states and provinces. For gas or LP in the provinces such as BC, AB and Ontario it is a legal requirement for a fire pit to be a certified as an appliance. It is no longer acceptable to put an “approved certified burner “ into an unapproved receptacle or untested vessel. Many states such as NY, IL, CA and WA to name a few require the burner to be certified alongside the material it is being used with – be that brick, concrete or metal.
One would never consider buying an uncertified stove, hot water tank or boiler. Why consider a fire pit any differently ?
Massachusetts has taken it one step further and publishes a list of approved fire pits which are acceptable to the state for permits and if the product is not on the list you will not get a permit for it. Challenges and questions raised by gas inspectors and fire departments have been raised in all the states mentioned above and Solus fire pits have been successfully granted permits in all these situations.
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