How much room should you leave around a fire pit?

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Fire pits are one of the hottest features in outdoor living today. They offer a great gathering spot for friends and family and allow you to extend the use of your outdoor living space in the early spring and late fall.

When you are planning your outdoor living space, you will want to carefully plan your fire pit to make sure there is enough room around it for everyone to be comfortable.

A good guideline is to have about 7 feet of space around the fire pit. But that number may change depending on the type of seating you have. For example, will there be a sitting wall around the fire pit? All the way around or just partially around? What types of chairs will you have? Try to pick out the chairs before you finalize a design to make sure you have the proper amount of room. Adirondack chairs are probably going to require more space than typical patio chairs. Benches or outdoor sofas may change the space needs as well.

You’ll also want to consider what other elements you are planning for your outdoor living space. For example, is there a pool? Where do you want the fire pit in relation to the pool? Or is there an outdoor kitchen? You don’t want the space to feel too crowded.

Finally, you’ll want to check with any local regulations around fire pits. Some cities and towns in Connecticut do have rules around fire pits. For example, Meriden has a policy for recreational and outdoor cooking fires.

The landscape design experts at E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting can assist you in planning a fire pit that serves as a great place to gather with loved ones and make memories. Visit our outdoor fire feature page for more ideas or contact us for design consultation today.