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Restrictions on Chimineas and Fire Pits

The use of outdoor wood-burning heating appliances—fire pits and chimineas—is popular during the summer and early autumn months. The Baltimore County Fire Department encourages residents to know the rules about these devices and to take appropriate safety precautions.

Chimineas, fire pits and outdoor metal heaters are specifically designed to burn seasoned wood, just like a wood-burning stove. They are subject to the same fire code restrictions as charcoal grills:

  • They are not allowed on balconies or within 15 feet of multi-family buildings, including apartment buildings.
  • They are allowed only on property occupied by one- and two-family dwellings, including townhouses.
  • The devices cannot be used to burn trash.

The use of fire pits and chimineas is unrestricted at one- and two-family homes, including town homes. However, fire officials strongly recommend that they be kept at least 15 feet from the home.

Revised July 3, 2019         


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