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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 subject to the same fire code restrictions as charcoal grills:

  • They are not allowed to be stored, used or kindled on balconies or patios, or within 15 feet of multifamily 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 townhouses. However, fire officials strongly recommend that they be kept at least 15 feet from the home.

Revised October 16, 2019         


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