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Can I Add a Fire Pit on a Wood Deck?

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If you’re in the process of building a wood deck and you’re wondering whether it’s possible to incorporate a fire feature, such as a fire pit or fireplace, you’re not alone. Many homeowners love the idea of having a cozy outdoor fire pit to gather around with friends and family. In this article, we’ll explore your options and recommend some safe and practical ways to add a fire pit on a wood deck.

Ventless Fire Features for Wood Decks

One of the first things to consider when contemplating a fire pit on your wood deck is the type of fire feature you want. A popular choice for wood decks is a ventless fire feature. Ventless options include both electric and gas fire pits or fireplaces. These designs offer several advantages for wood decks.

The Beauty of Ventless Fire

Ventless fire features provide the allure of a traditional fire pit without the need for a chimney or exhaust system. This means you won’t have to worry about exhausting the fire three feet above the highest peak of your roofline, as required for some traditional fireplaces.

Electric or Gas: Your Choice

You have the freedom to choose between electric and gas options. Electric fire pits are hassle-free, easy to operate, and do not emit any harmful fumes. Gas fire pits or fireplaces, on the other hand, offer a more realistic flame and can be a great addition to your deck, providing warmth and ambiance.

Wood Burning Fire Pits

If you’re not planning to install your fire pit on a wood deck, wood-burning fire pits are another fantastic option to consider. However, please note that local regulations and safety concerns may apply.

Municipal Regulations

In some areas, municipalities require wood-burning fire pits to be a certain distance away from your house for safety reasons. This distance can vary, with requirements ranging from 10 to 30 feet in some regions. Before you invest in a wood-burning fire pit, be sure to check your local regulations to ensure compliance.

Gas Fire Pits and Fireplaces

Another viable option for those not installing their fire pit on a wood deck is a gas fire pit or fireplace. These options are cleaner and more convenient than traditional wood-burning fire pits.

The Convenience of Gas

Gas fire pits and fireplaces provide instant warmth and require minimal maintenance. You won’t need to worry about collecting firewood, cleaning up ashes, or dealing with smoke. Simply turn on the gas, ignite the flame, and enjoy the cozy atmosphere.

Safety First

No matter which type of fire pit you choose, safety should always be your top priority. Here are a few essential safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Location Matters: Ensure your fire pit is placed on a stable and fire-resistant surface. If you’re installing it on a wood deck, consider using a heat-resistant fire pit pad to protect the wood.
  2. Clearance: Maintain adequate clearance from combustible materials. This includes keeping your fire pit away from plants, furniture, and your home’s exterior.
  3. Fire Extinguisher: Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and make sure everyone knows how to use it.
  4. Supervision: Never leave a burning fire pit unattended, especially if children or pets are present.


Adding a fire pit on a wood deck is possible and can enhance your outdoor living space. Ventless fire features like electric or gas fire pits are safe and convenient choices for wood decks. However, if you’re not planning to install your fire pit on a deck, wood-burning and gas options are also available. Remember to prioritize safety, follow local regulations, and enjoy the warmth and ambiance of your fire pit responsibly.

If you have any questions or need professional assistance with adding a fire pit to your wood deck, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you create the perfect outdoor space for your enjoyment.

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