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Portable Fire Pits allowed?

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by girlPA, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. girlPA

    girlPA New Member

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    I was wondering if anyone knew whether portable fire pits were allowed in the community? We live in a Townhouse and I didn't know if they were allowed or if they are allowed what are the rules around their use? I am talking about the kind you can put a few logs into and you can purchase from Lowes.
     
  2. phitnessfiend

    phitnessfiend New Member

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    I don't believe there are, no. Let's put it this way...we have one, so I hope not!
     
  3. mamatothree

    mamatothree New Member

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    There is nothing in the bylaws prohibiting them.
     
  4. girlPA

    girlPA New Member

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    Okay that's great! Thank you both for your replies!
     
  5. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    If you are using one on a deck, please use caution. Numerous stories about people setting their decks on fire.
     
  6. girlPA

    girlPA New Member

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    No we won't be using it on the deck so no worries!
     
  7. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    is that what burned down a house in ashburn this past year? not in the broadlands...
     
  8. TigerFan

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    As said above, do not use them on your deck, nice burn spot in our Trex....
     
  9. mjbenteler

    mjbenteler mom2three

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    redon, i believe that the fire you are talking about was caused by a propane tank.
     
  10. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    Mj, I believe you are correct!
     
  11. Winston

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    We were thinking of getting one (we have a Trex deck also). What kind of fire pit did you use? Did you have a fire mat underneath it? Thanks.
     
  12. TigerFan

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    I have a basic fire pit from Target, yes there was a fire mat underneath, but it still made a burn spot in the Trex. I would recommend something more to protect the deck than the thin fire mat that came with the pit I bought. My pit is a low one, maybe sits 12 inches off the ground.
     
  13. mdcrim

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    Our neighbor uses a large piece of slate, slightly elevated off the deck, for his fire pit to sit on (he had also suffered a Trex burn).

    On a related topic, we just installed a fire pit in the back yard. I called the Fire Marshals office yesterday to ask about burning regulations. I was told that, generally, fires used for cooking (like fire pit fires) do not have any regulations unless you are in an incorporated town, which may have their own rules. BUT, he did ask that I contact the non-emergency Fire Marshal number before EVERY TIME I burn, even if I decide to have a fire every day. This way they can put the info into their computer so if someone calls them to report smoke, they can see if you're just burning a fire in your pit. The number is 703-777-0637. I didn't ask whether they call to check or just assume the smoke is from the fire pit...
     

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