Outdoor living with a natural gas fire pit

This article was published in September 2021 and may be outdated.

Adding a natural gas fire pit to your outdoor living space is a convenient way to enjoy a fire without the dangers of burning wood. But just because you’re using natural gas doesn’t mean you’re in the clear concerning safety. Follow these tips to keep your outdoor gas fire pit burning free of hazards.

Before buying a fire pit, do your research to ensure the one you’re considering will be suitable for the location where it will be installed and operated.

Safe installation of your natural gas fire pit:

  • Make sure the location you’re planning is safely away from adjacent walls and building overhangs, and clear of low-hanging branches and overhead power lines.
  • A natural gas fire pit must be installed on a non-combustible surface, meet heat and ventilation requirements, and in an area free of combustible products, materials, and debris.
  • A natural gas fire pit must only be installed by a licensed gas fitter who obtains a permit, ensures it is installed and operates safely, and complies with code requirements and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • Once your natural gas fire pit is installed, contact Manitoba Hydro for an inspection.

Safe operation of your fire pit:

  • Your licensed gas fitter is required to review the safe operation of the unit with you.
  • Natural gas fire pits must only be operated outdoors in well-ventilated areas to prevent a fire hazard and risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never leave a fire pit unattended while it’s burning and keep children a safe distance away.
  • Do not use your fire pit for cooking unless it is approved for this purpose.
  • Do not line the fire pit with tin foil or put anything into the pit that isn’t approved by the manufacturer. Rocks, glass, and simulated logs should be fire-pit approved.
  • Dirt, debris, spider webs, and bugs can find their way into the unit and may affect its operation and safety. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to regularly clean and maintain your fire pit and use a recommended cover when it’s not in use.

Learn more about where to add a fire pit.