Venting Your Own Fire Pit


In order to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere to your patio, you can simply install a fire pit to the area. The size of a fire pits depend on the choice that you want to use. It can be an elaborate constructions or simple rings of metal or masonry as well as big in size or just a small and simple fire pit. It should be built in an open space with proper ventilation and always far from flammable material which include plants, trees or any materials that can easily be caught on fire. As for open pits well that you removed from your house does not need to have vents. However, fire pit that you installed on attached patios or even being part of your outdoor room must have proper ventilation in order to direct smoke and rising heat away from the area and avoiding any sparks to happen thus causing fire to the place. Below are some of the tips that you can use for venting a fire pit.

To vent your very own fire pit, you need:

  • Trellis or pergola
  • Metal vent or hood
  • Metal hooks
  • Concrete screws or anchors
  • Hammer drill

Venting a Fire Pit

Venting your Own Fire Pit

  • The first thing that you need to do is to locate a fire pit in an open space.
    • Ensure that it is not nearby your house walls or below or low-hanging tree limbs.
    • If it is possible, you should set it in a hole that you dug in the ground and also having a thick sand base. It can also be placed on solid concrete blocks inside a masonry patio.
    • You can line the fire pit with a metal ring for additional safety precaution.
  • Apart from that, you can also build a sturdy trellis or pergola surrounding your fire pit which is large enough thus preventing the heat from igniting any wooden elements nearby.
    • You can also create the structure wide in order to provide cozy seating for your guests who likes to seat around the fire pit. It should also be high enough so that they will not interfere with other activities near the fire pit especially when you are cooking hot dogs or marshmallows.
    • In addition, you can also set the framework right at the background of your fire pits with built-in benches or extra seating.
  • You can even add an outdoor hood made of copper or stainless steel. Other type that you can use includes some powder-coated aluminum or steel hoods.
    • The hoods need to be positioned directly over your fire pit and should be high enough in order not to endanger a tall person who might come in contact with the hoods.
    • Apart from that, the hood should be angel slightly whenever you want to direct smoke and excess heat away from your home.
    • You could even suspend it by using hooks that you can fasten onto your framework of trellis or pergola.
  • In addition, you have to build a vent or hood into a masonry-surrounded of your outdoor kitchen.
    • The fire pit needs to be set into a barbecue-style brick or stone pit and also surrounded by brick or stone walls.
    • The vent that you used must be secured to the wall or walls by using concrete screws, anchors or even same type of fasteners.
    • This type of vent should be incorporate into your overall plan for outdoor area.

Always remember that your fire pit have to be placed on the farthest side away from your house.

Always remember that whenever you want to vent a fire pit

  • You must always start to build a small fire gradually.
  • Make sure to monitor the fire and smoke direction so that it does not make its entrance into your house or even in worst case scenario get caught with flammable material thus causing fire to the nearby area.

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