The answer is no there are no codes against it, but there are city codes stipulating how a fire pit is to be built and used. The requirements for the construction and use of a fire pit are spelled out in Section 26-27 of the City of North Port Municipal Code. Sec. 26-27: Open burning says, in part:
Cooking fires on private property (are permitted), provided that the fire is in an approved container or on a site provided for such purpose(s). At no time shall the flame height of a cooking fire reach over one foot.
An approved container for cooking fires is as follows:
a. A three-foot by three-foot block type container with one grate for cooking, one grate for oak split logs or charcoal and leaving one foot off the ground for air flow (no other wood shall be used).
b. Rolling containers for cooking and smoking using wood or charcoal.
c. Gas grills must be approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
d. Charcoal grills must be UL approved.
Warming or camping fires:
a. Camping fires shall only be approved in designated campgrounds that have been inspected and approved by the AHJ, or his designee.
b. UL approved warming type containers shall be considered approved containers for use on private property as long as no building materials or yard waste are burned.
Open fires and warming fires shall have a screen, or spark arrestor, to prevent embers from escaping, endangering nearby structures and/ or property.
- At no time shall the flame height of a warming or open fire reach over one foot.
- At no time shall building materials, household or yard waste be burned.
Warming, cooking and open fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person until the fire is extinguished. This person shall have a garden hose connected to a water supply or other fire-extinguishing equipment readily available for use. At any time, the fire chief as AHJ, or his designee, shall have the authority to shut down/ extinguish any cooking, warming or ceremonial fire deemed a nuisance.
There are a couple of UL approved (warming) fire “pits” available at hardware and home improvement stores. These come equipped with safety features such as spark arrestors. When used properly, they are generally very safe.
Whatever you use should be a minimum of ten (10’) feet from structures, overhangs, brush, trees and other foliage.
Please be aware that we often have very dry conditions around the state, meaning that during those times, the possibility of wildfire is extremely high. We caution everyone not to do any outside burning during these dry periods. View the current KBDI for the State of Florida.
For more information, visit our Wildfire Conditions page.