Are backyard fire pits legal?
The demand for fire pits has risen dramatically in recent months.
With the global coronavirus pandemic keeping most Aussie families at home, there’s been a huge increase in interest in backyard activities. For those of us who are lucky to have some room to move outside the house, getting outside has been a godsend for our physical and mental health.
Whether it’s having a fire on the weekend, cooking dinner and toasting marshmallows with the kids, or setting up a full campsite over Easter long weekend, it’s obvious that we are outdoors more often and the demand for outdoor fire pits has risen sharply in 2020.
We are also seeing more coverage in our newspapers on the legality of owning a fire pit, especially in urban or highly residential areas.
Is it legal to have a fire pit?The short answer is, sometimes. Yeah, that’s confusing I realise, but with the use of fire pits controlled mostly by the council and state laws, it can be a bit of a minefield to work out if and when you can have one burning.
Recent reports in the news about a Brisbane family who was visited by their local council to ask them to extinguish their outside fire pit, due to complaints by a neighbour has really made a lot of people question their legality.
Making a good fireGenerally, having a well-made fire pit in your backyard should not cause any major issues. Here’s a quick set of ideas for making your weekend fire night more enjoyable for you and the people who live around you.
Make sure you use dry wood.Firewood that is wet, or still green can cause large amounts of unnecessary smoke, potentially upsetting your neighbours and causing irritation to your eyes, throat and lungs.
Using properly aged and dried wood creates a ‘clean-burning’ and hot flame, resulting in far less smoke and a better experience for you and your family, too.