June 08, 2012 | CREBNow
How to Build a Fire Pit
Spring has sprung and Calgarians have been eagerly soaking up the sunshine on local patios and pathways. For the weekend warrior who can't make it out of the city for some camping or adventures in the mountains, there's always the option of building your own backyard fire pit. When done properly, and by adhering to the The City of Calgary bylaws concerning fire pit regulations, you can have your friends over for a cozy sit around the fire indulging in a barbecue followed by roasted marshmallows or s'mores.
1. First things first, it's important to check your local fire codes on open flames. According to the City of Calgary all fires must be in a fire pit or non-combustible receptable, in a fire pit built into bare ground or set upon non-combustible material such as brick or stone, not within two metres of the property line building or fence or beneath any trees or branches, kept to a reasonable size, fully supervised and may begin at 10 a.m. and by fully extinguished by 1 a.m. City fines for fire pit violations range from $500 to $5,000.
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