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How Far Should Chairs Be From a Fire Pit? Seating Guide + Safety Tips

If there’s one outdoor feature that makes a homeowner filled with “joie de vivre”, it’s a fire pit.

A fire pit serves as a perfect spot for family and friends to gather around for conversion and laughter, whether it’s a chilly spring night or a breezy fall afternoon. Whether you recently installed a fire pit or you’re still planning your new backyard feature, we’re going to cover a detail that’s often overlooked but plays a key role in your outdoor space — seating. We’ll share everything you need to know about seating, including how far chairs should be from the fire pit, what type of seating to invest in, and more. Plus, we’ll introduce you to our Unilock stone fire pits and fireplaces, made from only the highest quality materials.

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How Far Should Chairs Be From a Fire Pit?

The distance that chairs should be placed from a fire pit depends on three key factors: the type of fire pit and wood you’re burning, and the wind conditions.


1. Type of Fire Pit

If you have a wood-burning fire pit, chairs should be placed at least 3 feet from the pit. This provides enough distance to prevent chairs from catching fire.

If you have a gas or stone fire pit, chairs should be placed at least 2 feet from the pit. Gas and stone fire pits offer a steadier flame and produce fewer sparks, all while maintaining the quality of heat being distributed.


2. Type of Wood

If you’re looking for wood that burns slowly while providing intense heat, oak is an excellent choice. However, if you wish to go the route that produces fewer sparks, then opt for ash. For both types of wood, a distance of 3 feet is considered safe for seating. If you’re burning cedar, however, you’ll want to move your chairs further away from your fire pit, as this particular wood has a tendency to release sparks that may scatter unpredictably.


3. Wind Conditions

On a calm day, it’s safe to sit 2-3 feet from your fire pit. When it’s windy, you’ll want to move your chairs back. In most cases, you’ll need a distance of at least seven feet from the fire pit during windy conditions.

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How Far Should a Bench Be From a Fire Pit?

A good rule of thumb when placing or installing a bench around a fire pit is to keep the bench 3 feet from the edge of the pit. This distance allows your guests to enjoy an intimate set-up while creating enough space for them to move around and avoid sparks or intense heat.


How To Arrange Chairs According To Your Outdoor Fire Pit Seating Dimensions

The best practice for arranging your seating is a configuration that mirrors the shape of your fire pit. This way, you and your guests can mutually enjoy the warmth of the flames while maintaining an open and inclusive atmosphere.

If you have a circular fire pit, evenly space out chairs around the area or utilize circular sofas so your guests can move around.

If you have a square fire pit, place one or two chairs at each side facing the fire pit.

For a rectangular fire pit, keep it cozy by placing a sofa or loveseat on each long side and a chair on each shorter side. Or you can keep one long side of the fire pit open for standing guests and utilize a sectional sofa with adjacent chairs on either side of the fire pit.


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Types of Chairs for a Fire Pit

When choosing chairs to accompany your outdoor fire pit, you’ll want to make sure they are comfortable, sturdy and suitable for outdoor use. Here are five types of chairs you can use around your fire pit.

  • Adirondack chairs: Adirondacks have tall, slatted backs, wide armrests and a seat that angles upward. Wide and sturdy, this type of chair is outdoor-friendly, and cushions or pillows can be added for extra comfort.
  • Rocking chairs: Rocking chairs are a popular and relaxing choice for fire pit seating, thanks to their ability to sway back and forth. Keep in mind that you’ll need a concrete surface for rocking chairs, as they might get stuck in mud or grass.
  • Lounge chairs: Lounge chairs have a long seat that allows you to stretch out and recline, and a backrest that can be adjusted for extra comfort. Whether you want to enjoy a good book in your backyard or simply retreat from a busy day, lounge chairs are one of the most comfortable and relaxing outdoor seating options.
  • Folding chairs: Easy to store and transport, folding chairs are a practical option for casual fire pit seating that can be easily put up and taken down — especially in a muddy or grassy setting.


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Types of Fire Pits

Now that we’ve covered the different types of outdoor seating you can invest in, it’s time to put the spotlight on your fire pit options.

Stone fire pits are considered one of the safest types of fire pits. With stone pavers or gravel surrounding the fire pit, you don’t have to worry about ashes or embers spilling over the sides.

Wood burning fire pits are the ideal choice for homeowners who are looking for a traditional aesthetic.  You can use dry, seasoned wood and the heat from the fire can be easily controlled by adjusting the amount of wood used, allowing for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Gas fire pits are another option. They produce less smoke compared to wood burning fire pits, and they can be turned off instantly, providing better control over the flame.

Keep in mind that traditional paving products may crack over time from heat exposure. Unilock fire pit kits not only ensure the structural integrity of the exterior walls with a handy metal insert, but also come equipped with a grill insert for hassle-free roasting of marshmallows and hot dogs over an open flame.

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12 Fire Pit Safety Tips: From Seating to Wood Burning and More

Fire pits are a great way to add warmth and ambiance to outdoor gatherings, but safety is key when it comes to installing and enjoying them.

  1. Choose a safe location: Your fire pit should be located in a clear, open space with plenty of airflow, away from overhanging branches. It should be at least 10 to 25 feet from buildings and structures, including your home, garage, shed, vehicles and neighboring properties.
  2. Use the right type of wood or fuel: If you have a wood-burning fire pit, use only dry, seasoned wood (think oak, ash or elm) to reduce the risk of sparks and embers. If you have a gas fire pit, make sure to use the correct type of fuel and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Monitor the fire: Always keep an eye on the fire and never leave it unattended. Make sure to fully extinguish the fire before leaving the area.
  4. Utilize a fire starter to keep the flame going: If you have a wood burning fire pit, use small pieces of kindling such as twigs and leaves or a natural and non-toxic fire starter such as fatwood, to maintain the flame.
  5. Don’t overload the fire pit: Be careful not to overload the fire pit with excess wood or fuel, as this can create a larger flame and increase the risk of sparks and embers.
  6. Keep children and pets away: Keep children and pets away from the fire pit to prevent accidents and injuries.
  7. Keep a fire extinguisher or water source nearby: In case of an emergency, keep a fire extinguisher or water source nearby to quickly put out the flames.
  8. Inspect gas lines and burners: If you have a gas fire pit, regularly assess the gas lines, burners, connections, hoses and fittings to ensure they are firm, secure and clean.
  9. Consult professionals: Call in the experts such as a local licensed contractor or National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certified professional to inspect your fire pit and gas supply once a year.
  10. Avoid accelerants or burning liquid fuels: Never use accelerants or burning liquid fuels such as gasoline, alcohol, lighter fluid, or other volatile liquids to start a fire. Accelerants burn at a high temperature above 1500° E (945° C) which can damage your fire pit and pose health risks for your lungs and nervous system.
  11. Clean your fire pit: To clean your fire pit, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, you can use a stiff brush and a mild soap and water solution to clean the edges and surface of your fire pit. Avoid harsh cleaning agents and chemicals such as bleach, unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer.
  12. Cover your fire pit when it’s not in use: Freeze-thaw cycles or extreme heat from the sun can take a toll on your fire pit over time. Protect your fire pit by placing a cover over it when not in use. Covering your fire pit can help prevent water, dirt and debris from getting stuck inside the burning area. After use, allow your fire pit to cool for two hours before covering it.


Explore Fire Pits & Outdoor Fireplaces at Unilock

If you want to transform your backyard into the perfect outdoor getaway, a fire pit or outdoor fireplace can give you the ambiance and entertainment space you’re looking for. At Unilock, we offer a variety of styles and sizes to choose from, from stone fire pits to pre-built fireplaces ready for quick install and immediate use.

  • Barcelona™ — Reminiscent of the same antiqued patina as the classic Brussels Block® paver, the Barcelona fireplace gives a relaxed appearance to any backyard.
  • Sunset Fire Pit® — The Sunset Fire Pit is an outdoor feature that can provide any space with character, timeless warmth and elegance.
  • Tuscany™ — Stylish and chic, yet full of rustic charm, the Tuscany fireplace is a perfect way to warm up your outdoor oasis.

Both the Barcelona and Tuscany fireplaces are equipped with a stainless-steel pipe, firebox and metal termination cap for extra protection. Not sure which style will compliment your outdoor space? Reach out to our team at Unilock. We’ll help you find the perfect fit for your project!

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