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Blue Rhino Says Safety First When It Comes to Firepits: Follow These Tips for a Great Fall “Campfire”

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Oct. 29, 2013) – The outdoor fireplace, commonly known as a firepit or fire bowl, helps extend outdoor living even in chilly climates, and brings heat and ambiance to a cool evening outside with family and friends. It’s also this year’s most popular outdoor design feature, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects.* In particular, propane firepits are experiencing a surge in popularity because—like gas grills—they are easy to use with no cleanup.

For a pleasurable, safe experience with firepits, Blue Rhino, BlueRhino.com, a leading propane exchange brand with a full line of outdoor living products, offers these safety tips. 

Locating a firepit

  • Don’t ignore the view, but be aware of prevailing wind conditions
  • Position at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface
  • Do not use on wooden decks; do place on rock, stone, concrete or bricks
  • Place in a spot clear of hanging trees, branches, brushes, or any other flammable materials
  • Choose a spot with good drainage so the firepit is not sitting in water after a hard rain
  • Use outdoors, never in a building, garage or other enclosed area
  • Pick up leaves and other combustible materials around the firepit to help ensure the fire doesn’t accidentally spread
  • Always have a container of water and a garden hose, or a fire-extinguishing spray on standby before starting a fire in the pit

Using a propane firepit

  • Keep the ventilation openings near the tank free and clear of debris, and do not obstruct the flow of the combustion of propane and ventilation air
  • Check the burner/venturi tubes for insect and insect nests; a clogged tube can lead to a fire beneath the firepit
  • Check all gas connections for leaks; use a mixture of soap and water, apply it to hoses and connections, and look for bubbles
  • Remember to stock up on propane

Using a wood-burning firepit

  • Use all-natural products, such as fatwood sticks, to light the fire; never use chemicals such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline
  • Do not burn pressure-treated wood as it may contain harmful toxins
  • Burn hickory or oak to produce the least amount of smoke; other good firewood options include pinion wood, alder, cedar, mesquite, pecan and even fruitwoods such as apple and cherry
  • Do not overload the fireplace with too much wood while in use
  • Use a spark guard to control sparks and burning embers
  • Use tongs and leather safety gloves when interacting with the firepit, such as when removing the spark guard or adding logs
  • Avoid using fireplace in windy conditions, which can blow embers
  • If a fire escapes the pit and moves to a combustible surface, call 911 immediately
  • To extinguish a fire in the firepit, allow it to burn itself out; do not use water as the extreme temperature change can CAUSE damage to the firepit

Cleaning and maintaining the firepit

  • Clean and inspect on a regular basis, but only when cool and with fuel supply disconnected
  • Wipe surfaces clean with mild dishwashing detergent or baking soda with water
  • Use a citrus-based degreaser and a nylon scrubbing brush for stubborn surfaces
  • Rinse clean with water and allow to air dry
  • NEVER use abrasive cleaners or oven cleaner; they will damage the firepit

Always follow manufacturer’s guidelines when using a firepit. Never leave the fire unattended, and do not allow children or animals near any outdoor firepit. Blue Rhino’s full product line and more tips for outdoor living can be found at BlueRhino.com.


About Blue RhinoBlue Rhino—named for the color of a propane flame and the endangered animal—launched America’s first branded propane tank exchange service in 1994. Today, Blue Rhino is more than propane, with a full line of products at the heart of outdoor living. This includes grills, heaters, fire pits, fireplace accessories, mosquito traps, charcoal and barbecue accessories sold under brands such as Mr. Bar-B-Q®, Endless Summer®, UniFlame®, and SkeeterVac®. Blue Rhino’s leading propane exchange brand is available at more than 45,000 retail stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico and is based in Winston-Salem, N.C. Blue Rhino is a division of Ferrellgas, L.P. For more information, visit www.BlueRhino.com.

Note to editors: To receive Blue Rhino product samples or images, please contact Cynthia Greenwood at 847-404-8404 or Cynthia@newsmark.com.

* Results of a 2013 survey of 166 landscape architects by the American Society of Landscape Architects

Contact: Cynthia Greenwood, Cynthia@NewsMark.com, 847-404-8404