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Posted: 06/02/21 03:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What are the restrictions for a propane firepit on the West Coast? WA, OR and CA have all had some significant fires in the last 2 years so I'd like to get an idea of restrictions before leaving for the summer.


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Posted: 06/02/21 04:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In Wa they have always been allowed in State CG's no matter how bad fires are or what the burn-ban situation is. That's why we bought a PP firepit in the first place.

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About the only place I've ran into that had a hard spot with a propane fire pit was "Jim & Mary's RV" just north of Wye, MT (which is just east of Missoula on I-90). They did have a sign about no open flames, camp fires, etc. so we thought a propane 'fire pit' should be fine. Camp host came up and started telling us it wasn't allowed. I asked what, exactly, was the difference between this and the propane BBQ the sites on either side of us were visibly using at the time. They didn't care, turn it off / put it away, or leave. Never said a word to the people with the BBQs.

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If the propane fire pts get hot and are close to the ground I can see where they would not be allowed. Nobody has a BBQ that sits 6" off the ground.


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Here is Washington State website with chart for levels of burn ban and items that can be used. It is dated 2020, but I believe it will be the same for 2021.Burn bans


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BarabooBob wrote:

If the propane fire pts get hot and are close to the ground I can see where they would not be allowed. Nobody has a BBQ that sits 6" off the ground.

Obviously you do not use one as the bottom doesn’t get hot...yes it gets warm but not hot enough to start a fire.


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I use a small 19.89 grill from Walmart. Table top model. Sits about six inches from the surface.
Does get hot and I once melted a plastic table.

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When a burn ban states "no open flames", they mean no open flames including propane fire pits. Forest fires consume hundreds of thousands of acres of forest every year. People lose their homes and sometimes their lives. The rules regarding burn bans are painted with broad brushes by necessity. The authorities are not interested in policing and determining who has a "safe" fire and who does not. When given the choice of taking maximum precautions to prevent a catastrophic forest fire or getting some camper's panties in a wad because they can't use a propane firepit, precaution and protection is the obvious choice.

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ScottG wrote:

In Wa they have always been allowed in State CG's no matter how bad fires are or what the burn-ban situation is. That's why we bought a PP firepit in the first place.


Same here. We have always been able to use our propane fire pit all summer long even during strict burn bans. Ours sits about 15" off the ground and does not get hot underneath. Same as a BBQ.


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Last Year's Ruling ... Colorado allows them in even in a higher stage fire ban, as the device has an immediate gas disconnect (ON, OFF) to the burner, which is their definition of an allowable device, whereas other "pits and devices" have combustibles that do not/cannot immediately stop burning.

Here, the county authorities mostly chose to follow State and Federal guidelines for Fire Danger and restrictions... for the most part. There's always that exception, though, where arguing gets you nowhere successfully. My take on it is, "your park, your rules".


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