Can You Put a Fire Pit Under a Gazebo?

If you have a gazebo in your backyard, you would like to accessorize it with a fire pit under a gazebo; with seasons changing, you would like to know whether you can Put a Fire Pit Under a Gazebo.

Yes, you can put a fire pit under a gazebo; however, you will need to put the proper precautions in place, such as making sure your gazebo height is high enough for air and smoke circulation, the type of your gazebo floor can support your fire pit, or it’s not highly combustible such as wooden and vinyl floors, the ventilation of your gazebo and lastly the distance between the fire pit and other gazebo accessories such as gazebo furniture and décor.

Factors to Consider When Placing a Fire Pit Under a Gazebo.

There are several precautions and factors to consider before placing a fire pit under a gazebo to ensure your fire pit setup is safe from accidental fires and ventilation and smoke flow problems.

So, let’s get on to some factors you must consider before placing a fire pit under a gazebo.
The Type of Gazebo Fire Pit

The type of gazebo fire pit that you have will determine if it’s a good fit for your gazebo; in case you have not yet bought a fire pit for your gazebo, we will guide you on the three types of gazebo fire pits and the right one for your gazebo depending on the size of the gazebo.

Wood Gazebo Fire Pits

Wooden gazebo fire pits are recommended for standard and large gazebos such as 10×10, 10×12, 12×12, 12×16, 12×20, and Larger sized gazebos. For such gazebos, we recommend the Sunnydaze Northland Outdoor Rectangular Fire Pit with a lid to prevent sparks of fire from leaving the fire pit when in use.

A wood-burning fire pit should be well-ventilated and placed in a large gazebo with plenty of ventilation; you should also not place the fire pits near gazebo accessories such as gazebo furniture and firewalls made of highly combustible materials such as wood and plastic.

We don’t recommend wood-burning fire pits on small gazebos such as 8×8 and smaller ones; this is because they are not ideal for enclosed spaces because of the build-up of carbon dioxide if the gazebo is not well-ventilated and also the placement of the wood-burning firepit will be too close to other gazebo accessories such as pieces of furniture.

Gas-Powered Gazebo Fire Pits.

For small gazebos, you can use a gas-powered or Bioethanol fire pits gazebo fire pit; however, you should make sure you can control the fires that the fire pits produce and not place them near highly combustible gazebo accessories such as furniture and décor.

Ciays Propane Fire Pit Under a Gazebo

Our number one recommended gazebo gas-powered fire pit is the Ciays Propane Fire Pit because you can control the flame height after lighting it using the dial to lower/raise the flame. Also, the fire pit flames are placed in the centre of a well-spaced 28-inch fire table, preventing accidental contact with the flames.

The Height of Your Gazebo.

You will need at least 8 feet of height on your gazebo to use a fire pit; having a higher height, such as 12 or 16, is also ideal and allows proper ventilation and air circulation in your gazebo.

Low-hanging gazebo canopies and other accessories hanging on a low ceiling, such as lights, can be easily damaged by the heat emanating from the fire pit; it might not seem like the case, but over time, low-hanging canopies and accessories can be damaged by the heat from your fire pit.

Gazebo Floor Materials.

The type of floor on your gazebo can also determine if you can put a fire pit under the gazebo, if you have wooden or vinyl floors, or have a gazebo fabric rug installed in your gazebo; you should be careful n the type of fire pit that you choose and should be extra cautious when using the gazebo fire pit.

We recommend looking for a raised fire pit such as the Sunnydaze Black Steel Wood-Burning Outdoor Chiminea Fire Pit that Sits 7.5 inches off the ground.

On the other hand, you should also check on the condition of your gazebo floor and materials; the base and foundation of your gazebo and fire pit should be stable enough to support the fire pit, which in most cases are made of steel and are heavy. If your gazebo floor is made of concrete or stones, you can easily place a fire pit without worrying about wobbly fire pits and support issues.

Ventilation of your Gazebo.

Proper ventilation and airflow are essential to put a fire pit under a gazebo. Gazebo accessories such as gazebo curtains, gazebo mosquito nets, and gazebo privacy walls can affect the flow of air in and ventilation of your gazebo

Improper ventilation of your gazebo can cause a build-up of harmful gases and smoke that can cause carbon poisoning; there should be plenty of airflow and open spaces in your gazebo to safely use a fire pit; we also recommend removing gazebo accessories such as furniture that might prevent the flow of air to the fire pit for the fire pit to function correctly and prevent accidental fires.

Where To Place a Fire Pit Under a Gazebo.

Almost all Gazebo or outdoor fire pits have instructions on the minimal distance that the fire pit should be installed away from any outdoor accessories; we recommend having at least 60 inches of space between the fire pit and any gazebo accessories as furniture, plant pots, or walls.

We recommend installing a fire pit in open spaces away from any airflow obstruction and at least 60 inches away from gazebo accessories and décor.

Here are some great tips for Gazebo fire pit safety!

Infographic highlighting key safety tips for fire pit usage in a Gazebo. It includes checking local authority permissions, avoiding pressurized wood and flammable liquids, monitoring weather conditions, controlling fire size, maintaining safe distance from structures, caution against using smooth river rocks, ensuring level surface for fire pit placement, and having a fire safety tool such as water, sand, or fire extinguisher nearby.


It’s vital to ensure that proper safety precautions are followed when building, buying a fire pit, and placing a fire pit in your gazebo, because of the hazards caused by a build-up of harmful gases such as carbon dioxide and accidental fires.

Its also important to read your fire pit manual after purchase on the recommended distance that the fire pit should be between it and other gazebo accessories and décor; its also essential to check on regulations regarding outdoor fires in your state and also take precautionary measures when using a fire pit such as removing outdoor elements that might be near your fire pits such as low hanging plants, kids and pets, and also gazebo accessories and décor.

Last update on 2024-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Blake Nudell

Author: Blake Nudell

Blake is an expert in residential construction with a passion for gazebos. Licensed contractor with a BS in Construction Management. Certified Outdoor Professional & Concrete Paver Installer. Founder of Gazebo Haven. Married to Joanna, a trusted interior designer. Dedicated to top-quality outdoor craftsmanship.

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