Monday, July 2, 2007

With some help from, John at Left In Aboite and Robert at Left of Centrist, we found some burning info.

American Legal Publishing - Online Library


(A) This section shall further define Article 11 Chapter 1102 of the Fire Prevention Code as published by the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.

BARBECUE PIT OR GRILL. A stationary or portable device, with either electric, gas or charcoal fuel, used for the preparation of food.

HAZARDOUS CONDITION. A situation where the Fire Department Officer in charge determines that the fire may be capable of spreading or damaging other property or that the smoke emissions may be offensive to occupants of surrounding property.

OPEN BURNING OR OPEN FIRE. Any burning of combustible materials out of doors. Excluded is burning in a barbecue pit or grill where the base fuel for heat is charcoal products.

RECREATIONAL OR CAMP FIRE. The burning of wood products other than refuse where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit. A RECREATIONAL OR CAMP FIRE shall have a total fuel area no greater than 36 inches in diameter and a fuel load not to exceed two feet in height.

REFUSE. Garbage, rubbish, paper, leaves, grass, trade waste, trash, plastic or other waste products.

SMOKE NUISANCE. Smoke emissions may be deemed a nuisance when a complaint is received that the smoke emissions are offensive to the complaining party.

WOOD PRODUCTS. Untreated and unpainted lumber or natural wood other than leaves and vines.

(Ord. G-28-99, passed 12-28-99)

This is from the fire department web site

Grills & Other Open-Flame Cooking Devices


Fort Wayne Fire Department reminds everyone that The State of Indiana has laws regarding the use and storage of gas and charcoal grills as well as other open-flame cooking devices, especially in regards to apartments, condominiums, townhouses, etc.

If the building exterior, deck, balcony or patio is composed of combustible materials, the grill may not be used or stored within 10 feet of the combustible construction.

Indiana Code 307.5 Open-flame cooking devices states: Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction.
1. One- and two-family dwellings.
2. Where buildings and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.

Indiana Code 307.5.1 Liquefied-petroleum-gas-fueled cooking devices states: LP-gas burners having a LP-gas container with a water capacity greater than 2.5 pounds (1.14 kg) [nominal 1 pound (0.454 kg) LP-gas capacity] shall not be located on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction.
1. One- and two-family dwellings.

If nothing else the fire department says it can be with in 10 feet. Not 20 like the guy thought. The actual patio is just a cement pad but there is a wood privacy like fence around it. It's not exactly 10 foot from the building. I pretty much doubt the fire marshall is going to drop by anytime soon. If he does come by I hope I can finish my burgers before they carry me off to jail.


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