The Stoneham Fire Department allows the use of chimineas and outdoor fireplaces provided the following conditions are met:
- The fire and/or smoke does not pose a hazard to any property;
- The smoke does not create a nuisance or health hazard in the neighborhood;
- Only ordinary firewood is burned in the chimineas or outside fireplace; no construction debris, leaves, hazardous waste, or chemicals may be burned at any time.
- The chiminea or outdoor fireplace is on a non-combustible surface at grade-level (i.e. not on a deck) and is not under any type of overhand, roof, or canopy.
- A water supply or fire extinguisher capable of extinguishing the fire is within 75 feet of the chiminea or outdoor fireplace.
- Common sense must be used (i.e. a competent adult must be in attendance). The hot chiminea should always be considered a hazard to curious children; hot embers routinely are sent into the air from these fireplaces and a screen should be in place to prevent the embers from igniting nearby guests or combustibles.
If the fire department is called to your house for any type of outside fire, we reserve the right to order any fire be extinguished at the fire officer’s discretion.
The Fire Department will not issue a permit for the installation of a new outside furnace that burns any type of wood product or byproduct. We are working with the Board of Health to establish guidelines for these types of furnaces.