Even though portable fire pits and chimineas are fashionable and widely offered for sale in garden centers and home stores, open burning of wood (or any products other than propane, natural gas, or charcoal briquettes) is outlawed in Denver
without permits from the Denver Department of Environmental Health and the Fire Prevention and Investigation Division.
This regulation stems from the years of Denver
’s “brown cloud” and the area’s subsequent efforts to maintain clean air standards. (Please note that home barbeques using propane, natural gas or charcoal briquettes, are exempt.)
If you would like to pursue open burning, you must obtain permits from two different agencies (special requirements for each agency will be listed on the permit itself):
· Denver Department of Environmental Health
Open burning permits are rarely issued to individuals, and permits are never issued for chimineas. If you do obtain permits for open burning in a qualifying outdoor fireplace for a special event, the permits from both agencies indicating their approval must be posted on site and a variety of requirements must be met.