Fire pits are a great addition to any backyard, but not everyone has a patio, or a patio that they want to put their pit on.

So, can you put a fire pit on grass? In this article, find out all of the tips about how to use your fire pit on the grass without ruining it, and what to do if your fire pit takes its toll on your yard.


  • Fire pits can damage grass in many ways, such as drying it out or making burn marks.
  • Ways to minimize damage include using a heat mat and spark screen.
  • If you damage your grass, there are ways to heal it.

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fire pit burning on grass

How Fire Pits Ruin Your Grass

Heat, fire, and grass aren’t a great combination.

Many fire pits can cause damage to your lawn in multiple ways.

Ways Fire Pits Ruin Your Grass

  • Heat damage
  • Drying it Out
  • Spark Burns
  • Grass or foliage fires
  • Suffocation

One of the most significant concerns when it comes to placing a fire pit directly on grass is the potential for heat damage.

burned area in the yard

As the flames dance and the temperatures rise, the radiant heat emitted from the fire can scorch and singe nearby vegetation.

Also, the intense heat can dry out your grass, resulting in unsightly brown patches that take weeks or even months to recover. But it’s not just the direct heat that poses a threat to your lawn.

Having a heavy thing like a fire pit sitting on top of your lawn can also compact the area a bit or suffocate the grass underneath.

The ash and embers that come from a lively fire can also cause problems, leaving behind small burn holes or discoloration.

Also, without proper precautions in place, stray sparks from a crackling fire could ignite dry foliage nearby and lead to disastrous consequences – we’re talking potential backyard inferno!

You might be wondering if there’s any way to enjoy a fire pit without turning your lawn into a charred mess? Fortunately, there are ways you can take to protect your grass while still enjoying your fire pit.

Protect Your Grass from Fire Pit Damage

dry spot in grass

It is possible to enjoy a cozy campfire in your backyard, but there are ways to safeguard your grass from fire pit damage.

Ways to Use a Fire Pit On Grass

  • Get the right kind of pit, one that is portable or burns propane
  • Put something under it like a heat mat
  • Use a spark screen to prevent scorching

The Best Types of Fire Pits for Grass

One way to protect your lawn from fire pit damage is to opt for a fire pit that is designed in a way that minimizes damage.

Portable fire pits are perfect for this because they can be moved around and stored elsewhere when not in use.

use a portable fire pit on grass

You can also choose a fire pit that has legs or a stand that elevate the unit off the ground, minimizing the amount of heat that has direct contact with the grass.

a fire pit on a tripod

Gas firepits that burn propane are also easier on grass as the heat is usually more focused right around the flames with less radiating out into the rest of the pit, keeping heat away from your grass.

Just be sure to get one that you can store when not in use or move around your yard so you don’t kill the grass under it from lack of sunlight.

Put Something Under Your Pit

One effective measure is to put a heat mat under your pit.

Heat mats are specifically designed to protect whatever is underneath it from heat damage.

They creates a barrier between the intense heat and your delicate grass blades, preventing them from scorching or getting damaged.

You can find heat mats come in various sizes and shapes, so you can easily find one that fits your portable fire pit perfectly, but just be sure to pick it up and store it after the pit is cool

Alternatively, you can use paving stones under your fire pit to protect your grass.

campfire in a large fire pit

While paving stones will keep your grass protected from your fire pit, they can cause their own problems to your lawn if you don’t pick them up and move them soon after your fire has cooled, which is labor intensive.

Spark Screen for a Fire Pit on Grass

When it comes to using a fire pit on grass, one essential accessory is a spark screen.

a spark screen and lid lifter on the Blue Sky Ridge fire pit keeping down embers

This screen fits over the top of your fire pit, preventing sparks and embers from flying out and causing burn marks on your lawn or potentially igniting nearby grass or plants.

A spark screen is especially useful if you have dry or brittle grass in your yard, as it adds an extra layer of protection against accidental fires. seful for adjusting logs or moving burning materials around without getting too close to the flames.

While a spark screen can offer added protection for your grass, they do not guarantee complete safety, so be mindful of any potential risks associated with using a fire pit on grass.

Fixing Grass After Fire Pit Use

Let’s say that you used your fire pit on your grass and it you were left with some unpleasant, unintended consequences when it comes to your lawn.

There are some simple steps you can take to fix the grass after using a fire pit.

Burnt Patches on Your Grass

One of the most common issues that arise from using a fire pit on grass is burnt patches.

The intense heat from the fire can scorch the grass, leaving behind unsightly brown spots.

To fix this problem, start by watering the affected area thoroughly. This will help cool down the burnt grass and minimize further damage.

Next, gently rake over the area to remove any dead or damaged grass blades.

You can then sprinkle some grass seeds over the bare spots and lightly cover them with a thin layer of soil or compost.

Water regularly and keep an eye out for new growth in a few weeks.

Flattened Areas in Your Grass

You may notice that your grass has become compacted or flattened under the weight of your fire pit.

This grass suffocation can make it difficult for new growth to emerge and lead to an uneven lawn surface.

If it has become a problem, use a garden fork or aerator to loosen up the soil around the affected area.

This will improve air circulation and drainage, allowing roots to penetrate deeper into the ground.

After aerating, spread fresh topsoil or compost over the compacted areas and gently rake it in until smooth.

Dried Out Areas Near Your Fire Pit

If the heat from your fire pit has dried out areas around your pit, you can perk it back up by first raking up the area.

Rake in more topsoil and sprinkle seed on top.

Water this well, and keep it moist.

This damage can be minimized by watering the area around your fire pit as soon as you have put your fire out.

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