Guidelines for Longhouse Wood-burning Fire Pits

Cedar Room and Outdoor Firepits

NOTE: For indoor (Cedar Room) wood-burning fire pit use, or the outdoor fireplace contact the Longhouse staff at (360) 867-6413.

  1. Indoor fires in the wood-burning fire pit in the Cedar Room will be reserved for ceremonial purposes. Casual or daily use is not intended for the fire pit. Neither fire place can be used for cooking.
  2. The outdoor fire place can be reserved and used by staff, faculty, student groups and by classes. Please complete the Longhouse firepit reservation form (Word) to reserve the outdoor fireplace.
  3. All Longhouse fires, indoor and outdoor, are subject to the bans and restrictions imposed by the Thurston County Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCA). And no fire can be permitted if a burn ban is in place at the time the fire place is to be used.
  4. The vent must be turned on when the fire pit is in use. The switch for the fire pit is located near the kitchen door on the wall in the Cedar Room.
  5. Seasoned wood must be used that burns hot and produces very little smoke and sparks. Alder and maple are recommended. Wood cannot be used that is green, wet, processed or chemically treated. Do not use fir, pine or cedar.
  6. No lighter fluid or chemicals may be used to start the fire.
  7. The fire pits must be maintained and cleaned after each use by the user. Ashes must be disposed of in a safe manner, taking care not to put hot ash or coals near flammable materials. In the even that the scheduled user fails to clean the fire pit, cleaning will be done by Facilities Services and charged back to the appropriate budget.