Guidelines for Longhouse Wood-burning Fire Pits


Cedar Room and Outdoor Fire Pits

  • Indoor, wood-burning fires in the Cedar Room are reserved for ceremonial purposes only. The Cedar Room fire pit is not intended for casual or daily use, and neither (indoor nor outdoor) fire place may be used for cooking. 
  • The outdoor fire pit (located at the rear of the Longhouse) can be reserved and used by staff, faculty, student groups and classes of The Evergreen State College. Please complete the Longhouse firepit reservation form (Word) to reserve the outdoor fire pit. 
  • All Longhouse fires, both indoor and outdoor, are subject to the bans and restrictions imposed by the Thurston County Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), and no fire can be permitted if a burn ban is in place at the time the fire pit is to be used. You can view information on current burn bans in Thurston County, here.
  • The vent must be turned on when the fire pit is in use. The draft inducer control switch for the Cedar Room is located on the wall near the kitchen door.
  • Seasoned wood that burns hot and produces very little smoke or sparks must be used—alder and maple are recommended. Wood that cannot be used includes: wood that is green, wet, processed or chemically treated. Do not use fir, pine or cedar.
  • No lighter fluid or chemicals may be used to start the fire.
  • 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 event that the scheduled user fails to clean the fire pit, cleaning will be done by Facilities Services and charged back to the appropriate budget.


For any further questions, and to access the fire pits, please contact the Longhouse: or (360) 867-6413.