A “burn barrel” (or other authorized fire device) is a device for safely starting a fire and spreading its heat, while avoiding becoming a fire spreader. To comply with L’OsstidBurn requirements, it must meet specific criteria, i.e. have legs, have a clearance of 15 centimeters (6 inches) from the ground, and be covered by a grate with holes smaller than ½ inch (1cm) to prevent embers from escaping. In addition, before operating a burn barrel or other authorized fire device, the ground must be swept clear of all leaves and twigs in a perimeter around the device that is equivalent to its height. In other words, a burn barrel that is 1 meter (3 feet) high should have a clear perimeter around it of 1 meter (3 feet). Each burn barrel must constantly have a full 5 Gallon water bucket nearby to be able to put it out when lit.

Do not dig or start your own campfire/fire pit. Use only the designated fire pits/burn barrels, and share the warmth and the company! Burn only dead wood, dry leaves and twigs from the forest in these fires. It is strictly forbidden to cut wood onsite. Do not burn any plastic, treated or painted wood, or other items.

Each camp can bring and take care of its own burn barrel. To do so, you must first make an official request to the FAST committee by contacting them at

During the event, BEFORE LIGHTING, all fire devices must be verified and authorized on site by a FAST member. Camping stoves are permitted for cooking, but no ground fires are allowed in the camping areas. Ensure that you have a fire extinguisher in a visible location near your kitchen area.

Gas appliances without modifications approved by an organization recognized by the RBQ are permitted. (e.g. radiant heaters).

For such appliances:

  • A sober operator must be present at all times when the appliance is in operation.
  • Position the appliance in an open area and ensure that it is stable when in use.
  • Clear all leaves and twigs from within a 1.5-meter area around the appliance and ensure that there is adequate overhead clearance.
  • Make sure that all other fuels (propane, gasoline, etc.) are at least 10 meters away from the appliance when in operation.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in a visible location within 5 meters of the appliance at all times.

No pyrotechnics or fireworks are allowed.

Portable oil torches (tiki torches), or any other type of open flame torch or candle are not permitted at the event.