Definitely! A fire pit should be located just forward from the center of the tipi, so it is under the smoke opening. You will learn to adjust the smoke flaps (more open or closed, more into the wind or away from it) to draw the smoke best. Think of the smoke flaps like the collar of a coat and angle them to best shelter the opening from the wind. If you plan to have a fire in your tipi, a liner is essential. It works with the outer tipi cover to create a chimney effect to draw the smoke up through the smoke flaps.