Gas grill on wood deck, house on fire.

Imitation Memorial Day, 3 townhouses sustained damage, one it seems only the roof, one the second floor and roof, and the first one, all floors damaged.
Gas grill on wood deck. A small fire under the grill, the wood deck burning. Ran in for water, by the time he got back, whole side of house in flames.
They didn't say if it was propane or natural gas, but looking at the medium sized townhouses on tv, I'm pretty sure it was the portable grill with the 10? pound tank.
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Here's a pic of our house and sad beagle in 1999 after a our gas grill caught fire on our deck.
http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z95/dollymadis/Backohouse-before.jpg
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The beagle has it going on - all up in the shade like that! Or, marking the spot for the grill. :-/
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Aren't there flame retardant mats for decks and patios sold to put underneath grills?

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Postal68 wrote:

Yep:
http://grillpad.com
Jeff
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On Mon, 28 May 2007 20:27:39 -0400, Jeff Wisnia

It's probably a fine thing, if I had my grill over wood, but this part bothers me.
"Is The Original Grill Pad fireproof? Nothing is fireproof, and The Original Grill Pad is no exception. The Original Grill Pad is recommended for outdoor use only and is naturally heat and weather resistant. You should allow a reasonable clearance between the heating appliance and the Grill Pad on your deck or patio surface."
Most rocks are fireproof, short of throwing them in a volcano. Even then they only melt. They don't catch on fire.

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On Mon, 28 May 2007 20:27:39 -0400, Jeff Wisnia

I thought I was done! And this paragraph "After it rains, Ive noticed there is a dark stain under my grill pad on the deck. What causes this? The Original Grill Pad is porous. It allows for water penetration through the Grill Pad but not grease. The watermark you see should dry within days if you either remove the Grill Pad or leave the Grill Pad in place. Do not attempt to pressure wash or apply cleansers to this watermark. It will dry to its original surface appearance."
And I've never heard of a chiminea, but they say it twice, so it's probably not a typo: Is 24 from the deck surface to the bottom of my new chiminea enough room to protect my deck? We recommend this height from any sustained heat source. Be sure to use the manufacturers recommended safety measures when installing a chiminea, gas or charcoal grill, fire-pit or fryer!
http://grillpad.com/faq_page.html

It's probably a fine thing, if I had my grill over wood, but this part bothers me.
"Is The Original Grill Pad fireproof? Nothing is fireproof, and The Original Grill Pad is no exception. The Original Grill Pad is recommended for outdoor use only and is naturally heat and weather resistant. You should allow a reasonable clearance between the heating appliance and the Grill Pad on your deck or patio surface."
Most rocks are fireproof, short of throwing them in a volcano. Even then they only melt. They don't catch on fire.

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Sounds like lawyer talk. They say it is spark resistant. I imagine if you dump 3 gallons of oil from the turnkey fryer, you will still have a fire. They tout it as a way to prevent damage to the deck, not as a fire resistant fool proof item so you can't sue them so easily when the house burns down from the four spare propane tanks exploding.
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In alt.home.repair On Tue, 29 May 2007 00:09:16 -0400 mm

http://grillpad.com/Art/grill_photos/grill_2.jpg
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If for some reason the moron didn't have a fire extinguisher handy: 1. Move the grill and shut it off. 2. Stomp out the small fire with your feet before it becomes a big fire. 3. THEN go for water.
There is nothing wrong with using a gas grill on a wood deck, if you're not a total moron that stands there watching the flames until the entire deck is totally engulfed before you decide maybe you should go for water.
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Are you a qualified fireman to say the following : or just a totally ignorant ass - mother?

so it can blow up in your face - which is probalby ugly anyway

so you can have life long scaring

if itas a gas fire this won't help except to spread the flame ...

I mean try to use your brain before you you tell people some dribble you fart out ------they can sue you for being a total loser later
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