I've been using a small fire bowl with impunity on a painted wood deck.
Last time around, though, I kept the fire going for several hours and
the paint showed some localized discoloration.
I've now purchased a new fire bowl, about twice the capacity, and the
directions are pretty clear about not using it on a wood deck. I'm
planning to have larger fires, and wondering what I can use between the
bowl and the deck that might insulate the wood from the heat. Ideas?
A wood burner?
If it was my house, you'd move the fire pit 30' from the house on the
If it is a gas burner, then I'd do what the manufacturer said to do to
protect nearby combustible surfaces.
if he's worried about scorching his wood deck,just put a few pavers under
the fire pit. He seems to have the ember problem covered.
Or he could get fancy,put the pavers on a small rollaround platform,and the
fire pit on top of that,so he can place it wherever he likes.
No. But unless you mortar them together you leave a place for an
invisible ember to lurk on your deck that will wait until there is
no-one around to smoke enough to be found before damage is done.
[not to mention flying embers that close to your house--
If it is 10x10 or so you'd eliminate the burning embers falling our of
the pit--- but nothing will help when your drunken brother-in-law
decides to toss a giant log on top of that pine that he had going in
there. Get your wood fire away from the house.
[just for giggles- see if you can find out what your homeowner's
insurance has to say about fire pits in general, and fire pits on a
wood deck. Might be a good time to just cancel the policy if they
aren't going to cover your most likely source of disaster.]]
Well, let's see now...
Iron melts at 1536 C. Iron can be smelted with wood fires (OK, they add
some air; you never have a breeze?). Lava runs 700 C - 1200 C. I've
watched many trees burst into flame - damn near explode - when overrun with
Yep, I think pavers could catch your deck on fire.
In your original post, you stated:
"... and the directions are pretty clear about not using it
on a wood deck."
Here's a link to our local fire pit ordinance.
Note line item 2.
Your town's ordinance may vary.
Because of the lack of common sense of most modern humans, a local city
has outlawed any kind of grill or open flame on the wooden decks of any
of the numerous apartment complexes in that city. "Drunk Grilling" has
been responsible for the loss of homes for many apartment dwellers in
that municipality. ^_^
On Sat, 10 Dec 2011 07:32:32 -0600, The Daring Dufas
I have a gas grill on the deck, but I'm not putting any wood burners
there. It is not just underneath, but the surrounding area if a coal
fall out or sparks fly, etc. I have a small wood burning pit that I
use for grilling and it is on the lawn, away from the garage and deck.
There should also be a fire extinguisher nearby too.
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