I haven't seen the question asked yet: how close to the house will the
fire bowl be? Got vinyl siding? I'd ask the local FD about fire bowls
on wood decks...probably some reliable info there. Allowing some heat
penetration onto a painted surface probably brings other concerns.
Most of the insulation you get will come from spaces of air. I would prop
up the board at least 4 inches away from deck, better with two two inch
spaces, with final layer of stiff fiberglass on deck.
Has it got legs? I put a patio firepit on a small rolling flatbed. I
fastened a couple of squares of wood decking to the flatbed, then
fastened the legs of the patio firepit to the decking squares to keep
it stable. The bowl of the firepit was about a foot above the deck
squares, and the squares were about six inches off the ground. This
worked fine for many years, and I could roll it into storage when I
wasn't using it.
I currently use a firepit with taller legs and a much deeper bowl. The
walls of the bowl are high enough that there is no blowing or dropping
of embers from the fire, and it stands far enough off the ground that
I don't worry about heat scorch.
I was driving past a two-story house with a deck one morning this past
autumn and saw the deck in flames. It was a barbecue grill (charcoal,
I suppose). A squad car pulled up in the driveway and the cop was
grabbing the fire extinguisher from the trunk as I went by. I expect
the owners had used their grill the night before and hadn't ensured
that it was well and truly out.
Go to your local metal working shop and have them weld you up a pan.
Put some good casters on the bottom to move it around. Have them weld
a fitting on the bottom for a hose bib. Make it about 6 inches larger
in diameter than the bowl and about 6 inches deep.
Set you fire bowl in the metal pan. You may need to lengthen the legs
so the bowl won't actually set in the water. Close the hose bib. Fill
A friend of mine had this done and it worked great. After an entire
evening of burning the water was hot, but the deck was still cool.
I took a backer board and cut it round and the same diameter as the fire bo
wl. I used the cuttings for feet to give me a very small bust stable and ef
fective air gap to the deck. Just small squares every 6 inches and under th
e fire bowl feet. It looks fine during the fire, I can easily move it aroun
d the deck for different situations, and I can roll it on edge into the gar
age for easy storage. Simple and effective.
On 9/27/2015 9:05 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I've seen a few Youtube of what happens when some
one is careless with fire on a wood deck. It can
be very expensive in a hurry. You didn't ask for
any fire advice, I'll write a few words if asked.
Christopher A. Young
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