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Can I Safely Use a S&S Fire Pit on My Deck?

IMG_1271This is a question that many homeowners ask. Purchasing a fire pit will open up a whole new world of social activities for you and your family, from roasting marshmallows to watching the sunset around a toasty fire. Being that wood burns when exposed to high enough heat, however, you might be wondering if it’s safe to use a fire pit on your wooden deck.

It’s true that wood DOES burn when exposed to heat. According to the Argonne National Laboratory, dry wood (not artificial) burns at approximately 451 degrees Fahrenheit. But the good news is that you can still use an S&S Fire Pit on your wooden deck without fear of it burning your deck, although you’ll want to take a few precautions to protect the wood.

Preparing Your Deck for a Fire Pit

Before using a fire pit on your deck, you should fire place some type of “base” layer down. Doing so will create a barrier of protection between the fire pit, which of course will become hot, and your deck. One of the great things about S&S Fire Pits is that they are elevated high enough so the bottom of the bowl isn’t close to the ground. By keeping the base elevated, the heat remains away from the deck/ground; thus, reducing the risk of an accidental fire. Nonetheless, when it comes to fire, it’s best to err on the side of caution by taking additional measures to prevent fires.

There are several different types of base layers that can be used on a wooden deck, one of which is a layer of stone. Head to your local home improvement or gardening store to pick up some stone pavers. Once you’ve installed them on your patio, you can safely use your new fire pit without fear of it sparking a fire. The stove pavers will absorb the heat, protecting the wooden materials underneath.

In addition to using a base layer on your patio, you may also want to invest in a snuffer. When you are finished using your fire pit, you can place the snuffer over it to extinguish the fire. Within just 10 minutes, the snuffer should completely extinguish the fire, allowing it too cool down. And when the fire pit is cool, there’s a lower risk of it burning nearby materials.

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