Fire Pit On Wood Deck Safety Tips
Almost everyone enjoys a beautiful fire in their favorite places. One of their favorite outdoor places tend to be the outdoor deck area. Which can just be a simple deck or a deck that can be attached to a pool as well. Any fire source being used on a wood deck though needs to have some safety rules followed. Following certain things will keep you and your deck free from harm.
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Safety Tips - Fire Pit On Wood Deck
A wood deck coated or not is still wood and can ignite and still burn. There are few measures you can take that easy to do. Most will cost either nothing or very little, which is very much worth your safety.
Fire Pit Pad
Fire pits can get very hot and depending on the type you are using can produce sparks. If wood burning can also have hot coals. So the best thing you can do is to not set your fire pit directly on the deck. Invest in a fire pit pad, it lays flat on top of your deck. Then you place your fire pit on top of it.
There are several types and sizes and are typically available at any place that retails woodstoves, fireplaces and etc. You could also make your own from bricks or paving stones as well. Just remember to make sure they are a put together as tight as possible. Since embers can fall into the spaces.
Sand as an Insulator
Sand is a great insulator as well, depending on the type of fire pit you have you can put a layer of sand in the bottom. It will add a heat barrier between the fire pit and the fire pad. It is also a great way to fill in those gaps in the bricks or pavers, if you are going that route for protection.
Use a Spark Screen
If you are using a fuel source such as a wood fire, you will typically end up with sparks. The best way to protect you and your deck from those sparks, is with a spark screen. They are relatively reasonable to purchase, again from the same places that sell outdoor fireplaces and etc. Otherwise you could also create your own, but you have to make sure you use the right type of screening.
Use an Alternative to Wood
The best way to avoid sparks, soot, ash and smoke is to purchase an alternative to wood. There are some great alternatives out there. Such as LP, Natural gas, gel or bio fuel ethanol. If you want to go that route, make sure you check out each one to see which one is the best bet for you.
Those are the best ways to protect you and your deck. There are some other basic common sense things to follow to avoid injury to you and others. Such as remove trip hazards, keep flammable items away from fire pit, make sure all your safety items are nearby for putting out if needed. If you are using LP or Natural gas for heat from your firebox, make sure gas line is out of the way of becoming a trip hazard. Follow these and you can enjoy your fire pit on your wood deck worry free.