Wood-burning Fire Pits are not safe to have on a wooden deck. Firewood can cause the wood to smoke, char, and eventually catch fire. Firewood also produces toxic fumes that can damage the person's lungs. Wood-burning fire pits are classified as "uncontrolled" fires because they cannot be regulated or controlled without constant observation. Firewood can also be an ignition hazard because it tends to roll around and off of the deck. Wooden decks will want to make sure they have a metal skirt around them so that people will not use them as a ladder for climbing up onto the deck.
In contrast, gas fire pits are safe for a wooden deck because they don't produce embers and burn lower temperatures. They also release fewer toxic fumes than a wood-burning Fire Pit. In addition, gas Fire Pits have an electrode to keep the fire burning at a steady pace so that it cannot get out of control. Gas Fire Pits are classified as "controlled" fires because they can be turned off and regulated.
Depending on where you live, fire codes and regulations may specify the specific types of fire pits that can be used on wooden decks. Local jurisdictions govern fire codes, so even if your deck is in your backyard, it may not be up to the same standards as a deck in someone else's backyard. Fire regulations will also vary depending on the type of wood the deck is made from and its construction. A cedar or redwood deck is less likely to ignite than one made with a cheaper pine or fir wood.
Therefore, before making a purchase, do your research about what is allowed in your city and county. Fire codes and regulations can vary from place to place, so be sure you know the rules where you live before buying or building a fire pit like the one I’m going to describe here.
Knowing what kind of deck you have will help inform what is safe for your home and family. There are a couple of different types of decking: composite decking, wood, and vinyl.
Select a fire pit that is safe for the type of deck in your backyard. All three types are combustible, making them susceptible to embers, sparks, and high radiant heat.
The first thing you need to consider when thinking about putting a fire pit on your deck is the weight of the fire pit. Fire pits typically range from 50 to over 200 pounds, so you'll want to be sure that your deck has some protection for its support beams to avoid structural damage. Manufacturers of fire pits recommend that you place them to be centered and entirely supported by the deck. Many fire pits are giant, bulky pieces of equipment, so make sure your decking is strong enough to support it.
Another thing to consider when you're thinking about putting a fire pit on your deck is protection from radiant heat. As it burns, fire radiates heat around the base. That intense heat can cause problems for the decking material underneath. Placing a protection pad between the deck and the fire pit can help protect your deck from any damage or warping. Firegear fire features are designed to move the heat up and away from the base, reducing radiant heat issues.
Fire pits are a great way to get your family and friends together for a fun evening outdoors. Firepits can provide warmth, ambiance, and an opportunity for socializing with friends and loved ones. However, firepits need care when it comes to placement. Be sure to consult your manufacturer's manual and instructions and your cities regulations and local fire codes. Firegear fire features have been designed for safety, flexibility, and style to give you the outdoor living area that fits your lifestyle.