How to Safely Use a Fire Pit on Your Deck

Fall, also known as “bonfire and hoodie season” is quickly approaching as we close out our first week of September. Family and friends will gather around fire pits sharing stories, laughter, and making unforgettable memories. It is important to remember throughout all of the fun, that safety still has to be a top priority.

Safely Using a Fire Pit on Your DeckDeck Safety

It is recommended that fire pits be used in areas that are open and away from decks or homes. With portable fire pits becoming more and more popular, it is becoming more frequent for homeowners to begin using a fire pit on their deck space. It is important to remember that both wood decking and composite decking are flammable and can be damaged from the heat if your decking space is not properly protected.

Here are some steps to take to properly protect your deck from fire or damage.

  1. Find a safe location away from deck railings, decorations, and your home. You
    want to be sure that if the wind blows the flames of your fire will not come in contact with anything that may increase the risk of starting a fire.
  2. Never place your fire pit directly on your deck. The heat from underneath the fire pit can cause damage to the wood decking or composite decking. Damage such as warping, discoloration, or burn spots may occur. To avoid this, you can use fire pit pads, or create your barrier with patio stones. When creating a barrier, you will want to extend it about two feet in all directions from the edge of your fire pit. This will help with embers or in the event the fire pit tips over, your deck will still be protected.
  3. Start your fire and cover with a fire pit screen. This will reduce flying embers and debris, while still allowing you to enjoy a full bonfire.

Since you are starting a fire on a wood surface, it is important to take extra precautions. Something as small as an ember can cause your deck to catch fire. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher and hose readily available in the unfortunate event that does occur.

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Modern solid composite decking cuts, nails, screws and installs similar to regular wood decking. Also, composite deck materials offer the fine looks of natural wood. Most composite deck materials even offer wood grain to enhance its appearance. One of the best options in the industry today is Trex decking.

Composite Deck Material Trex

Composite deck materials are building materials manufactured using a mixture of plastic and wood fiber. Trex decking materials are very popular because they require less maintenance than wood and often use recycled materials. Also, when you choose Trex decking there are a lot of color options to choose from. We offer many different brands of deck materials that allow for a full line of colors and different grain patterns. As a certified Trex Platinum Contractor, Miles Bradley Building promises to provide both quality materials and exceptional workmanship from our highly experienced master carpenters.

The major advantage a Trex deck has is the required maintenance. With a wood deck, there is a lot of yearly maintenance such as sanding, nail repair, and replacing boards. A Trex deck requires no sanding and very little maintenance. If you currently have a deck, ask us for deck inspection to let you know what type of work your current deck needs or to replace it. When it comes to a new deck, make sure to hire the professionals at Miles Bradley. Get a quote today for your new deck.