Different Types of Fire Pits for Your Wooden Deck
If you want to add a fire pit to your deck to bring some warmth to a chilly evening, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind before making a purchase. Wooden structures pose concerns because of their material, but if you install your blaze the right way, you can enjoy a nice open flame without safety concerns. Here’s how to choose a product that is just right for your wooden deck.
Wooden Deck Fire Pit Safety
- Choose a location on the deck that is as far as possible away from your house, your roof, any railings, overhangs and patio furniture. As a general rule, the fire pit should be at least 10 to 20 feet away from all other items.
- If your fire pit will run through your home’s gas supply, make sure the connection is safely installed and away from where people will be walking.
- When you store extra firewood, make sure you place it far enough away from the fire pit that it won’t ignite if a rogue spark flies through the air or if a strong breeze kicks up.
- Never set your fire pit on a bare wood deck. Instead, invest in a fire pit pad to protect the deck from gas, embers and ash. These come in materials like stone, metal and screen mesh and sit right underneath your fire pit with a bit of extension all the way around in order to protect the deck from the fire.
- Always use the stand that your fire pit comes with in order to keep it up off the deck. Even if you purchase a fire pit pad, you don’t want to place the fire pit directly on top of it without a stand.
- Pour a layer of sand a couple of inches thick at the bottom of the fire pit before lighting it. This creates one more additional layer between the hot coals or wood and your wooden deck.
- Always use the spark screen on top of your fire pit. This protects against sparks flying through the air and onto other items nearby. If your fire pit doesn’t come with a spark screen, there are many external screens available for purchase.
- Never leave your fire unattended, even for a few moments. If it is sitting on an extremely flammable deck, you don’t want to risk the fire spreading just to run inside for some extra hot dogs.
- Never light your fire on a windy day. A small breeze is fine, but if the wind feels any stronger than that you don’t want to risk the dangers of the fire growing out of control. Now that you’ve learned the top safety tips for placing a fire pit on a deck, find out which fire pits are best suited to be placed on wooden decks. Pairing decks with fire pits can be easier than you think with the great selection of wood-burning fire pits and gas fire pits from Serenity Health. Find out the differences between the two types in order to make an informed decision about your landscaping needs.
Types of Fire Pits for Wood Decks
- Sunnydaze Fire Pits. Serenity Health’s Sunnydaze units are great choices for your deck because they are made of metal or cast iron and are supported by sturdy legs that keep them off the ground. They also come in a wide variety of sizes and styles to choose from. Choose from such distinctive Sunnydaze Decor styles for wood structures, such as the Sunnydaze 36-inch Cheers large fire pit with a brushed metal finish and a spark screen, the steel campfire ring with a rotating, detachable cooking grate, the Brushed Metal Diamonds style with a spark screen, the Large Diamond wood-burning fire pit with a spark screen and many others.
- Gas Fire Pits. IIf you’re still worried about sparks flying, you may want to use a gas unit instead. These are easy to light and don’t have any sparks or ash to worry about. Propane and liquefied petroleum gas provide flames without the smoke smell. Choose from such Sunnydaze Decor models as the modern rectangular liquid propane gas coffee table with lava rocks, the Rope and Barrel design propane gas table with lava rocks, the cast stone propane gas design with lava rocks and the tall cast rock column design propane gas unit. Another great option is the high-end Asia Gas style by Fire Pit Art, which is made of heavy-duty, ¼-inch-thick mild carbon steel and treated with a temperature-resistant coating.