Find out the proper way to use a fire pit on a wood deck.

Putting a fire pit on a wood deck can be stressful and dangerous, especially if you don’t know the proper do’s and don’ts. 

Fire pits are an excellent way to relax and unwind during a cool evening, but if you want to place it on a wood deck, then you need to keep a few things in mind. 

You may be asking yourself is it even safe to put a fire pit on a wood deck? How do I prevent any damages? What are the best fire pit types to use?

Wooden decks are more susceptible to burning because of their material, but…

…if you use it the right way, you can safely enjoy your fire pit on a wood deck.

In this article, we are going to break down the do’s and don’ts when putting a fire pit on a wood deck.

Wooden deck that has proper spacing for a fire pit.

Fire Pit on a Wood Deck Safety Tips

1. Location
  • Do: Pick a location that is far from any flammable items, including your house, furniture, or overhangs. Homeadvisor.com states your fire pit should at least be 10 feet away from your house and other items as a general rule of thumb.
  • Don’t: Make sure you don’t place your fire pit directly next to any item that can easily catch fire.

Even though it may seem like it is far enough away, always measure and ensure that the fire is at least 10 feet from anything flammable. Keep in mind that on windy days, the fire in your fireplace can travel farther and put your valuables and home at greater risk.

2. Protective Surface
  • Do: Use a fire pit pad to protect your deck from gas, embers, and ash. These pads come in different materials like stone and metal to keep the wood on your deck protected all the way around your fire pit.

In addition to using a pad, always use the stand the fire pit comes with. Even with a fire pit pad, you don’t want to place a fire bowl directly on top of it.

  • Don’t: Never place your fire pit directly on a wood deck. The heat, flying sparks, and ash can seriously damage your deck and can also lead to a dangerous fire.

Outdoor fire pit with a fire pit pad for extra protection.

3. Spark Screens
  • Do: Invest in a fire pit spark screen for additional protection against flying sparks. This will prevent embers from going in the air and burning nearby items. 

Also, it is a good idea to have a poker tool available so you can easily control the logs and flames in your outdoor fireplace.

  • Don’t: Avoid having an open flame on your fire pit. As mentioned earlier, embers and sparks tend to travel, especially in windy conditions, so ensure your fire is covered with the proper accessories.

Wood burning fire pit with a protective spark screen.

4. Additional Layers
  • Do: Pour a couple of inches of sand at the bottom of the fire pit before lighting it. This gives you more protection and creates an additional layer between the fire and your wood deck.
  • Don’t: Even if you have your fire pit on a stand and a pad surrounding the surface of your deck, don’t light your fire without placing an additional layer. 

Also, having a layer like sand at the bottom of your fire pit will prolong the quality and effectiveness of your fire pit pad. 

5. Weather Conditions
  • Do: Using a fire pit on a wood deck is ideal during calm weather conditions. A small breeze is fine and won’t cause your fire from catching nearly valuables.
  • Don’t: Never use your fire pit in windy conditions, especially on a wood deck. This puts your deck, house, and other valuables at risk because fire can easily travel when it is windy out.

Best Types of Fire Pits on a Wood Deck

Now that we know the proper safety tips when using a fire pit on a wood deck, it’s time to decide what the best types to use are.

Generally, fire pits that are made out of metal or cast iron and are supported by sturdy legs to keep them off the ground are great options. If you have a wood-burning fire pit like this already, then you are good to go.

If you are in need of a fire pit that is safe on a wood deck, here are some of our top choices:

Sunnydaze Black Crossweave Fire Pit displayed in the backyard.

Sunnydaze Large Cosmic Fire Pit with a roaring flame.

Sunnydaze Cauldron Fire Pit displayed outside with a roaring flame.

Still, worried about sparks flying? Gas fire pits are another great option to use and are easy to light.

Conclusion

A fire pit on a wood deck can be extremely dangerous, but if you take the proper precautions, follow these safety tips, and use the right type of fire pit, you will enjoy a worry-free evening by the fire on your deck.

Remember, choose a safe location, use a protective surface, invest in a spark screen, add an additional layer to the bottom, and make sure the weather conditions are ideal. And always keep a close eye and monitor the fire. 

For more tips and information on fire pits, check out our other fire pit related posts and make sure to read our fire pit buying guide if you are looking to find the best fire pit for your space

Thanks for reading and we wish you many relaxing evenings by the fire pit on your deck.

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