So, when I got my BGE I had to decide where to assemble it?! My first thought was out in the backyard, maybe on our patio or throw down some pavers so it had it's own little area, just big enough for the grill. Then I decided, I am much more likely to use it if it is convenient, so I decided on the deck just outside the kitchen. Our patio is kind of small anyway, and the backyard option would be too long of a walk from the house when the food requires attention at the beginning and end of a cook.
So, very happily, my egg sits on my deck ready to serve! My idea was that I could set the egg up for a 15+ hour smoke and go to sleep, head out for a bike ride, or run some errands all while my meat of choice is smoking. The egg will faithfully hold temperature and I won't be tied to the house....
...however, a couple weeks ago when another user was asking about putting his BGE in a custom wood counter under a covered deck you all posted some pretty scary pictures of cooks gone bad where the egg caused fires to decks, counters or homes. So, this naturally got me thinking about what I should do and what most of you do.
I would like to think I can set the egg for a 250 degree long cook and go to sleep with relative peace of mind. The vents are barely open and the cook should be slow. But if there is even a small chance of burning the place down I won't sleep soundly and when I'm on that bike ride I'll be constantly wondering if I'm going to arrive home and find my deck fully engulfed! Obviously, the smart thing is to not leave any fire unattended, but there are exceptions. A quality cast iron wood stove, for instance, can very safely put out heat while you sleep or leave the house. It is fully enclosed and there is no chance of sparks or flare up.
So, talk me into or out of an unattended cook on my deck.
I'm afraid if I move the egg off the deck I'll use it a lot less.
But I don't want to stress too much about a long cook on my uncovered wood deck. ?