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deck protectors under egg?????

fyrcatfyrcat Posts: 41
edited 6:43AM in EggHead Forum
My husband and I are in the fire service and very concerned about burning up our home(He is the fire chief-wouldn't look good). Does any one use their egg on their wood decks, if so do you use a protector pad under the lower grate???? I purchased one because of the potential-has any one had problems with fire on their decks????


  • fyrcat,[p]While I haven't had my egg as long as many here, I do have it on a wooden deck, in a nest. Even "worse", the deck has that nasty cheap astro-turf. I haven't had any issues as of yet, nor do I really expect any, as long as I keep the screen portion of the vent closed. [p]I currently don't have one of those protectors, but I always have a fire extinguisher in the house just in case, not that I expect to have to use if due to something with the egg...
  • RRPRRP Posts: 16,142
    folks report in from time to time about using those. Plan carefully where you place it though and expect to leave it there "forever". A few years back the complaints had surfaced that those protectors while good will encourage mildew and actually discolor your wood beyond repair.

    Dunlap, IL
  • HaggisHaggis Posts: 998
    fyrcat,[p]I don't have that issue since my house and patio are brick - my biggest concern is stepping on an ember, which has happed more than once in bare feet. However, there are occasional photos of damage caused by the heat of an Egg or embers from the vent. Someone (Naked Whiz?) has a photo of his table with severe heat damage, and Nature Boy's house was substantially damaged by an ember that blew from his driveway to his garage. I think your concern is well founded, whether or not the "deck protector" is the solution you decide upon.
  • KingerKinger Posts: 147
    fyrcat,[p]I have several "fire mats" that I use for my outdoor cooking area. There have been several instances in which I found hot embers on my deck and decided that these mats were a must. I have a smaller one that is just inside the door of the screen porch so when I am cooking on a rainy day I have a safe place to park the egg under cover. I don't recall what brand they were but they were around 30 bucks each I think.[p]JNK
  • PopsiclePopsicle Posts: 517
    I hose down my deck under the Egg before I start cooking and haven’t had any problems in 12 years of cooking on my wood deck. I also have my egg in a table, which helps catch some of the embers that occasionally come out. The only time I find any embers or “sparks” is during the initial lighting of fresh lump. That being said, the potential of a fire on your deck is always there so be careful. Popsicle

    Willis Tx.
  • ab ovoab ovo Posts: 67
    fyrcat,[p]I use nothing under the egg. I have an Ipe deck which happens to be a wood that has a fire rating because it is so fire resistent. I have never had a problem but it is still early in egging. My lower vent does have a screen so I feel pretty safe.
  • HaggisHaggis Posts: 998
    ab ovo,[p]Ipe is a great wood, dense, hard as can be, and somewhat oily, but don't think it won't burn! I gotta figure that's what some of those South American lump varieties include.
  • fyrcat,
    As a former fire service person, I was concerned not only with deck, but embers falling thru cracks into dry leaves below. I use a mat from Home Depot, and I usually pick it up when I wheel my egg into its box - after the fire is out. So, no moisture or deck discoloration problems.

  • ab ovoab ovo Posts: 67
    I don't doubt that Ipe burns, but its Fire Rating is Class A, the same rating given to concrete & steel. I am still probably going to get a mat.

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