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safety concerns cooking on a wooden deck.

edited 11:40PM in EggHead Forum
I have ordered my cooker. Should be here in time for Christmas![p]We live in a condo and will be cooking on a wooden deck. I'd like to use a Weber chimney for starting, but wonder if that's smart.[p]Any safety suggestions relating to cooking on a wood deck would be appreciated![p]Wade


  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    Wade,[p]They make a fire mat - KennyG has one as do many here. My deck has a few marks were a wild coal popped out the vent. I sometimes pour a little water on the deck before I cook. In many of my pictures you will see a champagne bottle - it's got h2O in it.[p]Avoid the chimney starter! That is a fire trap. Use fire cubes, or electric or anything else. Mine scared me a few times - don't use it anymore at all.[p]Tim
    [ul][li]Tim's BGE website place[/ul]
  • MarkMark Posts: 295
    Cheap insurance is a concrete steping stone. My egg has sat in the same place on my deck for fifteen plus years, a couple years ago conditions, for what ever reason, were just right and I set my deck on fire. As far as lighting goes I've been using a propane torch lately, quick, clean and safe.

  • GfwGfw Posts: 1,598
    <p />Wade, I'll agree with TIM - go with the matt (I actually use 2 sitting side-by-side) and starter cubes.[p]From KennyG - This is a fireproof flexible concrete mat designed to placed under grills and other wood fired or charcoal devices to prevent a fire hazard from stray sparks.") the matt is available at Lowes... The Lowes stock # is 117446
    [ul][li]Gfw's BBW[/ul]
  • Mark,[p]Thanks for the tips. Do you mind telling me exactly what propane torch you suggest? Will I need the long walking cane type or what??[p]Thanks again
  • Mark,[p]One more question please. Is the stepping stone just for placeing the egg on, or is it to be used instead of the flexible concrete mat others have suggested?[p]Thanks!

  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    Wade,[p]Actually you two are on different pages of the book. The stepping stone is placed under the Egg so the VERY HOT bottom doesn't burn your wood deck. I am not sure if you even plan to place the Egg on the deck or in a nest. If you set it on the deck, place a stepping stone under it.[p]Tim
  • MarkMark Posts: 295
    The torch I use is a Surefire T501. It is the instant lite type, push the button and you have fire. Just hold it on the lump a couple minutes and your in business. They are available at any hardware store.

  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    This is the kit I bought...I love it...Thanks KOC for sharing this information with us.
    Trigger Start Adjustable/High Output Cast Aluminum MAPP® Gas Torch Kit
    Includes a TS7000 adjustable self-igniting torch head and a MG9 16.0 oz. MAPP® gas cylinder. Packaged in a clamshell

    [ul][li]MAPP GAS[/ul]
  • DaveDave Posts: 163
    Wade,[p]Not that I'm advocating a competitor's product here, but here's a tip from the Weber folks on how to protect the patio, for what it's worth. They appear to have both a wood deck and a concrete patio in mind, but I'm not sure...[p][p]
    Protect Your Patio[p]To protect your patio or deck while using your Weber Bullet, put your cooker on top of a large-sized automobile oil drip pan (available at auto centers for under $10). It catches any drips or spills from the cooker and gives you someplace to set down the lid or grates without messing things up. You can even start a chimney of charcoal on the pan without scorching your concrete patio. The pan cleans up easily with soap and water.

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