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Old 08-01-2013, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default propane burner on cedar deck?

I couldn't find a post on this, so I'll ask the question.

I am moving my brewing outside, and my favorite outside spot is my cedar deck. Puting a propane burner on the deck in August seems like a really bad idea to me. I have never used a propane burner before.

I'll probably just fire up in the driveway and avoid the fire hazard, but I was curious if I am just being too whimpy. After all, I do bbq on my deck regularly.

Do others brew on their decks?

Thanks.

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Old 08-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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I brew on my covered deck all the time. Wood gets a little warm under the burner, but I've been brewing out there for years.

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A couple things that come to mind that you can do...


* Hose down your deck before and during flame on
* Put steel plate underneath burner


I'd say mitigate the risk and do it in the driveway though.

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same, no issues here. I always keep the hose nearby though.

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A couple things that come to mind that you can do...


* Hose down your deck before and during flame on
* Put steel plate underneath burner


I'd say mitigate the risk and do it in the driveway though.
that's a bit overkill IMO. my deck gets warm at best with nothing. If you're worried, you can buy a grill mat.
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A 24" x 24" scrap of sheetrock would work fine for a mat.

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Yea dude, you won't have an issue, if you boil over you will have a mess though.

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I've had days where my driveway started to burn. I don't know what burner you have but do yourself a favor and get a slab under that burner if you love your deck! Why take a chance...

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I brewed bareback on a pine porch once. It made the sap run to the top and start smoking, quite a mess.
Since then i put 2 large (@2'x2') clay tiles under the burner, no problems.

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Old 08-02-2013, 04:24 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the help. I think I will play it safe and brew in the driveway. I have enough to think about on brew day without worrying over my deck.

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