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Old 07-16-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Propane Burner on a Deck

I've done a few 1 - 2.5 gallon AG batches on my stove, but I finally got a propane burner so that I can do full size AG batches. My question is: does anyone else use their burner on a deck? My (wooden) roof deck would be the most convenient place to do it, since there are far fewer bugs, plus it's right by the door leading to the kitchen. I am concerned this might be a fire hazard though.

I (and many of my neighbors) have charcoal grills on our decks, and I am not sure if that is more or less dangerous than a propane burner.

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Old 07-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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Set it on a piece of sheet metal or a square of paving bricks, if you're concerned.

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I use mine on a deck. Its wood, but has some sort of weird texture on it as a coating. Anyway, the flame is pretty far away from the ground anyway, and all of its energy is going up, not down. I actually used to put cardboard under my burner just for splashes/boilovers (so I could spend less time cleaning up) and never had a single issue.

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Boiling wort shouldn't be an issue but please don't fry a turkey (or anything else) there.

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I boil on my deck all the time. No issues yet

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It shouldn't be an issue, all the heat rises. The legs can get a bit hot. It would be a good idea to set it on a large peice of stone or cement. Make sure whatever you set it on can't slide or move, just make sure it's stable.

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I've actually got a sheet of cement board left over from a home improvement project that I could put in a corner of the deck. That sounds like it would be a perfect platform. Glad to hear other people are doing this without problems.

Don't worry, I have no intention of ever frying a turkey!

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I would think your charcoal grill is more dangerous on a wood deck. I brew in my garage but on a wood stand with a turkey fryer burner, no issues yet. When I first started with this set up I would set up a water pan under the turkey fryer to diffuse the temperature but after checking the temps it never got hot to the touch under the fryer. However it is always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher on hand and don't leave it unattended when you have the flame going.

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I would think your charcoal grill is more dangerous on a wood deck.
Certainly could be true. I have a fire extinguisher in my kitchen, and I bring it out to the deck when I'm grilling. My house is made out of stone, so I figure even if I manage to light the deck on fire I probably can't do too much damage.
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Being a profesional firefighter that sheet of cement board will work great plus it will also keep stains off your deck if you happen to spill or anything. But anything is possible so the fire extiguisher is always a good option. The ignition temp of wood is around 525F with direct flame impengment. So think you will be just fine. Brew on brother

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