For many of us, nothing beats an evening spent outdoors around a cozy fire pit. But if you have composite decking, you might be wondering if it’s safe to install a gas fire pit directly on your deck. The short answer is yes—but with some caveats. Let’s take a closer look at why and how you can safely use a gas fire pit on composite decking.
What Is Composite Decking?
Composite decking is an extremely durable and attractive decking material that can turn any outdoor area into a stylish, inviting space. It is made from a mix of recycled plastic and reclaimed wood fibers, giving it an extraordinary strength-to-weight ratio that allows it to outlast traditional lumber. Those who opt for composite decking don’t have to worry as much about sanding, staining, oiling, and sealing; they can just enjoy their beautiful outdoors without interruption!
Despite its robustness and convenience, composite decking isn’t completely impervious to fire. When planning to use a gas fire pit on composite decking, some extra considerations should be made.
When using any type of open flame, safety should always be the top priority.
Make sure that the fire pit is placed away from any low-hanging branches or combustible materials, such as wood or fabric furniture. Additionally, make sure that the fire pit is placed far enough away from your home that sparks won’t be able to fly up into any open windows. It’s also important to keep an eye on children and pets while using the fire pit, as they are more susceptible to getting burned by an open flame.
The second thing you need to consider when using a gas fire pit on composite decking is the heat resistance of the material itself. Most composite decks are made from a combination of plastic and wood fibers which makes them very durable and resistant to wear and tear from weather conditions like rain or snow but not necessarily heat from an open flame.
Many manufacturers do not recommend placing anything with intense heat directly onto their product because it may cause damage over time due to warping or discoloration. If possible, try to place something between the firepit base and your deckings, such as pavers or concrete blocks to prevent any damage being done by intense heat over time.
Gas Lines & Connections
Finally, when setting up your gas fire pit make sure all connections are tight and secure before lighting it up. This includes both the regulator (which regulates the pressure of the gas oing into the burner) as well as all other connections along the fuel line leading up to your burner itself. Doing this will help ensure that there aren’t any leaks while in use which could lead to dangerous situations, such as fires or explosions if not handled properly!