Prior to installing a fire pit, research and understand your local codes. If deck fire pits are not permitted, a fine could be levied.
With any type of raised or built-in fire pit, you should exercise caution during and after installation. Fire pits should not be used directly over unprotected wood decking or a wood plastic composite deck surface due to the potential fire hazard. I recommend placing a fire pit on a non-flammable deck surface material that extends at least 24" from the edges of the fire pit. A safe choice would be Latitudes deck stones, which will help protect the surface from excessive heat.
Regardless of the protective material on which the raised fire pit is placed, be certain to exercise caution whenever a fire is burning.
- Never leave a burning fire unattended
- Always have a fire extinguisher or active garden hose handy
- Keep the deck area clear of flammable material
- If a hot ember lands on the wood or synthetic wood deck surface, make sure to remove it by dousing with water as it may blemish the deck surface or even worse, start the deck on fire