Finding a Fire Pit Mat For A Wood Deck
Owning a fire pit is an awesome way to add life and fun into any situation. But many people are scared from using an outdoor fire pit in the one place their family spends the most time — their deck. Whether you have a wooden or composite deck, the fact remains that you’ll want to protect it. Wood decks aren’t cheap to fix and even less so to replace. Your pocketbook will thank for you for thinking of installing a fire pit mat on your wood deck.
Can You Put A Fire Pit On A Wood Deck?
Yes! This wouldn’t be much of an article of the answer was no. However, you have to be very careful to protect the wood against the hot temperatures emitted by the fire pit. With a roaring fire, some fire pits can reach 1200 degrees F, well above the temperature your wooden deck will combust. A savvy homeowner would spend a little money to purchase a good fire pit mat for decking.
What Are Heat-Resistant Mats for Fire Pits?
Fire pit mats are small to large pads that act as a heat shield between your fire pit and another surface. Instead of blowing the heated air down onto your precious wood or composite material, the fire pit pad stops the heat dead in its tracks. Many models will handle heat far above what you would find in a standard outdoor fire pit
Fire Pit Mat Construction Materials
Various models vary when it comes to exact construction materials, but fire pit pads are typically made of carbon / volcanic rock fibers. Modern technology can prevent both heat damage and charcoal burns and is typically no more than 1/4″ thick.
What Size Do I Need?
You’ll want to take care to ensure the fire pit pad you buy is large enough to properly protect your wood deck against heat. Any size fire pit mat will help, but in order to guarantee no damage will come to your wood you should measure your existing fire pit to see what dimensions you’ll need. But don’t be fooled — you don’t need a fire pit pad large enough to cover the entire bottom of the fire pit. However, it should be large enough to block heat from the central burn point. Observe:
Which Fire Pit Mat Should I Get?
One of the highest rated fire pit mats on Amazon is the 24″ FirePad Deck Protector by Newtex (shown below installed in a fire pit bowl on someone’s patio).
This is a lightweight fabric fire pit mat boasting the latest material technology. You should avoid direct contact with fire to prolong the life of the unit. However, it will easily prevent heat damage and charcoal burns. At only 1/8″ thick, it provides a low-profile way to protect your assets.
Not your cup of tea? There are many other fire pit mats available.
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