With so many different types of decks out there, it's a pain to figure out what can and can't be placed on them. Wood decks, for instance, can be warped by heat coming from most fire pits. With how efficiently Solo Stoves burn and how hot they get, it's a legitimate worry. Other materials might be scuffed or warped by heat and can be a tire hazard.
Can you put a Solo Stove on a deck? We're going to break our answers down here and our suggestions for every type of Solo Stove set up to fit your needs. Get ready to sit back, relax, and roast some s'mores.
Concrete: Painted, Stained, or Stamped
Concrete decks can handle some impressive activities. Can they handle a Solo Stove? The answer is yes, for the recommended three to four hours. Unless it's painted, stained, or stamped concrete, which contains decorative elements that could warp or become scorched.
In order to avoid damage to concrete that is decorative, you'll want to use the Stand accessory. Since the heat is dispersed efficiently with Stand, your Solo Stove can sit comfortably without you having to worry.
Untreated wood decks ignite at 365 degrees Fahrenheit. While most wood decks are stained or treated to prevent them from catching fire so easily, it's still a good idea to use the stainless steel Stand to prevent any unfortunate warping or fire hazards.
If you're planning to burn your fire pit for more than an hour or two, using pavers underneath your Stand will protect your deck. Wood can warp or paint can discolor with heat, so using Stand will ensure the quality of your deck will last longer. Best of all, you'll still be able to enjoy your fireside chats. Still concerned? Adding a heat-resistant barrier underneath your Stand can add an extra layer of protection.
Why take risks? If you've found a fire pit you love but have concerns about your deck, don't feel dismayed. Simply find the most appropriate Stand for your needs.
What About Composite or PVC Decks?
Composite and PVC decking have different fire resistance grades based on what they're made of and what manufacturer they come from. While these decks do have individual fire-resistant gradings from A thru C—with A being the highest—being continually exposed to heat may cause damage even to the highest grade decks.
Most composite decks are made from a blend of plastics that will warp and melt when exposed to high heat. Due to this, we cannot recommend burning on a composite or PVC deck without Stand. Stand will allow the ambient heat to disperse underneath so that the PVC decking doesn't heat up. Please do not attempt to use a Solo Stove on composite or PVC decking without Stand. Since damage can occur, using Stand and pavers will ensure you can comfortably use a Solo Stove on a deck without worry of damage or fire hazard. This will keep your home and your family safe and sound.
Grass! Can I Put It On Grass?
Green grass can be scorched by Solo Stove depending on the hardness of the wood and how long it burns. To prevent unseemly scorch marks under your smokeless fire pit, use Stand. We promise, the green grass underneath will still look good. Since grass can burn at 518 degrees F, it's important to be conscious of the state of the grass as well. If it's drier than normal, then use Stand in order to avoid scorching or fire hazards.
Headed to the beach? Solo Stoves are safe to use on level sand surfaces. However, Solo Stoves rely on the bottom vents to keep a clear, warm fire burning. Make sure to keep the bottom vents clear of sand by using Stand or pavers.
If the vents are clear, you can quickly enjoy your bonfire with the waves in the distance! Once you've set up your Solo Stove on a level sandy surface, you'll be able to fall in love with the beach and your cozy spot too. The same goes for sandy surfaces that may be set up in the backyard for your smokeless fire pit.
What Are Some Safe Options For My Smokeless Fire Pit?
Solo Stoves can be put on stone or pavers without any worry. If you're concerned you might scorch grass that is growing between pavers or stone, you can use a Stand as you would on green grass. Doing so will keep things looking nice.
Gravel can be bought in different colors and styles to be used underneath your Solo Stove. Using gravel is a safe surface for your Solo Stove.
Dirt is also a safe option for your smokeless fire pit. As long as the area is clear of dry debris like sticks and leaves, dirt will not get scorched and you'll have a nice burn. If you're looking to make a fire pit area in your backyard, consider using sand or dirt for the fire pit area. Keeping a bucket of sand nearby for emergencies is a great idea, as pouring water in to cool the Solo Stove will warp the stainless steel metal.
Solo Stoves get hot! That's the whole point of a crackling smokeless fire pit, right? However, that also means that sparks can pop off and discolor or scorch decks. While you can move to dirt or grass like we suggested above, using a fire-resistant mat in combination with Stand will keep your surfaces safe.
Can You Put a Solo Stove on a Deck?
Can you put a Solo stove on a deck? Yes, with Stand and a heat-resistant barrier for a smokeless fire pit underneath it. The Stand is stored inside of your Solo Stove for easy access and can be used on a level surface to protect the ground underneath a Solo Stove. Take away the worry of whether your fire pit will warp your deck with the 304 stainless steel Stand.
If you have a dedicated area for your Solo Stove outside, it's easy to use the Stand to make sure that the ground underneath stays safe and no stray blades of grass get unpleasantly scorched. Take a look around your backyard before you place an order. A Stand will not ruin the aesthetic of your home and it can keep you, your property, and your family extra safe while the fire pit is in use.