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Charcoal Grill on Wooden Deck

We keep our grills and smoker downstairs on a concrete patio, but I'd love to have one of the charcoal grills upstairs off the kitchen on a wooden deck. What's the safest way to do that?
Put it on tin or something? Does anyone have a grill on a wooden deck?

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  1. Maybe on patio blocks, might be enough insulation.

    1. Is it a standard grill, like a Weber Kettle or is it a hibachi style grill. If it is a low to the ground style of grill I would go to Home Depot or other such place and get a few pieces of patio blue stone. you can usually find these in fairly large pieces. That should do the trick.

      1. Home Depot and others have mats that go under grills but, thinking about it, I'm not sure if they're fireproof or just for catching drips. But you could check.

        There are tiles that are made to go under wood stoves indoors so you might check at a store that sells the stoves.

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        1. re: c oliver

          I have a Weber with an ash catcher (not the concave pan) and do not use a fireproof mat over my wood deck.
          I am careful not to let the ash catcher get too full in which case embers could fall out the holes at the top of the catcher.
          A mat would be a good idea for fire safety and if the deck is untreated , to prevent grease stains.

          1. re: c oliver

            They do carry mats, I had one on my small outside deck off my one back porch (at my house). Some ash fell and started a fire. a few ideas that worked for me. I did use one of the mats. I also invested in 10 tiles, sounds odd but five to place in front, five in back. the mat to me isn't big enough This worked for my size grill. I just kept the under the graill and it worked. One they were nice to stand on when cooking and kept grease spills and drips away from the wood. Also I used to take my sprinkler can and just "sprinkle" the deck before I used anything. A simple easy precaution. Takes 1 minute. Actually the fireman recommended it and said they give this advice to all their fires that are related to this. My neighbor started a fire on a small wood grill and burned 1/2 their house. Luckily I have a cement deck (1st floor) Others have the wooden deck. Mine also has a ask catcher and so did my friends who house burned. FYI to garlicand wingnut below. It can happen and quite often actually.

          2. Yes, it's a Weber kettle grill. We want something under it for safety reasons and to catch grease and sparks or whatever. Our deck is newly rebuilt after Katrina and we want to keep it nice. Will check out Home Depot and Lowes - thanks for the suggestions!

            1. By the way, we're thinking of buying an electric smoker - do any of you own one, how do they compare to the old-style smoker?

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              1. re: bayoucook

                I had a friend who owned a brinkman electric smoker. It was either on/or off, no temperature setting. He laid the wood chunks directly on the element, which seemed a little strange to me. It worked, the only thing he had to do was move the wood every hour or two.

                The pulled pork he made was good, but not as good as a real smoker.

                1. re: bayoucook

                  I have e kettle electric smoker. Had a large nice one for years and loved it. A lot of work for the amount we cooked as some of our neighbors and friends moved away. So we got a small kettle smoker (charcoal) I loved it. One day I looked for it, though it was in the back storage room off the garage. Well my ex took it. So I went to buy one. Knowing I was moving soon I purchased an electric one. Where I am putting it was too hard for 2 charcoal smokers so I bought electric. Not the same taste, but with some mesquite, applewood or cherrywood wood chips a good water bath it is close. Just did 3 chickens and very happy but ... it is different. However ... if you like the flavor of smoke. It does offer a easy solution. I still use brining if necessary, I still use good aromatics and flavors in my water bath, and also use good seasoning. I made turkey, ham, ribs, salmon and chicken. I can control my heat pretty easily and for I need works fine. It isn't charcoal and won't pretend it is, but it is descent.

                  1. re: kchurchill5

                    Hm. Think I'll stick with my old, regular one (it's the old kind that uses a vat of water inside).. It does a great job. So I guess, if it isn't broke, don't fit it.

                    1. re: bayoucook

                      I have the element at the bottom, then the water bath, then 2 grills. It has all. I love mine too.

                2. we used a standard weber kettle grill on a wooden deck for years with no problems.

                  1. Go to an auto supply and get a large auto drip pan people put under their car, they are about 30" X 40", made out of galvanized steel, they will also catch any grease or drippings that can stain your deck. Last one I bought was about $12.

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                    1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                      THAT'S what I was looking for. Didn't know what it was. Went to a barbeque at a friend's yacht club and that must be what they had under their grill. THANKS!

                      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                        My lowes had something similar and what I had. Also had a plastic one as well, I still like the tiles but use whatever works

                      2. also, from a guy in construction who has seen many a burnt home caused by a mixture of piss poor planning/negligence, GET A FIRE EXTINGUISHER, LEARN TO USE IT, KEEP IT READY!

                        besides that, even if its gas/charcoal/electric/nuclear, dont think that you cant start a fire. You can and you will eventually! know how to put it out. Case in Point: I was Grilling a few years ago and the dog knocked the entire grill over(large, rambuctous dog). Not a big threat I thought, since it was on concrete and at least 20 feet from the house. Well, the catch tray for grease spilled, caught fire, and ran down the concrete into the lawn, which proceeded to catch fire since it was going unwatered. It took a fire extinguisher and a hose to put it out! So, when dealing with things of this nature, Murphy's Law applies.......

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                        1. re: nkeane

                          We had the same thing happen with our large Golden Retriever., but it was on the beach, so not that bad. I have a innate fear of fire and take every precaution I can to prevent one. We have a garden hose on the deck to water the plants, and there's a regularly charged fire ext. in the kitchen, a few feet away from where the grill will be.