A solo stove is a great fire pit for your backyard. All the fun of a fire pit without all the hassle of smoke everywhere. If you have a deck, you may be wondering if you can use the solo stove on your deck.
It is safe to use a solo stove on a wood deck, as long as you use the solo stove stand. Adding a fire proof mat would add an extra layer of security.
Do not use the solo stove directly on a wood deck without the solo stove stand as the heat could damage the deck.
Should I Use a Stand or a Fire Pit Mat?
A solo stove should not be placed directly on a wood deck, as this can cause damage over time. Instead, a solo stove should have a stand and preferably a fireproof mat underneath it. There are benefits to using both, but the solo stand is an absolute necessity.
A solo stove comes with its own stand that you can set the firepit on. The solo stove stand is made of 304 stainless steel and has holes designed to radiate residual heat from the fire pit. This means the heat that the solo stove radiates will go into the stand, rather than the wooden deck. It will prevent any damage from being caused, such as scorch marks or damage to any paint or stains.
You can also use a heat resistant fireproof mat with the solo stove and stand. If you’re an extra cautious person, you could also put 4 12″ concrete pavers on your deck then use the solo stove and stand on top. However, using the stove stand is required, as this is the most effective way to stay safe and keep your deck from being damaged.
How Far Should The Stove Be From My House?
The recommended amount of distance the solo stove should be from your house is six feet. This is an adequate amount of distance to prevent the flames from catching on something and causing a house fire.
Solo stoves use open flames in order to heat up, and these flames can cause accidents easily if you’re not careful. The flames can be picked up by strong winds, and then catch onto something flammable like a lawn chair or outdoor umbrella. Because of this, it’s recommended to keep the stove at least six feet away from your house, but also six feet away from anything flammable.
While a wooden deck is flammable, the stand and a fireproof mat will do an adequate job of preventing the flames from catching on the deck. As long as the stove isn’t near anything else flammable, then you’ll be good to go.
Can I Use a Solo Stove on Other Types of Decks?
You can use a solo stove on other types of decks, such as hardwood decks and composite decks. You will have to take the same safety precautions as a wooden deck, but the stoves are safe to use as long as you follow those safety rules.
While wooden decks are the more common type of deck, trex and composite decks are popular as well. While a solo stove can also be used on those types of decks, the same safety precautions must be taken. You also may need to take some extra precautions in order to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you, including your outdoor items.
Using a Solo Stove on a Composite Deck
A composite deck is made of a composite material of wood fibers and plastic film. It is safe to use a solo stove on a composite deck, as long as you use a stand and a fireproof mat.
The two main things that are required to use a solo stove safely on a composite deck are a solo stove stand and a fireproof mat. The solo stand will create an adequate amount of airspace between the deck and the solo stove, preventing any possible damage.
A fireproof mat placed under the stand will increase the amount of protection, and protect the deck from any heat that’s radiating from the bottom of the stove. If you’re looking to upgrade your deck to composite, here’s the best composite decking.
Using a Solo Stove on a Hardwood Deck
A hardwood deck is made from ipe, cumaru, garapa etc. You can also use a solo stove on a hardwood deck. Hardwood decks are naturally dense which have a higher fire rating than most other woods. Ipe has a Class A Fire Rating and is the most heat resistant decking on the market.
A hardwood deck is able to handle more heat than a regular wood deck and even some composites. With an Ipe deck, only the solo stove stand is necessary.
The solo stove is a great smoke-free fire pit, but should only be used with their solo stand on a wood deck. We have the Yukon model and use it on our pressure treated stained deck all the time without any issues. We actually bought the yukon bundle that had the stand and shield included to reduce heat and sparks on our deck on a black friday sale.
I can’t say enough good things about Solo stove fire pits and hope we’ve answered your question about using it on your wood deck.