Depending on the brand of lump you use, sparks can be an issue. I can’t believe how many people have covered setups with their Eggs. I’m not talking about traditional hoods, I’m talking gazebos and the such. Fire is too unpredictable to risk it.
Those who have done it have set the unit in a dedicated table and put that on patio blocks that are on the deck.
But I’m thinking like Al, Uncle Vic, and NascarDad. I’m leaning toward no Egg on the deck. Not that I think there would be a fire, but I’m thinking that I’m not always right, and the risk isn’t something I’m willing to accept.
Offhand, If I have to compute the load-factors to insure safety…It isn’t something I would feel secure about.
Let them eat on the deck. Keep coolers of beverages on the deck, but NO Fires/Flames/ Embers/ or Smoking (of any type)on the deck!
The largest XL Big Green Egg weighs 205 lbs. A 12" square patio block will weigh about 25 lbs. So a 3 ft. square would be 9 blocks at 225 lbs total. The patio deck should be designed for at least 50 lbs per sf uniform load depending on codes so you would not be exceeding that. Decks should also be designed to support a point load in excess of the Big Green Egg as well. I know mine will hold well over 100 lbs/sf because I designed and built it myself. Take the total square footage of your deck to determine the total load it can support. Your 250 lb table if it is picnic size is going to be 12 lbs/sf uniform load. The Big Green Egg looks a lot safer than a Weber charcoal grill to me. So you are back to the advice of how safe it is to grill on a wood deck.
I’m with Al on the safety issue. Had a house a couple miles down the road go up due to a fire. Fools started a charcoal grill on the rear deck and left it unattended. Next thing they knew the whole backside of the house was engulfed, and by time the fire departments put it out, the entire house was a total loss. Thing is, they’ve probably done this for years and felt it was safe… But it takes just that one time…
You are right to be nervous. I have seen some of the fires locally started not just by being on the deck, but too close to the side of the house. I used to pre-fire my lump /hickory in my smokestacks cans on the gas grill my deck, til I noted the siding blistering – and it was many feet away!
So with all the factors – weight, heat, embers.. you really are better safe than sorry.
I tend to lean towards the conservative side of the equation when dealing with the weight and safety issues like this one.
I will use my gas grill on the deck at times (not often), but there is no way I am going to take my fire-box offset, wood fired smoker onto the deck for a cooking session. The fire-danger is just too much to risk Deck, House, and Lives. I have a concrete area between the deck and the garage that is much safer, in case of spilled embers, etc.
As I said, it may just be my nervous nature, But I really fear a fire-accident.[:I]
You will have to modifie your deck in the area you want to place it. Or add on a small sub deck thats has an independent supporting structure built on a small concete pad. The footprint of a BGE & its weight is way too much for a patio decks floor joist spacing
I’m intrigued, and I’m thinking about saving up for one. I’ve asked and had answered a lot of questions at Nakedwhiz and the BGE forums, now I’d like to hear from some familiar voices. My specific concern now is using it on a wooden deck; the cooker weighs about 250, a table will go another 250, and if I put concrete patio blocks in the corner of the deck I’m up to around 750 pounds. That’s some serious poundage, when I stand next to it we’re gonna be over half a ton.
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