Re: [gardeners] Question about Smokers

Allen and Judy Merten (
Sun, 18 Jul 1999 23:45:55 -0500

Hi Joy,
    I know that this is a late answer to your request. A smoker or other BBQ
grill is perfectly safe on a wooden deck. Most smokers are designed where it
is almost impossible to have a spark or coal fall out of the fire pan. BBQ
pits sometimes will drop one through a bottom vent. If you have a piece of
sheet metal under the pit you can cut that unlikely problem down even more. I
always keep a hose already turned on, near any fire that I am using.
    The main fire hazard in multi-story and multi-family dwellings is the
flames setting the eaves or siding on fire, not burning the deck, according to
a fireman friend.
    Judy works for a doctor who has a multi level deck built up the side of a
very steep hill. He has 3 BBQ pits, a smoker, and a couple of smaller grills
on the various levels. I have had one on mine.
    Becareful, don't spill any liquid charcoal lighter. I don't use any
artificial fire starter except a match. I BBQ with wood only.
    Enjoy your smoker. Use common sense. You'll be fine.
Bastrop Co.
SE Central Tx.

Tantrika wrote:

> We just got a Brinkman's smoke'ngrill and are wondering if in smoking it's
> safe on a wooden deck?  It's a brand new smoker and we are ordering some
> books on smokers but we were curious because we want to find a "place" for
> it today.....
> Thanks
> Joy