Re: [gardeners] Question about Smokers

Tantrika (
Mon, 19 Jul 1999 11:38:13 -0700

Thanks Allen, I wasn't TOO worried as we are pretty fire aware :)  I'll
forward this on to my hubby...
we haven't used the smoker yet, we need to season it, etc.  Looking forward
to smoking my jalapenos :)

At 11:45 PM 7/18/99 -0500, you wrote:
>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