Author Topic: Can you use the smoker on a deck?  (Read 434 times)

Offline Robpatton1

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Can you use the smoker on a deck?
« on: August 26, 2018, 06:52:44 pm »
Is it safe to use the smoker on a wooden deck?  I have a grill mat if that is necessary.  Thanks!

Offline Orion

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Re: Can you use the smoker on a deck?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2018, 07:44:10 pm »
Like any electrical appliance, particularly stoves, ovens and anything with heating elements you must use care in where you locate it.

You can use the smoker on a wooden deck however there are inherent risks and dangers. What if it gets blown over by a gust of wind? What if someone trips on the cord and jars it enough to cause the butt to slide within and drip fat on wall or element? I don't mean to sound paranoid however it is essentially a portable oven and can start fires for a multitude of reasons.

My practise is to always keep the smoker elevated off structure such as decks by placing it on a steel table/tray. I never place it close to my home or anything else I don't want to see burnt up. For example I wouldn't place it on my sundeck against the house wall and under the eaves.

Although these smokers are said to be such that you can set them and walk away for hours on end I never do that. I plan my smoking so I can be busy doing other things around home and keep a close eye on the smoker  at the same time.

Yes, put it on your deck. Just get it up off the floor, make sure it's secure and people are aware it's there and it's on. Check it regularly for safe and correct operation and enjoy.     
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Offline TwistedSanity

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Re: Can you use the smoker on a deck?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 01:04:15 pm »
Is now a bad time to say that I use my smoker inside my house on the kitchen floor during the winter months  :-\

As Orion stated it basically a portable oven and has multiple potential to start a fire.  It should be loosely monitored,  by this I mean you are within a 1 min walk of it.

I often run mine on my wooden deck.  The back lower section can get hot so I always make sure there is a minimum of 18 inches of space around all four walls.

I would also highly recommend running a remote temperature sensor with a high temp alarm on it.  This would be a very good early detection method of an unwanted fire.

Use your common sense and don't be more than a minuets walk from it.

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Re: Can you use the smoker on a deck?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 01:48:07 pm »
I set mine on a table so I don't have to bend over makes it much easier for me to use
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Re: Can you use the smoker on a deck?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2018, 05:47:18 pm »
I set mine on a table so I don't have to bend over makes it much easier for me to use

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Offline Robpatton1

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Re: Can you use the smoker on a deck?
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2018, 12:33:55 pm »
Thanks for the advice.