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Old 01-11-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about putting this on a Trex deck. You guys see any drawbacks? Leave the Trex out of it - it's already built.

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Old 01-11-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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I don't see a problem if the base doesn't get hot. What is the fuel source?

We had a small wood burner chimney (the wife calls it a chim-in-`ay )
on our deck PT 5/4 deck for a while. I just put some 12x12 pavers under it to dissipate the heat.
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What is the fuel source?
Natural Gas to a 24" stainless ring. The Mfg says zero clearance on the bottom. But I could not find any documentation for this.
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As I was told at theTrex plant in Reno Nevada, The guy who came up with the idea was trying to make fire logs, The product would not burn. As I understand it take 2500 degrees before it will catch on fire. At least for the accents and origins.
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Looks heavy - make sure the joists can handle the extra concentrated weight. Maybe add some joist blocking under the base area, or double up joists.
I wouldn't have the feet sitting on the spanned decking, make sure they're placed right over joists or blocking. Even if the decking doesn't fail, it will sag over time.

Doesn't look like it would generate any flaming particulate, as long as the base temp is rated zero, I don't see any problem.

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I have a friend who has a similar burner. Not much to it at all weight-wise other than a marble top. I wouldn't hesitate to put it on any deck, though I would probably want pads under it just to play safe with any marking issues.

SC, I think you're talking about a chimnea (Spanish/mexican name). Another friend has one of those he sat on a 6" raised platform with casters, so he could move it around his deck. That does spit a hot coal from time to time; you have to be careful with it.
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Hello, I am a representative of Trex. A few things to keep in mind if you plan on using a firepit on Trex....
Both Trex Escapes and Trex composite decking will soften as low as 80 Degrees C (176 degrees F). When building a Trex deck around an open flame, be sure the ambient temperature around the decking surface always remains below those temperatures. Temperatures for different fire pits vary. Because there are so many differences between commercially available units, the fire pit manufacturer should be consulted on what can be used to protect the surface of the deck.


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at 1-800-BUY-TREX or question@trex.com.

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try this...
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1" slate sitting directly on the joists, properly blocked & supported, of course.

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Matt,

Thanks for posting the photos! Finished project looks great!

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Matt, any idea how hot that slate gets.

I have a client that bought what looks to be almost the same unit, that you have shown. He had it on the ipe deck that we built for him, and I noticed that the ipe looked a little darker where the pit was. Not burned, but a little discolored. I was going to suggest to him that he put something like that under the firepit, hoping that it would dissapate the heat a little. If I remember correctly, there was only 4-6" of clearance under the firepit.
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As I was told at theTrex plant in Reno Nevada, The guy who came up with the idea was trying to make fire logs, The product would not burn. As I understand it take 2500 degrees before it will catch on fire. At least for the accents and origins.
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Matt, any idea how hot that slate gets.

I have a client that bought what looks to be almost the same unit, that you have shown. He had it on the ipe deck that we built for him, and I noticed that the ipe looked a little darker where the pit was. Not burned, but a little discolored. I was going to suggest to him that he put something like that under the firepit, hoping that it would dissapate the heat a little. If I remember correctly, there was only 4-6" of clearance under the firepit.
Honestly not sure. I'd imagine it depends a bit on how you use it... if you've got a few inches of air over a rather dense surface, I'd imagine it wouldn't pick up all that much heat- but I've never checked it to find out.

On a separate note, I have one of these at my house, on a Trex Accents deck (the old, ugly stuff)... and I've had a good fire going with no perceptible damage to the decking below (other than some mold, but that seems to be unrelated).


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I could not find a picture after searching all over But another way to do it is building a basic sand box.

This would work diferently that high up my project was only 2' high or so. Same thing though really I just left an area clear of framing in the middle and filled it up with white round rock 6'' to 8'' round. Then we placed the metal fire box in the middle sitting on the rock.

That high up a Person could drop the joists a little deck them with pt and fill the box up . It looked pretty good, costs were way down and the rocks never even got hot. JonMon

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