DeckProtect on a wood deck

Protect your deck or patio from the heat of a fire pit.

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Safe use of a fire pit on your deck

TThis Old House Magazine best way to use a fire pit on your deck
DeckProtect™ is Recommended by the Experts
When This Old House magazine did a section "All About Fire Pits," they included a write-up on DeckProtect™. Here is what they said:
"A fire screen can contain errant sparks and embers on a wood deck, but composite decking needs to be protected from the bowl as well. A metal fire pit can reach up to 800°F, pushing 200° to 400° of radiant heat onto decking; plastics soften at 176° and melt between 250° and 350°. A thermal barrier can prevent high heat from warping composites. DeckProtect (shown) is an aluminum tray, perforated for drainage, that contains flameproof basalt rock-fiber insulation. Choose one the size of the fire pit’s circumference to fit between the legs or, better yet, with all four legs on the mat."
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Why buy DeckProtect?

Simply this. You will never have to worry about whether your fire pit will harm your deck or patio. DeckProtect is not a pad. It is a system engineered to provide maximum protection from the heat under a fire pit. A sturdy aluminum frame houses two layers of tiles made from volcanic rock fiber. Hard rubber feet raise the frame above the deck to allow for air flow and assure that your deck will not become stained from trapped moisture. There are a number of products advertised online to protect your deck from the heat under a fire pit.
Only DeckProtect™ has been recommended by the leading manufacturer of composite decking.
Only DeckProtect™ has been proven by thousands of homeowners without a single failure.
Only DeckProtect™ is available in over 32 sizes and shapes and custom sizes to match any fire pit or fire table.
DeckProtect on a wood deck
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Meet the Owner
And why is DeckProtect marketed by a company called Ocean Color?
I take personal responsibility for every order.
Read More.
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Beware of bad ideas on the Internet

Fire pit on slate melted the composite decking
“My thought was that the granite would protect the deck surface from the heat of the fire pit.” Read More
Fire pit burned a wood deck under a “flame-proof” fire pit mat
“We had been using a flame-proof fire pit mat, but the radiant heat caused the wood to start smoldering under the mat.”
Read More
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Why does this button direct you to a different web site? It is because the store web site is built in a different program that is better suited for a shopping cart.
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If the video link above fails to work, click on the link below to be directed to YouTube.

Testing DeckProtect
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intense fire pit flame on a deck
Decking burned under a fire pit
Testing DeckProtect™
Can we stop this from happening? We built a special test deck so we could burn a lot of fires to see what really happens and how well DeckProtect performs.
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Outdoor Living Online

As a section on this site, our online magazine offers creative ideas and valuable information that will be of interest to anyone looking to improve their outdoor experience at home. There is a lot of information about composite decking as well as a number of other articles. Click here.
Online magazine about using a fire pit on your deck
Cover photo by Phil Dickinson
Updated Article:
Now more detailed information on the top brands of composite and PVC decking.
Click Here
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Composite decking totally burned by using a fire pit on a deck
Composite Deck Test

shows effects using a fire pit on samples of composite and PVC decking.

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Will tiles protect your deck from the heat of a fire pit? Read More
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New! Hexagon Shape for 3-Legged Fire Pits

Hard to believe that it took us this long to realize that many fire pits have three legs, not four, and that we really should design a DeckProtect to accommodate three legs. Check out our page that shows how to measure your fire pit for a hexagon.
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Because we build DeckProtect one at a time as orders come in, and because we have had a rush of orders this month,

Production time for Premium may be 1-2 weeks.

Standard DeckProtect™ will ship in about 3 days. UPS transit time is typically 2-3 in the eastern half of the country and 4-5 days in the western half of the country. If you are in a rush, let us know by email and we may be able to expedite your order.

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Building DeckProtect
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"Attached is a photo of our deck protect in action! We love that we don’t have to worry about our concrete patio being damaged. Thanks for the great product and great service."
Bobby Jarrard, Hiawassee, GA
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Fire Pits with Very Small Feet may press into the basalt board of a DeckProtect. There is an easy solution. Read More.
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Light my Fire T-shirt free for photo of DeckProtect

Unique Photo Contest: Every Entry Wins.

We love seeing photos of our product in use. That is the inspiration for this very unique photo contest in which everyone is a winner. Just send us a photo in jpeg format of your fire pit on a DeckProtect (send to and let us know by email which prize you would like. Click here to see the prizes.
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Articles on This Web Site

The Breeo X-24
A detailed review of the original and still best made smokeless fire pit. Read

Be Cautious with Google and Bing
An explanation of how and why answers you find in search can be so dangerously wrong. Read

Deck Fires
A review of tragic events that were the result of careless use of a fire pit. Read

Breeo on a TimberTech deck
One customer's experience and review Read

Is Composite Decking Slippery?
Yes, and more to know about it. Read

Safer When Outdoors
During the Pandemic, DeckProtect played a role in protecting people.

Don't Trust the Internet
Just because someone recommends something or sells something does not necessarily make it good advice. Read

Thinking about an Outdoor Kitchen?
DIY expert Alejandro Smith reviews things you should take into account if you would like to build an outdoor kitchen. Read

What is Composite Decking
Ever since the mid 1990's more and more homeowners are choosing decking made from recycled plastics and some form of wood pulp. What you need to know about it. Read

Composite Profiles
An introduction to the different ways that composite decking can be formed. Read

Composite Decking Brands
There are a dozen or more companies now making some form of composite decking. This is an introduction to the more popular brands.

Fire Tables
Burning propane or natural gas, fire tables have a special appeal that is different from wood-burning fire pits. Are they safe for composite decks? Read

Vinyl Decking
Decking made of solid PVC plastic is often grouped together with composite decking. However, it is substantially different. Read

Fire Pit on a Patio
Many homeowners have their fire pit on a patio, rather than a deck. Can fire pits cause harm to the surface of he patio? Read

Propane and Natural Gas
What are the differences, advantages and disadvantages? Read

Fire on a Rooftop Deck in Atlanta
A rooftop propane fire table started a fire causing the homeowner to call the fire department and then replace the decking. Read

Cowboy Cauldron
One of the coolest fire pits made in the U.S. is suspended in air, hanging by a chain. Read

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