Can You Set Up a Solo Stove On a Deck? Complete Guide

October 18, 2023
Written by Kristy J. Norton
Edited by John Smits 

Yes, you can probably use a Solo Stove on a deck that is made of composite materials or fire-resistant materials as long as you use the stand. I’ve used my solo stove on my wood deck without issue. The company urges you to use caution when doing so and is clear that using the stove on a deck is at your own risk.

I love my solo stove. It’s stainless steel, so it’s durable. It’s also lightweight – I can tote it around and set it up on my deck or in my driveway. I’ve done it dozens of times without issue.

I’m going to cover which types of deck you can set up a Solo Stove on, as well as the safety guidelines you should follow. Let’s get started!

Solo stove on a deck

Can You Place Solo Stove Fire Pits on a Deck?

You can probably use your Solo Stove on your deck if you use the stand. The stand of Solo Stove fire pits and camp stoves don’t get nearly as hot as the fire ring. It elevates the stove from the ground. This means that you can set them on most decks and concrete surfaces. Solo stove advises you to use extreme caution when doing so. 

Wood and composite decking materials vary in quality and heat resistance. Solo Stove urges you to consult the decking manufacturer to make sure your decking surface can handle the heat from the elevated stove. Solo Stoves should not be placed on heat-sensitive surfaces. 

I have used my Solo Stove on my wood (pine) deck without issue. I know several friends who have used a Solo Stove on their composite decking without issue. You absolutely need to use the stand when doing so. Use a Solo Stove on your deck at your own risk.

Let’s talk about some common decking materials. Pine and cedar decks are the most widespread deck boards in America. Composite decks are a newer option that is growing in popularity. Composite decking is a combination of recycled wood and plastic, making it a more resilient option.

Even if the Solo Stove doesn’t burn through decking material, it can still damage the surrounding wood deck. Fires radiate heat. That’s why using the stand for the solo stove is critical when you place the stove on a flammable surface like wood. The stand elevates the firebox away from the sensitive decking material.

Using a flame-proof material below the stand, like a grill pad, is a good idea if you’re concerned about your decking getting discolored or catching fire.

Will a Solo Stove Stand Be a Good Solution?

Yes, using the stand for your Solo Stove is critical when placing it on decking. Solo Stove has come up with a stand for each of its fire pits.

The Solo Stove stand is a perforated stainless steel ring. It is 2.75 inches tall.

As mentioned, these Solo Stoves radiate residual heat. The stands allow for cool air to pass through and under the fire pit. This means that less radiant heat is transferred to your wooden deck. The stand provides a barrier between the hot fire pit and the wood deck.

Again, their website urges extreme caution when using the Solo Stove on a deck, even with the stand. Check with the decking manufacturer before doing so.

I have used my Solo Stove on my wood deck (with the stand) without issue. Your mileage may vary.

Outdoor Grilling On Solo Stove Grill

What Type of Decking Can You Use a Solo Stove On?

If your deck is made of concrete, then congratulations, you can set up the Solo Stove on your deck without any issue at all!

If your decking has a Class A rating, then it is mostly fire-resistant. Materials with this rating slow the rate of spread. Materials with a Class A rating enjoy the same fire-resistance rating as concrete. You can use a Solo Stove on these materials without hesitation.

Believe it or not, there are treated hardwoods that are fire-resistant. It is a good idea to check just what kind of material has been used for your deck. You may end up lucking out!

If your decking is wood or composite, it’s best to check with the manufacturer before using a Solo Stove on it. 

How to Use a Solo Stove on a Wooden Deck?

If you have a wood deck, you may be insistent on using a Solo Stove fire pit anyway. If this is the case, let me offer you some guidance:

Always Use a Solo Stove Stand

If you have a larger Solo Stove fire pit, then these stands can get pretty pricey. As such, you may be thinking about using an alternative or substitute.

Here’s the thing, though: it won’t work as well as the stand. See, you don’t just need a platform to sit in between the fire pit and the wood deck.

You need an object that raises the fire pit off the floor while allowing cool air to flow throughout. This is what allows the heat to dissipate.

Don’t cheap out with a substitute. Get the real deal.

Include an Additional Heat Resistant Barrier

The last thing that you need to do is damage your wood deck in any way at all. Wooden decks are expensive, and even the smallest mark can be tricky to fix.

This is why it is a good idea to use a fireproof mat. This will give you an extra layer of protection.

It is also great for peace of mind, too.

Consider a Concrete Platform

You may want to think about setting up some kind of concrete platform on your wood decking. It doesn’t have to be anything permanent or fancy. A few concrete pavers stacked up will do the trick. 

I would still recommend using the stand even if you set up a concrete or brick platform.

Always Monitor the Fire Pit

Just because your Solo Stove pit is set up on the stand or a platform doesn’t mean that you can ignore it.

Keep in mind that the fire pit can give off sparks. If they land on the wood deck, they may do some damage.

To prevent this from happening, make sure to keep a close eye on the fire pit as you use the Solo Stove. Never burn a fire unattended. Have a fire extinguisher or bucket of water handy. Fires are inherently dangerous. Be an adult and tend it wisely.

Campfire in Small Portable Stove

Don’t Jostle the Solo Stove

It is important to make sure that the Solo Stove is stable at all times.

This is even more vital if you are setting the Solo Stove upon the stand or any other higher platform.

Make sure to give it a wide berth and ensure that no kids or pets are running around it. Again, fires are always potentially dangerous. Use common sense around them.

Clear the Surroundings

There is always a chance that the Solo Stove may get tipped over. This is why I like to clear away the area around the stove as much as possible before bringing out the fire pit. Make sure there’s nothing flammable by the fire.

This way, in the unlikely event the stove is tipped, there is less clutter to catch fire in the surrounding area.

Use a Solo Stove Shield

Don’t want those sparks to go flying everywhere? Then you can buy and use one of the shields that are sold by the company.

These fire-resistant covers go over the Solo Stove and prevent sparks from flying everywhere. As you can imagine, this is a pretty handy thing to have on a wooden deck.

Have a Test Run

It is a good idea to have a test run. Set the Solo Stove up on a section where you will not notice any damage or it can be easily damaged.

Let it burn for a bit, put out the fire, and wait for the Solo Stove to cool. Once it is cool enough to move, check the wooden decking below that spot. If it all looks good, then you know that it is fine to use the Solo Stove on your deck.

Note: Solo Stove advises you to let the fire burn out. They tell you not to extinguish the fire in the Stove with water or other means, like sand. I have put the fire in my Solo Stove with water with no issue. Using water may damage the stainless steel or cause it to discolor.

Should You Use a Solo Stove on a Wood Deck?

You will need to weigh the pros and cons before making this decision.

Again, I’ve done it with no issue, but the company does not encourage you to use the Solo Stove on wood decks. If you do, use caution.

Portable Stove with Hot Kettle

Safety Tips to Follow When Using a Solo Stove on Any Deck

The best way to enjoy your Solo Stove is to use it properly. Here are the top tips for doing so:

Choose the Right Location

It is important to set up the Solo Stove in the right location. Ideally, the fire pit should be kept at least 6 feet away from the house, as well as deck railings.

So, make sure that there is a 6-foot radius of free space around the Solo Stove. This way, any stray sparks or embers will not lead to any trouble.

Avoid Any Overhanging Fixtures

It is also best to set the fire pit up in an open-air space. Look to leave about 20 feet of space between the fire pit and any overhead structures.

I would advise against using your Solo Stove anywhere there may be an awning, hanging plants, and even hanging light fixtures.

Look for Level Surfaces

This should go without saying, but make sure that the Solo Stove is on solid, even ground. This reduces the risk of it tipping over.

Before you start up the fire pit, give it a little nudge. If it appears a bit wobbly, then you will want to change its spot. If it’s sturdy, then you can get the fire going.

Burn Seasoned Hardwood

Use a good hardwood that’s been dried for a season. Softwoods, like pine, tend to contain sap and produce acrid smoke. 

Don’t use treated lumber for fires. It contains nasty chemicals that will become airborne when burned.

Pay Attention to Children and Animals

When the fire pit is out and you’ve got a fire going, it is best to keep pets indoors. It is quite possible for your pet to rush into the Solo Stove and topple it over. 

Keep an eye on small children around the fire.

Be Aware of the Hot Surface

The exterior of the Solo Stove is incredibly hot. In fact, the company confirms that this surface is hot enough to melt the soles of your shoes. 

Due to this, it is best to be careful around the fire pit. Make sure the chairs are kept several feet away to avoid the chance of you accidentally brushing up against the fire chamber. Don’t touch any part of the stove when you’ve got a fire going. Stainless steel is an excellent conductor of heat. The stove will be incredibly hot.

If you need to tend to it in any way, it is best to wear fire-resistant gloves.

Watch Out for the Embers

Did you know that it can take embers up to 12 hours to die down completely? In the meanwhile, if they come into contact with any flammable surface, they can cause a fire.

This is why you should never just leave your fire pit out on the deck, thinking that the embers will go out by themselves. Let ashes cool completely before disposing of them.

Cooking Food Using Camping Stove

Wrapping It Up

So, there you have it – all that you need to know about using a Solo Stove on a deck. Now that you know the important details, you can make sure to set one up safely. Remember: it’s probably okay to use a Solo Stove on your deck, but material quality can vary wildly. Check with the decking manufacturer first.

Solo Stove urges you to use extreme caution when using their product on decking. So do I. Follow basic fire safety precautions. Have a great fire season, and stay safe!

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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