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You can put a grill on your composite decking if you want to. But please note that placing a grill on your composite decking comes with a caution. We do not recommend that you put a charcoal grill on your composite decking. If you must use a grill, you can use a gas grill for your outdoor activities.  Using a gas grill requires extra care. This write-up discusses how you can put a grill on your composite decking.

Types of Grills

 Charcoal Grill

This kind of grill is powered by charcoal. Homeowners who use this grill will put charcoal in it and then light the charcoal with fire. When the grill is hot, then they can use it to roast or make barbecue. This type of grill is best for outdoor space, and you can put it in your garden. One thing about the charcoal grill is that when it is windy, the charcoal will spark, and these particles of fire can cause a burn. 

That is why we don’t recommend you put a charcoal grill on your composite decking. This is because if the charcoal sparks when it is windy, it can burn the surface of your composite decking. Remember that composite decking material composition now wood fibre and plastic. So, the plastic part of composite decking boards can burn. If you are safety conscious, you will not put a charcoal grill on your composite decking. Instead, you will use it outdoors, in the open space in your garden.

Wood Grill 

Another kind of grill that folks like to use is a wood grill. Unlike the charcoal grill that requires charcoal to work, wood grill requires timber. Dry timber burns rapidly, and when they burn, they produce much heat. This heat is needed to grill or barbecue whatever homeowners want. The problem with a wood grill is that fire will spark when the wind blows. 

Also, the woods can fall off the grill if you don’t arrange them properly. If the hot wood should fall on your composite decking, it will burn the surface. Recall that we stayed earlier that composite decking contains plastic as part of its material composition. That plastic part of composite decking will melt when it comes in contact with intense heat. The wood grill is better outdoors in the open space in your garden.

Gas Grill 

A gas grill is one of the safest grill materials that you can use. You can control the amount of flow of the gas and how hot your grill will be when you use a gas grill. Folks use this kind of grill to make barbecue in their home. Although you can use it outdoors, you can also use a gas grill on your composite decking. There is no risk of a spark that will occur when you use a wood or charcoal grill. 

How to Use A Grill Properly

When you place a grill on your composite decking, you have to be sure that you put it properly so that you don’t burn the decking. 

 Raise the Grill High Above the Ground

When you place a grill on your composite decking, you have to make sure that you raise the base of your grill above the surface of your decking. You should do this so that heat from your composite decking will not come in contact with the surface of the decking below and melt it.

Use Grill Mats

putting grill on decking with grill mat

A grill mat is a material that you can place your grill on instead of putting it directly on your composite decking. The essence of the grill mat is to prevent the grill from coming into direct contact with the decking. Also, if there is a spark or a spill, the mat will not let it reach your decking. So, a grill ensures the safety of your decking by preventing it from getting burnt. You have to look for a durable mat that is heavy, and that wind cannot blow away easily.

Drip Pans

When barbecuing with your grill on your composite decking, it is best to use a drip pan. Drip pan under the meat and on top of coals will catch any dripping grease from your grill. This will not make the surface of your composite decking dirty and will make cleaning the decking easier.

Clean the Oil or Grease

If grease stains your decking while you are barbecuing, you should clean the stain immediately. You should use a brush and soapy water for the task.

Conclusion

You can put a grill on your composite deck if you want to barbecue on it. The best kind of grill to use is a gas grill because there is no risk of a spark when the wind blows.

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