By Joanne from Suffolk, VA on November 9, 2014
This mat says that it is not for use with wood burning fire pits. Is there something that you could suggest that can be?
By eFireplaceStore on November 10, 2014
By James Black from Cary, NC on December 4, 2011
I want to store this mat when not in use. How flexible is it? Can I roll it into a 8" tube?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on December 7, 2011
Answer:This mat is very flexible and will indeed be able to fit inside an 8" tube. Provided the tube is 54" long, of course.
By Kathy from NC on June 12, 2013
Why can't I use this mat on composite decking?
By Magan B. on June 13, 2013
Answer:The manufacturer advises: "We have had three complaints since 2010 for mats under firepits and all were composite decks that had surface damage. We have addressed all three." For this reason, the manufacturer includes the notice that you received with your shipment.
By Jon from Virginia on September 14, 2013
Can I use this under a 42 inch steel fire pit surrounded by fire pit bricks? The mat will sit directly on a concrete patio which I want to protect from stains and cracking.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 16, 2013
Answer:This product can indeed be used for your intended purpose. The only limitation of this item is in regards to composite decks, however concrete will not pose an issue.
By Gerry from Suburban Chicago, IL on June 1, 2014
Can this be used under a fire pit to protect my lawn?
By eFireplaceStore on June 2, 2014
Answer:This product can indeed be used as an ember protector for this purpose. Please note that the product must have 6 inches of clearance between the underside of the fire pit and the surface of the mat to prevent damage.
By Mark from Philadelphia on June 5, 2014
Answer:I use it under a fire pit on a deck with approx 6" clearance between the bottom of pit and deck and it is fine, therefore it should protect lawn as well.
By Jeff from Houston, Texas on June 5, 2014
Answer:I have used it under both a turkey fryer and the firebox of my smoker. It handled hot grease and wayward coals just fine. I will say that I only use it on my concrete deck. I'm sure it would work fine under a fire pit on grass. I would pick it up after use to make sure the grass doesn't die underneath it, unless you mean to make it permanent.
By Jason from Ohio on June 5, 2014
Answer:It could but I think that would be a waste of money. Unless you really have dry grass and are worried you lawn is not going to catch fire. But the mat is only 54" anyways so embers will still hit the lawn. Buy it if you feel safer but you won't hurt the lawn. Great for patios though!
By Denise from Massachusetts on June 5, 2014
Answer:We use ours for our wood deck to protect from heat but it does still get quite hot. As a matter of fact, we had to use a piece of dura-rock between the deck and the pad. I would not advise it for a lawn. The heat will still effect your lawn and I would assume it would burn it.
By Joe from Lebanon, PA on June 5, 2014
Answer:The mat will protect your lawn if rolled up after each use. If you forget and leave it on the grass for more than a day or two, it will naturally kill the grass.
By Robert from Cartersville, Georgia on June 6, 2014
Answer:I'm using mine on my deck, so not sure. I think it would, but you would need to take it up off the ground when not in use to give your grass a chance to breathe.
By Karen from Omro, Wisconsin on June 6, 2014
Answer:I think it depends on the type of firepit you have. I used mine (the kind that looks like a "wok" w/o the debris catching cage) and it was just fine. I do put about a 1 lb. sized coffee can full of sand on the bottom of the pit before putting the grate on and I didn't use it for a roaring fire as the heat from the fire will singe the grass where the mat ends. I also use it on my patio which I just had re-paved & it was fine. I'll just add that I really love this mat & when I'm not using the firepit, I use it as a "tarp" for it. AFTER IT IS COMPLETELY COLD!!! Hope this helps...it is one of the best things I have purchased.
By Jeff from New York on April 7, 2014
The diameter of my fire pit is 43 inches. Will this mat provide enough protection?
By Dawn H. on April 7, 2014
Answer:Yes, this mat should be sufficient. Please note that this should not be used under fire pits or chimineas for heat protection on any composite (resin) surfaces (decks, etc) as possible damage may occur.
By Tom from Sweetwater, NJ on April 26, 2014
I want to use this under a smoker grill purely to guard against sparks that sometimes shoot out of the ash area in order to prevent burn marks on my deck. I am not looking for heat protection against blistering on the deck like you would with a fire pit. However, my deck is a composite material. Is the warning against using with a composite deck just for the blistering issue or is it that it sticks to the composite material and causes damage that way?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 28, 2014
Answer:The warning linked to this material is indeed related to blistering of the composite deck. Some customers have purchased this deck mat assuming it serves as a heat barrier, which is not the case. It does an excellent job providing spark protection however and should work well for your particular application.
By Max from Green Bay, WI on April 29, 2015
My patio is made up of white pavers. Is this Goods of the Woods grill mat safe for pavers or will it discolor them over time?
By Brennan W. on April 29, 2015
Answer:So long as the pavers are not composite, this should not be an issue.
By Jean from San Marcos, CA on July 16, 2013
Is this mat the right size to place beneath a 40" copper bowl firepit?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on July 16, 2013
Answer:Yes, this mat should be sufficient, as it will give you just over a foot of protection in each direction.
By mike from ny on December 9, 2011
Does the bottom of the bowl have to be a certain number of inches from the ground for the mat to protect my deck from heat damage?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 9, 2011
Answer:Clearances from the deck will depend solely on the type of fire pit or burner you are using.
Please advise as to which product you currently have installed. I will be happy to check the clearances for you.
By Pat from Indiana on April 27, 2014
On a wood deck will the 54 inch deck mat prevent water from staying under the mat?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 28, 2014
Answer:Because this mat is manufactured from fiberglass, it can hold some moisture in. However, it will not wick moisture under the mat. As such, the area beneath the mat should stay dry as long as the deck is allowed time to dry before the mat is put into place.
By Tom from Sweetwater, NJ on June 8, 2014
I bought one of the 54" mats and it is very good quality. I am using it on a composite deck under a smoker grill for protection against the occasional amber that pops out. My question is which side should be facing down, the side with the lines/groves, or the flat side?
By eFireplaceStore on June 9, 2014
Answer:The lined side of the mat should be facing down. Please keep in mind that these rugs can only be used on a composite deck for ember protection only. There should not be an issue with your application, but it cannot be used to shield the deck from the heat produced by a fire pit or outdoor fireplace.
By Sandy from Strawberry, CA on February 25, 2014
Is this mat safe to use on an asphalt driveway? Under a 36" fire pit? Should we put sand in the bottom of the fire pit?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 26, 2014
Answer:There is not a problem with using the mat on a concrete, asphalt, or wood surface. Adding sand to the bottom of a fire pit does help to insulate the bottom, increases longevity of the pan, and lowers the amount of heat the material beneath the pit is subjected to.
By Angela from Milwaukee, WI on May 6, 2013
How thick is this mat? Can it be folded?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 6, 2013
Answer:This item is approximately 1/8" of an inch thick. The mat is constructed of a rubberized material that can be folded over, but will not lay completely flat.