Wood Is Flammable

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

The title of this post seems like a no-brainer. But people just do not get it sometimes. When it comes to barbecues and decks, many people forget that wood will catch on fire. Frequently the inspector sees vinyl siding that has been melted by the barbecue. Recently I saw a wood deck that had been assaulted by a barbecue.

Needless to say, if somebody did not notice this problem, it could end up burning the whole house down. Barbecues are more dangerous devices than people realize.

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Steven L. Smith

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Dan Tabit
Northstone Real Estate Inc. - Sammamish, WA

Hi Steven, It should seem obvious but thanks for the picture which underlines the point.  Must have been a low barbecue.

March 21, 2010 07:25 PM #1
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Michael Thornton
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Duuuh...

March 21, 2010 07:27 PM #2
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John Rakoci
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Shocking how many condo owners disregard the fire dept instructions and keep a grill on their balcony. They think it is propane so it will be just fine. Few are concerned when the siding melts -- there is wood and other flammables under there!

March 21, 2010 07:30 PM #3
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Charles Buell
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Looks done----stick a fork in it and see.

March 21, 2010 07:42 PM #4
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
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I think that often these old metal barbecues have fire and water in them. They rust and sometimes the hot charcoal ends up going through to the surface below. When that is wood, expect the worst.

March 21, 2010 07:50 PM #5
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Charles Buell
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Steve you could easily be correct, and it might also have been from a hibachi----they sit right on the ground/deck

March 21, 2010 10:38 PM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Which is why, at least around here, they don't allow them on multi-unit, multi-level dwelling balconies!

March 23, 2010 05:20 AM #7
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