Can I use my charcoal grill on the wooden KamadoBBQ table

I’m frequently asked or read, “Is it safe to use a charcoal barbecue on a wooden BBQ tables?”

When cooking over a live flame, there is always the potential of fire, just as there is with a gas grill, but with the necessary safety precautions, a charcoal grill is absolutely safe on your KamadoBBQ table.

Continue reading to learn some helpful hints for keeping your wooden deck safe when grilling.

Make use of a grill mat

If you just do one thing from this post, it should be to use a good grill mat when cooking on a Kamado BBQ table. Grill mats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there’s certain to be one that will fit under your grill. Grill mats protect your table not only from sparks from your charcoal fire, but also from grease stains.

Don’t get the cheapest grill mat you can find while looking for one. If you’ve spent a lot of money on a top-of-the-line charcoal barbecue and an expensive wooden deck, don’t skimp on something as simple as a grill mat. Make sure it’s heavy enough to keep from blowing around your grill and wide enough to wrap around it a couple of inches in each direction. Most importantly, make sure it’s heavy enough to withstand a fire if an ember lands on it.

Maintain a clean and grease-free grill

According to the National Fire Protection Association, failure to clean, having the grill too close to your home, and leaving the grill unattended are the primary causes of grill fires.

You can capture a lot of the flammable oil that would otherwise build up within your grill by putting a drip pan or water pan under your meat, especially fatty pieces like ribs, pig butt, or pork shoulder. In addition to utilizing a drip pan, you should clean your barbecue thoroughly at least once a year.

Keep your grill out of the house

This may seem self-evident, but ensure sure your charcoal barbecue is not directly against your house, deck, or any other flammable items.

I always check to see if there is anything within a 3-foot radius when I’m cooking. In my backyard, I have a lot of foliage, and I make sure there aren’t any shrubs or tree limbs leaning too close together. I do keep my charcoal grill against my house, but only after I’ve completed cooking and know the charcoal is gone for at least 24 hours.


When you cook on your Kamado BBQ Table, what safety measures do you take? We’d love to hear about them, so please leave a comment below and tell us about your preventative measures. Whatever you choose to do, remember to cook with fire with caution and common sense at all times!

Have fun grilling!

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