When To Use a Fire Pit Stand

Aug 30, 2022

Solo Stove Fire Pits are designed to create the perfect, roaring fire no matter where you use it. But, it’s important to be mindful of where you use it to protect the surface below.

Solo Stove Stands are designed to keep surfaces cool while your Solo Stove Fire Pit rages above. They’re made of sturdy, heat-resistant 304 Stainless Steel, making them our most popular fire pit accessory. Each size is designed to fit one of our fire pits and store neatly inside.

Here are our recommendations on stand use for some common surface types. If yours isn’t listed here, please email us at

YES, you should use a Stand on:

Wooden Deck
Untreated wood ignites at 356° F. Since most decks are treated with a stain or sealant, it is required that you use a Stand when burning your fire pit on a wooden deck. If you are planning a burn longer than an hour or two, using pavers under your Stand is the best way to ensure your deck stays beautiful and safe. Stand will still lift your fire pit, allowing cool air to circulate under it for a cooler base and a safer burn.

Composite and PVC Decking
Composite decking, such as Trex, TimberTech, Azek, TIVA, Nexan, and Versadeck, have a manufacturer fire resistance rating from A to C. Check with your manufacturer or builder for what grade decking you have beforehand. To be safe, using a Stand is required at all times when burning on composite and PVC decking.

Green Grass
Green grass can burn at 518° F. Depending on the hardness of the wood and the duration of the burn, Solo Stove Fire Pits could potentially scorch your grass. Stands should be used with the fire pit at all times when burning on green grass.

When taking your fire pit on the beach, you are normally safe to use the fire pit without the stand. However, if you do not clear a level surface on the sand, sand can obstruct the lower vent holes of the fire pit. We recommend using a stand when using your fire pit on sand to provide enough space around the fire pit’s lower vent holes.

Stand is not necessary on:

Concrete or Pavement
Concrete doesn’t break down until it is exposed to over 1,000° F. Under normal recommended use (3-4 hours), Solo Stove Fire Pits will not get hot enough to break down concrete. However, if you are burning the fire pit on painted, stained, or stamped concrete, you SHOULD use a Stand to ensure no damage is done to the concrete finish.

Stone, Pavers, or Gravel
The same rule applies here as with grassy surfaces. If you are worried about scorching grass that grows between stones, grab a Stand. However, Solo Stove fire pits are generally safe to burn on stone, pavers, or gravel. 

Before starting a fire on dirt, clear away dry debris such as dry leaves or sticks from underneath the fire pit. Dirt poses no risk to being scorched and is completely safe to use your fire pit on.

If you are still a bit unsure, we recommend adding the stand. Using the stand ensures you can use your fire pit on any surface without worrying about harming the ground below. When you’re ready to use your fire pit, place the stand on a level surface and center the fire pit in the middle. Start and use your fire pit as normal and enjoy!

Common Questions

Does a stand create better airflow?

While Stand is designed with holes similar to the bottom of our fire pits, they don’t allow more air to flow inside the fire pit. The holes on the stand are designed to better radiate residual heat from the bottom of the fire pit.

What are they made of?

304 Stainless Steel. The same material as our Fire Pits.

Where do I store it?

The Stand nests conveniently inside your fire pit.

What if I want to leave my Fire Pit outside?

Check out the Solo Stove Shelter. Shelter repels rain and snow, allowing you to keep your fire pit exactly where you want it year round.

 📸 by William Hempel 📸 by John Pleau