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Question DetailsAsked on 5/16/2011

Eco-friendly deck

What should be considered in building an eco-friendly deck with a gas grill and gas firepit?

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One of the best ways to build an eco-friendly deck is to use composite decking instead of wood. It costs more, but it’ll last longer and it’s lower-maintenance. While wood requires sealing and staining, composite only requires cleaning. Composite is made mostly of recycled plastic and vinyl; looks like real wood and comes in a variety of colors. Many types are also more durable than wood — they won’t rot or splinter, and they can better resist mold and mildew. Gas grills are good for the environment because they give off a lot less CO2 and other chemicals and fumes than charcoal grills do. For your fire pit, check out the Aquatic Glassel, which has specially processed glass that won’t discolor or produce any byproducts. The company also recently came out with portable propane fire pits. HBH Gas Systems has a Central Propane Gas System, which can be installed anywhere in your home. Propane is nontoxic, clean-burning and highly efficient.

Answered 9 years ago by Angie's List


I would argue the eco-freaks have struck again and brainwashed someone at AL. Offense intended - that argument is like arguing that electric cars are non-polluting, when in fact their construction is more polluting than non-electric cars, and their energy effiency from energy source to driving is commonly worse than that of an internal combusion engine. Just because you plug it in does not make it "green" - you are just ignoring the fact that the elecricity was probably at a 20-30% efficiency from initial extraction of the fuel source to the energy produced propelling the car.

Composite decking, particularly those made of pure plastic rather than wood-derived resin and cellulose, are far from eco-friendly. They are made from non-renewable oil rather than renewable trees, do not in my experience last longer than a good treated wood or cedar or redwood or imported dense wood like ipe, are in many cases susceptible to surface grain raising, and to cracking and sagging due to sun and heat exposure, can get more slimy and nasty from moss and algae and such, etc.

I grant most of the gas over charcoal arguments, though by the time you chase all the energy costs and emissions in producing non-renewable fossil fuels through the chain, burning locally derived wood or charcoal made from waste wood products might come close, and is certainly renewable.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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