In the past few weeks, the brewing and BBQ environment has changed dramatically. We have a new deck. After living with the old, poorly built (complete 2×4 construction) and splintering (with an 18-month-old? No thanks!) deck for almost ten years, we splurged and had a PVC (not composite) deck built to replace the old one. I have photos of the tear-down and some of the construction, but not much. I may post them at a later date. For now, simply bask in the new deck.
The Big Green Egg, you may notice, also has a new platform. My dad is a terrific woodworker and we embarked on a father-son bonding adventure to build a table according to the plans over on the Naked Whiz‘s blog. Well, the father-son part sort of went by the wayside as I got a new job and baby. Dad finished the table and delivered it on Friday, just in time for rain, so we couldn’t actually use it. But it looks purty, right?
There is one problem with the deck already, however. This decking material, which is “impervious to moisture” has one fatal flaw. It is NOT “impervious to moisture.” That white spot under the egg table is where the egg previously sat (on top of a cinder block paver, with a brown paper bag between the paver and the deck, to prevent scratching) for a mere eight days. In that time, we had some rain. Apparently, you can’t allow the deck to be covered for even a few hours with moisture or the deck will absorb the moisture and whiten. When the sales guy came out to sell the deck, I showed him how the egg was set up and specifically asked if it would be a problem. He assured me it wouldn’t. So less than two weeks after finishing the deck build, we’re going to have to file a warranty issue.
Take another look.
Does that look like it “limits the shortfalls associated with traditional wood and composite decking so that you can enjoy your deck without worry”? Because the egg sat on the old, wood deck for four freaking years and we NEVER experienced a problem, not even mold. This deck didn’t last EIGHT DAYS!
Now, there are reports on the intertubes that the color can be restored using a heat gun to warm the area to 200+ degrees and driving the absorbed water out. But I’m not going to try that myself, lest it become a case of consumer misuse. I’ll have the contractor try this trick.
The deck is still nice and I look forward to brewin’ and ‘quein’ on it for years to come. I just don’t think it will “withstand the everyday things that happen on a deck.” like BBQ or cooking. I’ll brew over a tarp on dry days, which I’ll promptly pick up and not allow to sit for “extended” periods of time.