I use my 22" kettle on my wood deck all the time. Even overnight cooks.
Come to think of it...perhaps it isn't that safe???
It has the ash catcher. Perhaps I should build an area off to the side with concrete slabs to put the BBQ on?
we all have our own comfort level.. when i got into charcoal.. i looked at my deck and said.. cant do it.. i dont want to have to worry about the safety issues.. especially given i started with a wsm, which would run long cooks.
started on the lawn with wsm / grills on some pavers, on top of the grass... then grass stopped growing and the grills were getting rain/ mud splashes and that area started going downhill in terms of aesthetics..
paver planning idea popped up and next thing you know.. was a big big hole...
whereas i have no issues with long/ exhausting process projects.. im glad that project is completed..