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Are there any guidelines, rules anywhere?

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Voting to close as not related to DIY or home improvement. Preparing a section of wall to accommodate a nearby bbq would be fine IMO, but not general bbq safety tips. – Rod Fitzsimmons Frey Jul 28 '10 at 22:41
Of course, rebuilding your deck after you've burned it down ... that would be on topic. – Joe Jul 29 '10 at 1:04
It needs to be known before the slap is put down which determines the position where to put the BBQ :p – txwikinger Jul 29 '10 at 4:23
up vote 2 down vote accepted

It really depends on the material of your house and the height of the overhang.

In one extreme, if you have a brick house with no overhang you can be almost right up against it.

Vinyl siding and/or 9' overhang is the other extreme. You should probably not be within 10' of vinyl siding.

Somewhere in the middle is wood siding which probably will not burn but you might get paint bubbling if you are within 3'

As a general rule you don't want to be under a 1 story overhang which will hold heat and any sparks in.

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