Yes and no, our design is such that the tables should not get hot rather stay cool to the touch, the heat goes up. If wind blows the flame over the stone it could result in a burn to you or eventual damage to the rock. We ask that you use your better judgement and if it is windy turn it down, or use your wind guard if its on high and especially when windy. We’ve found that from most of our clients the wind guard becomes another unique feature to an already great fire table. Basically if it is Windy or you are burning high heat use the guard, if you are burning a low flame on a calm night feel free to take it off, but if the stone is hot to the touch, change something-turn it down, put the wind guard on.